This is a report for fishing from the Salmon River NY. Starting last night my phone was blowing up with different sources texting, calling and DMing me. Something was going down and there was a large movement of Cohos coming through the Ball Park. This was exciting but the fish movement has been so erratic the last few weeks it was hard to predict if something was going to happen this morning. But at 4:30 I got texts that things were happening in the ballpark. Noone was fishing yet but they could hear the splashing of fish moving. After daybreak, things started heating up and there were consistent prolonged periods of cohos coming through. If you have been following my reports you know that in September it started out with a “trickle” and last week it was a “spurt” today we finally hit “prolonged”. The whole day we had had prolonged movement of fish mostly of cohos, kings, some browns and some steelhead. One question I have been getting all day is “is this the main run”? I spoke with multiple sources including guides and fish cutters. Most of my sources said even though there was a prolonged movement of fish it was not the main run. This is not to say that you will not be able to hook up with fish but this is not where fish are just stacked. Cohos are super fast so when they start moving they move very fast and they don’t take many breaks.
Starting last night and then this morning Cohos were moving all day. However, the Estuary is right now is quiet. However, overnight fish are filling up so it is hard to determine what will happen in the morning.
At the DSR today it went from trickle to prolonged fish movement. The cohos were moving so fast and so steady that one of my sources told me they felt like they will need Tommy John surgery after today. He could not lift his arm because it was numb from hooking too many fish. However, another source that was in a different section did hook up with cohos and kings but did not see as much action as my first source. Even at the DSR it really pays to talk to a River Walker and ask what is happening and move.
The Staircase, Long Bridge, Town, and Ball Park had lots of fishing pressure. Cohos were moving through like it was the Fast and the Furious through the holes. Fish were very skittish through this area so you need a lighter line if you are going to hook them.
As of the writing of this Cohos were still moving and had not reached the Trestles yet but there are plenty of Kings. From Pineville to the Fly Zones there are enough fish for everyone to have a smile. Are you going to have 40-50 day hook up? Probably not but you will be able to hook up a fish.
The weather looks very promising for next week but again things could just shut down on Monday. This year is very unpredictable.