Monday, February 19, 2007

Spring Steelhead Newsletter

A few Steelhead from last spring.

Snow has been the big talk around here lately. Everyone likes to talk about how much trouble all the snow has been. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to travel through not to mention how much you hurt when you get done shoving all of this stuff away. However, there is a silver lining in all of the snow; Steelhead - silver you could say.

Snow -- we got snow. Here as of today, over 3 feet has fallen at the shop. Go to the east end of Lake Ontario. Now we are talking about Pulaski with over 113 inches and most importantly Redfield with 141 inches of snow. The importance of Redfield is it is located at the source of the Salmon River at Pulaski. With all of the snow we are going to have plenty of water this spring.

As for the Western end of the Lake, when all of the snow starts to melt off, we will have a good push of water. This high water will hopefully trigger a strong run of Steelhead ensuring a good start to the spring run. Plus with all of this spring run off, it is going to help keep the rivers in good fishing conditions. The Steelhead fishing will start about mid to late March and continue on until mid April.

The big snow pack at Redfield will most likely take until May to totally melt off. This is good news, for the steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. The Steelhead fishing will start to peak mid to late April and carry on until mid to late May. The month of May can be a good time for Steelhead fishing. The water temperatures in the river are generally holding around the 50s and the Steelhead are now very aggressive. Add to this the new one fish limit that is now in effect. There is more Steelhead in the river at this time of the year, than ever before.

My spring fishing schedule is as follows. I will be fishing the rivers in the Western end of like Ontario, Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek and when possible the Genesee River. I will start fishing these rivers as soon as the ice leaves and go until the 15th to the 20th of April, depending on fishing conditions. At this point I will move to the Salmon River at Pulaski New York. I will fish the Salmon River in tell mid to late May, depending on how well the Steelhead runs last. After this, I will be back home and fish the local trout streams.

Final note, if you're interested in fishing with me this spring, please consider getting in contact with me soon so you can ensure the dates that you would like to fish. My spring calendar is starting to fill so it would be wise not to wait too long.

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