If you frequent this website you probably know I love Google maps. Google maps are a great way to scout new fishing locations even if they are well known fisheries like the famous Salmon River. Using the 'Satellite' and 'Terrain' buttons in the upper right-hand corner and the navigation buttons in the upper left-hand corner of the map allow you to view satellite imagery and USGS style topo-maps of the area and to zoom in to see amazing detail, including places to park and trails to the river. You can also grab Peg-Man (the little orange dude) in the upper left-hand corner and drag him around the map to enter Streetview where you can see actual photographs taken along any of the roads that are light up in blue (I know I need to make a video to show you how to use this Google Map).
The Salmon River fishing access points (red icons) on the map were provided courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC provides the GPS coordinates for all DEC designated parking areas for all trout streams in New York state via the DEC Mapping Gateway, which is a phenomenal resources for us map junkies.
The lower Salmon River consists of ~ 13 miles of world famous salmon, steelhead and brown trout water stemming from the Lower Reservoir to Lake Ontario.
The upper reaches, from Lower Reservoir to Altmar contain two fly fishing only sections each with a DEC designated parking area. Special fishing regulations apply in these fly fishing only sections.
Below Altmar to Pulaski are numerous DEC parking areas and public access points to the Salmon River. This reach of the river is open to all approved forms of fishing including spin fishing, center pin and fly fishing and is heavily pressured, especially during the height of the Salmon Season from early September to mid-October.
Below Pulaski is the Douglaston Salmon Run (DSR), a private 2.5 mile stretch of some of the best salmon and steelhead water on the river. The daily rod fee to fish the DSR is $45 (at the time of this writing), and from what I understand, well worth it.
Below the DSR is the Salmon River Estuary which is essentially a stillwater fishery and best fished by boat.
So now that you know where to go fishing on the Salmon River - go and enjoy!
Ken Sperry is the editor of Fly Fishing Reporter and a life-long fly fisherman. When not fishing he's usually out running with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He also dabbles in building websites and smartphone apps.
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