Chinook Salmon runs in all Lake Ontario tributaries.

Posted on September 30th, 2011

[nggallery id=595]I had the chance of checking out tributaries on both the NY and Canadian side of Lake Ontario and can confirm that the Chinook salmon runs are showing up in some numbers in all of them.  Aldo Nava, operator of Niagara Fishing Adventures and Mark Armitage joined me on the outings.  Some salmon have already been in the tributaries for a few weeks and have finished spawning, while many are just making their way up-stream.  In Olcott, NY we observed both Chinook & Coho salmon, migratory rainbow & brown trout jumping at the base of the Burt Dam.  We had salmon on, while other anglers hooked migratory rainbows and browns.

Mark Armitage holds up his first fly-caught chinook salmon from Bronte Creek.

Today I wanted to check-out Bronte Creek in Oakville, ON and fished in Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  We walked about 1 mile up from the park and spotted about 2-dozen Chinook in rapids and pools.  We ended up landing 4-fish all caught on Cortland fly rod and reel outfits, Cortland weighted forward floating fly line, Vodoo jig-flies and a strike indicator.

The next rains that are predicted should bring a substantial salmon run in again and a mix of brown trout.  Lake Ontario boat fishermen are still catching silver salmon in the 10-15 lb. range up to 12-miles off-shore and also catching fish within a few miles of the tributary mouths.  Many anglers are also taking advantage of the staging salmon that are eagerly waiting to make their run and fishing artificial lures off the piers.

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