Want to experience salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario? Well, you better have if you want to go through another level of excitement that fishing actually brings. But before you go packing your bags and give in to your itch, don’t you want to know any information about Lake Ontario? I bet you do, so here it is!
Lake Ontario is one of the top fishing destinations of the state of New York and one of the five Great Lakes that provide a border between United States and Canada, not to mention the 14th largest lake in the whole world. Lake Ontario measures 193 miles long and 53 miles wide with 726 miles of shoreline, and an average depth of 283 ft. and maximum depth of 800 ft. Given that information, you can easily imagine how many species of fish swarming within it.
If you decided to go for salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario, you may want to consider one the many fishing charter trip. I can almost hear you say why, but why not? If you do, you also get to encounter not only salmon and trout, but also other species like walleye, bass, and perch. Lake Ontario has many ports where in you can find a lot of available charter boats. And besides fishing charter boats could be beneficial, especially if you are less experienced or no experience at all. The captains of these fishing charters are more that eager to teach or help you catch some trout and salmon. You just have to keep in mind, though, that make sure to make your reservations in advance, particularly during fishing season, so as not delay your fishing your fishing trip.
Not only that, most fishing charters for salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario offer trips that suit budget and specific needs. You can have a choice of fishing charter only or the one that include lodging, for half day, full day or even multiple day charter – again, whatever suits you best! Also, custom design charters are available. Or, if you are with a large group, multiple boat charters are available, as well. Fishing charters in Lake Ontario are as flexible as you want them to be. Very convenient, isn’t it?
Form the many choices of boat charter packages, salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario will be as exciting as ever! Whether half day, full day, or even a week or more days of fishing, you may ran out of budget, but salmon and trout never will. I’m quite sure that a come back for the year, if next month is impractical especially if you are from other place, is not impossible as fishing is an activity you can never get enough of. Don’t you agree, fishing enthusiast?
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One of the greatest thrills in Pacific Northwest fly fishing is bringing large anadramous fish to a surface fly. While surface fishing in the saltwater is not as popular as subsurface fly fishing, feeding saltwater coho salmon will take a popper quite aggressively. Neah Bay is the best place to cast flies for coho salmon in Washington State, and I believe it’s also the best place to catch coho / silver salmon on a cast popper.
Of course, there’s a long tradition of trolling flies on the surface in the Pacific Northwest. But there’s a move away from trolling (which I do not believe is fly fishing) to casting and retrieving surface poppers in the Pacific Northwest.
First things first, fishing a popper for saltwater salmon is going to lower the number of fish you hook most of the time. If numbers of fish are your goal, I still recommend fishing a sinking line and a baitfish pattern, such as a clouser minnow. Surface fishing in the Pacific Ocean for feeding salmon is not about numbers of salmon hooked. You will have lots of follows, slashes, and boils at your fly. But out of all the interest, most of the salmon will not grab the fly. This is what makes this type of fishing so much fun. You watch the fish follow, and attempt to entice the salmon by slowing down or speeding up the retrieve (some days faster works, other days slower works). It is truly one of the greatest fishing thrills in the Pacific Northwest.
For this fishing, I prefer fishing 30′ shooting head fly lines. Fishing surface flies for saltwater salmon offshore of Neah Bay demands long casts. Basically, the more line you can throw, the more fish you will bring to the surface. I believe that shooting head fly lines give you the most distance with the least effort, especially considering a rolling deck and persistent winds. I like a .30 diameter floating running line. It gives you distance but without the tangling drawbacks of amnesia or other running lines. Remember, fly lines in a boat seem to seek out tangles. I use buckets with weighted bases to hold the fly line when casting and stripping the fly back along the surface.
An important part of popper fishing for salmon is the retrieve. I like a steady retrieve that makes the fly slowly wake along the surface, slowly covering productive fish holding water. The slow retrieve also gives following fish more time to make a decision to strike. It seems that fish will stop following once the fly gets within 10-20 feet of the boat (another reason to practice casting). To get this retrieve, I will tuck the fly rod under my arm and do a two-handed retrieve. This retrieve gives the angler more control and allows you to have that steady retrieve the coho salmon seem to love. Of course, like all fishing there are exceptions to every rule, so don’t be afraid to pop the surface fly instead of the steady retrieve. It may be just the ticket when the salmon won’t go for the typical retrieve. Coho fishing success is all about fishing hard and a willingness to experiment.
Like many forms of fishing that are less effective, popper fishing does require some dedication. Stick with it, even if you know for certain you are going to catch more fish by grabbing your other rod rigged with a sinking line and a baitfish pattern. You will rise coho salmon when you least expect it, and you will gain the most important thing when it comes to popper fishing for coho salmon…. Confidence! Confidence is the key to true success in fishing poppers in the saltwater.
I hope you learned a few things about popper fishing for coho salmon at Neah Bay. It is the most challenging way of hooking feeding salmon in the saltwater.