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Salmon Fishing

The Salmon River

Headwaters Cabins is located across the road from the Upper Fly Zone of the Salmon River. The river stretches 17 miles through Oswego County until it empties into Lake Ontario with 13 miles of public fishing rights along the river. The Salmon River is without a doubt, the most famous salmon and steelhead river in the entire northeast. 

The Fish

The Salmon River is home to an annual run of chinook, Coho and Atlantic salmon. Other fish species include steelhead (rainbow trout), brown trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, fall fish, shorthead redhorse and white sucker. The river is stocked yearly with around 300,000 Chinook salmon, 80,000 Coho salmon, 120,000 Washington strain steelhead, 40,000 Skamania strain steelhead & 30,000 Atlantic salmon. It currently holds two major sport fishing records: the great lakes record Chinook at 47 lbs, 13 ounces, and the world record Coho at 33 lbs, 4 ounces.

Rainbow Trout caught in the East Branch

Check the Line

The Salmon River is hydro electrically controlled. For current fishing information a fishing hotline is available at Region 7 Fishing Hotline or by calling (607) 753-1551. For current water level visit USGS or call 1-800-452-1742 code 365123. While you are here be sure to visit the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, the state’s largest hatchery, maintained by the Department of Environment Conservation just down the road!


Headwaters Cabins located across the road of the Salmon River Upper Fly Zone
and just down the road from the Reservoir offering year round fishing.

Salmon River Fishing Calendar


Salmon Fishing


Fishing guides go fishing five to seven days a week, many times twice a day. He or she is a professional, and the business is finding fish and getting the fish in the boat and back to the dock.  

Salmon River Fishing Guides

  • Midway ChartersMidway is a 30' fish catching machine that is fully rigged to the max with the very latest in state-of-the-art electronics with plenty of room onboard with deck space for up to four anglers. 

  • Zero Limit Adventures - their team of guides are experienced, qualified, and equipped to provide patient instruction, remain positive, and remember the little details. 

Headwaters Cabins

2358 County Rt 22, Altmar, NY 13302

(585) 261-1486

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