Salmon Fishing on lake ontario
Chinook or “King” Salmon are the largest of the Lake Ontario trout and salmon. There’s a reason anglers call them King Salmon – these fish are some of the lake’s most desired species for Sportfishing and Tournament Anglers.
The start of the Chinook fishing season for the West end of the lake out of Wilson Harbor begins in May. A large concentration of the lakes Salmon population are attracted to the plume of nutrient rich water entering Lake Ontario from Lake Erie in the spring. This plume draws the bait thus attracting the Kings.
Chinook prefer cold water temps. ideally at around 42-55 deg. Fahrenheit, so the warmer it gets the further offshore you’ll have to go. You’re looking at fishing anywhere between 100–700 feet deep depending on wind and currents in mid summer we could be 20miles off-shore.
In late Aug. early Sept the fish prepare for their fall spawning run, they begin to move into the mouths of the lake’s tributaries. The action heats up as these fish are at their heaviest weight. The Salmon are beasts, have extremely hard jaws, and only around for a short window of time. We call this fishing for “Staging Kings”. It typically ends the last week of Sept.
Coho and Atlantic Salmon are the two other species we catch on Lake Ontario. The Coho and Atalntic do not get as large as the Kings but are known to be acrobatic when hooked, still produce a great fight, and the best table fare of our salmon species
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