The Salmon River begins its journey to Lake Ontario in the Tug Hill region.
Steelhead (Rainbow Trout) and Brown Trout will begin to enter the river to feed on salmon eggs. Some of these fish will remain in the river throughout the winter before spawning between mid-March and early April, at which that time greater numbers of fish will enter the river. Fishing activity on the Salmon River once again peaks during the spring spawning season. Both Brown Trout and Seelhead are capable of spawning multiple times during their lifespan, and many "drop back" to Lake Ontario after spawning; these fish are aggressive feeders and popular targets of anglers.
Although river-running salmon and trout cannot migrate beyond the Lighthouse Hill Dam, the reservoirs and river stretches beyond the dam are also utilized by anglers, although to a lesser degree than the lower river.The Lighthouse Hill Reservoir contains gamefish such as resident rainbow trout, largemouth bass and brown trout, in addition to more typical species such as yellow perch, rock bass, brown bullhead, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. The upper Salmon River Reservoir contains both largemouth and smallmouth bass, in addition to some walleye, brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout; black crappie, yellow perch and bluegill are also present in the reservoir. Above the upper reservoir, the North Branch Salmon River and the Mad River are both annually stocked with brook trout, while the East Branch Salmon River is annually stocked with both rainbow trout and brook trout.
Be advised that Snagging, the indiscriminate taking of fish using weighted hooks that are ripped through the water with quick jerking motions, is prohibited on the Salmon River. The Department of Environmental Conservation patrols the river during he fall salmon run.
You can fish for many types of recreational fish on the lake. Large and Small Mouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and Muskellunge