Salmon River

David Chanatry/New York State Reporting Project

A thiamine deficiency might be to blame for a recent die-off of steelhead trout in the Salmon River.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it began receiving reports about steelhead trout swimming erratically and dying in the Salmon River and other rivers off Lake Ontario last month. Three fish were sent to Cornell's Aquatic Animal Health Lab, where research scientist Rod Getchell examined the fish for diseases.

Once the fish is out of the water

Nov 1, 2014
Julia Botero / WRVO

Parts of Oswego county see a lot of business during fishing season. After a day on the Salmon River. fishermen can stop at campgrounds and shacks along State Route 13 in Pulaski to have their catch filleted, smoked, or turned into steaks. WRVO reporter Julia Botero visited Stoney's Pineville Campground for a behind-the-scenes look at what happens after the big fish are out of the water.

Fishermen outnumber salmon in Pulaski

Oct 25, 2014
Julia Botero / WRVO

Thousands of anglers have been dropping hooks into the Salmon River in Pulaski to catch salmon swimming upstream to spawn. These past weekends, the run hasn't been thick enough to see the salmon in the water . WRVO reporter  Julia Botero spent a Saturday in Pulaski when there seemed to be more fishermen than salmon.

Joanna Richards

Each fall, thousands of salmon swim upstream along the Salmon River and nearby creeks, trying to return to the state's Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, where they were born. The fish head home to spawn. But they face a gauntlet of fisherman in the waterways around Pulaski, drawn by the fishes' large sizes and numbers. In this audio postcard, Joanna Richards spoke with local Pulaski resident and 30-year-fisherman Jose Fernandez along a small stream, where he was stalking salmon and escaping the crowd.

Gino Geruntino/WRVO

The village of Altmar attracts anglers of all types who fish along the Salmon River, known for its Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead trout. But one Syracuse-based real estate developer is hoping the river will attract dollars as well.

Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River

Jan 1, 2013
David Chanatry/New York State Reporting Project

In recent years both the federal and New York state governments have been studying how best to re-introduce – salmon -- to New York’s Salmon River.  That might come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever fished the river, known for its salmon of eye-popping size.