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.
Credit 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.