What Are a Few Facts About Fishing in Pulaski, New York?


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Pulaski, New York, is located on the Salmon River, which has 12 miles of public fishing rights. The region is a major area for sport fishing in the United States and includes the shore of Lake Ontario, located 3 miles west of Pulaski. As of 2015, there have been two major records set in the river: the world-record Coho salmon, which weighed 33 lbs., 4 oz. and the Great Lakes-record Chinook salmon, which weighed 47 lbs., 13 oz.

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There are five primary types of fish that serve as gamefish in the Pulaski area: Chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon, Coho salmon, brown trout and steelhead. These fish are stocked each year by the Salmon River Fish Hatchery and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Some natural salmon reproduction may also take place in the river.

Fishing in the Salmon River can be accessed at several points in Pulaski. Examples include Blackhole at North Jefferson and Bridge Streets, Short Bridge Pool at Route 11 and Long Bridge Pool at South Jefferson Street. Those needing a handicapped-accessible path should use the Route 3 Crossing site at Port Ontario.

Fishing tourism is an important business in Pulaski. As of 2015, the town holds a Salmon River Festival in the fall to mark the end of the fishing season. The festival is typically held on the farmers' market site in town.

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