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Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan

The Salmon River (Oswego County) supports an exceptional amount of sportfishing effort which, in some years, has exceeded one million angler hours and surpassed the Lake Ontario open-lake boat angler effort. This tremendous angler effort, which occurs in a relatively short length of river, presents significant fisheries management and societal challenges.

The purpose of the Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan (PDF, 418 KB) is to guide efforts and resources toward enhancing the Salmon River's status as New York State's premier, year-round angling destination for lake-run trout and salmon (salmonids) over the next 15 years (2018-2033). The Plan, which is founded on the Fish Community Objectives for Lake Ontario (Stewart et al. 2013), was developed in close consultation with a variety of Salmon River stakeholders. The Plan's focus is on higher level objectives and management strategies aimed at maintaining or improving the lake-run salmonid fisheries of the 17 miles of the main stem Salmon River and its major tributaries (hereafter referred to as the River) below the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir.

The Plan calls for development of a yearly workplan (PDF, 212 KB) to guide actions and to share with stakeholders at annual "State of the Salmon River Fishery" meetings.

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