Catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon
Capt. Jimmy Samia
So how do you catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon on a regular basis day after day? The answer quite simply is that you can’t! That’s right. You can’t, but there are bunch of things that you can do to increase your odds of doing so. In my previous post, “The year of the Thirty Pounders”, it was pointed out that there was no one specific thing that would catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon day after day.
The biggest thing that defines my style of fishing for my Lake Ontario fishing charters is fishing in temperature and for me, 90% of the time, that will be 44 degrees. It is a very rare occasion that i will not have items running in 44* water when I am out to catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon. That is a big statement to make, but if there is one key to upping the odds to catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon, this may well be it. Not all rods will be deployed in 44* degree water. There will be items fished above and below the 44* mark as well. When fishing for mature salmon, it is not uncommon to catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon down in the ice. We have taken huge kings in water as cold as 39.5* which by the way, is the temperature at which water is its most densest.We call these fish “coming out of the ice”! We have also taken mature kings on the higher rods in the spread in much warmer water, sometimes as warm as in the sixties. Looking back, the number one overall presentation item for putting huge kings in the boat would have to be an attractor fly combo made up of either e-chips and spinnies with an Atommik fly. The best apparatus by far for running attractor flies was the dipsey divers. The second best item this past season used to catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon was cut bait run behind an attractor with the best method of deployment being downriggers.
This past season, the copper set ups were not as good as in years past for producing the monster fish for us. This is not typical, as in past years and historically, copper wires have been my number one producer of thirty pound kings. The coppers produced many kings, just not the behemoths. We ran both attractor and flies as well as cut bait on our coppers. This past season was our best ever to catch thirty pound Lake Ontario king salmon. Talking with some of the other charter captains and mates in Oswego, the general consensus was that there were quite a few larger fish around than in past seasons. If you would like to check out more on how we like to fish on our charter boat, you can read more at www.acecharters.com in our info and tips section.