Salmon Catch Rate Hits Record High On Lake Ontario

Salmon Catch Rate Hits Record High On Lake Ontario

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The salmon catch rate on Lake Ontario in 2017 hit a record high. That's according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC estimates that boat anglers caught 96,226 Chinook salmon and harvested 53,871 last year.

As part of the state’s fisheries management efforts, the DEC has surveyed Lake Ontario boat anglers to estimate fishing quality and fish harvest annually since 1985.

The state says Chinook salmon fishing has been exceptional since 2003, and survey results reveal that anglers experienced the highest catch rate ever recorded during the 2017 fishing season.

Chinook or “king” salmon are the largest and most sought-after Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes and are an excellent fighting fish.

Lake Ontario produces some of the largest Chinook salmon in the Great Lakes, with many fish exceeding 30 pounds or more. The fishery is currently supported by both stocked and naturally reproduced fish.

The state says excellent Chinook salmon fishing in Lake Ontario is expected to continue into 2018.

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