Steelhead and Brown Trout

Season: October to May | Trip Length: 6 hours to 8 hours

Steelhead and brown trout season is one of our favorite times of the year. These fish are one of the most sought after fish in our river and tributaries and bring out the most diehard of anglers that are looking for a chance at that once in a lifetime catch. As these trout flood the river on the hunt for tasty salmon eggs, the steelhead stick around throughout the whole winter into the spring when they spawn before heading back to the lake.

Our favorite times to specifically target brown trout is the month of November into early December although throughout the whole winter and into spring they will sporadically end up on the end of our line. Steelhead fishing is great from late October to May with Late October, November, and April being some of the most popular time periods with plenty of hungry fish and mild weather.

On this trip we specialize in using spinning, fly, back trolling and centerpin gear to target these fish so if there is something specific you would like to learn or experience please let us know prior to your trip.

We do most trips entirely out of the drift boat with heaters to help keep everyone warm but we do offer wading trips for anyone who decides the drift boat isn’t for them. Most of these trips take place on the world famous Salmon River but we will sometimes chase the hot bite to Oswego River and nearby tributaries.

Targeted species

The species we target on these trips are steelhead and brown trout. 

What do I need to bring?

Everything you need to fish is included in your trip. We do encourage waders for drift boat trips but they aren’t required as most trips are entirely from the boat. We ask that you arrive dressed for the weather conditions, have a valid NYS license and bring any snacks or drinks you might want for the day.

Experience Level

Absolutely no experience is required and children and families are always welcome!


2 person trip 6 hours – $400  

2 person trip 8 hours – $450

3 person trip 6 hours – $500  

3 person trip 8 hours – $550

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More questions?

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