This is a 17 pound Atlantic Salmon caught in Lake Ontario on August 16, 2001. This fish was caught on a silver and green pirate 55 spoon trolled 50 feet down at a speed of about 2.7 miles an hour.
Atlantic Salmon are stocked by the DEC in Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, Cayuga Lake , and Seneca Lake.. At one time they were a native species to Lake Ontario, but years of over fishing, pollution and degradation of spawning streams brought about thier demise. Since very little natural reproduction occurs, annual stocking is required to maintain a desirable population size.
In the spring, Atlantic salmon are found in the shallower waters. Once water temperatures reaches the upper 50's, they will move offshore into deeper water. Here they will feed heavily on smelt and alewives. Fisherman looking to target Atlantic salmon will use downriggers, lead-core line, and dipsey divers to get the lures to the desired depths.
The current state record for Atlantic Salmon is 24 pounds and 15 ounces and was caught by Mike Dandino on April 5, 1997 from Lake Ontario.