In this section you will find information about the different types of salmon. These species include chinook salmon and coho salmon. Also featured it the preferred tackle and the areas that salmon are most found in a body of water.

Recommended Lures for Salmon:

  1. Spoons
  2. Minnow Bait
  3. Spinners
  4. Flies

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon can be caught in the many rivers of Toronto during specific times of the year. Chinook salmon can be caught all year long. In Lake Ontario during the summer months Chinook salmon are attracted to the deeper cool waters. For boat anglers they can enjoy activity all year long trolling the water depths of the giant lake. For anglers who want to catch Chinook and don’t have access to a boat will have to wait until early fall. In the fall they enter streams to find spawning locations before the lake freezes. In the spring after the ice thaws they return back to the large lake. This run lasts from late February to mid-May.

Optimal baits for Chinook salmon in rivers include, spoons, spinners and small minnow baits. Also fly fishing is effective. When searching for salmon during spawning times look for pools of water that may be immune to heavy currents that can potentially wash away their eggs. Fly fishing close to the banks will produce best results. Salmon love to attack prey in an upward motion which is why flies can be so effective.

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon fishing is excellent during the run up the rivers in the fall. As The Coho travel upstream in search of a spawning location anglers have incredible action. These fish can be caught using spoons, small minnow baits and spinners. Also fly fishing will be effective. As the Coho settle upstream anglers can enjoy action until the ice freezes in December. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to try to catch Coho. Be sure to have pliers for when you remove the hook, as Coho salmon have sharp teeth.

After the ice breaks up, river Coho salmon make the long journey back to cooler part of the lakes, which is where they can be found in the summer months. Note that fish return to the same area they were spawned in. So if great action happens one season, be sure to try that spot next year. Fish for deep pockets in the river as they frequent these spots. The average size for these in the rivers of Toronto are between five to eleven pounds but reach up to twenty pounds.