The Salmon River is world famous and is known to be the home of the finest salmon and steelhead fishery in the state thanks to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery. Every fall thousands of King and Coho salmon make their way up the river to spawn before their biological clocks run out. This typically takes place in September and October. Salmon are big, powerful fish that give every angler a run for their money. Every season thousands of anglers flock to the salmon river from all over to target these incredible fighting fish. Once those eggs start to drop, the Steelhead (my personal favorite) and Brown trout run the river as well gorging themselves on the salmon eggs and to spawn themselves. Brown trout spawn November to December and the Steelhead come in to eat the salmon eggs and holdover throughout the winter to spawn in the spring. After the Steelhead spawn they drop back to the lake and gorge themselves eating everything they can on their way out. It is thanks to these spawning fish that make the Salmon river the incredible fishery that it is.
The Oswego river is in my opinion one of the finest and underrated Steelhead and Brown trout fisheries in the state when conditions allow it. At some points throughout the year the river is so high and fast it is almost unfishable. Typically the Oswego river salmon run starts a few weeks later than the Salmon river. The Oswego river is a short fishery due to its series of dams, it starts out deep where anglers typically fish with slip floats and plugs from the edge/wall and gets shallower as you make your way way up river to the first dam where fishermen wade. Although it doesn't see the number of fish the Salmon river sees each season, the fish are more condensed so if you know the spots the fishing can be off the hook or should I say on the hook. The spawning fish run the river with one goal in mind and that is to get up as high as possible and reach the area they imprinted on which since a dam is in their way they stack up at the bottom of the dam which means the dam also stacks up with fishermen.