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The Salmon River

The Salmon River flows out of the Tug Hill Region and into Lake Ontario. The Salmon River is home to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, which stocks Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout into the Salmon River. Salmon will then live as juveniles in the Salmon River and then migrate out into Lake Ontario, where they live and grow, until they are ready to make a spawning run up the Salmon River. The Salmon return each September and October in great numbers. In addition to these stocked salmon, there is also a significant portion of our run that is wild return and not born or raised in a hatchery.

The Steelhead will then arrive shortly after the salmon to feed on the eggs female salmon are dropping and will winter over in the Salmon River until they spawn in March and April, before returning to Lake Ontario in late April into early May. 

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