Broad Horizons Guide and Charter Service primarily focuses on the six salmon and trout species present in Lake Ontario, Chinook (King) salmon, Coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, Steelhead/Rainbow trout, Brown trout and Lake trout. During certain parts of the season we may focus on one or more of these sportfish more than others. However, any of them could be encountered on my Lake Ontario fishing charters.
To help support Lake Ontario’s world-class fishery, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation operates a stocking program. The contribution of the stocking program is imperative to the health of Lake Ontario’s sportfishing industry. Each year, the NYSDEC determines appropriate stocking numbers for each species.
2016 Stocking Numbers:
Chinook/King salmon 1.88 Million fish
Coho salmon 316,000 fish
Steelhead/Rainbow trout 662,170 fish
Brown trout 495,620 fish
Atlantic salmon 156,270 fish
Lake trout 384,250 fish
The Salmon River Hatchery in Altmar, NY is a major hatchery facility for rearing of the salmon and trout stocked into Lake Ontario each year. Since the hatchery’s construction in 1980, it has been raising Chinook/King salmon, Coho salmon, Steelhead/Rainbow trout, Brown trout, and Atlantic salmon for the stocking program in Lake Ontario. The facility is open to the public during certain parts of the year and viewing is available for egg collection from the spawning salmon during October.