The fall salmon run is in full swing in Oswego County and that means big business for the local economy.
Anglers line the shores of the Salmon river every fall, some from around the world, trying to land one of the most coveted sport fish of all. Three varieties: Chinook, Coho and King salmon grow to enormous size in Lake Ontario. At this time of year, they swim upstream into the tributaries to spawn.
V alentine Pagan and Stuart Keefer came to Oswego County from Staten Island to be part of this annual migration. After striking out the last two years, they decided to hire Dave Paro as their guide. Pagan landed a 29 1/2 pound King salmon She described the experience as 'tiring, really really tiring running up and down, but a great fight, Nothing better than that you know."
O fficials figure anglers taking part in the fall salmon run pump $22 million into the local economy. They're one reason why researchers from Southwick Associates recently ranked New York's sport fishing industry in second place behind Florida in total expenditures by anglers. It amounts to a total of $2.7 billion annually.
Dave Paro of Dave's Executive Guide Services told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon, "This is make or break season for a lot of businesses around here. Salmon season is 6 weeks in the fall. People come from all around the world to be here."