People often ask me when is the best time to come to the area to fish the smaller waters for Salmon. I always tell them from Columbus day weekend through the end of October. Some times it is earlier but most years we don't get the needed rain until this time.
These smaller streams are not dam regulated like the Salmon and Oswego rivers therefore if we don't get enough rain the fish stack up in the mouth of the rivers and wait. This presents a whole new chance to fish small streams for Salmon. Some of these streams have public access near the lake but others will require you to get permission from landowners. These waters are often over looked as most anglers focus on the mouth of the Salmon River for estuary fishing.
Once the rain does come these waters fill up with fish. They can be extremely productive first thing in the morning before the sun gets to high and the crowds show up. These waters are often shallower than the bigger waters therefore the fish spook much easier then they would on say the Oswego river. Fish early and fish with light tackle and you will have a blast. I recommend no heavier than 12 lb. test and I normally don't fish over 10. Make sure you have small split shot with you when the water is low so you don't spook fish or get snagged a lot.