Capt. Bob Songin has been salmon fishing the western end of Lake Ontario for over 30 years as a professional, running a full time service fishing over 120 days a year. He makes his home out of the Orleans County port of Oak Orchard/Point Breeze most of the year but actively fishes the Niagara County port of Wilson to take advantage of the great spring salmon fishery during the month of May.
Capt. Bob was the founder of the first net pen program on Lake Ontario, managing the construction of the pens and the activities of the project for 18 years. This involved the coordination of the care, feeding and release of more than 1.4 million salmon fingerlings and 200,000 yearling steelhead for Oak Orchard harbor. This project helped promote the imprinting and survival of the fish stocked at the Oak Orchard site, providing for better fishing for all stakeholders. He has unselfishly given his time and energy over many years to participate in fisheries management activities with the DEC to help all of us enjoy a quality Lake Ontario fishery.
He has also been a regular participant in the derbies and tournaments fishing both the north and south shore of western Lake Ontario and has won or cashed numerus times during his tournament career. Some of his accomplishments include first place finishes in the ESLO derbies, Orleans County derbies, Niagara Pro-Am tournament and St. Catharine’s Scotty contests in Canada. With many additional top 10 finishes, Bob has learned to successfully adapt to the changing conditions of Lake Ontario over the years. He has become proficient in the different techniques available to entice bigger salmon to take his offerings on a regular basis. Bob has also been a long standing member of “Team Dreamweaver” and on the pro-staff of “A-Tom-Mik Trolling Flies.” He also produces the daily fishing report “At the Oak” when at his home port and “At the Bar” when fishing in Wilson to provide honest information to help anglers become more successful and encourage more participation in the Lake Ontario fishery.