How deep do you fish for salmon?


You do not need to have your gear more than 15 feet deep for Coho (Silver) Salmon. Many Coho are caught in the top 7 feet of water. Chinook can be deeper, but in the morning, they will be feeding up high with the Coho.

What is the best bait for salmon fishing?

Salmon eggs are the top choice for bait, although sand shrimp are very popular for chinook salmon. Some anglers like to fish both at the same time. Marabou jigs (Photo 10) can be used instead of bait and can be especially effective on pink salmon, or other salmon when the water is very low and clear.

How fast should I troll for salmon?

Anywhere from 1.8 to 3 mph is the best.

What is the best bait for salmon fishing?

Salmon eggs are the top choice for bait, although sand shrimp are very popular for chinook salmon. Some anglers like to fish both at the same time. Marabou jigs (Photo 10) can be used instead of bait and can be especially effective on pink salmon, or other salmon when the water is very low and clear.

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What is the best month for salmon fishing?

Arguably, peak salmon season is from June to August in which pretty much every popular type of wild salmon is being caught and is available for sale. That said, due to the way this fish is prepared, the best time to buy salmon starts in early summer and goes through till the end of the calendar year.

What time of day is best to catch salmon?

Often the most reliable time for salmon fishing is from dawn to 10am. If you have limited time for salmon fishing, be sure to fish early in the morning. Not only will you secure a good spot, but salmon often bite more readily in cooler water.

How far behind the boat should you troll?

Is 3 mph too fast for trolling?

The best trolling speed depends on several factors including the type of fish, water conditions and lure choice. In general, trolling speeds between 1.5 and 2.5 mph, as measured by GPS, are a good starting place for most species like walleye, trout and salmon.

What does salmon bite on?

The 4 best baits for fishing salmon in rivers are the spawn bag, the trout bead, the fly, and the plastic worm. These baits come in different sizes and colors and some will fish better than others depending on the conditions.

What colors do salmon see best?

The colors that show up in the deepest water are greens, blues and blacks. All glow lures glow green. In addition, Ultra Violet colors can be added to your tackle box, as they show up at all depths. While we can’t see UV colors, salmon see them very well.

Does salmon like live bait?

Catch Them with Cut Baits Real fish are highly effective baits for catching salmon. Pieces of herring, mooching, sardines or shad are some of the most common cut baits. Cut fish can serve as a primary bait when rigged with hooks, or they can be added to spoons or other lures to increase the appeal of these lures.

What size hook do I use for salmon fishing?

Sizes 6 & 4 are a good general size. For Salmon or larger trout use 4 or 2. Size 8 for pressured or finicky trout.

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What is the best bait for salmon fishing?

Salmon eggs are the top choice for bait, although sand shrimp are very popular for chinook salmon. Some anglers like to fish both at the same time. Marabou jigs (Photo 10) can be used instead of bait and can be especially effective on pink salmon, or other salmon when the water is very low and clear.

What is the best tasting salmon?

Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha), also known as King salmon, is considered by many to be the best-tasting of the salmon bunch. They have a high-fat content and corresponding rich flesh that ranges from white to a deep red color.

How much is a king salmon worth?

Wild king salmon prices range from $30 and $70 per pound, and at that cost, you deserve this kind of information.

Is braided line good for salmon fishing?

Is it worth fishing in the rain?

Rainy weather also creates desirable conditions for lake fishing. Many species of fish are more active under dark conditions, than in bright sunlight. Particularly in clear water lakes.

What triggers salmon to run?

Adult salmon return to their natal stream for reproduction. It may be triggered by day length, water temperature or other environmental changes. Some salmon swim thousands of miles to get to the mouth of the stream where they were born.

Should I troll with the tide or against it?

During high tides, the neighboring bars and flats often harbor the majority of fish, which tend to spread out to hunt for food. Most species can be caught by trolling both with the tide and against it.

Should you troll with or against the current?

When in an area with current, troll crosscurrent as opposed to with and/or against the current. Going crosscurrent, you don’t have to worry about how the current is affecting your lure’s or bait’s speed through the water. Plus, fish generally swim into the current.

Should you troll with or against the tide?

Troll with the Tide: Always. It will allow you the most control and the ability to drop on bottom dwellers. It also looks the most natural in strong current since most baitfish have no option but to ride the tide. Your lures, therefore, will look the most natural.

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How do you troll for salmon?

You can pair your bait or lure with a trolling flasher, a long shaped piece of plastic that is trolled in front of your lure or bait. This tricks your Salmon into thinking that another Salmon is attacking their bait, and they’ll want in on the action!

How do you mark a fishing line for trolling?

Buy some rod wrap thread. Then measure where you want to mark. Palce a drop of super glue there. Take the rod wrap thread and make a series of half hitches (10-15 should be fine) with the rod wrap thread in the glue aroung the braided line.

What scents attract salmon?

Vanilla extract, DMSO, herring oil, rootbeer extract and sugars are all proven salmon-getters. Salmon have an affinity to sweets, so keep that in mind. Today’s salmon scents can be applied to just about any terminal gear.

Can you catch salmon with worms?

Biologists in Demark found that more than 90 percent of certain types of wild fish were infested with nematode larvae. Another study, by researchers in Alaska, revealed that all the fresh-caught salmon who were examined had nematode infestations.

Are salmon hard to reel in?

Salmon have a hard mouth: It’s almost impossible to hook a salmon that is pointed straight at you. They must turn at an angle to get hooked. The cookbook method on hooking your bites is to stop the moment you feel the bite – don’t set the hook, don’t reel.

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