Salmon Fishing Tips
Salmon fishing season is nearly in full swing for the Northwest portion of the country. Besides the tasty eating, part of the draw of salmon fishing is the wide variety of angling techniques that can be employed to catch the popular sport fish. The following are several salmon fishing tips to use next time out.
Backtrolling plugs is one of the more popular methods employed by salmon anglers on the Olympic Peninsula and boat fishermen near the Kenai Peninsula. Easy to use and generally very effective, it gives most anglers of any skill level a good chance of catching a fish. It is employed by letting out about fifty feet of line with a plug attached. Holding it against the current, the plug plunges to the bottom and moves around in a wiggling motion. The boat then commences a slow trolling speed downstream into areas where fish are gathered. The idea is that the plug’s action will annoy a fish enough to make an aggressive hit. The use of plugs is widely preferred for catching king salmon.
Some extra salmon fishing tips for plug fishing include making sure that the pole is held completely still. This can either be achieved with a rod holder or a very steady hand. It is important to keep the rod still with this method as any movement can halt the plug’s action. Do not use too heavy of a line as it will impede the plug’s downward progress.
Drift fishing is a method preferred by many an accomplished steelhead fisherman. It requires a decent casting ability and the skill to feel a relatively light bite from the fish. It is used for salmon, but less commonly. The idea for this salmon fishing tip is to cast a bait or drift bobber with a small lead weight a bit upstream from the angler. The angler then lets it move downstream past them. Fish may hit this more out of curiosity and thus will not bite hard. It is important to strike fast once the fish stops the bait.
Some extra salmon fishing tips for drift fishing include using longer leaders, using a more sensitive casting rod and reel and finally, increasing the amount of lead on the line if it is having problems getting upstream. Casting harder upstream will simply increase the likelihood of snagging the line.
Float fishing with a bobber and jig, bait or a worm is another method that can have some success if the angler has an idea of how deep to rig the bait. This is the general method used for trout or other panfish.
Other salmon fishing tips include using spoons and spinners, which is more of a steelhead technique, but can be used with varying levels of success for salmon. The general use for this technique is to cast out and then slowly retrieve. The angler reels in just enough to engage the specific hardware’s action. This is simply repeated until a fish bites or the angler decides to try something else.
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