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10 Tips for Salmon Fishing

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Aug 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM
Rod McCoremick

When drillers need to take a break, many of us like to go out into nature. What better way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors than to do some fishing... salmon fishing in particular. Salmon fishing is the best way to get really fresh salmon that you can eat at home right away or smoke and use later. Salmon thrive in both fresh water and saltwater and can be found on the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They are one of the most popular game fish and very popular for eating. So let’s learn more about salmon fishing with tips for both novice and veteran fishermen.


1) Make sure your hooks are sharp

Catching salmon will be difficult if your hooks are dull. Salmon have a thick jaw that can make setting a hook more difficult. Make sure that your hooks are razor sharp and you’ll have a better chance for success.


2) Fish when it’s overcast

Days that are overcast will be more successful for salmon fishing because salmon prefer low lighting conditions. Fishing at dawn or dusk are also good options as they provide optimal light conditions for salmon. If you can’t help but go out on a sunny day, you can still catch salmon but they may not be as active and will be in deeper water.


3) Use the best bait

One of the best ways to catch salmon is to use live bait such as roe (eggs). Other options include “cut bait”, which is a strip of fish, usually a herring or a smelt or using a “spoon” which is a thin, artificial lure that mimics the movement of fish when it moves. Some fishermen use flashtrap spinners as well.


4) When on a river use the Drift Fishing method

Drift fishing involves casting your bait upstream and letting it float down over an area where you believe the salmon are. This will make your bait appear more realistic.


5) Use a different method on open water

Salmon tend to head into the incoming tide and will have a better chance of seeing your bait if you fish with the flow of the tide instead of against it.


6) Follow the laws

Make sure you get a license, a special stamp and whatever is required by law in the territory in which you are fishing. Otherwise you may end up with a hefty fine.


7) Use flashy bait

Make sure your bait has something flashy on it to attract the fish. As we mentioned above, salmon prefer low lighting conditions, so in dark and deep waters they are attracted to something that flashy.


8) Use a red line

The first color that dissipates when it goes into the water is red. In as little as 15 feet of water, the colour red can disappear, meaning that the line will be invisible to fish at his depth or deeper. However, you should note that sockeye salmon can see red.


9) Pay attention to timing

For success, note that peak fishing times are one hour before or after high or low tide.


10) Pick the right location

Even with all the tips above, you may be out of luck if you have not picked the right location. The key is knowing when fish are moving in a specific area and to get there at the right time.


Grilling fresh salmon over a BBQ can’t be beat. Many drillers are globe trotters and there are many incredible areas for salmon fishing. We’ll give you a few weeks to practice these tips and then we’ll look at some of the best places to go.


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