Angling guide Brian Peyton talks about using 'a hitch' to rest a pool when fishing for Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Angling guide Pete Stacey talks about a good day fishing for wild Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador.
A rundown of the most popular salmon trolling lures.
Advice on how to use water temperature and various trolling techniques to locate salmon.
Cheat your way to putting more salmon in the boat. Learn how to use a cheater rig to help locate fish.
A rundown of the gear you need and how to set it up in order to catch salmon by downrigging.
Dave Earley gives tips on modifying a jointed lure to increase hook ups while targeting salmon.
Melvin Village is a stunning town in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Every second Sunday of November since the early 1950's, local's and tourists have gathered to witness an event called Salmon Sunday.
The Penobscot River in Maine is highly regarded as some of the best Land lock Salmon and Brooke Trout fishing in the Eastern Untied States.
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service worker Denise Buckley explains to you how Atlantic Salmon are raised at Craig Brook Fish Hatchery in East Orland Main.
Big Squam Lake in Holderness New Hampshire is perfecting breading grounds for Land lock Atlantic Salmon. Large Lake Fisheries Biologist Donald Miller tells you everything you need to know about these specific species.
Big and Little Squam Lakes are found in the northern part of the Lakes region of NH. Known for their big fresh water game fish including Landlock Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Lake Trout, the lakes offer beautiful scenery and great cold and warm water fishing.
Conway Bowman talks about the most important piece of gear every angler needs when sightfishing and the new technology that puts Kaenon Sunglasses at the top.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologist Chris Domina explains how the U.S. Federal government is working to restore the Endangered Sea-Run Atlantic Salmon to Maine Rivers. Follow the hatchery program from receipt of young salmon returning Parr to stocking hatchery raised fish 3 years later.
An annual event since the mid-1950's, Salmon Sunday takes place the second Sunday of November in the small hamlet of Melvin Village, New Hampshire. Children gain hands on experience helping biologists strip female and male salmon of their eggs and milt and what fisheries managers are doing to help perpetuate the fishery in that New England State.
Wisconsinites know the best temperature to serve their beer (cold), Bratwurst (hot), and cheese (room temperature or melted). But one thing that is a little tougher to figure out is the best water temperature to find salmon in so local residents look for a little professional insight for help.
With over 3,400 acres of water at 8,600 feet above sea level, and with breath taking views, ample camping, plenty of wildlife as well as a wide variety of fish, 11 Mile Reservoir offers some wonderful high altitude fishing for anglers at any level.
Perhaps best known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the walrus that populate the docks, San Francisco Bay is a great tourist destination. But it's also a great place for anglers who are willing to challenge the cold and busy waters of San Fra
Sardines are a great bait to use for fishing on the West Coast. Anglers who use this bait are always wondering if baiting your hook a certain way will make a difference to what and how many fish you catch. Captain Frank Falkenburg tells us what works best
When it comes to Alaskan vacations, Elfin Cove may not be on the top of many people's wish lists, but it should be. Located on the northwest corner of Chicagof Island, the area not only offers great fishing, but spectacular scenery with abundant wil
The Chagrin River was designated as a State Scenic River in 1979 and one visit will show you why it received that distinction. The river flows from Bass Lake to Chagrin Harbor and is known for its great steelhead fishing.
Chagrin River Outfitters caries a wide variety of industry brands paired with a large fly tying section specializing in local steelhead fishing. CRO was founded by Dan Pribanic, since opening, he and his staff have gained a knowledge of the fly fishing in
Chagrin Falls is a picturesque village of about 4,000 residents. Named for the scenic falls located in the middle of the town, Chagrin Falls is known for its historic architecture, vibrant arts community and great fishing.
Monument Lake is known as one of the most historical lakes in all of Colorado. With its Native American roots, legends on how a now-toppled rock structure came to be famous. Nowadays, the lake is stocked with browns, rainbows and kokanee salmon, which a
Different conditions will force you to adapt your presentation. Lake Michigan holds some of the best trout and salmon, and if you want to catch them, consistently, you'll have to adjust.
Salmon is the common name for the several species in the family Salmonidae, which also include trout. Salmon are an important commercial and recreational fish that is famous for swimming upriver from the ocean to breed in freshwater. Most of the ocean's salmon are located in the Pacific, with the exception of the Atlantic salmon. They have also been successfully stocked in many large lakes in North America, including the Great Lakes.
Select a species from the list below for detailed information on common types of salmon:
Downrigging for Salmon doesn't have to be like solving a Rubik's cube. Keeping it simple can put fish in the boat; however, becoming a good Salmon angler on the Great Lakes takes time, experience, and attention to detail. Fishing pro Justin Elia discusses 5 basic things you should know about to help make you put more salmon in the boat. Justin is a passionate salmon and steelhead angler, filled with knowledge of fishing the Great Lakes. He shares his expertise and experiences in his blogs in WFN's Pro Anglers section, highlighting his countless hours spent fishing for salmon, as well as providing product reviews and tips. He has played a major role with the Credit River Anglers Association, an organization dedicated to improving the fishery in the Credit River Basin.
How important are electronics on the boat? In my opinion, they are essential. GPS and fish finders are a must. Let’s go over the benefits of each.
A GPS system will allow you to do two things:
When trolling over an area where you have hooked a few fish or gone through a big ball of bait, many anglers hit the “mark” button on their GPS system immediately. Trying to find the same spot could be next to impossible but by using the GPS to your advantage, you can never lose track of your “hot spot”.
Secondly, the Navionics chip is crucial when determining structure and staying on a particular contour line. Most new model GPS/fish finders come equip with the capability. You basically plug it in and the hydrographic chart comes up giving you an underwater lay of the land. The Great Lakes chip has everything you need for Great Lakes downrigging.
Fish finders are even more essential on the water as you need to find depth first and foremost, as well as marking schools of bait and streaking fish. Remember to set the sensitivity up high on the finder; traveling at speeds of 2-3mph requires a higher than normal signal speed to mark fish and bait.
One way to add a second lure to your line is by clipping a cheater line to your main. This is completely legal; in fact most anglers do this until they find a pattern.
Take 6 feet of quality fluorocarbon leader material. Tie a quality snap swivel to each end of the piece of fluorocarbon. Use a Palomar knot for each snap swivel. This is your cheater line.
Your main line of your downrigger rod is attached to a release clip at the downrigger ball. Drop the downrigger ball to the preferred depth, and you're half way there. Take the snap swivel of the cheater line that is not connected to the lure and clip it to main line right at the tip of the rod. Throw the lure in the water and it will slide down to the cusp of the bow in the line, approx. half way to about 5 feet above the downrigger ball. This will allow you to fish different depths on one line.
These vary from time of year to current speeds. I won’t get into temp/speed probes at the downrigger ball but generally you should be trolling between 2-3 mph. Slower in the spring due to cold water and faster as the summer and fall approaches. I’ve found that mature chinook salmon like the 2.4-2.8 range. Once you start trolling faster, you will notice that the species of fish that you’re hooking now will be coho salmon and rainbow trout. These species prefer the bait to be moving a little faster.
You also want to pay attention to your rods when turning while you’re trolling. If an inside rod fires, the fish might be telling you they want it slower. If an outside rod fires, then it’s the opposite. Attention to these details may be the difference in putting 5 fish in the boat and 10.
Having an arsenal of baits on your boat is the key to success. Sometimes fish want spoons one day and flasher/fly the next. Plug-style baits are very productive: use size 3-4 in the spring and summer, and for the staging fish, use size 5 and troll slowly. These baits can be deadly. spoons are a favorite for many salmon anglers, either with aid of a downrigger or lead core line.
Flasher and fly or meat rigs can be a bit more complex to use but are well worth the investment. Pick yourself up a good selection of styles and sizes. Run the fly about 18-22” behind the flasher for the most part. For meat rigs, try herring strips or whole alewife to run with either with a fly, with a teaser head, or even all on its own. Run the whole alewife or herring strip about 4-5 feet behind the flasher. All leader material should be a bit heavier, in the 40lb test area.
A quick note on colors: greens, blues, oranges, blacks, and purples are great colors for the Great Lakes, especially in Lake Ontario.
Here's what I run on my rods. I have 2 dipsy rods loaded with 40lb braided line. Braid is good for its low stretch and resistance to abrasions. It also allows the dipsy to go deeper with less line out, another nice advantage. On my downrigger rods I run 20lb line.
At the beginning of the season, I usually pre-tie all of my leaders. I have my slider leaders which are 20lb test and 6 feet long. I have my dipsy leads for spoons in 20 lb test and are anywhere between 6-8 feet long. And lastly, my flasher leaders, which I run behind my dipsys to the flashers, are 40lb test and 8 feet long.
These tips will definitely make you a better angler out on the Great Lakes. The best advice I could give anyone is don’t be hung up on one set up, because every day is different. Run a variety of baits and let the fish tell you what they want. Once you have a pattern going, just duplicate it.
I want to share with you a story about a company known as Juiced Up Baits, I have found that this is where the strongest, all natural amino acid based scent on the market is produced. If you have read my earlier post on the subject of scent, I was skeptical and doubted their efficiency. However, field testing these products convinced me that Juiced Up Baits was on to something. The
Jeff shares some of the lessons he learned on the water this summer, including the importance of listening to local tackle shop workers.
I would like to share about one of my favorite fish to target and eat. The Kokanee Salmon is a landlocked form of Sockeye Salmon. In Colorado we have them in several bodies of water including but not limited to: Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gross Reservoir, Antero Reservoir, Green Mountain Reservoir, Carter Lake, Dillon Reservoir, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Granby Lake, Grand Lake,
Fly fishing is not a recent attraction, especially on the West Coast. BC salmon fishing can be done this way, for instance, as well as many other places for salmon fishing in Canada. Experts make this type of salmon fishing look easy, however it does require quite a bit of time and effort to get truly skilled at this style. During the fall, and other times depending on the species and area, many salmon return to their home rivers to spawn. This means that there is always an opportunity to catch salmon from shore, but check with local regulations to make sure that a fishing trip is planned at the right time in accordance with the local laws.
The wet fly swing is the best method when fly fishing on a body of water that is too deep for wading and too far to cast across. This method consists of casting the fly at a downstream angle and then just letting the fly swing across the current. This, accompanied with sink tip lines and heavy flies, allows the angler to get the fly down to the bottom where the fish are and it is generally going to give the best results, as well. There are fewer fly patterns for salmon than for other types of fish and traditional patterns are most effective. Reading the water is an essential skill to master for success in fly fishing. The better an angler can read the water, discerning where the fish are, the more fish they will catch as a result of their knowledge.
The two general categories for sink tips are as follows:
One category is named for the number of inches per second in which the line drops through the water. For example, a Type 3 would drop through the water at a rate of 3 inches per second. Then there are the second - longer, heavier tips that are classified by their weight per foot.
Remember that the main goal in fly swinging is to show the fish the fly, and it is better done broadside to the current for the best possible results.
In the end, good results for salmon fishing are easy to obtain if the study hours are put in. Nothing beats practice or the help of qualified salmon fishing guides, but effort is still the primary component in any salmon fishing endeavor. The passion that anglers have for this particular style of fishing is exactly what has kept it so popular all these years and it is no wonder that it continues to be one of the top forms of fishing in the world for both amateur and pro anglers who want to catch a big fish.
First fishing day 2013
Pictures from our May 9, 2013 Fishing trip to the Chesapeake Bay
Perch Fishing With ReelBait, XZone And Salmo
fishing 2013 started at perch festival time
2nd year to fishing
During the post spawn we were able to have many productive days in both deep and shallow waters using a split shot rig with 4" plastics
Pics From the 2013 Fishing season
Some shots from around the north shore of lake Erie
ice fishing me and my girlfriend
It's been a killer season with friends and family chasing the Fraser River White Sturgeon. Check out some of my picture highlights !
Fishing with my son 2012
Fishing with my son 2012
Great day fishing! we caught Snook, Ladyfish, Trout, Jack and cat fish. most were caught close in to shore in the mangroves off Pine Island Sound. Captain Wendell shared his knowledge and experience with 2 fresh water anglers, Gary and I. Great taste now set with salt water fishing! Thanks for hooking us in!
Gulf Coast fishing: Snook, Red fish, Trout, Cat fish, and Jack. One of our totals granted the title of a Slam as locals call it. We used Quatum Rods and reels, 30lbs pro line, Jigs with freshly caught bait, shrimp and pin fish.
Fishing on Long Island
So many kinds of fish are in my memory.
Fishing in SW Florida
My angling results are here.
This is my current boat. The name i chose for it was Dawgman. I had a nice decal made and everything but my wife really like the name of the other boat i sold that was named after her. But as i got ready to put the Dawgman decal on some wind blew it and it folded up ruining it. So then i took out the Zulu Queen decal and that's how it took the name of the former boat. well my wife is happy about i
This was my first boat that i named Zulu queen. It was named after the African tribe my wife belongs to. My wife is a south African and a Zulu.
The BulletBobber is the result of an accidental freak of nature, cross breeding of a fishing float with a planer board. The result was an entirely new species that provides directional control! It moves like a planer board but flips flips direction when given a little tug but size is more like other bobbers and cast like other bobbers. fishing invention. Seriously though, a fun to use fishing i
fishing on whitefish lake in northern ontario catching and releasing a big laker.