How to Worm Fish for Salmon

How to Worm Fish for SalmonFishing with worms is not the most common or effective method of fishing for salmon, but on occasion it is successful. Fishers sometimes find worms successful on salmon in brackish water, or on salmon moving from salt water to fresh water, because the salmon are unable to resist their natural instincts, even though they rarely feed in these waters otherwise.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Tie a hook to a nylon line of at least 14 lb. test. If you are using a swivel, there should be at least 3 feet of line past the swivel. Tie the hook using an untucked blood knot.
Step 2
Tie a ball weight on the other side of the swivel.
Step 3
Use an 11- or 12-foot pole to fish, running the worm along the bottom of the water.
Step 4
Keep the worm in deep waters that are well oxygenated--meaning the water is flowing well and getting churned up a bit. Avoid muddy waters, since the salmon will try to avoid those areas.

Tips & Warnings

Try adding two worms to the hook, for a little added incentive. This is a good trick when you don't expect the salmon to bite all that much.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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