How to Fish for Salmon in Saltwater

How to Fish for Salmon in Saltwater
Salmon spend much of their lives in salt water before heading back into fresh inland waters to spawn. The ability to move from salt to fresh water makes this a highly sought sport fish species. As exciting as it is to hook a salmon in a stream, it is even more thrilling to hook one in open salt water, where there is more room for the fish to fight and run. The coloration of salmon typically is much more silver and bright in salt water than in fresh. Follow a few strategies to land them.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Medium-heavy 6-foot-6 salt water rod
  • Matching reel
  • 30-lb.-plus big game fishing line
  • Salmon spoons
  • Jugs for salt water
Step 1
Locate schools or small groups of salmon. Also consider fishing structure and shoreline early and late in the day. Salmon may also be found in currents moving through the water.
Step 2
Select a spoon that imitates a baitfish found naturally in the area. Attach the lure securely to the fishing line using a clinch knot.
Step 3
Cast the spoon and allow the lure to sink momentarily before beginning the retrieve. Retrieve the lure by stopping and starting, pulling the spoon from side to side. All of these motions will help imitate a darting baitfish.
Step 4
Attach a jig to the fishing line. Cast the lure out and allow it to settle into the water. Raise the tip of the rod a few times and allow the jig to settle back down.
Step 5
Retrieve the line, allowing the lure to rest momentarily, and repeat the jigging motion. Continue to retrieve the jig and keep the line as tight as possible to stay in contact with the lure in case of a strike.

Tips & Warnings

Use the smallest jig possible.
Select brightly colored jigs and spoons for use in salt water.
Use caution when handling lures with sharp hooks.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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