Tips For Catching More Salmon

by Amy Garrett

Are you jealous of your friends who come home with a whole pile of salmon, while you're only ever catching one or two? If you're confident you are fishing in a good location, then here are a few other steps you can take to catch more salmon.

Sharpen your hooks, or buy new ones

Do you feel like you get a lot of nibbles on your line, but few bites? If so, your hooks probably are not sharp enough. It doesn't matter if you're catching other fish. Salmon have harder jaws than most other fish, so your hooks need to be very sharp. Try sharpening your hooks or if they are more than a year or two old, just replace them with new hooks.

Add a flasher to your line

Salmon are attracted to bright, shiny, flashy things. So, if you do not already have a flasher on your line, it is worth adding one. The brighter the color, the better. If you do already have a flasher, the fact that you're not catching a lot of salmon suggests it may not be flashy enough. Switch to one that is a brighter color or is multi-colored. Also try changing where on the line you tie it. Moving it up or down the line a bit may attract more fish.

Use drift fishing

If you are fishing on a river, try standing upstream from the spot you are actually trying to fish. Cast your line, and let it drift down to the spot where you think the salmon will be. This technique tends to let you catch more salmon. The bait is further from your scent and your shadow, which will make the salmon more likely to bite. Reeling in a catch can be a little harder with drift fishing, though, so be prepared.

Switch to red line

A red fishing line is harder for the salmon to see, especially a few feet down in the water where you'll be catching them. All the fish will see is your bait, not the line. This will make the bait seem more realistic to them, so you should get more bites on the line.

If you follow the tips above, you should start to catch more salmon. Remember to constantly evaluate your technique and make improvements where you can. It's all about finding what works for you in the specific location where you're fishing. Reach out to others who enjoy salmon fishing for more tips.