how do set up a fishing pole for salmon fishing in the river?

i am going fishing tomorrow and don’t know how to rig the pole for salmon or what to use or how to tight the right knott or what kind of line

Once salmon approach fresh water (rather than the salt water of the ocean), they don’t eat anymore – the focus of their life has changed – they’re preparing to mate, they grow teeth and start changing. This time of year, I guess you’re fishing for coho?

Here in Southeast Alaska, we use poles when they’re in the ocean (no bait, just big hooks with something shiny to attract them and then plan on getting lucky and hooking them) or nets. Once they’re in the river, you pretty much just catch them with a net or gaff, toss them ashore, and club them on the head.

If you have to use a pole, put lots of big hooks on it and keep trolling until you catch one on some part of its body, then tug. hard. :)

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  1. jess_wundring says:

    Once salmon approach fresh water (rather than the salt water of the ocean), they don’t eat anymore – the focus of their life has changed – they’re preparing to mate, they grow teeth and start changing. This time of year, I guess you’re fishing for coho?

    Here in Southeast Alaska, we use poles when they’re in the ocean (no bait, just big hooks with something shiny to attract them and then plan on getting lucky and hooking them) or nets. Once they’re in the river, you pretty much just catch them with a net or gaff, toss them ashore, and club them on the head.

    If you have to use a pole, put lots of big hooks on it and keep trolling until you catch one on some part of its body, then tug. hard. :)
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  2. pghmarty says:

    Around Erie PA the fall steelhead run is just starting
    Good baits are:
    Single eggs on a #14 circle hook
    Skein or egg sacks with a #14 gold trebble hook.
    Minnows -live or dead on a #10 red circle hook.
    Little Cleos -small blue/silver
    Black Mini Foo with a maggot
    Power Bait -Pink, Lime, Orange or Rainbow Sherbert on a #14 trebble hook
    All with at least a 18" florocarbon leader
    References :

  3. shrimpfishingboat says:

    Use between 15-20lb test line for kings with #2 or 4 hooks with estaz flies or fake salmon eggs.
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