The largest salmon species in North America is the King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon. These fish are a joy to catch. These fish are some of the most impressive species found in the north and will give you a lot of fun. A 30 lb plus King Salmon can be caught. The fight can last from minutes to an hour, depending on its size. These fish are sought-after not only for their size but also because they are delicious. They are delicious and packed with omega-3 fatty acids. King salmon are native to North Pacific regions, but they have been introduced to many river systems, most notably the Great Lakes. Fishing Tips Guru has created a comprehensive guide for anglers to help them target this magnificent fish.
Salmon Background Information and Facts
King salmon are known for their stunning colors and large size. They are easily identified by their silver bodies, purplish heads, and black spots. They are carnivorous and have large, sharp teeth. They can be found in fresh and saltwater. Although they come in a variety of sizes, adults can reach 2-4 feet in length. It is not unusual to catch a 30-lb+ king salmon. Many fish can reach 50 lbs and more. Chinook salmon spend approximately 4 years in the ocean before returning to rivers to spawn. King salmon can be found spawning in the great lakes during September. The adult salmon will die approximately one month after they spawn. The best time to catch King Salmon in Northern Ontario is just before they spawn. Throughout their entire lives, chinook salmon eat smaller fish and insects. Chinook salmon should be caught freshwater fishing in late summer/early autumn when they are most likely to spawn in freshwater streams. To lay their eggs, they will typically head to small streams with gravel bottoms.
How to Catch Salmon
Now, the part of the article that brought you here. Everybody wants to learn how to catch these beautiful fish. You must first target them in the right season. This means fishing in the late summer or early autumn if you are fishing on the great lakes. King salmon will only be caught during the spawn, not before. You will only have about a month to catch one of these fish. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you land a big chinook.
Slowly trot and keep your speed low. They are predators and will attack your lure if they get too close. These fish will eat in a frenzy right before they spawn. Slowly trolling is best to allow the fish enough time to view and attack the lure. Your lure mustn’t be too low for fish to see. A downrigger setup is the best way to achieve this.
It is crucial to use color. King salmon are picky about color. Each year, there seems to be a new “hot” color that gets the kings excited. But fire tiger and green colors continue to be popular year after year. These monsters prefer a large J-Plug and a Downrigger.
A large spoon is a good choice if you are fishing in a stream or shallower water. These lures are attractive to salmon because of their shine. This is the best rig for fishing in shallower waters below 10 feet.
At least 30 lb of test line should be used. These fish can be difficult to catch, so it is a good day if you can catch one or two. It’s not something you want to do in the middle of a battle. Although I recommend a minimum of 30 lb, you can usually go higher.
Get your hook set! These fish have extremely hard mouths. To ensure that the hook doesn’t slip, you must really put the hook on.
Let the fish get tired. It is not necessary to fight the fish. If you try to challenge a 40-lb king, it will snap your rod/line very quickly. To tire the fish out, let it run a few times before you tighten the drag. When the fish is slowing down, tighten your grip and reel it in slowly.
Don’t give up. People will often give up after going out several times without catching a king. It’s worth the effort once you land one of these beasts.
Bait and lure
To fish king salmon, you only need two rigs. Downriggers are required if you plan to trot up and down rivers from your boat. For best results, simply troll up-and-down with J-plugs and downriggers. Keep in mind that larger J-plugs will produce more salmon. Green is my favorite color.
Large spoons can be used if you are not fishing from a boat. Again, green is your best choice. Cast and retrieve until you catch a big salmon. Fishing in shallow streams in the late season can be slow and the salmon will often hang out in pools. You can move around to find the best spots.