SEATTLE SALMON FISHNG
Salmon Fishing techniques
We utilize hands on techniques to target salmon in the Puget Sound. The main technique we use majority of the time is called “Mooching”, Mooching for salmon consists of a weight to a 6 foot leader with tandem hooks to a Cut Plug herring. The technique is an active style of fishing where everyone gets their own rod and you will be continuously “working” your bait throughout the water column. This style creates great fun for all skill levels! There is no better joy then enticing the bite, hooking the fish, fighting and landing your salmon all on your own! There is NO SIT AND WAIT when fishing with us.
Another technique we utilize when conditions arise is vertical jigging for salmon. This is also another hands on active style of fishing. We suspend baitfish pattern jigs in the water column and lift and lower the tip of the rod to create an erratic movement on the jig to resemble a wounded baitfish AKA an easy meal for a salmon!
The Pacific Northwest is home to 5 different salmon species. Chinook(King) salmon, Coho(Silver) salmon, Chum(Keta) salmon, Sockeye(Red) salmon, and Pink(Humpy) salmon.
All of these salmon travel through the Puget Sound passing our fishing grounds outside of Seattle for the taking! The main species we target throughout a typical year are King, Coho, and Chum salmon. Every odd year we get a chance to target Pink salmon which only return on odd years. All species are unique in one way or another.
King Salmon are targeted for the better part of the year as we target them in the summer months as returning fish from the months of June through August. The summer kings make up the better part of our summer fishery. These fish are also targeted in the early winter to early spring months are winter kings, the cold doesn’t stop us from getting out on the water with a chance at catching these tasty fish! Targeting these fish create some great memories when fishing with light tackle!
Silver Salmon are targeted in early summer and then again in the months of September through November! Silver salmon are fun fish to target as they are the most inquisitive of the salmon species many times following baits to the surface, biting right at the surface; top 50 feet of water. These aggressive fish create for some great days on the Puget Sound just minutes from Downtown Seattle.
Chum Salmon is one of the other species of salmon targeted in a typical year for us here in Seattle. These fish can be targeted in the months of October and November generally. These fish have some of the most unique coloration of all the species as they often have vertical purple bar stripes whereas most other species tend to get coloration laterally.