Fish Washington's Olympic Peninsula
Conventional Fishing: Spinning & Levelwind
Fishing Techniques Overview
There are many techniques that can bring fish after fish into the boat but none take 90% of the angler error out of the equation and put a fish on your rod better than pulling plugs. A plug is a lure that has a similar curve to a banana with two large hooks attached.
In-line Float Fishing with Bobber & Egg:
Why we fish with Salmon Eggs is a very common and great question to ask. Using Salmon eggs retrieved from previously caught fish uses something that is from their natural environment after the spawning cycle and does not disturb or spook the fish we are targeting if presented correctly. Float fishing for King Salmon is the most effective way to catch numerous fish and bring in the big ones!
If this is your first attempt or has never caught steelhead and are looking to catch more fish this technique will perform better than any other. Bobber dragging is a style of float fishing that is performed while the boat is in motion and not typically on anchor. You are fishing a fixed bobber on a 10’ 6” rod that cannot be adjusted to the depth of the river. With your bobber in the fixed position on top of the water, the river current will drag everything attached along the river bottom where the steelhead hold.
Twitching Jigs & Casting Spinners:
When in search of the hard fighting and great tasting Coho Salmon and sometimes the surprise Chinook no technique is better than Twitching Jigs or Casting Spinners. Both techniques allow you to fish water that is not fished effectively using the others mentioned.
Of all the techniques used for salmon fishing Back Bouncing may be the most difficult for a new angler to employ because of the recognition of the Salmon bite but can work when all others will not. The advantage of Back Bouncing is that it can reach and stay in some of the deepest holes in the river where the largest fish hold. The back bouncing set-up is fairly simple and only has a few parts to the system. This technique is performed with an 8’ very stiff rod and a level wind reel. The stiffness of the rod is required to allow you to lift up and back down the heavy weight that will be attached to the end of your rod down the river.
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Season: June - April 15th