Alaska Fishing

Alaska Fishing Salmon Lures

We have put this page together with a selection of the lures, spoons, and spinners, that we discuss in our articles, blogs, and pages. If you are looking for lures that produce, this is the place to be. Every lure listed in this page is proven and catches fish. Don't head out on the water unprepared. Stock up with these basics and you can be ready to catch more Salmon and enjoy your time on the water.

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Why do some people almost always Catch More Salmon

1. They have better equipment:


There is no reason to go spend thousands of dollars to set yourself up for Salmon Fishing. That being said though, like in any sport, you will need to purchase decent equipment to get started. If you are so cheap you end up using older monofilament, a rod with poor action, a bad reel, or other poor quality gear, you are going to experience many break-offs, drag problems, and missed strikes.

Make sure that your rod and reel are appropriate for the type of Salmon you are targeting, Kings fight a lot harder than pinks. Then make sure that you have good quality line without kinks or nicks, and that your reel and other gear is all clean, well oiled, and working properly. Remember that when Salmon Fishing, just a little preventive maintenance on your gear before you hit the water can mean more fish in the cooler once you get there.


2. They know what lures catch Salmon:


Sometimes it really is the most obvious reason. having the right lures or baits can easily make the difference between catching and just fishing. Differences in color, lure type, or presentation can make all the difference. If the guy next to you has a Pixee spoon or Vibrax Spinner that is silver and red, and he is slamming the silvers, but meanwhile your blue and yellow jigs are catching nothing in the same water, you have to ask yourself if it is just the lure.

Successful Salmon Fisherman carry a wide variety of lures, baits, and flies in their tackle box. I carry multiple colors of the same exact lure. If the King Salmon are not hitting red, try something in blue. If the Coho Salmon are not biting streamers, try a spinner, a spoon, or a plug. By having a variety of lures at your disposal you ensure that you will be able to find the right lure in the right conditions to catch fish.


3. Knowing how to work the lure catches more Salmon:


Have you ever stood on the river and watched the guy on the shore next to you catch Silvers hand over fist, or watched that boat that is trolling seemingly right next to you pull in King Salmon while you have caught nothing? Imagine how horrific it would be to discover that they are using the EXACT SAME LURES OR BAIT. This happens all the time. You can not just cast out and reel in, or toss something on a line behind your boat, and expect to automatically catch fish.

The best salmon fishermen and guides know that there is a certain way to work the lure to catch the fish you are targeting. The Salmon may be at certain depths, or may prefer a specific presentation. Take time to learn the area you are fishing. Ask others, talk to guides, find out what works. There is no benefit to wasting your time. Make the most of it by learning the ways to work your lures that are most productive in your area.


4. Top Salmon Anglers know the Rivers, Lakes, Streams, or Water:


Sometimes a tourist gets lucky, and lands that big King Salmon on a ridiculous lure with inadequate gear, in an area where the fish are difficult to catch. Most of the time though the random or shotgun approach will not work. Locals almost always catch more Salmon than visitors. This is not because God favors the home team. This is because local Salmon anglers are usually familiar with the body of water that they are fishing.

Fishing in Sitka is sometimes quite different then Fishing in Ketchikan. Also you may realize the obvious fact that Northern Alaska Fishing is different yet again. Whether they are targeting underwater structure, depth changes, or a special place that they have had luck before and they know the salmon stack up in, the locals know where to fish. Many times you can not see everything that lurks beneath the surface.

So how do you learn more about water? Well if you are from out of town ask a friendly local. If you can get to the spot often the best way to figure it out is to visit in different seasons... even when you are not going to actually fish on that day. Stream flows, tides, and water clarity all change with the seasons. If you really want to learn a body of water fast take out a guide and pick his brain. The knowledge you can gain from fishing with an experienced guide in just a couple hours would take days, weeks, or months to learn on your own by experimentation.


5. They Remember... Fishing for Salmon is FUN:


You are there to enjoy fishing so enjoy it. Fish for the Salmon, Keep casting out your line, and keep your bait in the water. You will eventually catch fish with almost any method or lure that is targeted to the right type of Salmon.

Fish are not smart... you do not need everything to be perfect and have the sun, moon, and stars align to have fun on the water. Unless you are fishing in a derby or tourney there should be NO stress and NO pressure on you. In my opinion, a bad day of fishing beats any day of working, EVERY TIME. Have fun and enjoy yourself.