Chinook and Pink salmon fishing has come to an end, but there are still some Coho out there and Chum fishing season is just getting started. Keep reading to learn some strategies for Fall fishing.
Well, it seems that those pesky pink salmon have finally moved along and are now headed into their home rivers. So what do we fish for now you may ask? The answer, Chum and Coho Salmon.
Right now there is plenty of what are often called Northern Coho. These fish are simply spawn ready fish that are getting near their home river and they are some of the best fighters in the water. They can be recognized by the big hook they get in their nose and by their nasty attitude. Starting out at about twelve pounds, they go up in size from there, with a twenty pounder generally considered to be a trophy. But be careful, these fish are closed to retention unless they are hatchery fish. Try to limit the length of the fight and don’t net them if they are wild. If you never take them out of the water they will have a better chance of surviving their encounter with a hook. They also tend to thrash around beside the boat so be careful that they don’t leave you with a nasty line cut from the leader Have your needle-nose pliers at the ready and pop the hooks out quickly. This time of year I like to use a single hook in my hoochie as it makes releases easier and minimizes stress on the fish. Mind you, if the fish is missing his adipose fin, he is a hatchery fish. Get him in the boat as quickly as you can and fire up the barbeque! Coho are excellent eating, just make sure you don’t over cook them, they are best when served medium rare!
As for Chum there are no restrictions, if you catch it you can keep it, up to a limit of four per day. While they are not the best fish for barbequing they are perfect for smoking and are an excellent candidate for candied salmon. Sunny days and big pink hoochies are the perfect combination for chum salmon success so pray for some of the bright fall days and dress up warmly.
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishin’