If you’re planning on going on some salmon fishing trips, you want to make sure you’re prepared. Here are some tips to get your ready for fishing season.

Preparing for an approaching fishing trip? Is salmon at the top of your list for fish to catch this upcoming fishing season?

There’s more to planning a fishing trip than getting the tackle box ready. This is especially the case when fishing for salmon. Without proper preparation, you won’t be able to make the best catch.

If you’re soon to be on the water, read on for 5 tips to help you prepare for salmon fishing trips!

1. Research Where to Fish for Salmon

What fisherman doesn’t want to catch a large and beautiful salmon?

People have long seen salmon as some of the truest North American fish around. In fact, salmon have a very special place in the Pacific Northwest going back centuries.

But not all salmon are the same, nor are they all located in the same bodies of water, either.

Pacific Salmon

If you’re looking to fish for salmon in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll be able to fish for up to 6 species of salmon. There’s Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, and, of course, the Sockeye – to name a few.

Pacific Northwest salmon are typically found along the shores of Oregon and Washington. They’re also found up in British Columbia and even extending to Northern Russia.

Chinook in the Columbia River

Looking to catch the largest of all Pacific salmon?

If so, then look no further than the Columbia River. There you can fish for Chinook salmon in the spring, summer, and fall!

Chinook typically weigh between 15-30 pounds. Some Chinook even grow to over 40 pounds in the late Fall fishery! These fish are among some of the best-tasting as they pack on the fat for full flavor.

In 2018, nearly 166,700 spring Chinook will migrate and return to the Columbia River and its tributaries by May. You’ll be able to fish for “Springers” or “Up River Bright’s” (as they’re also called) in the Columbia River until April 7. Then we fish the local rivers around Portland, Oregon area for springers through June.

If you still need time to plan, you can expect 432,000 summer and fall Chinook and a not yet released projection of Coho salmon to return sometime in early July and by August 1st, the Columbia River will be full of them all the way through mid-September.

2. Predict Your Catch Based on Time of Year

Where you travel for salmon fishing trips shouldn’t solely depend on the breeds of salmon. You should also travel to a location that you want to see and experience.

Still, you want to have a successful trip with plenty of catch to show for your efforts.

Salmon migrate throughout the year. Without planning with this in mind, you may miss out on the best catch.

Once you have your eyes set out on a location, research when the salmon will be there in abundance.

3. Pack for the Weather

Once you have dates set in place, you’ll have to make sure you’re dressed appropriately.

Whether fishing in the middle of summer or the winter, you’ll need a good, durable all-weather clothing. If you’re looking to fish in a river, make sure to wear windproof clothing.

And, of course, every fisherman needs a pair of waterproof boots.

Dressing in layers helps you adjust to changing weather conditions. Windbreakers are a good choice for a top layer.

4. Book Your Lodging In Advance

Looking to head out on the water this summer?

If so, now is the time to start booking your lodging! Luckily, wherever there’s a strong presence of salmon, there’s usually ample lodging around.

With all your fishing gear, you’ll want to look for a local motel or camping grounds.

You may find something that provides meals and entertainment near the boat launch or moorage. But you’ll fish and enjoy the scenery with weather protection clothing, prepared lunches, and drinks.

5. Get Everything In Order

Fishing license? A hat and sunscreen? Extra towels? Binoculars?

These are just some of the basic supplies you’ll need to pack. But what are some supplies that will help you catch the biggest salmon?

Your guide will provide all the fishing gear you need for your trip. If you’d like to discuss the specifics, just give us a call.

Plan the Best Salmon Fishing Trips

Preparing to catch for salmon involves more than just setting off with your pole and tackle box.

But with careful planning, the right gear, and a desire to spend time on the water, you’ll make some great catches!

Curious to find out more about how to prepare for salmon fishing trips?

Talk to your guide as he is there for more than just taking you fishing and the techniques of fishing. Motels, restaurants, and entertainment are at his fingertips to get you comfortable in preparation for your day of fishing.

If so, contact us to book your trip!