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Salmon fishing in Salem
I am wondering if it would be a good use of my time to fish for Salmon, in the downtown Wallace park area?
I have wondered the same thing, I do most of my Carp fishing across the river at the Riverfront dock, and I am wanting to find some tips on Sturgeon and the Salmon. I would guess to use spinners since they probably won't be eating much in the sluggish Willamette water, so you are probably better off looking to get a reaction strike.
When do you plan on trying? I could probably make it down there if the weather isn't too extreme. I have been craving some fresh smoked Salmon for the past couple months, and some eggs would come in handy.
Hopefully a few strays are cruising around the area
But they aren't really strays, they all have to travel through Salem to get to all the rivers further south...
By stray, I meant a late springer or an early fall fish. I went out to Wallace today and tried off the dock towards the end of the day when it wasn't busy, I mainly tossed a #5 and a #6 Blue Fox, but I tried drift fishing a spin n glo setup with red + orange yarn towards the end of the day, not as many weeds as I expected.
I really look forward to hooking into a fall run fish on the bank of the Willamette, I am more experienced in trolling for salmon, so it's kinda tough to learn where the fish run through when you can't cover as much water.
ive been looking for an area to fish here in salem, im like 3 minutes away from the park off of wallace road...
I was out there sometime towards the end of last week and floated eggs, drifted corky and yarn, and tossed spinners. Lots of Squaws tearing up the eggs, and I actually saw one dark Salmon (probably 12lbs) roll out of the water close to the upstream side of the new walk bridge on the riverfront side.