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Old 06-19-2022, 04:54 PM   #1
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Default Salmon fishing

Hi all, Iíve got 3 young boys, 2, 9 and 11.. the older 2 like to fish but they are sometimes telling me they are bored! This usually occurs when Iím trying to fish for salmon! So far this year we have been catching LOTS of 2.5 lb smallmouth. But they want something different. I have an 18í center console with downriggers. Iíve been on the lake for 5 years and caught only 1 salmon using an acme kastmaster. Iíve watched you tube videos, read countless articles on how to catch these fish but I cannot seem to find them! I know itís a big secret and nobody wants to give away their secret spots but Iím hoping someone can point me in the right direction as to where these fish are. Iím usually trolling a KVD crank bait, mepps aglia long, or just dropping down a mooselook spoon or kastmaster. I understand the depths these fish live at when at certain temps ectÖ Hoping someone can help me out here. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-19-2022, 08:49 PM   #2
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I have two thoughts here as a father of two boys who are now men.

First, if you are catching plenty of good size smallmouth bass keep fishing for them. They are a lot more fun to catch.

Second, if you still want to fish for salmon, hire a guide and learn as much as you can during the trip. What you will likely find is that you will troll a couple lines out the back of the boat on down riggers and catch a few fish each night. What that essentially means is that you take turns catching them. If you think they are bored fishing for bass then this will take it to the next level.

Just my personal experience. Good luck either way. Itís still fun regardless of the kids being bored.
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Old 06-20-2022, 12:00 PM   #3
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Go to the tackle shack or Berry's Bait.

Buy 2 leadcore rod/reel combos that are set up and ready to fish. Right now the fish are probably down about 6 colors or so. A month from now they will be down around 8 colors or more.

Buy some trolling spoons such as a DB Smelt or a Top Gun.

Figure out how to make your boat troll between 1.8 and 2.2 miles per hour.

Troll around the islands in 40 - 80 feet of water along steep drop offs early in the morning or around sunset. Do S-turns from shallower to deeper water and vice versa along the drop offs.

Do some research on fishlakewinni.com

Read Smile of the Great Spirit book by Doc Lyon.

Possibly book a trip with one of the salmon fishing guides on Lake Winni.

Put all of this together and you will be catching salmon in no time. They are a blast to catch and there is a reason why guys fish for them.
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Old 06-20-2022, 02:32 PM   #4
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Second, if you still want to fish for salmon, hire a guide and learn as much as you can during the trip.
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