Catching pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), also known as humpback salmon, is an exhilarating and rewarding experience that draws anglers to rivers, streams, and coastal areas during their annual spawning runs. These remarkable fish are characterized by their vibrant pink coloration, which becomes more intense as they approach their spawning grounds.
How to catch Pink Salmon
Equipment and Gear:
Use lightweight fishing gear such as spinning rods and reels, as pink salmon are generally smaller than other salmon species. Choose a fishing line with a test strength of around 8-12 pounds, as pink salmon are not as strong as other salmon species. Consider using artificial lures like spoons, spinners, and jigs in bright colors to attract their attention.
Lures and Bait:
Bright and flashy lures tend to work well for pink salmon. They are attracted to vibrant colors such as pink, chartreuse, and orange. Experiment with different sizes and types of lures to find what works best on that particular day.
Pink salmon have specific migration patterns and tend to return to their natal streams to spawn every two years. Research the timing of the pink salmon run in your local area to determine the best time to fish for them. Look for areas where pink salmon are known to congregate during their migration, such as river mouths, estuaries, and shallow coastal waters.
Pink salmon runs usually occur during specific seasons, which vary depending on the location. Research the best time to catch pink salmon in the area you plan to fish.
Casting and retrieving: Cast your lure upstream and retrieve it with a steady, rhythmic motion to mimic the movement of a small fish or prey. Drift fishing: If fishing in a river or stream, you can use a drift fishing technique by allowing your lure to drift naturally with the current while controlling the line tension.