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Summer Salmon
« on: June 20, 2024, 03:43:56 PM »
Hoping to hit the summer salmon season pretty hard the next couple of weeks. I'm down in Pendleton, OR currently so Lake Umatilla (McNary Dam) or above in Lake Wallula are my target areas.

Would love a king but also happy with sockeye. I've fished sockeye a bit in lakes, but never for kings or on rivers. So I'm used to trolling. Trying to school myself up real quick here before the weekend. Any suggestions on rigs / technique?

Currently thinking either the 11" pro troll dodgers if I'm focusing on the kings or an 8" macks or similar for sockeye. Maybe smile blade rigs with prawns, or a brad's plug.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2024, 04:12:07 PM »
For summer kings I run an pro-troll, shortbus or Leo flasher and either a superbait original or cut plug.
Sockeye I fish just like I'm fishing for kokanee, only exception I do is I cure up cocktail shrimp in red and orange.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2024, 08:19:13 PM »
Below a dam in good current, anchor in about 4' of water. Flatline 2.5" maglips with shrimp wrap or spin n glo for sockeye

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2024, 09:37:43 PM »
Below a dam in good current, anchor in about 4' of water. Flatline 2.5" maglips with shrimp wrap or spin n glo for sockeye

Local shop owner said similar, but deeper. Fish finder is back up and running, so that should help. Kind of wish I had side scan right now.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2024, 11:18:06 AM »
Can’t go wrong running three sng rigs of the bank into 10-12ft of water… dark colors and your choice of coon shrimp
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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2024, 03:45:07 PM »
Currently set up in 19’ with a 9” dodger and pink smile blade setup with shrimp. Didn’t see any marks shallower and everyone else out here was about this depth. About to switch up to a cut plug.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2024, 09:33:48 AM »
On the board. First WA king for me.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2024, 09:35:01 AM »
Congrats! And the boating footwear is appropriate.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2024, 10:08:07 AM »
 :tup:  I really want to get out after some.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2024, 10:41:08 AM »
On the board. First WA king for me.

Thata a good way to get on the board!    :tup:
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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2024, 10:17:20 PM »
Got a couple more this weekend. Buddy was the good luck charm apparently, only caught when he was on the boat. Tough fishing. Couldn't stop marking kings but couldn't get them to bite other than in spots where I was marking fewer fish.
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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2024, 10:25:37 PM »
Got a personal new species as well. Dude broke my brand new kwikfish. Then I dropped my other brand new one in the river right after and couldn't find it downstream in the current.  :'(

Anyways I'd say he was at least 4', maybe 4'-6" max. Thought the rod was going to snap a few times. Going to build a couple king rods. Can't bring myself to buy rods when I can build one to the exact specs I want. Will definitely take more time though.


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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2024, 01:56:07 PM »
Where did you decide to go?

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2024, 03:40:32 PM »
Below McNary. Read a little about above and thought about trying it but decided to stick it out the whole weekend below.

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Re: Summer Salmon
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2024, 06:47:11 AM »
Great stuff!!! 😉🥃🇺🇸. Love the bend🤑🤑🤑
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