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Where are the Best Locations to Catch Salmon in the USA?

[Page updated 26 July 2022]

Some of the best spots for catching salmon (sah-min – don’t pronounce the ‘l’) are in Alaska and Canada. But, the good news is, you don’t have to go that far to catch salmon!

In fact, no matter where you live in the USA – you can basically head north and find a place with salmon during some part of the year. Know what? There are even salmon in South America!

They were introduced in some parts and fished and farmed in SA now.

Atlantic and Pacific salmon breed yearly and follow specific routes from the ocean up through small channels – streams – to larger lakes where they mate and lay eggs.

Pacific salmon die shortly after mating and egg-laying. A small percentage of Atlantic salmon may live to spawn another season.

Salmon season is chosen by State Fishing Organizations to maximize the populations of salmon in their waters.

The length of the season depends on the runs salmon make up the streams and rivers. Some states may shorten or eliminate salmon fishing for an entire season to help populations recover.

Below we’ve listed 12 of the most beautiful and best places to catch salmon!

Salmon Species in Salmonidae (Salmonid family)

  • Atlantic salmon,Salmo salar
  • Chinook salmon,Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
  • Chum salmon,Oncorhynchus keta
  • Coho salmon,Oncorhynchus kisutch
  • Masu salmon,Oncorhynchus masou
  • Pink salmon,Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
  • Sockeye salmon,Oncorhynchus nerka
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There is perhaps no more dreamed about fishing trip than taking big salmon in Canada and Alaska. Once you get “Salmon-Fever” you’re going to have to start planning your trip because the idea is not going to leave your head until you just GO DO IT!

So many anglers are keen to catch salmon on a fly. Field and Stream magazine has given us thousands of photos over the years that have made us believe that catching salmon is one of the most amazing experiences on earth. And you know what? It definitely is.

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Not to mention – a succulent salmon on the dinner table is enough to make everyone gush. Salmon is one of the most unique tasting fish on the planet, and the texture, the taste, the thick flesh – all of it combine to make mouths water.

Where to Catch Salmon in the United States?

Let’s start with the East Coast since many of you won’t know there is such an option. When we think about salmon, the scene that comes to mind is almost always a rushing stream set among the massive snow-covered mountains of Alaska. However, you can fish and catch salmon right on the east coast too.

East Coast

Maine
Atlantic salmon are found in the Atlantic Ocean and landlocked freshwater areas around the state of Maine in the 10-20 inch range. Though you can catch them – they are listed as an endangered species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The taking of Atlantic salmon on the coast or from landlocked waters in Maine is forbidden. The laws are not likely to change anytime soon, they are not having great results with restocking the Connecticut River, once a great place to catch salmon in Maine.

When inadvertently catching an Atlantic salmon in Maine, you must not remove the fish from the water, gently remove the hook and let the fish go immediately.

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West Branch Penobscot River in Maine is an exceptional salmon fishing spot that found its way into all the fishing magazines. Lodging fills up quickly, you may have to book two years in advance.

The river is the longest river in main, stretching some 350-miles. There are some deep spots, and fishing is excellent. One spot you should visit is the area from Ripogenus Dam toAbol Bridge. This is an excellent fly-fishing salmon spot packed full of landlocked Atlantic salmon.

If you’re really into Fly Fishing – how about a Fly Fishing ONLY section of Rapid River, Maine?

Catch and release as many salmon as you wish, but you can only keep one. Of course, check out the salmon fishing regulations for whatever place you are fishing because laws change frequently. Rapid River comes out of Umbagog Lake and offers very consistent salmon fishing in Maine – one of the best spots, so it does get booked up quickly.

Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organizations

  • Atlantic Salmon Federation of Canada (asf.ca)
  • Atlantic Salmon Trust (atlanticsalmontrust.org)

Finding Salmon in Eastern Great Lakes (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio)

King salmon, silver, and pink salmon are caught on some of the great lakes and their tributaries (feeder streams) in the New York and Pennsylvania shores. Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are perfect to get your feet wet catching salmon – and stoke the fires for when you plan your big trip out to Alaska or the Pacific Northwest.

Lake Ontario in New York holds Atlantic and pink salmon, which is what anglers target while there. Lake Erie also has some Atlantic salmon, but not anything like the abundance that Lake Ontario has.

There are state and federal organizations stocking the great lakes for years, and finally,salmon fishing is picking up and flourishing. It should only get better in years to come.

See our complete index about “How to Catch Salmon” here >

Read our article about “Salmon Fishing Laws in North America” here >

Best Salmon Fishing in the Mid-Western Great Lakes (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota)

Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior are where Pacific coastal salmon were first stocked after the second world war. Chinooks, Coho, Pink, King, and Sockeye salmon have been relocated into these great lakes – and most have thrived.

To be honest, if at all possible, you should plan a trip to one of these western great lakes instead of Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. The size and number of fish in the midwest great lakes make it worth the extra distance you’ll travel.

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When fishing on the open water from boats, you’ll drop your bait deeper – usually trolling with downrigger setups to keep the bait close to the bottom where the big salmon are.

Michigan and Wisconsin have hundreds of small rivers and streams where you can target salmon using spoons and other crankbait. Fly fishing is popular in the fall at these same rivers and streams.

Pacific Coast Salmon Fishing

Maybe you’ve already fished some of the Great Lakes for salmon, and you had the best time of your life. Or, maybe you haven’t gone salmon fishing yet, and you want to make sure you have an amazing experience.

Well, the ultimate in USA salmon fishing is out west. Seriously. If you want to catch salmon as large as 50 pounds – just start saving your change, and head west at your earliest convenience.

Where to go in the Western USA for the Best Salmon Fishing?

Head straight for Columbia River in Oregon. It’s near the border with Washington State. It’s a long river that holds tons of big salmon.

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If ocean fishing is more your style, anywhere along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and northern California from Mendocino and north – can be very productive. King salmon – the big boys – can reach around 50 lbs. and put up a heck of a fight.

Ocean fishing for salmon isn’t limited to kings though, there are also plenty of pinks, chums, sockeyes, and silver salmon all along the coast and in the rivers of the northwest.

In the northeast US, salmon anglers are targeting fish in the 10-20 inch slot range. In the northwest, you’d better bring yourself some bigger gear and plan on landing a much bigger fish overall.

Another place to find salmon?

South Dakota – of all places!

One spot that has been touted as a great place to find salmon, is “Lake Oahe” near the Cheyenne River Reservation in the central area of S. Dakota state.

Lake Oahe is a man-made reservoir just off the Missouri River. The lake has some deep spots of around 205 feet and holds a couple of species of stocked salmon.

Best Alaska Salmon Fishing – the Ultimate Fishing Vacation

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Alaska is where most people think of when they think about salmon. Big king salmon jamming the small tributaries leading into big lakes where spawning takes places. Bears swiping salmon out of the water up onto the bank and eating them raw in 4K video for National Geographic photographers.

Alaska is one of the last true wilderness frontiers in America. It’s just a good thing it’s American and not Russian, right?

Where to go in Alaska for mind-blowing salmon fishing action?

Katmai National Park and Preserve, of course.

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In Google Maps it’s described as “Brown bears & sportfishers love this vast, active volcanic area for its abundant salmon.”

They got that right!

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Why is Katmai so great for salmon?

First of all, for salmon fishing in Alaska, you’re not relying on stocked fish like you are in many parts of the USA. The salmon in Alaska are following the same streams, rivers, and finding the same lakes to breed in year after year.

MILLIONS of salmon are making the run from the Bering Sea up the small streams leading up intothe arms of Naknek Lake at Katmai National Park and Preserve.

King Salmon Record for Alaska? 126 pounds!

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The landscape is stunning in this part of Alaska, and each year tens of thousands of Americans and people from all over the world make the trek to Alaska to enjoy a week (or more if fortunate) of catching amazing Pacific salmon of all types.

To reach Katmai, you fly out from Anchorage on a small plane – round-trip cost around $500 USD (2018). Lodging at one of the fully-equipped resorts is around $1,000 USD per day if staying at least 4-5 days.

When is Best Time to Book a Lodge in Katmai for Salmon?

Because you’re going to be paying a lot of money, you might as well come when the salmon are running. In general, tour bookings are best reserved for the middle of June up to middle September.

Best months for King salmon? Late June through the end of July.

Best months for Sockeye? Middle of June to the end of July.

Best month for Silver Salmon? August.

Best month for Salmon fishing if you are not partial to which species you’re catching? Come during the month of July.

Finding Salmon in Inland Lakes

The following are some notable lakes holding salmon in states not mentioned yet in this article. Many state fishing organizations will stock salmon in lakes they know will hold them. Have a look below and see if there might be a body of water near you holding salmon that will pacify you until you’re able to get up north.

Best Spots for Colorado Salmon

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A landlocked species of sockeye salmon is the Kokanee salmon, and it’s very popular in Colorado where it is stocked in some high numbers. Here’s a list of waters where you can find it (image right).

Keep in mind, for all fishing spots there are detailed lists of rules and regulations for catching fish of all kinds. Here is a PDF download filled with information about Colorado fishing regulations.

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Other well-known and productive spots to fish for both Chinook and Kokanee salmon in Colorado:

  • Carter Lake
  • Dillon Reservoir
  • Eleven Mile Reservoir
  • Grand Lake
  • Green Mountain Reservoir
  • Gross Reservoir
  • Lake San Cristobal
  • McPhee Reservoir
  • Morrow Point Reservoir
  • Ridgway Reservoir
  • Ruedi Reservoir
  • Shadow Mountain Lake
  • Spinney Mountain Reservoir
  • Taylor Park Reservoir
  • Williams Fork Reservoir.

Best Salmon Fishing Locations in Wyoming for Kokanee Salmon

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Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) isa native species in some of the land-locked lakes and reservoirs in parts of North America. Kokanee salmon are land-locked sockeye salmon. They are blue-green on top, with generally silver sides.

Male Kokanee salmon are without spots. In the fall of the breeding season, the females turn bright red/orange with grey and white. Males turn deep red and mouths distort – into the classic hooked sockeye style.Kokanee generally eat abundant plankton.

Biggest Kokanee Salmon in Wyoming? A salmon of 24 inches long and 6.04 pounds was caught in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Kokanee Salmon

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Hotspots in Wyoming for Kokanee Salmon?

  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir
  • Fremont Lake
  • Granite Lake
  • Boulder Lakes

Utah Salmon Fishing

There are two main spots for fishing stocked lakes for Kokanee salmon in Utah:

  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir – far northeast corner of Utah
  • Strawberry Reservoir – north-central Utah

Rivers Holding Salmon in the USA

Montana

Eureka, Montana’s Tobacco River. They even have a salmon festival you can join in.

New York

Forty miles north of Syracuse, the Salmon River runs from New York into Lake Ontario – the easternmost great lake. Salmon River is named properly, as there are some big salmon running the river every fall.

Two world-record salmon have been caught here – Coho and Chinook (both arriving in August). There are also Atlantic salmon (July) and steelhead who make a run in October and stay until April.

One camp-site you might try is the Salmon River State Forest. There are plenty of other accommodations if you don’t fancy sleeping at a campground.

Book Your Salmon Fishing Lodging EARLY!

As with any salmon fishing you do – remember that the best spots are going to book solid a year in advance. Salmon fishing is no joke – and people plan their year around it so they can get the best spots at the right time.

You should too if you’re interested in catching the most salmon possible.

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FAQs

Where is the best place to catch salmon in the United States? ›

If there's one place that you should go salmon fishing in the US, it's Alaska. And no discussion of salmon fishing in Alaska would be complete without mentioning the Kenai River. This is because the river produces such large salmon sizes that the local government has a separate record for salmon caught there.

Where is salmon caught in the US? ›

Currently, the only remaining wild populations of U.S. Atlantic salmon are found in a few rivers in Maine. These remaining populations comprise the Gulf of Maine distinct population segment, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Where is most salmon caught? ›

The main sources of farmed salmon are Norway, the United Kingdom and Chile. Atlantic salmon sold in the U.S. market are primarily farmed fish from Chile and Canada.

What state catches the most salmon? ›

Fishery Overview

Salmon is the most valuable commercial fishery managed by the State of Alaska.

Which US rivers have salmon? ›

Infographic: West Coast Salmon and River Systems
  • Columbia/Snake River Systems. The Columbia Basin once hosted the world's greatest salmon runs—up to 16 million fish each year. ...
  • Klamath River System. ...
  • Sacramento/San Joaquin River System.
9 Sept 2013

What city is known for salmon? ›

Seattle is the jumping-off point for salmon eaters and anglers from all over the world heading to Alaska and its myth-shrouded fisheries. But for hundreds of years, probably longer, the most revered salmon in the region were actually found to the south.

What states have wild salmon? ›

Salmon can be found in limited numbers as far south as Mendocino County, California, and Idaho. As dams have come down, many species are experiencing improved numbers. The Pacific states can have excellent fishing in their prime drainages, most notably the Columbia River.

Are there salmon farms in the United States? ›

Only farm-raised Atlantic salmon are found in U.S. seafood markets. Commercial fishing for Atlantic salmon in the United States is prohibited. The Gulf of Maine distinct population segment (DPS) of Atlantic salmon are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Where is most wild salmon from? ›

While there are a few farms located in Maine and Washington, most of the Atlantic salmon are raised in Canada, South America (primarily Chile) and Europe (primarily Norway).

Is Costco salmon farmed or wild? ›

Costco has both Farm Raised and Wild Caught salmon. The Atlantic Salmon, both fresh and frozen, is Farm Raised. The industrial farming of salmon is a complicated issue but, in general, the ocean based open net style farms used for mass production of salmon is considered non-sustainable and bad for the environment.

What is the best tasting salmon to eat? ›

Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha), also known as King salmon, is considered by many to be the best-tasting of the salmon bunch. They have a high-fat content and corresponding rich flesh that ranges from white to a deep red color.

Where is the freshest salmon in the world? ›

Article: Why is Faroe Island Salmon Known as "the Best Salmon in the World"

What state in the US has the best fishing? ›

Drop your line in Florida, the “Fishing Capital of the World” and our No. 1 state for fishing. The Sunshine State doles out more than 720,000 non-resident fishing licenses, tags, permits, and stamps — the most in the nation. While tourists typically flock to Orlando and Miami, the state has plenty of shorelines (No.

Where is it best to catch salmon? ›

If ocean fishing is more your style, anywhere along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and northern California from Mendocino and north – can be very productive. King salmon – the big boys – can reach around 50 lbs. and put up a heck of a fight.

What is the most caught fish in the US? ›

According to angler surveys, largemouth and smallmouth bass are America's most popular fish. Panfish in the form of crappies and bluegills take a close 2nd place. Catfish take up the 3rd spot, followed by the walleye's huge following in the north country.

What is the best month for salmon fishing? ›

Fishing for spring-run salmon often peaks from June through August, and fishing for fall-run salmon can be excellent from August through November.

Is there salmon in Florida? ›

The first 4 million Florida-born salmon are now swimming in the Bluehouse's tanks, and Andreassen says they're healthy and thriving.

Is there salmon in North Carolina? ›

There are four species of trout and salmon in North Carolina (Table 1; NCFishes.com; Tracy et al. 2020).

Where is the best tasting salmon in the world? ›

Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon

The farmed salmon are internationally recognized for their superior quality, flavor, and texture, and they are also renowned for their high nutritional value as they represent a great source of high-quality omega-3 fatty acids, protein, minerals, and vitamins.

Can you farm salmon in your backyard? ›

You can raise salmon right in your own backyard. In fact, backyard fish farming is a lot like vegetable gardening. All you need to do is create a healthy environment, add your salmon, and feed them. Once the fish are fully grown, you can harvest them whenever you like.

What is the healthiest salmon to eat? ›

Wild-caught Pacific salmon are typically considered to be the healthiest salmon.

What is the healthiest fish to eat? ›

While they're both highly nutritious, salmon comes out ahead due to its healthy omega-3 fats and vitamin D. Meanwhile, tuna is the winner if you're instead looking for more protein and fewer calories per serving.

Is wild salmon better than farmed? ›

The bottom line: Both wild and farmed salmon contain contaminants, but wild salmon has lower levels and is considered safer overall.

Whats the most expensive salmon? ›

King Salmon (aka Chinook Salmon)

The one downside: It's usually the most expensive salmon you'll find at the fishmonger—but honestly, it's money well spent. King Salmon from Alaska is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified sustainable.

Does wild caught salmon taste better than farm raised? ›

The reason that people buy and cook wild salmon is for its flavor. A happier, healthier, free-roaming fish delivers more salmon-y flavor and color. The color will be more intense and vibrant than that of the farm-raised stuff—more red-orange than pink— as will the flavor, which will be a lot more savory and complex.

Why is wild caught salmon better? ›

Wild Salmon - A Healthier Option

The protein content of a portion of farmed salmon is similar to that of a wild fish, but the wild fish is lower in calories while being higher in many vitamins and minerals like potassium, zinc, and calcium.

How can you tell if salmon is farmed or wild? ›

It's the right color.

Farmed salmon is lighter and more pink, while wild has a deeper reddish-orange hue. Farmed fish will also a lot more fatty marbling in its flesh—those wavy white lines—since they aren't fighting against upstream currents like wild ones.

Is Trader Joe's salmon wild or farmed? ›

Much of Trader Joe's salmon is wild caught in the Atlantic Ocean, while other products such as their frozen Atlantic Salmon Fillets are farmed off the coast of Norway. Most of their wild caught salmon is fished in Alaska.

Is Trader Joe's farmed salmon? ›

Trader Joe's BBQ Cut Fresh Atlantic Salmon Fillets with Skin are from salmon that have been carefully raised in some of the world's most pristine salmon farms, at the foot of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Norway.

What color salmon is best? ›

Since the fish is known for its distinctive pink hue (a hue often referred to as “salmon”), darker salmon sells better. But for farm-raised salmon, which makes up 70 percent of the market, color has nothing to do with quality. Farm-raised salmon is naturally gray; the pink color is added.

What salmon is better Alaskan or Atlantic? ›

The main difference between Atlantic salmon and Sockeye salmon lies in their taste and availability. Sockeye salmon has a richer, fishier, and less oily taste, whereas Atlantic salmon has a mild yet oily taste. Atlantic salmon is also more common and readily available when compared to Sockeye salmon.

What fish tastes most like salmon? ›

Fillets of firm-fleshed white fish like pollack, hake, halibut, and cod are mild, meaty, and forgiving—and they can be cooked in much the same way as salmon (seared, slow-roasted, poached).

Where is the most expensive salmon from? ›

A 15.3kg salmon harvested in New Zealand was sold to a “foodie” in the United States for NZ $1700 (£886) in an online auction, making it perhaps the world's most expensive single salmon.

Which state eats the most fish? ›

NEW DELHI: Consumption of fish in rural areas of Lakshwadeep is over 16 times the national average with Goa at second spot. Contrary to popular belief, Kerala and West Bengal come third and fourth respectively.

What lake in the United States has the most fish? ›

1. Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Area31,700 sq mi
Depth1,333 ft
Number of fish speciesMore than 80
Popular fish speciesTrout, salmon, Northern Pike
1 more row
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What state is the fishing capital of the world? ›

Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World"

with more world record fish catches than any other state or country. Below are several statistics about Florida's recreational and commercial fishing industries and their economic role.

What bait does salmon like? ›

Catch Them with Cut Baits

Real fish are highly effective baits for catching salmon. Pieces of herring, mooching, sardines or shad are some of the most common cut baits. Cut fish can serve as a primary bait when rigged with hooks, or they can be added to spoons or other lures to increase the appeal of these lures.

What lure is best for salmon? ›

Salmon eggs are the top choice for bait, although sand shrimp are very popular for chinook salmon. Some anglers like to fish both at the same time. Marabou jigs (Photo 10) can be used instead of bait and can be especially effective on pink salmon, or other salmon when the water is very low and clear.

What is the deadliest fish in America? ›

The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is an elongated South American fish that produces a powerful electric shock to stun its prey, usually other fish.

What is the most hunted fish? ›

The latest report by the UN shows that tuna is the world's most consumed and the second most wild caught fish in the world.

What's America's favorite fish? ›

Shrimp. Shrimp is at the top of the list of America's favorite seafoods. Americans eat a total of 1.27 billion pounds of shrimp a year.

Where does the best wild salmon come from? ›

The network of freshwater streams and coastal waters of the US's Pacific Northwest is one of the country's most bounteous natural resources, supplying many hundreds of millions pounds a year of salmon, some of the most nutritious wild protein in the world.

Where is it best to catch salmon? ›

If ocean fishing is more your style, anywhere along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and northern California from Mendocino and north – can be very productive. King salmon – the big boys – can reach around 50 lbs. and put up a heck of a fight.

What states have wild salmon? ›

Salmon can be found in limited numbers as far south as Mendocino County, California, and Idaho. As dams have come down, many species are experiencing improved numbers. The Pacific states can have excellent fishing in their prime drainages, most notably the Columbia River.

What is the best month to catch salmon? ›

Salmon is the first species to enter the rivers in the fall and they are the largest. The fishing for salmon is usually best from mid-September to late October but once the salmon runs are over anglers switch over to steelhead fishing.

What is the best tasting salmon to eat? ›

Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha), also known as King salmon, is considered by many to be the best-tasting of the salmon bunch. They have a high-fat content and corresponding rich flesh that ranges from white to a deep red color.

What is the healthiest salmon to eat? ›

Wild-caught Pacific salmon are typically considered to be the healthiest salmon.

Is Costco salmon farmed or wild? ›

Costco has both Farm Raised and Wild Caught salmon. The Atlantic Salmon, both fresh and frozen, is Farm Raised. The industrial farming of salmon is a complicated issue but, in general, the ocean based open net style farms used for mass production of salmon is considered non-sustainable and bad for the environment.

What bait does salmon like? ›

Catch Them with Cut Baits

Real fish are highly effective baits for catching salmon. Pieces of herring, mooching, sardines or shad are some of the most common cut baits. Cut fish can serve as a primary bait when rigged with hooks, or they can be added to spoons or other lures to increase the appeal of these lures.

Where is the best tasting salmon in the world? ›

Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon

The farmed salmon are internationally recognized for their superior quality, flavor, and texture, and they are also renowned for their high nutritional value as they represent a great source of high-quality omega-3 fatty acids, protein, minerals, and vitamins.

What lure is best for salmon? ›

Salmon eggs are the top choice for bait, although sand shrimp are very popular for chinook salmon. Some anglers like to fish both at the same time. Marabou jigs (Photo 10) can be used instead of bait and can be especially effective on pink salmon, or other salmon when the water is very low and clear.

Why is wild Atlantic salmon not sold? ›

Very few wild Atlantic Salmon exist today. In fact, they're listed as endangered in the Gulf of Maine and their fishery has been shut down since 1948.

Can salmon be found in Florida? ›

That means they spend most of their lives in saltwater but enter north Florida's St. Johns River at Mayport in winter and early spring to spawn — like salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

Where does most US salmon come from? ›

Around two thirds of the US's salmon comes from farms, with the majority of those farms located in Chile, Norway, and Canada. (A relatively small amount is sourced from farms in Maine and Washington.)

What depth do you catch salmon? ›

Most of the time you'll want to be ice fishing for salmon at least 15 feet below the surface (and perhaps down to 80 feet). Where you can use multiple rigs or tipups, set up to cover a broad expanse where the depth of the bottom is sloping downward.

What time of day is best to catch salmon? ›

Often the most reliable time for salmon fishing is from dawn to 10am. If you have limited time for salmon fishing, be sure to fish early in the morning. Not only will you secure a good spot, but salmon often bite more readily in cooler water.

Is night fishing for salmon good? ›

Salmon fishing can be incredible for most species of salmon (coho salmon excluded) on new and full moon nights around dawn and dusk. The reduced light and cooler temperatures of night fishing can yield great successes for salmon anglers.

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