Getting out on the water, rigging your equipment and convincing a fish to bite seems like a lot, but it's only half of the battle. Once you've got a fish on your hook, you need to reel it in. However, if you've landed an especially large catch the fish is likely to put up a fight, so be prepared to battle it out for up to an hour [Source: Salmon Fishing].
Lake Salmon Fishing
If you want to fish for salmon out on the open water, your best bet is the Great Lakes. However, salmon are located in many lakes across the northern United States. Unless you plan on fishing from the shore or a dock, you'll need a boat -- and depending on which strategies you decide to employ, you'll need a motor as well.
The most popular method of lake fishing is trolling, which is when you fish from a boat that's constantly moving. To begin, rig your line with whatever accessories, bait or lure you like, and then cast your line into the water from the back or side of the boat. When trolling, be sure to keep the boat at a slow enough speed to keep your lure below the surface of the water. You can also change the speed of the boat to manipulate the depth and speed of your lure in order to better entice a bite [Source: Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife].
The fully mature salmon found in lakes are often very large; make sure your rod, line, hooks and the rest of your equipment can handle a big catch if one comes your way. The larger fish tend to group in deeper water, and you can control the depth you're fishing at by using devices like sinkers, divers or downriggers.
Sinkers are small lead weights that can be tied to your line, and divers are larger weights designed to make fishing at great depths less of a struggle. Both sinkers and divers are used with a variety of lures -- flashers, spoons, bucktails or plugs -- or a small fish as bait.
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