The Snohomish and Skykomish and Wallace rivers are set to open for silver salmon this coming Sunday September 16th. The anticipation is high as fish have been seen rolling all the way from the lower Snohomish River up to the mouth of the Sultan River. The fishing should be great for the first few days of the opener with all the proven tactics. Those fishing the lower Snohomish River should troll wiggle warts in colors such as firetiger, cerise, red and orange. Also make sure to have a supply of Mag Lips in both the 3 and 3.5” size in the same colors listed for the wiggle warts.
For those anglers that want to cast or that are fishing up on the Skykomish river make sure to have a supply of dick nites, twitching jigs, and spinners. When it comes to dick nites most anglers cast and retrieve them on a dropper weight style setup. The two most popular dick nite colors are 50/50 and any of the Frog patterns in a size 1. For anglers looking to use spinners look no further than either a Blue Fox in a size 4 and size 5 or an R&B torpedo spinner in a size 4 or size 5 as well. Popular spinner colors consist of blue, pink, orange, and purple. Twitching jigs have become increasingly popular over the last few years to tempt aggressive coho in slower moving frog water. Popular twitching jig colors consist of black/purple, black/blue and chartreuse in 3/8 and 1/2oz sizes.
As the season gets farther along those fishing bait can find great success whether drift or float fishing. Fishing freshly cured eggs or sand shrimp can tempt even the most stubborn of lockjaw silvers into biting.
Make sure to get out early in the opening of the rivers to capitalize on the best fishing opportunity and the best bite.
Puget Sound has been experiencing a great season for Silver Salmon so far and its sure to continue up to the close of the season. With an abundance of salmon still making their way down into Puget Sound from Sekiu there should be enough fish to keep us busy through the end of September and into October in Area 10.
Anglers chasing the silvers in the salt have been finding their best success trolling spoons and or hoochies of some sort behind a flasher. The most productive spoons have been silver horde kingfishers in the 2,3 and 3.5” size. The most popular colors have been herring aide, cookies and cream, and white lightning.
The most productive hoochie colors have been either purple haze or red racer with glow beads and a herring strip for added attraction. Anglers have been finding success in all the areas with Area 10 seeming to be the best area as of late. The silvers are nice size this year with a lot of fishing running in the 8-10# range with reports of silvers up to 16# being caught as well.