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I'm pretty new to the salmon fishing on Sak. When do people start trolling for them?
 


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Why not do it now? I'm sure there's 6 and 7 year old's to be had. Not sure how far they roam from the dam. Seems to me, you'd find a ball of smelt on your electronics and go from there.
 

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I did it twice last year but used raps and my downriggers and never caught a salmon but found a good way to catch nice eyes. Anyway, purchased 12lb balls, dodgers, and the squids and want to make a real run at it this year.
 


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Have you had much luck with it svnmag? I have a buddy that started getting into it last year, but no luck. Seems tricky
 

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In 60 ft water 40 ft down with a #11 husky jerk. Trolling large bait balls.
 

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No man, I've never done it. I'm just giving conjecture based upon what I've read and what I'd try. I love threads like this which take fishing down a less beaten path.

(On a med-hvy baitcasting rig; slow roll a white 1 1/2 oz Northland willow leaf spinnerbait it the tailrace. Affix a glow in the dark grub to your trailer hook, let the current do most of the work...I say Northland because it allows the use of a wire leader without modifying the shaft you may not need this leader but it's nice just in case)
 

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I grew up in MN where we chased suspended walleyes chasing tullibee so that's why I like the open water fishing and salmon seemed like a good idea. The bonus walleyes were accident...at first.
 


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No man, I've never done it. I'm just giving conjecture based upon what I've read and what I'd try. I love threads like this which take fishing down a less beaten path.

(On a med-hvy baitcasting rig; slow roll a white 1 1/2 oz Northland willow leaf spinnerbait it the tailrace. Affix a glow in the dark grub to your trailer hook, let the current do most of the work...I say Northland because it allows the use of a wire leader without modifying the shaft you may not need this leader but it's nice just in case)

I agree. Love exploring the "other fishing" ... etc ...
 

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The water is still cold and salmon eat 24/7, so they can be caught shallow probably until June. I would troll spoons and various bright colored cranks in the lower end of the lake between mallard island and sakakawea state park.
 

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Downrigger. If you got a "thumbs down" it was an accident and I apologize.
 


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We should plan a weekend and all meet up at the dam and learn together or drink lots of beer one of the two!!
 

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Few things. It's been a long time since I've fished salmon on Sak. We used to go up to Pick City area a few times a year and always caught fish. We also had a cabin by McKenzie and would fish the mouth area and catch fish. I remember my dad catching a 10 lb or so walleye in over 100 feet of water; not much fun on salmon gear but a nice surprise. My dad died about 11 years ago so I don't have him for advice. Two years ago I was looking at getting back into salmon so I stopped at Dakota Tackle. 30 minutes in there and you will have some very solid advice and the tackle you need.
 

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