Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 94

by Jon Mitzel How-To, and How-Not-To Hook a Chinook A better-than-average salmon season enjoyed by anglers T The bent-over rods, hum of the cables, a release, or maybe the struggle of a solid Chinook salmon. Maybe it’s the fight, and maybe it’s the ability to hold a solid, rebellious fish in your hands. It’s all go stuff. Salmon fishing offers a break from summer walleye action, and during late July, August and September, salmon anglers have their best opportunity to hook a Page 94, Dakota Country, October 2016 Chinook. The salmon season started off in positive event and seemed to peak around the second and third weeks of August -- about the time the Great Planers Trout and Salmon Club hosted their annual salmon tournament out of Lake Sakakawea State Park at Pick City. The bite was productive. You could watch others hook into fish and enjoy the action. The salmon crowd surely grew this year, com- pared to previous years. There was a lot of salmon boat activity on the big lake last summer. Something like 1,500 lbs. of salmon were caught on the day of the salmon tournament August 20. The bite slowed soon after. Wind seemed to play a major part in throwing the thermocline out of whack, which impacted salmon and dulled the bite. But that’s just my observation. There were many days we www.dakotacountrymagazine.com