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euroangler

Hello,

I have a few questions in regards to float fishing for trout and salmon from shore. I'm in the Okanagan area if it matters (Yellow Lake, Skaha, Okanagan Lake, Shannon Lake, Okanagan River, etc). I have experience fishing for "coarse fish" back in Europe, but not for game fish here in North America.

- Is float (or bottom) fishing with bait as effective as spinning lures to catch trout? And what about salmon?

- In your experience, is worm the most effective bait for trout and salmon in freshwater?

- Is boiled, peeled shrimp an effective bait as well?

- Do artificial baits like fake Gulp/PowerBait salmon eggs, fake worms, trout nuggets, etc, really work better than good old worm?

- When fishing from shore I have found that I can't really cast light lures like wedding bands far. So if I were to opt for spinning, rather than float or bottom fishing, am I pretty much forced to cast and retrieve every 30 seconds due to the short casting distance?

Thank you in advance for your answers and any fishing tips you'd like to toss my way.
pajeff

Sorry I can't help. Could have if you were asking about fly fishing.
ChakaRaka

I have only fished Salmon in saltwater, but for trout I can comment:


- Is float (or bottom) fishing with bait as effective as spinning lures to catch trout? And what about salmon?


I use all three methods. I actually bob a lot less than I used to. I often bottom fish with a "Carolina Rig" or similar (you can Google it or see a diagram in my profile photos). I love catching on spinners and spoons though because of how little tack and weight you have on. But this is actual fishing, not sit and wait.




- In your experience, is worm the most effective bait for trout and salmon in freshwater?


I do not hear people using worms a lot for salmon. But they are often one of the best baits for trout. The exception being hatchery raised ones, which are more likely to go after artificial baits, because they are similar to the fish-chow they were fed in the hatchery. As a kid I remember using raw bacon, cheese, corn and more recently was fishing somewhere where powerbait and a mini-marshmallow were the only thing they would bite.




- Is boiled, peeled shrimp an effective bait as well?


I have heard this, but have yet to try it because I eat shrimp but do not eat worms... I will try it someday. The pink color might be great for Kokanee (landlocked Sockeye Salmon).




- Do artificial baits like fake Gulp/PowerBait salmon eggs, fake worms, trout nuggets, etc, really work better than good old worm?


Sometimes, but not really in my experience. Roe/eggs is a go-to bait for river bar fishing salmon as they run up to spawn. They are apparently hard wired to eat other fishes eggs to ensure their own offspring's chances. Then again so are bright coloured yarn and Spin'n'Glows because the salmon are not usually feeding but instead striking out of aggression or frustration.




- When fishing from shore I have found that I can't really cast light lures like wedding bands far. So if I were to opt for spinning, rather than float or bottom fishing, am I pretty much forced to cast and retrieve every 30 seconds due to the short casting distance?


I know a lot of people do cast wedding bands, but not this guy. They are just too light even on a windless day. You could use split shot to weight it up a bit and try to extend your cast, but chances are it would make the lure not spin or "present" correctly and then you'd still just be working out your arms. I use spinners and spoons when I can and used to cast lifelike jigs when back in the prairies for other predatory fish. They make heavier casting spinners and spoons, but once again I wonder about their action on the slower retrieve. Crocs are a good example of a modified heavier spoon.

For the lighter tackle that does not cast well, I would troll most of it. Most of that light stuff was likely designed to be dragged through the water or at least fished in moving water. That would also include the wedding band type lures as well as plugs etc. I am no pro guide or anything but can usually catch fish, I hope that gets you started.
Fish'n BC

Nice post ChakaRaka!
sharphooks moderator

yes, thanks chaka for providing such a great response to this members question.
ChakaRaka

No problem boys. I found myself a little lost at one point too, after growing up trolling on the 'chuck, then learning to fish Pike and Walleye in the prairies. I came back to BC, but inland and had no idea where to begin. Little by little things translate over...
euroangler

Thank you for taking the time to address my questions with much insight.
cagey

a very helpful post for the Allouette lk question

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