What lures work best for chinook on the upper salmon river up by Stanley?
I'm not going to tell you that lures don't work for catching Chinook salmon - because as soon as I do, the fish prove me wrong. If you are going to use a lure, use one that mimics a predatory fish the Chinook think might be a threat to eat the eggs they are preparing to lay. I would consider an olive green and silver color spoon that could resemble a bull trout or a northern pikeminnow.
Your chances of catching a Chinook salmon are better if you use bait. Salmon eggs or tuna balls have proven to be effective baits for catching Chinook. Remember to use a barbless hook.