What lures work best for chinook?


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.