Add Color to Your Plugs

Story & Photos by Scott Haugen

Whether fished from a sled, drift boat, pontoon setup or off the bank with a side-planer, there’s no doubting the power of plug fishing when targeting salmon. In Alaska, plugs dominate not only many of the salmon fisheries, but are very effective when it comes to catching steelhead and trophy-sized rainbows as well.

Plugs can be fished by way of back-trolling, casting and retrieving, even by plunking and back-bouncing. While the peak of plug fishing spiked in the latter part of the 1980s, there’s no question plug fishing continues to help anglers broaden their horizons and catch more fish. This content is available for subscribers only.

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