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Fishing in the Spring: How to Get Ready for Salmon

Figure out how to get ready for salmon quickly; spring is happening soon.

Salmon fishing is one of the most relaxing yet exciting sports known to humankind, and there are many who once they have fished the spawn have become hooked (figuratively, of course).

However, in order for this fantastic fishing sport to be viable and to continue in the foreseeable future, anglers need to be responsible.

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Where to Fish

Once a fishing destination has been decided upon, it's important to know whether you've picked a spawning ground or are further downstream. Depending on the species, a spring spawn could very well introduce a fantastic opportunity to find and catch some huge salmon.

Whether spinning or fly fishing, going after salmon is a rush of fun and adrenaline, especially when you finally hook a monster on the end of your line. However, it's important to remember some pointers that will help sustain such a high level of quality fishing.

Fishing Responsibly

In order to ensure that salmon fishing can be an ongoing sport, there are a number of points to observe:

  • Retrieve snagged lines as fish, birds, or marine animals may later get tangled up in them.
  • Buy non-toxic salmon fishing gear such as spoons, flies and lures so that when they get lost (as they will), they don't end up polluting the water and contaminating edible fish.
  • Remove all litter, as this is a threat to marine life, land animals, and birds. Cleaning up leaves the salmon fishing spot in a pleasant state for the next angler.
  • Wash gear, boots, and clothing at home so that there's no risk of cross-contaminating the next fishing spot with non-native plants or water weeds.

Lobby for Sustainable Salmon

You can also contribute time, money and effort to a number of organizations that work to help salmon populations acriss the country and the world.

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Factors that are endangering salmon populations include climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing by commercial enterprises. Topics that are most important to organizations, and therefore should be considered by common anglers, are:

  • Controlling harvest quotas and preventing overfishing.
  • Placement of hatcheries and fisheries so that the fish don't degrade wild salmon populations.
  • Removal of dams/building dams with adaptations so that salmon can migrate upstream though them.
  • Keeping water quality at a high standard as pollution kills salmon and affects breeding.

Salmon fishing is an incredibly interesting, entertaining, and rewarding pastime, and casting lines responsibly ensures that the sport will be available for many happy years to come.

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Fishing in the Spring: How to Get Ready for Salmon