Trolling herring for salmon in freshwater is likely the most popular and productive technique used to target salmon in the Northwest. There are many different opinions on this subject and much literature has been published. This technical report will focus on techniques that have worked for top producing guides in Northwest Oregon. We will examine why some techniques work better than others do and where these techniques can be employed to increase your chances of catching salmon in freshwater. You can add these techniques to your toolbox or modify your own technique to make your baits more attractive to salmon.
The Oregon fishing technical report series describe years of tested techniques, proven to take significant catches of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. These 19 reports were written exclusively by Professional Oregon Fishing Guide Bob Rees. Not only has he been guiding anglers professionally since 1991 but he also has 7 seasonal years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife giving him a unique insight into the finer details that make up our great Northwest fisheries.