How to Worm Fish for Salmon

Updated July 20, 2017

Although adult salmon do not eat during their return into freshwater, they still strike lures that resemble the food forms they ate during their time in the ocean. Consequently, salmon can be enticed to strike the same 3- to 5-inch plastic worms that are frequently used to fish for bass.

Thread the plastic worm onto the jig hook by inserting the point of the hook into the tip of the plastic worm, threading the worm onto the hook and pressing the point of the hook out the side of the worm.

Manoeuvre the boat to the top of a likely location on the river.

Cast your plastic worm downstream and across the current.

Let the worm float downstream until it reaches your desired location.

Tighten the line, and let the current sweep the worm in an arc in front of the fish.

Salmon generally strike hard when they hit a plastic worm. Set the hook as soon as you feel the strike.


Salmon generally seem most attracted to bright worm colours. Do not be afraid to try different colours and sizes of worms if a particular worm is not producing results. Where permitted, live worms can also be fished effectively in a similar manner.


Check the regulations that pertain to the waters you plan to fish to make sure that fishing with worms is permitted.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing rod
  • Fishing reel
  • Fishing line
  • Jig hook
  • Plastic worms
  • Boat
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Jaysen Oldroyd received his juris doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in 2003 and has been writing professionally for two years. He previously published articles in the "Harvard Latino Law Review" and the "BYU Journal of Public Law." More recently, Jaysen has written and published a number of online articles pertaining to various forms of outdoor recreation.