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Suggested Reading

It’s often said that 10 percent of the anglers catch 90 percent of the fish. Would you like to be part of that 10 percent? One way to improve your fishing skills is to read what other experts have said on the subject or read some of the technical literature on fish and fisheries. We have comprised a reading list of general and scientific/technical literature that can help you improve your salmon fishing skills.

General Literature | Technical / Scientific Literature

General Literature
Most of these are copyrighted materials, therefore you will need to track them down at your local library or bookstore.

Angling for Salmon, Shad, and Sturgeon, in Freshwaters of Washington State. Frank Haw. 1977. Washington Department of Fisheries, Olympia, Washington.

Charlie White’s 103 Fishing Secrets. Charles White. 2003. Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited. Surrey, British Columbia.

Drift fishing: the British Columbia Way. Jim Gilbert. 1991. Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited. Surrey, British Columbia.

Evergreen Pacific Fishing Guide. Bill Hanson. 2006. Paradise Cay Publications. Arcata, California.

Fishing Beyond the Buoys: Salmon Trolling. Leif G. Terdal. 1991. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Fishing the lower Columbia: The World’s Greatest Salmon Hole. Larry Leonard. 1993. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

How to Catch Salmon. Dennis Reid. 1995. Orca Book Publishers. Victoria, British Columbia.

How to Catch Salmon. Basic Fundamentals. Charles White. 1997. Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited. Surrey, British Columbia.

How to Catch Salmon. Advanced Techniques. Charles White. 2003. Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited. Surrey, British Columbia.

Mooching. The Salmon Fisherman’s Bible. David Nuttall. 1980. Hancock House Publishers Ltd. Surrey, British Columbia.

River Salmon Fishing. Bill Stinson. 1995. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Salmon Fishing for the Simple-Minded. Bob Ellsberg. 1988. Outdoor Enterprises. Astoria, Oregon.

Salmon to a Fly: Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon in the Open Ocean. Jim Crawford. 1995. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Saltwater Fishing Journal. John Martinis. 2004. John’s Sporting Goods. Everett, Washington.

Saltwater Fishing in Washington. Frank Haw and Raymond Buckley. 1988. Stan Jones Publishing, Inc. Seattle, Washington.

Saltwater Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon. Barry M. Thorton. 1995. Hancock House. Surrey, British Columbia.

Saltwater Salmon Angling. Washington Department of Fisheries. 1977. Olympia, Washington. Scan and (LINK)

Saltwater Salmon Angling. Bob Mottram. 1989. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout. Jed Davis. 1995. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Steelhead & Salmon Drift Fishing Secrets. Timothy Kusherets. 2003. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

The Troller’s Handbook, for All American Fish Species. Ray Rychnovsky. 1998. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Tidewater Bobber Fishing for Chinook Salmon. Gene L. Martin. 1993. Frank Amato Publications. Portland, Oregon.

Washington Fishing. Terry Rudnick. 2005. Avalon Travel Publishing. Emeryville, California.


Technical / Scientific Literature

See Selective Chinook Fishery Technical Reports