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Wooldridge Boats
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Lucky Sportfishing


British Columbia
Great Lakes


Blackmouth Time: Rudnick
Humpy (Pink) Fishing
When a Light Jig is the Right Jig
Pot Fishing for Crab
Early Westport Chinook
What Color for Halibut?
Halibut: Drift or Anchor?
How to Pick the Right Jig!
Pot Fishing for Crab
Sekiu, Memories are Made
Favorite Halibut Rig

Lingcod: Beauty and Beast
Gearing up for Halibut
Eastern Washington Sockeye
Blackmouth Tips and Techniques

Oddball Coho Tactics
Wild and Weedy Willipa
Pink to Silver
A New Spin for Humpies
Jigging for Summer Kings
2011 Summer Salmon Outlook
How to Fillet a Halibut - Video
Bait/Lures for Halibut
Whats the right hook for Halibut
The Importance of Swivels
Hootchie Hookers
Cleaning & Preparing Razor Clams
Mooch, Jig or Troll
Halibut Bait Rigs
Tyee Rowing
The Halibut Seeker
Handy Blackmouth Tips
Saltwater Chum Fishing
Chinook - Timing is Everything
Welcome to Pinkatropolis
Washington Coast Halibut
Shrimping 101
Boating Halibut
Heavy Metal Halibut
Downrigger Tips
Six Tricks for Fall Coho
Buzz Bombing Techniques
New! How to fillet halibut
Rudnick's Halibut Fishing

How to smoke salmon
Smoked salmon recipe #1
Ilwaco & the ocean
Barkley Sound, BC
Deep trolling for Chinook
How to fillet salmon
Reel Maintenance

Fishing with Herring

How to brine herring
Motor Mooching
Using Herring Strips/Teasers
How to rig cutplug herring Herring Rigging
Whole Herring Rigging

Katch Kooler
New Salmon Scenter™
Fishing reports
Win FREE tackle!!


2015 Salmon University Seminar

Online lessons
Classroom courses
SU Seminar Pictures

Bumper Knot Illustration

Steelhead University


Species Info
Ling Cod


Humboldt Squid Video

Salmon Indentification
Clam Identification

Editorial & Product Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Guest Editorials:

Ghost Nets

CCA - Pacific Northwest Chapter

CCA News:
New Editorials Added

CCA Chapter Events



Smoked Salmon Recipe #1
Smoked Salmon Recipe #2

Nushagak Candied Salmon

Spring Chinook - Tapas StyleCanned Salmon
Halibut with Leek
Shrimp Recipes
Crab Recipes
Charlie's Pickled Salmon
Gary Larsons Smoked Salmon Brine

Online Resources

US Coast Guard Bar Report
NOAA Washington Marine Weather
Pacific Northwest Tides
Westport Tides/Current
Westport Swells
Swell Watcher 3D
Canadian Weather
NOAA Online Chart Viewer
Weather Bouys
Coastal Water Temps - NOAA

2014 Fishing Derby Schedule

Fishing reports

Animated Fishing Knots

Washington State Boaters License


Ask the pros

Northwest Weather Forecasts
Washington Weather
Oregon Weather
Northwest Weather from NOAA
Marine Weather Stations
Washington Weather Radio

Tides and Current

New - Oregon Tides

New - Washington Tides
Northwest Buoy Reports
Tides & Storm Surge Information
Pacific NW Tides & Currents
British Columbia Information

River & Stream Levels
Washington River Levels
Oregon River Levels
Select a specific river

State Agencies
WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
OR Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Fishing Licenses

WA State Fishing License
OR State Fishing License
BC Fishing License

Boat Launches
Washington Launches
(search by county)
Oregon Launches
(comprehensive search)

Contact Us
Contact emails and info
Advertising rates and info

Welcome to Salmon University

Win a FREE Tackle Pack!!!

Weekly Fishing Reports Page

NOAA Marine Weather

Oregon Tides | Washington Tides

Check out our new Guides and Charters Page
River Guides | Saltwater Charters

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting March 2


MARCH 21ST & 22nd
New Saturday Class Added:  Smoking Your Catch
What to Expect At the Seminar – Click Here
For More Information or to Register

Cabela's Lacey Store

Speaker - Terry J. Wiest
Saturday, February 28th
12:00PM  - Float Fishing for Steelhead
2:00PM    - Trophy Steelhead Tactics

SU Fish Reporters from
Granville Island, City of Vancouver, BC
extend a “Sweet Deal” to SU Readers & Friends

2 Day/1 Night Winter Chinook Trip
$499US/Person (4 Anglers/Boat)
10 Hour Days On the Water
Salmon Fishing, Crabbing and Prawning
Seaside Cabin in the Gulf Islands
or Granville Island Lodging
Offer Valid Until April 15, 2015
For Contact Information & Pictures  – Click Here

Lucky Sportfishing

July 19th – 22nd, 2015
3 Options Available
1)  All Inclusive-Fly In
2)  All Inclusive-Drive In
3)  All Inclusive–Self Guided Bring Your Own Boat

One of the most beautiful fishing spots
on the West Coast with
deluxe accommodations at Eagle Nook Resort

Space is limited and won’t last long
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How to Fish Salmon Plugs

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You can check out previous reviews here.


by Tom Nelson


Current Raffle Winner

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Congratulations to the winner of our Tackle Giveaway
February 2015

Shane Sehlin
Lake Tapps, WA

Welcome to Salmon University. This site will show you where, when, and how to catch salmon. This site is designed from the ground up as an educational site. It is an ongoing project, which we will be updating. We will add destination articles, how-to lessons, and in-season updates, to give you the latest on where, when, and how to improve your saltwater angling opportunities.

If you'd like to be informed when we add a section or update the site, click here and fill out our info entry form, and who knows, you just might win some free tackle, too!

This site is based primarily on saltwater fishing in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Learning how to saltwater fish in the Pacific Northwest is a complex subject that has a wealth of information available... this website is designed to help break the material down and present it in a user-friendly format that is simple to navigate. We have designed the site to be easy for everyone from beginners to lifetime sports anglers, to the seasoned professional salmon fishermen, anyone looking for quality information to expand their knowledge about fishing for the revered fish of the Northwest.

Capt. Tom Nelson with a Beautiful Speciman

Here's a brief explanation of the different sections of the site:

Regions: In the regions section, you can click, zoom, and navigate to the areas you are interested in. For instance, say you click on "Washington", you will then see a map of Washington. Now click on the region within Washington that you are interested in, say you pick "Puget Sound South". When you see the map of Puget Sound South, click on one of the highlighted fishing areas on the map, and now you'll see an in-depth article about exactly where, when, and how to fish that particular spot... it's that easy.

Species: This section gives you some background information on the different species you'll be fishing for in the salt.

Education: The education section will give you the information you need to become an efficient and successful angler. The Online Lessons are intended to give you a solid fishing education foundation. Like the rest of the site, we will continue to add to the Lessons and Tips Section. For the angler that wants a more intensive learning experience, we also offer a Classroom Course. The Classroom Course takes place in the Seattle area in March each year.

Online Resources: These resources are links for you to use when you're ready to go fishing. There are links to tide predictors, weather forecasts, and some online charts and maps. The education section will teach you how to use and decipher this info. If you still have a question, however, you can email one of our pros in the "Ask the Pros" section.

Updates: This will become your favorite section. Just like you anxiously await the next issue of your favorite magazine, so will you be chomping at the bit for our next update. This section is a list of quick links to the latest articles, in-season updates, lessons, etc. that we've added to the site. If you have any comments or questions about the site, or again, if you'd like to be informed via email when we add a section or update the site, click here and fill out an info entry form.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, this site is free to all of you. Enjoy the site, and good fishing!

All content of this site is ©2001-2015 Salmon University, unless otherwise noted.

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