BAG LIMIT – 6 PER DAY
Stages of a Chum Salmon
DESCRIPTION: Ocean fresh chum are metallic greenish-blue along the back with bright silver sides and silver streaks in their forked tail. Chum average 7-15 pounds with some males exceeding 30-lbs. When nearing their spawning destination chum will turn green with purple & brown vertical bars on their sides. The male’s nose will hook and their teeth will protrude from its mouth like a snarling dog.
AVAILABILITY: Chum salmon are most abundant in Ketchikan from July through August.
FISHING TECHNIQUES: Chum are caught at deeper depths 50-100′ with herring or small hoochies (pink works good) slow trolled behind a flasher on a short 28″ leader. Schools of chum jumping on the surface are easy to spot but usually won’t bite. Jumping chum are distinguished by multiple sideways jumps in a circular pattern like skipping a stone across the water.