Best Lures for Catching Pink (Humpy) Salmon in Rivers
Pink Salmon are a very popular catch for many Pacific Coast fishermen. Here in the Puget Sound region, we see huge returns every odd numbered year (example: 2013, 2015, 2017). There are a few really productive lures that catch Pinks (Humpies) with amazing effectiveness!
This article is designed to give you an advantage as you prepare for your next Humpy Salmon fishing trip! Good luck!
Dick Nite Spoons
A crowd favorite on select Pacific Northwest rivers, these tiny lightweight spoons have a tantalizing flutter that drives Pink Salmon wild! Drift Fish them or Cast & Retrieve, these lures work very well from tidewater to upper river areas.
P Line Humpy Jig
One of my personal favorites! A great lure for not only saltwater beach fishing but also in the tidally influenced lower stretches of our Pink Salmon rivers, this lure works great. The P Line Humpy Jig is a painted metal jig that is designed to attract all salmon species, but has worked very well for Pinks. This lure comes in a variety of color combinations, and I especially like the smaller Humpy Jigs when Pinks are a little squeamish. These lures are available from ½ oz up to 2 oz.
Plunking for Pink Salmon
Grab a few hooks, swivels, pink Spin & Glos and your favorite bait and hit the lower river! As Humpies migrate up through the lower stretches of their rivers, many plunkers using this simple method to catch their limits. Use enough lead to keep your lure stationary in the current. Tip the hook with either raw prawn or a sand shrimp tail.
Brads Wiggler & Lil Wiggler
Brads Wigglers and Lil Wigglers are great fished from a boat or retrieved towards the bank. These are a great alternative to the staple lures and methods. Any metallic or solid pink color options are very productive.
Aero Jig Marabou
These 1/8 oz and ¼ oz Steelhead jigs are deadly effective for Humpies. Pink, White or Pink/White color patterns are all great!
The grand-daddy of all salmon fishing lures. Small Buzz Bombs work well in the slow, deep, tidal stretches of the lower Skagit, Snohomish and Stillaguamish, as well as along Puget Sound beaches.
Wordens Maxi Jig
This is one of the newest high quality Steelhead jigs on the market. These jigs are best fished under a float, or twitched with light tackle rods. Maxi Jigs are available in a variety of Humpy catching combinations of pink, white and red. High quality Owner hooks are ultra sharp, so don’t worry about that!
Pink Worm Jig
Grab a pack of 3 inch or 4 inch Steelhead Worms and a pack of ¼ oz or 3/8 oz Jigheads and you have an inexpensive and very effective Humpy lure. Just thread a Pink Worm on a pink or white Jighead, simple as that! The waggin tail of a Steelhead Worm is sure to catch the attention of nearby Pink Salmon.
Similar to the Pink Worm Jig, the Hoochie Jig is often premade but offers a very durable and effective option for river fishing. If you are making your own, add a small drop of super glue to the shank of the Jighead hook before threading on the Hoochie squid.
I wish you all the greatest success on your next Pink Salmon fishing trip, and hopefully these lures produce many daily limits for you, friends and family!