Atlantic Salmon are fished both in saltwater and in freshwater. However they fight more aggressively in their marine environment as opposed to the end of their spawn in the freshwater system.


When in the ocean, Atlantic Salmon have a brighter chrome appearance before heading to freshwater. Some anglers enjoy the freedom of the fish in the saltwater, as the fish are able to move around a vessel freely and quickly.


Fishing for Atlantic Salmon in saltwater is a totally unique experience and is probably one of the most popular saltwater fishing excursions there is.


In North America you can go saltwater salmon fishing on either coast, as there are species of salmon native to each ocean. Though you’ll find the Atlantic Salmon on the east coast only.

Plug Trolling for Atlantic Salmon

Plug trolling is one of the most effective ways to troll for Atlantic Salmon and remains one of the top techniques for early season salmon fishing because of water coverage.


We walk you through the steps of both systems as well as cover various other topics such as trolling spoons in both salt and freshwater, how to down rig and what anchor fishing is all about.


Trolling is a successful approach for Atlantic Salmon fishing in saltwater. You should note that it is more expensive as it uses expensive plugs, heavier reels and more robust rods which result in higher costs.


Trolling also uses weight tackle called a sinker release that is completely free and forever detached from your setup once the fish is hooked.

  • Trolling speeds control depth, keeping your lure where the salmon are holding and it also helps trigger the fish’s predator instincts on a simulated bait or wounded herring that flops around at just the right speed.
  • A great speed for trolling is most commonly found between 2 and 4 knots per hour

Be consistent with rods, reels and setups. Different reels and rods can effect the depth your lure is getting to and results in tangled lines or lost fish.

To find out more about trolling techniques, click on this link.