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7/11/18 @ 8:38 AM
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L U E 42
User since 7/13/09

I have always stopped trolling once it is too dark to see, but I know some continue and have good luck for the first hour or two of darkness. Is anyone willing to share tips for this type of fishing?  Do you use only glow lures or do other colors work? Do you still target thermocline depths or do the fish move up? 

Any advice would be appreciated.

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7/14/18 @ 6:38 PM
thinblueline
User since 1/25/10

In my experience, which I will grant may be very different from many others, the king salmon seems to a fish of low light, but not necessarily no light. 

Success in that last hour has always been pretty consistent, but what has also been consistent for me is when the night turns fully dark, the fish almost completely shut off. I’ve kept at it a number of times over the years, to see if they turn on shortly after, but they so rarely do, for me, I just head in now when it turns full dark.

7/11/18 @ 11:02 AM
X-Ray
X-Ray
User since 3/30/15
The theory is that as the sun sets the mysis and other zooplankton start to rise to the surface to feed.  The alewife and other small fish that feed on those follow.  The salmon follow the bait fish.  I have seen this many times on my sonar where I see the mysis/zooplankton clouds rising off the bottom.  I always go with something that glows including FF setups and brad's.   Glow spoons are moonshines or warrior.  Once the sun sets, I start raising my baits based on what I see on the sonar.  Tuesday evening, bait before sunset was hanging around 30-40' down so I ran my bait just below that (lead and dispy) and the rigger is always deep, 20' below the bait.

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