Cherry salmon – masu, the most heat-loving representative of the Pacific salmon. The weight of the fish can reach 9 kg. During life in the sea, it can be confused with other species of salmon. It differs in a large number of spots and their size on the body than coho salmon or chinook salmon. As in other cases, the determination of the type of salmon requires little experience and knowledge of the region of habitat.

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Cherry Salmon Fishing

Overview of cherry salmon

In the mating attire, the fish is easily distinguished by its olive body with cherry stripes and stains. Like most species of Pacific salmon, it has a passing and residential form of males. Cherry salmon is considered the oldest “Pacific salmon.”

Reproduction habit of cherry salmon

Cherry salmon rises to spawn in the rivers in the spring and before the beginning of July. Passing fish becomes mature at 3-4 years old. In spawning, along with migratory fish, dwarf male males participate, which mature in a year. Moreover, after spawning, they do not die, but can spawn in the future. Nests are arranged on a rocky – pebble bottom in the upper reaches of the rivers. Spawning takes place in late summer – early fall. After spawning, all migratory fish die.

Cherry salmon fishing techniques

Catching cherry salmon is very exciting. In the river she is caught on float fishing rods, on spinning and fly fishing. In the sea you can catch trolling.

Spinning for cherry salmon

The choice of spinning gear does not differ by special criteria. Reliability tackle must meet the conditions for catching large fish, as when fishing on other Pacific salmon of the appropriate size. Before fishing, it is worth clarifying the features of being in a pond. The choice of the rod, its length and dough may depend on this. Long rods are more convenient when fishing for large fish, but they can cause discomfort when fishing from overgrown shores or from small inflatable boats.


The spinning test depends on the choice of the weight of the lures. Groups of fish of different sizes enter different rivers. On the rivers of mass licensed fishing, are advised to use medium-sized baits. Thus, the use of rods with large tests is not required. But in case of visiting other regions, this advice may not be successful.

Catching a cherry salmon on a fishing rod

Cherry salmon in the rivers actively responds to natural baits. For fishing, float tackle is used, both with “blank equipment” and with “running gear”. In this case, the conditions of fishing should be taken into account. Fish are caught both in calm sections of the river and in places with a fast current.

Fly fishing for cherry salmon

The choice of gear for catching a fly fishing cherry salmon depends on several points. First of all, on the size of the possible catch. If you catch a residential form or small populations, then one-handed rods of light and medium classes are suitable for this. The conditions of medium-sized rivers allow the use of a variety of cords with short or medium “heads”. This is facilitated by the fact that the bait for a small cherry salmon is small. Fish responds well to “dry” and “wet” flies.


In some conditions, fly fishing for a cherry salmon resident form can be a good practice for this fisherman, for beginners. As for trophy fishing, for fishing you may need two-handed fishing rods of the middle classes, including switches.

Cherry salmon fishing bait

Cherry salmon use worms, meat, and “tampons” from caviar for catching floats. Some fishermen successfully use combined tooling, using spinners, on which the meat of marine inhabitants sits (Nakazima equipment). For spinning fishing use various spinners and wobblers. Among the wobblers, it is worth noting the minnow class lures. The size of the lures is often small. Various dry and wet flies, as well as medium-sized streamers, are suitable for fly fishing.
Streamers, as a rule, imitate the developmental stages of juvenile fish. From caviar and larvae to small fry. Imitations can be done on different media: hooks, tubes or with a detached hook on a leash material. “Leech” type baits can help out in case of bad biting.

Cherry salmon fishing place

Cherry salmon is the southernmost salmon of the Pacific. It is found off the coast of Japan, and some areas of Eastern Europe and North Asia. It is caught in many rivers, licensed fishing has been opened. In the river, the fish occupies various depressions, often stands along the main channel, under overhanging bushes and near shelters. The passage form, more often, adheres to sections of the river with a fast flow.

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