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how to make your own fish scent fish scents & fish gels at Buoy 10
How to catch Salmon at Buoy 10 tips!!!

I have a trick to get fish oils into gel form.
Take Albalene hand cram (a scentless gel cold cream type product) in a 35mm film canister about 2/3 full. Fill the last 1/3 or so of the jar with fish oil or my favorite WD40! 
mix with a small stick or toothpick.

  • The gel will liquefy with heat so keep out of heat or sun. Rub on lures or baits

  • I also use it on my leaders when tying up egg loops for lube.

  • If it liquefies just put jar in river water or whatever you're fishing in for a bout 30 sec to gel it up again.

  • Remember the mix: no more than 1/3 oil or other product.

    Submited by Kevin Hescock  -  Son of Lynn Hescock of Lynn Hescock Guide Service


The More You Know About Salmon The More Salmon You'll Catch at Buoy 10

  • Chinook Salmon are the most popular sought after sport fish.

  • Spawning Salmon return to the precise stream of their birth, sometimes overcoming great distances and river conditions to reach their home.

  • Chinook are very sensitive to light.  The time of day will dictate where the fish are. Chinook will go to within a few feet of the surface at night and early morning,  but dip as low as 200 to 250' on hot sunny afternoons.

  • Winter Chinook will be found in deeper water than summer Chinook.  


  • It is not unusual to find in-migrating winter Chinook at up to 100' below a school of summer Chinook residing on the top layers of water.

  • The largest Pacific Salmon caught in Alaskan waters, a Chinook (King), weighed in at 126 pounds.
    In some European countries weights of 100 pounds and slightly over have been reported for the Atlantic Salmon.

  • Chinook are fish eaters.  They prefer smaller injured dying fish and are particularly adept at picking them out of schools.  Baits (the fresher the better) imitating these actions will always do the best.
    Chinook are the only Salmon that have either white or pink meat.

  • Their average weights are usually from 20 to 70 lbs.

  • Adult females will lay from 4,000 to 6,000 eggs.

Chinook Weight:

  • 1st year:  Under 2 lbs and are less than 18" long

  • 2nd year:  Close to 5 lbs & 2 feet long

  • 3 years old:  10 to 15 lbs

  • 4 to 7 year olds:  largest 15 lbs and up.  

Salmon migrate at the following ages:

  • Fall Chinook - 3-4 months after being hatched

  • Spring Chinook, 12-16 months after being hatched

  • Silver (Coho) - 1 to 2 years after being hatched

  • Chum- 10 to 30 days after being hatched

  • Sockeye- 1 to 3 years after being hatched

  • Pink- 7 to 30 days after being hatched

Salmon usually live to be:

Pacific Salmon .......... 7 years old
Chinook (King) Salmon .......... 7 years old
Sockeye .......... 7 years old
Silver (Coho) Salmon .......... 4 years old
Chum Salmon .......... 6 years old
Pink Salmon .......... 2 years old
Atlantic Salmon .......... 8 years old