How to troll for landlocked chinook salmon?

What are some of the best ways to locate and catch Chinook salmon?
How deep do you normally fish for them and what colors do you normally use?
I have been told to use pink, but I thought it was not visible past 20ft.


Landlocked fall Chinook are placed in reservoirs like Lucky Peak, Deadwood and Anderson Ranch to control/prey upon kokanee salmon.  They are a fish management tool we use to adjust the number of kokanee to prevent over-population - which results in stunting due to lack of food.  Consequently, you should fish for Chinook at the same or slightly below where kokanee are found in the water column.  You will definitely need down-riggers or heavy gear to fish at depths of 20+ feet during the spring and summer.
We've seen people catch fall Chinook on all different colors of gear.  Keep in-mind, fall Chinook are preying on kokanee which are a silver to blue in color while in the reservoir.  I would fish lures that are similar to those colors and mimic an eradic or flashy swimming pattern.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 9:09 AM MST