I am pretty new at salmon fishing having only fished for them the past two years and I have a pretty basic question. Will salmon bite an artificial lure once they get into freshwater? I have caught a fair number of pinks, chums and a couple of silvers and nearly all of them have been foul hooked. I don't target reds since it seems to be the general opinion that they will not bite a lure. I don't try to snag fish but sometimes they are just so many in a spot you can't help from hooking one someplace other than the mouth. I don't fish live bait. Am I fooling myself in thinking I can get them to bite?
I would appreciate some input for those of you who know much more than I do.