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Steelhead Plug Primer Part 2
This is the second, and final, part on how to fish plugs for steelhead. Both parts in the primer are condensed versions of the full length articles available at GoneFishingNW.com. Read The WaterA good place to start is typical steelhead water – that is water that is moving at a walking pace and is 4 to 8 feet deep. People are a little vague about what a walking pace is, but 2.5 MPH should be reasonably close.Good places to work plugs include current seams, flats and tailou...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/29/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of GoneFishingNW.com
   
Steelhead Plug Primer Part 1
We all like catching fish, but no fish has captured the Northwest’s fascination like the steelhead has. There is something special about catching a steelhead that is hard to define.Like most species of fish there are multiple ways to fish for them. This guide covers how to catch steelhead using plugs. A plug is a hard bodied fishing lure which wiggles and dives. Mainly this technique is used from a boat, but I’ll also cover how to use them from shore. This article is a condensed vers...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/5/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of GoneFishingNW.com
   
Bobber Dogging Primer
What is Bobber Dogging?Over the last few years, we have seen the technique of bobber dogging grow in popularity across the Pacific Northwest for salmon and steelhead. However, anglers on the East side of the Cascades are just now starting to give this system a try. Dry siders can greatly benefit from adding this technique to their arsenals! The first question a lot of anglers typically have is, “What is bobber dogging?” Bobber dogging is a special technique similar to drift f...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/1/2016  Author: Jacob Murden
   
Coho River Fishing Primer
The coho are returning back to the rivers and with better than expected returns the WDFW has opened a few rivers. We hope this trend continues with more fish returning and more opportunities for recreational fishing.Whenever and wherever you will be fishing for coho it is good to be prepared, so you can maximize your catching when out on the water.This primer is an excerpt from my full length guide for coho salmon river fishing, which is on GoneFishingNW.comAbout CohoCoho sa...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of GoneFishingNW.com
   
Kings of Fall
Alder trees lined the riverbank with their white trunks and the green leaves long ago turned golden yellow as summer’s warm afternoons have faded to the crisp cooling days. The orange colored bobber top a stark contrast from the dark colored waters reflecting the cloudy sky above. Just then the float disappeared and I set the hook hard. A Chinook dove deep and fought hard; it was then that I truly felt that fall had arrived and so had the Kings. Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Jason Brooks
   
Hover Fishing 101
Each year the Northwest Fishing Reports Crew gathers at Maryhill, Washington, on the Columbia River as part of Ed Iman’s Fish Camp. Fish Camp is an annual event put on by Ed that brings together outdoor gear manufacturers, media, and guides. We have an opportunity to go fish with product reps to try out the latest new innovations that will be coming to stores and online to sport anglers. It’s a fun event and one we look forward to immensely. The weather for the week could not have been nice...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
   
Upper Columbia Sockeye!
As the blanket of darkness starts to lift on the mighty Columbia River I can make out the faint shapes of boats trolling just outside the mouth of the Okanogan River. I grin and look at my group of four guys “Ready for an action packed day of catching Sockeye?” I get the usual answer thumbs up and “hell yeah’s!” I ease the boat into position and drop the first bait down to 19ft, as I start to grab the second rod to bait it up, the first goes off “Fish On”! Category: Rivers  Date: 6/27/2016  Author: Adam Hocking of Steel Dreams Guide Service
   
June's Summer Steelhead
June marks the kick off of the summer steelhead season. Most rivers will still be running cold and a little high from snow runoff but by the end of the month they should be in shape. Other rivers, like the Cowlitz will be prime, as well as some of the coastal rivers that drain the short distance to the Pacific Ocean as the Olympic Mountains rid their snow early. One of the many draws of the summer run steelhead is the fact that the days are long and much warmer making for a pleasant time to be ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 6/1/2016  Author: Jason Brooks
   
Clearwater Springer Fever
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. As the days grow longer and the temperature starts to rise, the rivers swell with the first run-off of the year. This tells me to start watching the fish counts over Bonneville as I eagerly await the best eating fish around “Spring Chinook”! Idaho’s Clearwater River has by far some of the best Springer fishing around. Spring Chinook are highly sought after with their deep red flesh packed with Omega 3 fats. Springer’s are known to be toug...
Category: Rivers  Date: 5/3/2016  Author: Adam Hocking
   
Columbia River Springers
The Columbia River spring Chinook is a special fish. If you doubt it, just take a look at the Columbia in late March when the run is just getting started. From Cathlamet, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon the river is covered with boats. It sometimes seems as if every boat in the Northwest is on the river, trolling, anchoring with plugs, and working hard to catch one of the region’s most sought-after fish. Category: Rivers  Date: 4/3/2016  Author:  Terry Otto for Anglers Club
   
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