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Good Rain Gear Can Help You Catch The Big One
Good Rain Gear Can Help You Catch The Big One
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 6/2/2019
Many of you have seen me in my Columbia PFG red bibs and jacket rain gear. As I have gotten older, I’ve come to realize more than ever that being comfortable is the most critical factor when it comes to fishing success and generally enjoying being on the water. And when it comes down to it, isn’t the primary reason we go fishing for enjoyment? Well, being miserable is not going to help you catch m...
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In Pursuit of Trophy Pike
In Pursuit of Trophy Pike
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 6/2/2019
Pike, especially really big trophy Northern Pike, can make even the most experienced angler's heart skip a beat. And, although not common, many pike anglers are still managing to land 25 to 30 pound wall-hangers each season here in the Pac. N.W.. For the past 3 years I have targeted trophy pike and I have gotten my share of big fish, but I’m looking for those fish that are over 25 pounds, the ...
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Summer Fun at Puget Sound Saltwater Piers
Summer Fun at Puget Sound Saltwater Piers
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 6/2/2019
Too choppy to take the boat out? Want to take the kids out for a relaxing, low key adventure? Try fishing at one of the many saltwater fishing piers around Puget Sound! The summer is a prime time to bring home a tasty fish dinner for the barbeque or smoker. In the south Sound, salmon season is much longer, if not year round, for pier bound anglers. If bottom fish are your goal, there also a year r...
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Spring and Summer Pursuit of Kokanee: Ospreys Facilitate
Spring and Summer Pursuit of Kokanee: Ospreys Facilitate
Author: Gary Gordon
Posted: 6/2/2019
A Kokanee University Mini-Series, Part 4 A few moons ago I had the privilege of learning how to properly fight and land kokanee. The teachers? Two ospreys. These ospreys likely did not know each other. The first I helped save its life. The second osprey still puts kokanee on my table. I suppose I should start at the beginning. I had received a call one Thursday from my local ra...
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Reviving the Anchovy Hood
Reviving the Anchovy Hood
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 6/2/2019
Slowly trolling along on a flat calm sea it was one of those rare perfect days with no breeze or clouds. It was almost too nice out and the fish apparently agreed as the fishing was slow. Looking to the west I saw what I thought were raindrops hitting the water but there wasn’t a raincloud in sight. Then the tiny flash showed it was a school of baitfish being forced up to the surface. Knowing that...
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What Makes A Good Jerkbait a Great Jerkbait?
What Makes A Good Jerkbait a Great Jerkbait?
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 5/5/2019
Whether you’re fishing for Smallies, Largemouth, Trout, Stripers, Muskie or Pike, they can all be caught on suspending jerkbaits, especially in colder water. Jerkbaiting really shines from late fall, all winter long in some areas, and into late spring. The most important part of any jerkbait is one that truly suspends dead flat. That means it doesn’t sink or float up and after you jerk it, and it...
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Banana in the Boat!
Banana in the Boat!
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 5/5/2019
We had motored out to our fishing hole and set up our rods - three anglers, six kokanee rods. I felt the confidence that comes at the start of the day, fishing a favorite water, knowing that we could have a day of epic fishing ahead of us. Joining me were my friends Robbie, and a figure from my distant past, back when I had first started up the Washington Lakes web site. Our guest was Bruce Pearso...
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Guide to Puget Sound Bottom Critters
Guide to Puget Sound Bottom Critters
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 5/5/2019
The bottom of Washington State's Puget Sound is swimming with all sorts of interesting fish, from the tasty striped perch to the venomous buffalo sculpin. You never quite know what you're going to reel in when you drop a line off your boat, or cast from a dock. All it takes to tempt one to strike your line is a simple high-low rig (a leader tied with two hooks on dropper loops), a sinker, and bait...
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Opening Day Trout Lakes the Day After
Opening Day Trout Lakes the Day After
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 5/5/2019
Once the Lowland Lakes Trout Opener has passed in Washington State it seems that most anglers put the rods away and start getting out the barbecue or shift to other summertime activities. With hundreds of thousands of trout recently planted in lakes all over the region I am always baffled at how quickly the lakes turn back to solitude for the few weeks before jet skiers and recreational boaters ta...
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Spring and Summer Pursuit of Kokanee: Color Choice Confidence
Spring and Summer Pursuit of Kokanee: Color Choice Confidence
Author: Gary Gordon
Posted: 5/5/2019
It is the single most important thing to grasp: kokanee are kokanee and have the same whims, growth, hormone and feeding issues - wherever kokanee are found. So these kokanee issues are the same in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, North Carolina, New Mexico and British Columbia. It turns out that before getting to the point of deciding what colors are t...
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NWFR April Grand Report Drawing!
NWFR April Grand Report Drawing!
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 4/6/2019
Announcing An Awesome Give-away! To celebrate the launch of the new updated NWFR website, we are going to hold a DRAWING WORTH OVER $300 IN FISHING GEAR!!!! ***RULES OF THE DRAWING*** Post a fishing report on NorthwestFishingReports.com. Share the link to your report on this thread. Enter as many times as you go fishing, each new report gives you an additional chance to win! Must be a mem...
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The Jika Rig
The Jika Rig
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 4/6/2019
One of the major problems I’ve had over the years fishing tubes is how often they get hung up using a standard tube jig. Whether you’re fishing in the rocks, or wood cover they just seem to catch on everything. To solve this, I’ve gone out of the box so to speak. The Jika Rig (pronounced Zee-ka), offers a new way of presenting snag proof soft plastic baits to bass, and one of my favorite baits ...
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