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Open water winter Pike fishing
Open water winter Pike fishing
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 11/7/2020
One of my favorite things to do all year is open water winter pike fishing. I have caught most of my really big fish during the cold water months of the year. Pike fishing during winter is all about location and the relationship between the Pike and their food. Knowing what the forage fish are for the Pike in your lake and their feeding and location habits is equally as important as learning the P...
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Kalama and Klickitat Rivers Producing Salmon
Kalama and Klickitat Rivers Producing Salmon
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 10/23/2020
Between fall hunting, fishing, bighorn sheep and news from our state parks there’s a lot to cover this week: HUNTING: There were no official deer check stations set up last weekend for the modern firearm opening of deer season in Northeast Washington due to Covid-19 concerns but checking with several Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers, Spokesperson Staci Lehman was...
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Learn to Adjust to Catch More Salmon
Learn to Adjust to Catch More Salmon
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 10/10/2020
Last month I spent four days on a coastal river fishing for fall chinook. The first day was on a Saturday the weekend before my family was coming to visit and go fishing. It was spent rowing down the river and fishing, but mostly re-learning the river. Anglers often don’t take the time to “learn” a river or fishery and waste their precious time, often not realizing until it is too late why they di...
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Blue Ribbon Trout and Plenty of Coho!
Blue Ribbon Trout and Plenty of Coho!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 10/10/2020
If you are looking for a high-quality stream fishing experience for trout, look no further than the Yakima River, Washington’s only Blue Ribbon trout stream. Flowing from Keechelus Lake near Snoqualmie Pass into the Snake River at the Tri-Cities, the river offers cold water fisheries in the upper river and warmwater fishing for bass, catfish and more in the lower section. The upper stretch...
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Bobber Down: Part 2
Bobber Down: Part 2
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 10/10/2020
Fall is officially here! Even though the weather has cooled off, the salmon fishing is at its hottest. The chinook run has mostly tapered off, but there are still thousands of coho pushing into rivers every day. This is the perfect time to give float fishing a try. Coho are aggressive fish and eager egg biters. In last month's article, we discussed techniques and strategies to optimize your bobber...
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Breakaway Flashers Make Downrigger Fishing More Fun!
Breakaway Flashers Make Downrigger Fishing More Fun!
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 10/10/2020
My single action reel spun wildly as the coho took line, rod double over, I enjoyed the pure power the fish displayed. In amazement I watched as the fish clear the water and tail-walked several feet before crashing back down and making another strong run. Working him back to the boat, my friend slid the net under him, a beautiful ten pound September Puget Sound coho. Around us the fleet of recreat...
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Strategies for late Fall Bronzebacks
Strategies for late Fall Bronzebacks
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 10/10/2020
One of my favorite things to do in the late fall is chase Smallies. Here on the P.O. River in N. Idaho that means falling water and current flow, as well as fairly clear water. One key to fishing Smallies in the fall is to find and fish current breaks. This may be a boulder field or and current line on an eddy in the river. Look for some kind of current break in 8 to 20 ft of water. Smallies in ...
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The Big Bass That Wasn't
The Big Bass That Wasn't
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 10/10/2020
Rusty Johnston is my best friend of 40-plus years. We met bass fishing as kids and have never stopped fishing together since that time. The two of us had been practicing this spring and summer to fish the Berkley Big Bass Tournament at Potholes Reservoir, scheduled to happen October 3rd. Seven hourly first place winners using only Berkley baits and Abu-Garcia rods or reels would receive a $3,00...
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Wild Turkey for Dinner
Wild Turkey for Dinner
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 9/25/2020
Lost in the opening of so many hunting opportunities this month is the fall turkey season. This offers the chance to not only bag a big bird weighing up to 20 pounds but also the ability to enjoy a lean, high protein, tasty meal with plenty of leftovers. In Washington State we have three subspecies of turkey. They are the eastern wild turkey found in Western Washington, the Rio Grande subspec...
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Try Camano Island for a Summer Getway!
Try Camano Island for a Summer Getway!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 9/19/2020
Camano Island offers an easy to get to vacation option away from the city through two saltwater state parks located within a mile of each other. Sitting just 67 miles away from Seattle and across two saltwater sloughs west of Stanwood, Camano Island is a rural getaway. There are no towns here, just a few crossings with stores, gas stations and cafes amongst the roads winding through woods, fields...
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Fish Camp Memories
Fish Camp Memories
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 9/15/2020
Every September for 16 years I’ve driven down the hill from Goldendale, taken the turn left on a road that passes by Maryhill State Park, and pulled into a campsite fronting the Columbia River at the impeccably clean and well cared for Peach Beach RV Park. What brings me here? Fish Camp. It’s an annual event attended by outdoors media members, professional anglers and individuals in the fishin...
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Fishing Tournaments for You
Fishing Tournaments for You
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 9/6/2020
A lot of fishing derbies and events have been cancelled this year thanks to Covid-19 but one that has gone on with relatively little fanfare but wide availability to the everyday angler since May is the annual trout fishing derby put on by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Running through October 31st, anglers out for a day of fishing should be sure to keep any trout they catch with...
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