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June 2018

Anglers in search of fishing grounds where you can find solitude, lots of fish, and breathtaking views are probably pretty frustrated as fisheries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are dwindling. Steelhead anglers are being pushed onto the few river systems that still have healthy runs of fish, and even at that the term “healthy run” seems to be confused with “dwindling run”. Salmon are being manag...[more]

Anglers new to trolling for kokanee and trout face a daunting assortment of questions on everything from rods to tackle to baits and more. One essential component to proper trolling that is seldom discussed is setting up your boat as a fish-catching trolling machine. If you’re like me, I found lots of information on the gear aspect (let’s face it, every tackle and rod manufacturer will be happy to...[more]

May 2018

Looking out over the field, darkness still obscured our vision. Out there beyond the field we set up in we could hear the rapid gurgling, gobbling sound made by male turkeys in their tree roosts. Daylight would be coming soon, but meanwhile I couldn’t get the image from The Blair Witch Project out of my head. I subconsciously swiped at my nose, suppressing a cough, desperate to not make a sound. D...[more]

Do you have more fishing rods, reels, boats and/or miscellaneous gear than you can count? Do you want to spend more time fishing and/or on the river? Are you maybe just killing time between fishing for Spring Chinook and fishing for Fall brights? Have you ever wondered how you could not have a job and still make a living? If you can answer “Yes” to two or more of these questions, you might hav...[more]

May can be a tough month for anglers that are waiting for the summer salmon season and yet have already filled their trout desires. But those that are near Puget Sound can target another great eating fish that can be a bit of a challenge. Lingcod season opens in May with a one fish per day slot limit. The toothy cod has to be between 26 and 36 inches. This is what makes this fishery so tricky. ...[more]

Over the past couple decades the Yakima River has become known as one of the Northwest’s premier trout rivers. Anglers from all over travel to the Yakima and fish the waters from Cle Elum to Yakima. Many times of the year it is catch-and-release flyfishing at its best. But the Yakima is more than just a quality trout fishing river. The lower portion of the Yakima, between Horn Rapids Dam near B...[more]

Move over Alabama rig here is another innovation to bass fishing that could possibly change fishing forever. From the inventor of the Fish-N-Fool knot comes; "The Boob Tube rig". Here is a new way to fish a tube that I came up with that has turned into a killer technique, See below for the required parts. Use any make of tube you like but larger tubes that will trap the most air work the b...[more]

April 2018

Few memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip ( family’s first RV trip maybe? ). You probably still remember the sights, sounds and smiles of the occasion vividly, and you probably look back on the outing fondly. Now, so many years later, it is time to introduce your children to angling. You certainly don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce children to the sport, b...[more]

If you have read my articles before, you know I am the mad scientist of fishing and I love creating new things and lures. I’ve invented more baits than a lot of guys have ever fished with. I like to not only create my own unique baits, but change and improve baits made by others. Here lately I have been doing a lot of repainting of some of my old lures because I either didn’t like the color of the...[more]

Most trout anglers in the Evergreen state wait for the last Saturday of April which is the general Lowland Lakes opener. But there is no need to wait as there are plenty of lakes to fish right now. One thing the angler needs to remember when fishing early in Spring is that the gear and how to fish for trout might be a little different than later in the month and especially later in Spring and Summ...[more]

It’s an iconic image that's featured amidst many people’s Northern cabin decor: a fishing lure featuring feathery tufts that represent the wings of an insect. This icon of fly fishing is a type of lure called a “dry fly.” Fly anglers use dry flies to imitate insects hatching on the top of rivers. The trout cannot resist. But that’s not the only way to fly fish and trout aren’t the only kind of ...[more]

March 2018

In the past three or four years one of the top lakes for kokanee in the Northwest has been Lake Chelan. The huge natural lake in North Central Washington has always had a naturally reproducing population of landlocked sockeye salmon, but in the past few years the average size of the salmon has grown considerably. While Chelan has always had a good kokanee fishery in late spring and summer,...[more]