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Guide to Drift Boats
Guide to Drift Boats
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 12/9/2019
It is hard to beat a slow float down a northwest river and the drift boat is one of the best ways to get down the waterways where we like to fish. From low water summertime steelhead, Fall Chinook and Coho to winter run steelies, the drift boat is as about as versatile as the fish we seek. Keep in mind there are several factors when it comes to rowing a drift boat. When you decide to buy one you n...
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Solunar Surf Perch
Solunar Surf Perch
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 12/9/2019
No matter what you fish for, every fisherman seeks a way to get the edge and catch more fish. Pattern recognition is in human nature. Some fishermen have a lucky hat we were wearing when we caught our personal best salmon, for instance. Others look to the tides or moon for guidance. I first heard of the solunar theory several years ago while trolling for mackinaw and rainbow trout in Deer Lake. Re...
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Jigging Up Cold Water Pike
Jigging Up Cold Water Pike
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 12/9/2019
Pack away your ice fishing tip-ups. Grab a jigging rod in one hand, a box of lures in the other and set off for a day of pike action. No bait necessary. Whether you’re fishing out of a boat or on the ice, jigging for winter Pike can be a very productive method of catching some toothy critters. With a basic understanding of the movement of pike throughout the winter season and a few simple jigg...
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Black Friday Isn't Just For Shopping!
Black Friday Isn't Just For Shopping!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 11/29/2019
THE WASHINGTON OUTDOORS REPORT November 22 – November 29, 2019 BLACK FRIDAY IS FOR FISHING Tens of thousands of one to three-pound trout, primarily rainbows averaging 15-inches or longer, are being stocked in lakes all over the state. This gives you a great reason so skip a hectic trip to a big box store or mall on Black Friday and instead, head out for a relaxing day on the water to c...
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November Means Chums!
November Means Chums!
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 11/4/2019
Last November I took a friend and my son down a coastal river for some fishing. The friend moved to the Pacific Northwest from Texas and had never caught a salmon before. He was an avid angler and whitewater rafter so being on a river was no big deal to him but catching his first salmon turned out to be one of the best experiences he had while floating down a river. Pulling into a backwater slough...
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Chum Secrets
Chum Secrets
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 11/4/2019
When asked to identify the types of Pacific salmon, most Northwesterners can readily name the feisty coho, the red sockeye, the plentiful pink, and, of course, the mighty chinook salmon. Fewer can name the chum, or dog, salmon. The lesser known fifth species of Pacific salmon gets its place in the spotlight starting in November. This is the least pressured salmon run in the state, but those who kn...
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Landing A Big Fish From A Kayak
Landing A Big Fish From A Kayak
Author: Jo Starling for Fix.com
Posted: 11/4/2019
The thought of fighting big fish from a kayak is enough to raise the pulse of any angler. However, you should never pick such a fight without a battle plan, especially when your battleground is not open terrain because any hooked fish will run for cover. Fishing from a boat or land provides fairly solid anchorage, but what do you do when you are fishing from a very “towable” vessel, like a kayak? ...
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Going to Walleye School
Going to Walleye School
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 11/3/2019
You’ve heard of schooling fish, but how about a school for walleye? Yes, that’s a thing and it’s now being offered in Washington State. The Pacific Northwest Walleye School is the brainchild of Johnnie Candle. Candle is a guide who lives at Devils Lake in South Dakota, arguably one of the best walleye fisheries in the nation. In addition to being a guide Candle is also a tournament angler, co...
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Hoodsport Chum Season Has Arrived
Hoodsport Chum Season Has Arrived
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 11/3/2019
For salmon anglers in the Pacific Northwest, November heralds the final transition from targeting open saltwater to focusing on tidewaters and rivers. Yes, there are some saltwater opportunities (for example, blackmouth, when open), but the vast majority of anglers have put away their boats and are pursuing salmon in the rivers. That said, there are some prime opportunities to target and catch sal...
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Sometimes I Just Gotta Spoon
Sometimes I Just Gotta Spoon
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 10/5/2019
One of my favorite lures to fish for Bass and especially Pike is the old Silver Minnow Johnson spoon. This is a very over looked bait by about 90% of all Bass fisherman and many Pike anglers as well. The key to catching fish on the Johnson spoon is they require a little tweaking to work properly. The other type of spoon I use a lot is the Daredevil. The Daredevil works pretty well out of the...
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Green(ling) With Envy!
Green(ling) With Envy!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 10/5/2019
It’s no secret fishing opportunities in Puget Sound have taken a big hit in recent years. First, rockfish populations plummeted and the opportunity to catch and keep them ended. Lingcod seasons are short in duration (May 1st through June 15th) and salmon seasons open and close in the various marine areas on a continual basis these days due to low abundances of Chinook salmon in much of the Sali...
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Squidding Like A Pro
Squidding Like A Pro
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 10/5/2019
October is here. For most Puget Sound anglers, this means coho salmon. But for dozens of fishermen lined up along every saltwater pier, fall means squid fishing! Puget Sound market squid live in the depths in warmer weather, but come in shallow during the fall and winter months in massive schools to spawn. These squid are small, less than 12 inches, but incredibly tasty. They make for great seafoo...
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