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January 2018

January can be a tough month for the angler. The daylight is still short and the weather can be everything from freezing rain, snow, ice, or sunny and even a bit warm towards the end of the month. Our rivers run full and this can make it both easy and hard to catch steelhead. Let’s look at some of the ways that we can catch one of our most revered winter fish. High water is more of a norm than...[more]

Winter crank baiting can be very productive for a variety of Species From bass to Pike and even Crappies. The most import part of fishing a bait in the winter, no matter want kind of bait is it is, is for it to suspend or nearly suspend, even if it was not designed from the factory to do so. I will add weight by either larger hooks or suspend lead dots to make the bait work properly. I do thi...[more]

The 2018 Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show will open the doors of the TRAC Expo facility in Pasco on January 19, 20 & 21. Being the first show of the season in the Pacific Northwest, this popular event is the perfect place for the entire family to check out what’s new in outdoor gear, learn at one of the many free seminars, or just take in all the things to see and do. This is the 25th year of the ann...[more]

December 2017

Like a lot of you guys I love to fish sinking soft plastics wacky rigged. I tried the o-ring method I have seen posted here and there on the net, but I really didn't like that setup for a couple reasons. Mostly because it leaves the hook sideways like in this photo. That's on the same plane as the fish’s mouth and the hook can just pull right out of their mouth. So I got to thinking there has t...[more]

“The damn (internet, Facebook groups, fishing reports web site, insert your nemesis here) has ruined another good fishing spot. These guys have done more to ruin fishing than anything!” Ever since the advent of books and magazines there has taken place a battle between two factions in the angling community. Those who want to share information and techniques with others, and those who curse the ...[more]

As the Daylight hours get shorter and the overnight temperatures get lower it’s time to think about wintertime bass fishing. Believe it or not we can catch bass in Washington 12 months out of the year even though many consider bass to be a warm water fish. By changing your tactics and depths you can find success catching nice smallmouth bass all winter long. First let’s start with locations. Fo...[more]

For the angler the holidays can be a very exciting time. Not only are the rivers running with steelhead, coho, and sea-run cutthroat but trout fishing our local lakes can be really good in the wintertime. Throw in that it is almost time for Sportsman’s shows and this is a great time to clean and refurbish our gear before spring gets here. When it comes to family and friend's celebrations gift givi...[more]

As cold Arctic air settles in across the Northwest many anglers are busy winterizing their boats and storing their tackle for the season. Yet a small but growing contingent of anglers eagerly invite the cold air, ice fisherman. To these anglers there is nothing more sacred than fishing the "Holey Water". I grew up pulling fish through holes in the ice in the Great Plains but much of my adult l...[more]

Many of you may know that last year Northwest Fishing Reports was accepted by Fox Broadcast TV to present a fishing TV show in the Spokane/Inland Empire market, on KAYU FOX 28. Our show reaches over a million households in Spokane, northern Idaho, Canada, and across Central Washington and even reaches into parts of Montana and Eastern Oregon. It’s been an amazing year of discovery for us at NWFR. ...[more]

November 2017

As the fall leaves change colors and the mornings get a bit crisper, I know the Fall King fishing is coming to an end and it’s time to switch gears to Coho fishing! Whether in a tributary or the main stem Columbia in the Gorge, Coho, or silver salmon, are abundant and provide great angling opportunities well into December. I focus my efforts on the Columbia Gorge and target the Silvers before the...[more]

Too many anglers have been told for years that the best way to handle a deep hooked bass was to cut the line at the hook eye and let it rust out, but the facts suggest that simply is not true. Those fish will retain those hooks far longer than most anglers think. I have for about the last 20 years never left a hook in a bass. I believe in that whole time I have only have killed one bass and that w...[more]

One man's trash is another man's treasure. No idiom applies more appropriately to the Northwest's whitefish fisheries. Whitefish are revered in the Great Lakes region where anglers fork out money for guided whitefish trips and actively target them throughout the year on open and frozen water. These whitefish are Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). This species can grow to several pounds and i...[more]