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May 2016

Soft plastic lures are the quintessential bass bait. They may not be the most popular lures among tournament pros, and they aren’t as trendy as swimbaits (which are arguably a type of soft plastic bait) or umbrella rigs are; but anglers will continue to cast plastic worms into lakes and rivers for as long as bass live in them – and they will continue to catch fish while doing so. There are a...[more]

It was a weekend of firsts for me. First time having our Chelan Get-together at Lake Chelan State Park, and the first time taking out my new boat! The only (major) bummer was my wife JoAnn came down sick with what I had just recovered from. So as I was feeling human again Thursday evening, she was off to bed with a fever and chills. It bummed me out that she and our dogs weren’t along to take the ...[more]

The Dalles, OR-Later this month the prized Spring Chinook run will dwindle in the Columbia River Gorge. Don’t put away the rods just yet as other opportunities pick up with the water temperatures warming. Smallmouth bass get ready to spawn in early May. By late May into June the fish move into the shallows looking for food and places to make their spawning beds. This pre-spawn causes them to becom...[more]

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. As the days grow longer and the temperature starts to rise, the rivers swell with the first run-off of the year. This tells me to start watching the fish counts over Bonneville as I eagerly await the best eating fish around “Spring Chinook”! Idaho’s Clearwater River has by far some of the best Springer fishing around. Spring Chinook are highl...[more]

Walleye are probably my favorite fish to catch and most definitely the best eating of our freshwater fishes. Late winter and early spring is a great time to go walleye fishing in Washington lakes. The number of fish caught may not be as great as in late spring and summer, but the average size is greater and the fish are in great condition. There are many techniques for catching walleye, but these ...[more]

From northern California to Canada, and the Pacific to Idaho, few secrets are as carefully guarded as uncrowded areas for spring bank-caught salmon. Each time one of my fishing buds gives the slightest hint of a clue of a lean in that direction, my phone goes dead, his email is lost, or I have to remind him “I don’t text.” I turned the ringer off on my phone nine years ago. Even my wife, Suz, and...[more]

When I hear the opening lines of the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” I don’t think of Christmas. Instead I think of late spring fishing small lakes for trout. Here in Washington state spring means Opening Day of trout season. Even though there are plenty of places you can fish year round in the state for trout, this is a special time when waters that have been closed all winte...[more]

April 2016

Spring is definitely in the air on the Island. The last couple of weeks, we have had some great weather and some great fishing to go with it. Salmon fishing has been very consistent. Constance bank and Whirl bay have been good. The west drop off on the bank have been best on the ebb tide. G-Force spoon in no bananas color and coyote spoon in blueberry muffin have been my top lures. Small herring h...[more]

April 16th at the Fishing Hole Located in Argonne Ace Hardware Spokane Valley, Wa Fishing is starting to heat up in the Inland Northwest, with monster Kokanee being caught on Roosevelt, Bass tournaments around the area, and Springers showing up in the Columbia system anglers have lots of options. With all the lakes in the area open by the end of the month, the Fishing Hole Tackle Shop has pla...[more]

The Columbia River spring Chinook is a special fish. If you doubt it, just take a look at the Columbia in late March when the run is just getting started. From Cathlamet, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon the river is covered with boats. It sometimes seems as if every boat in the Northwest is on the river, trolling, anchoring with plugs, and working hard to catch one of the region’s most sought-...[more]

March 2016

The adventure began years ago when a friend in the local bass club asked “I have a good spot for Yellow Perch thru the ice, are you interested?” You must know that ice fishing was and is the passion of my winters. Fishing a spoon on hard water is effective and much the same as open water in the warmer months. Wow, what a spot that was at Yuba Lake, Utah. Two pounders were as common as the mosquit...[more]

Every year I find the Kokanee season begins earlier for me. This last year we began chasing Kokanee in December with great success on several eastern Washington Lakes. But the arrival of April means one thing, Kokanee season is here in full swing. Lakes like Chelan and Roosevelt have been pumping out healthy Kokanee for months but soon my local Lakes such as Lake Stevens, Roesiger, Samish, Cavana...[more]