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Prop Repair and Selection
I can remember the exact place and time it happened…My wife and I were fishing Lake Wenatchee for sockeye in our brand new Thunderjet. The fishing had been good but the dogs were letting us know that they needed a shore break. I scanned the shoreline and found what looked like the perfect spot to ground the bow and let the dogs hop out. I eased the boat on to shore and gave a little throttle to nudge us solidly in place. Then I heard it. Grind grind, chip chip chip. I knew immediately that ...
Category: General  Date: 3/24/2017  Author: Mike Carey
Clearwater Winter Steelhead
Winter steelheading runs in the DNA of anglers in the Pacific Northwest. Anglers know that later winter steelheading affords the opportunity to catch truly trophy sized steelhead. Nowhere is this truer than on the Clearwater River in Idaho.The Clearwater River runs 75 miles long in north central Idaho. It flows westward from the Bitterroot Mountains and joins the Snake River. The Snake River in turn joins the Columbia River. What all this means to Pacific Northwest anglers is that steelhead...
Category: Rivers  Date: 1/31/2017  Author: Mike Carey
Lake Sammamish Winter Cutts
Lake Sammamish in Washington’s King County is an often over-looked urban fishery. The lake is better known for its outstanding smallmouth bass fishing. However, come winter those in the know will brave winter conditions to target the lake’s unique cutthroat trout fishery. Action can be off the charts if you are fortunate enough to find the fish. While the cutthroat are not as big in neighboring Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish can put out some excellent catch numbers. Let’s look closer into this...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/29/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Palmer Lake Kokanee Crash
If you want to be a Fish Biologist you need to add one part scientist and one part detective. Our case in point is this year’s Palmer Lake kokanee crash. If you haven’t heard yet about the kokanee situation in Palmer Lake in Washington’s Okanogan County you will. So join me as we take a closer look at the crash of one of Washington’s prime kokanee waters. Before we begin our investigation, let’s learn a little more about Palmer Lake, and why kokanee anglers everywhere need to take notice.Pa...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/6/2016  Author: Mike Carey
My First Pheasant
This is not a fishing report, but it’s still pretty cool (if you’re into pheasants).I got to spend three wonderful days of pheasant hunting with my son Matthew in the beautiful Montana outdoors, outside of Great Falls. We hunted on both public land and some private farm land. The long weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon) had a mix of so-so weather to glorious weather, long and short hikes, a two hour ordeal of Matt’s car being stuck in the mud, and hunting ranging from seeing no pheasant to Matt’s Britt...
Category: Stories  Date: 11/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
NWFR Cast & Blast Adventure
We’re excited to announce a fantastic Northwest Fishing Reports adventure available to members only!Last year we did a “Cast and Blast” trip with Shelby Ross of Ross Outdoor Adventures on the Potholes Reservoir. Well, Shelby and Mar Don Resort have come up with a great package deal that we are offering to our NWFR members only. Even better, we’ll be filming this adventure for NWFR so participants may be part of a future video.Here are the details:We arrive at Mar Don Sunday, Octobe...
Category: Lakes  Date: 10/6/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Hover Fishing 101
Each year the Northwest Fishing Reports Crew gathers at Maryhill, Washington, on the Columbia River as part of Ed Iman’s Fish Camp. Fish Camp is an annual event put on by Ed that brings together outdoor gear manufacturers, media, and guides. We have an opportunity to go fish with product reps to try out the latest new innovations that will be coming to stores and online to sport anglers. It’s a fun event and one we look forward to immensely. The weather for the week could not have been nice...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Alpine Kokanee Trifecta
There’s an Alpine Kokanee Trifecta that is often over-looked compared to the more well-known and popular kokanee fisheries. What if I told you that within an hour and a quarter of traffic-free driving from Seattle you could enjoy pristine Alpine lake fishing with little to no other boats on the water and have the chance to catch generous limits of kokanee every time out? No way you say? It’s true and waiting for you. But a little planning and tempering of expectations is required. These fisheri...
Category: Lakes  Date: 9/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Fishing Destination Zeballos
The scream of the reel as the broad shouldered king salmon took another run was music to my ears. The single action reel handles spun dangerously around as I got my hand out of the way just in time. They don’t call them knuckle busters for nothing and I had learned that painful lesson earlier in the day. That said, it was a lesson gladly accepted because it meant the fishing action was hot – and indeed it was. Our boat’s fish hold was steadily filling up with the bounty of the ocean in this rem...
Category: Saltwater  Date: 6/28/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Destination - Conconully!
“Conconully, that tiny town nestled in a mountain valley on the sunny side of Washington's North Cascades, bounded by two lakes, and embraced by state and national forests -- is waiting for you. It is a unique community in the heart of Okanogan County and the welcome mat is always out!”Thus starts the Conconully Chamber of Commerce web site. JoAnn and I had been looking forward for months to our Memorial Weekend get-away to Liar’s Cove Resort in Conconully. As we drove our final miles, clim...
Category: Bass  Date: 6/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
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