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December 30, 2019

Steelheads occupy a special place in fishing lore by anglers focused on the quest for silver fish. Sometimes referred to as sea-run rainbow trout, grey ghosts, chrome torpedoes, iron heads, or simply trout, these iconic fish are native to the Pacific Northwest and, due to hatchery introductions, ava...

November 26, 2019

Is there an avid angler on your Christmas gift buying list? Yakima Bait Company produces a host of iconic fishing lures that any angler would not only appreciate, but the gift of fishing tackle keeps on giving trip after trip after trip. Talk about the perfect “Stocking Stuffers” there is something...

October 14, 2019

     For the inshore saltwater angler, redfish are among the most rewarding gamefish that swim. They can be caught under a broad range of conditions, including under extreme cold or heat, and in clear or stained water.

     They are, by far, the most reliable of any inshore saltwater specie...

September 30, 2019

As the nights become cooler and the rains begin to fall, Salmon begin their upward migration to the waters where they were born in hopes of creating future generations.  These crisp Fall days also push anglers off the big open water and into the smaller tributaries in search of Kings and Coho.  The...

September 3, 2019

Although the timing varies by region and river system, this is the month many Northwest, BC, Alaskan and Great Lake anglers start thinking about targeting coho salmon as they begin their run toward the river habitat or hatchery that produced them. (Scott Haugen Photo)

Coho, sometimes called silver sa...

June 30, 2019

     The Rooster Tail was one of the first artificial lures I ever used as a kid. The shiny little bait accounted for many a Rock Bass, Bluegill and Crappie from the many streams and farm ponds around my home in Southern Ohio. A slightly larger version also bagged me my first Northern Pike on a fami...

May 31, 2019

Back when I started fishing professionally over 30 years ago, walleye fishing was a little different. Yes, there were walleye way back then and no they did not swim with dinosaurs!

            One of the presentations that routinely produced fish in those days was a technique known as “tipping” a wob...

May 1, 2019

Who does not love and appreciate a lake full of bright, hard fighting wonderfully delicious landlocked sockeye salmon? Out West we call them kokanee, or silver “trout”, by any name when May comes around it’s prime time for light tackle and kokanee trolling.

Finding kokanee in spring is far easier tha...

March 27, 2019

April means Opening Day for trout anglers. Lakes are starting to warm, trout are becoming active and anglers are there for this exciting time. Choices for taking trout are many- dough baits, spinners, spoons, plugs and good old worms and salmon eggs. All work. But none have the versatility, all arou...

February 22, 2019

"Still-Fishing" (also known as dead-sticking or plunking) dough bait for trout is a popular and productive method for catching trout from lakes, reservoirs and rivers, many of which are frequently stocked with hatchery trout. It’s so Easy:Cast out, allow your outfit to sink to the bottom, wait for a...

December 28, 2018

Most presentations used to target river steelhead require the angler to cast or drift a bait, rig or attractor to waiting fish. Back-trolling in rivers is a rather unique steelhead fishing method that uses the boat to present wobbling plugs to fish holding in runs and shallow holes.

            Popul...

August 14, 2018

This year, the area extending from the Buoy 10 navigation marker to Tongue Point, at the Columbia River mouth, opens to salmon fishing August 1 and extends through August 24 for chinook, with a one per day chinook, fin-clipped coho or fin-clipped steelhead daily limit. To be clear, that means one fi...

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