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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 species. And a variety of lures and techniques can be used to fool them.

     When skies are bright and the fish are cautious, small swimbaits like Hildebrandt’s SwimEasy are the perfect choice. It's pu...

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 past several years has introduced many new techniques to Salmon Fishermen across the country!  However, one lure seems to produce year in and year out:  Flatfish

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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 salmon, average seven to nine pounds in size with some strains reaching 15 pounds or more. In all regions, any coho salmon that weighs in at 20 pounds or more is considered a lifetime trophy. The current wor...

July 23, 2019

With a combined run of nearly a million chinook and coho salmon returning to the Columbia River mouth this August and September: forecast by state agencies to include 340,000 chinook and 600,000 coho, it might be time for you to plan a trip. And although the number of chinook returning will restrain fisheries targeting them, the giant coho return should be enough to keep the boat ramps and fish cleaning stations, at this popular sport fishery, busy.

When it comes to catching salmon, like many near sal...

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 family fishing trip to Ontario when I was 10 years old. The bait was affordable, effective and easy to fish!

     As I got older, my fishing focus turned to Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass and competit...

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 wobbling plug. Tipping is the process of adding one or two inches of nightcrawler to either the belly or tail treble hook on a wobbling plug. Tipping presents a scent stream in the water and a little differen...

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 than in summer. Lakes are slowly warming, and kokanee in majority of lakes may be found from on the surface to approximately 30 feet. Whether you are a downrigger person or sliding lead/dropper kind of angler...

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 around effectiveness and reputation as well known as the Rooster Tail spinner.

Rooster Tails can be cast or trolled. Trolling is an excellent way to cover water and find aggressive trout. The flash of the Roost...

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 bite, and set-the-hook when your rod tip dips toward the water. It’s important to leave some slack in your line, so trout can swim off with your bait and swallow it without feeling line resistance before...

January 23, 2019

It was co-worker Jarod Higginbotham who turned me onto the Two-Timing Steelhead Rig when he hooked two fat steelheads, in just a few casts, on this double rig suspended under a float while drifting his outfit through a pool where fresh steelhead were holding. The double set up works for more than just steelhead as we’ve caught trout, cutthroat, whitefish, and coho salmon while using it. 

Besides being effective for nearly every river species, the Two-Timing rig is easy to tie up and use. It’s float fi...

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