January 27, 2020

So how do you find Puget Sound winter blackmouth? The answer is don’t look for the blackmouth but rather look for what attracts blackmouth.

Blackmouth are a delayed released hatchery king salmon that don’t migrate to Alaska but instead inhabits the waters of Puget Sound after being released. The name blackmouth comes from the black gumline that identifies it as a resident chinook salmon. Blackmouth range from the legal size of 22 inches up to fish taken in the upper teens.

In the many years I have fish...

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, available in the Great Lakes region too. No matter where they are found, steelhead are known (sometimes, even worshiped) for their elusiveness, size, strength, stamina, acrobatics, and unparalleled beauty. Th...

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 for everyone who loves to fish at Yakima Bait Company.


            Since the 1950’s the original Worden’s Rooster Tail Spinners have been catching almost everything with fins! Rooster T...

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


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...

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