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Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Learn to Cure Eggs For West Coast Steelhead

By: John Albrich Out West, from Northern California through BC, and into Idaho, there’s still steelhead runs taking place. Some are about to expire while others are still in full swing. Regardless of whether it’s early or late in the run I cure my eggs the same way. I prefer fresh coho or mature steelhead [...]

Southeast Wisconsin Poised For Solid Steelhead Action

By: Kyle Deavers Back in January we were dealing with record high runoff in Southeast Wisconsin. With that said, all our snow melted before February arrived. Therefore, currently our rivers are low and clear and there’s no snow on the ground. In order for steelhead to be spread throughout our systems we have to hope [...]

Learn Easy Late Winter Cure For Trout & Steelhead Eggs

By: Kyle Deavers It’s late winter in the Great Lakes and steelhead action is improving daily as temperatures warm. While I’ve been catching lots of trout and steelhead on BorX O Fire cured shrimp I’m also drifting spawn sacks daily. As early spring approaches and the water warm the spawn bite will only improve as [...]

Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley Producing Big Ice Bows

By: Chris Shaffer To be honest I wanted to stay in the hotel and sleep in. I’m more of a fair weather angler and after guide Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack in Anchorage, Alaska, told me he expects us to get three bites in a half day, I wasn’t excited about fishing. Unfortunately, with [...]

Fire Dye Suckers – Boosting Action on Ontario Ice

By: Tom Armstrong After being introduced to Pautzke's Fire Dye last winter when brook trout fishing, (https://youtu.be/XSt7YeHxFjY) it’s become something I use every time I’m on the ice. Most recently we used it in Northern Ontario for walleye and burbot. It’s a cool product that adds intense colour to your bait, increasing the baits reflective [...]

Get the Scoop on Ice Fishing in Southern BC

By Rodney Hsu While ice fishing has been practiced in Canada for decades, it’s relatively unknown in British Columbia, particularly the southwest. In recent years, the popularity of this winter recreational fishery has grown due to the development of new fishing opportunities by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. More anglers are venturing on the [...]

Ice Fishing Action Ramping Up in the Anchorage Bowl

By: Dustin Slinker Visiting Alaska is a dream vacation for many. Meanwhile, most trips aren’t planned during the winter months rather during the summer when it’s warmer and greener in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Rest assured there are plenty of reasons to visit in the winter and they start with our endless ice [...]

Great Lakes Anglers Using Cured Shrimp for Trout/Steelhead

By: Kyle Deavers For the last decade I’ve been using spawn bags daily for steelhead. However, with more shrimp showing up in the Great Lakes I figured it was time to match the hatch and start using shrimp for bait in our tributaries. I still bring spawn bags to the river daily. However, last year [...]

Learn to Ice Fish with Brined Shrimp This Winter

By: Dustin Slinker It’s ice fishing season across North America. Many of us will be targeting trout, char and pike. When I target these species I make a trip to the local grocery store and pick up uncooked trip from the seafood section. Brined shrimp is my go-to bait for the above species and doctoring [...]

Bundle Up for Erie Winter Steelhead

By: James Swearingen It’s been a warm winter in Steelhead Alley. Instead of lots of snow, we’ve had a lot more rain this year than previous years. We’ve had 10-12 blowouts and we usually have far fewer. The precipitation raised water levels, has brought in more fish and its drawn the steelhead further into the [...]