Tillamook Area Kings Still BitingBy Big Dave Manners | 11/27/2013
Here in the Tillamook area we’ve had a great salmon season and although it’s slowing down quickly, there’s steelhead already showing. This leaves room for the rare chance to catch quality steelhead and Chinook during the next month. .. Read more
Steelhead & Silvers Following Rain Into Upper RogueBy Steven Theel | 11/21/2013
The Rogue receives a good return of hatchery steelhead, which are still in excellent shape, so there’s always a good chance to take home some nice fillets. We have also started to see the front end of Coho salmon run show up. That run typically peaks around Thanksgiving, which makes for excellent combo trips the second half of November. We catch them on the exact same setups as the steelhead, so you never know what’s on the end of your line until you catch the first glimpse. Both runs start to wind down by mid-December... Read more
Lake Superior Salmon Season RecapBy Tom Armstrong | 11/20/2013
With this deadly combination, the bait took on an absolutely deadly colour and flash and the added attraction from the Pautzke products. They were firmed up perfectly for trolling and stayed together well. With these baits behind the downriggers on some bait rigs it was a lethal combination for Superior Chinooks... Read more
For Reveals Easy Cure For Fall King EggsBy Brad Wagner | 10/23/2013
I’ve been working on egg cures my entire life. However, the new method I’ve been using may be my effective ever for fall run Chinook. It has been out fishing my other egg cures 5-1 and is simple and quick. Rather than waiting on powder cures that can take longer these eggs are ready to fish next day... Read more
Huron Steelhead On Fire Early In The SeasonBy Josh Choronzey | 10/18/2013
No matter where you are across the Great Lakes, there are hot steelhead making an appearance at a river near you. Erie, Lake Ontario, Huron, Superior and Michigan all have rivers that begin to see numbers of catchable steelhead this time of year. These early arrivals also coincide with the largest portion of local salmon runs. This means big chromers are normally gorging on fresh salmon roe that is free drifting downriver in the current. .. Read more
Curing Roe Ontario, Canada, Style!By Bojan (Bojangles) Zivkovic | 10/16/2013
The best time to fish using roe is when the river temperatures start dropping and the fish start to porpoise, showing themselves in good numbers in many harbours and estuaries. Water temperature plays an important role when it comes to having a good bite when using roe or chunks of skein. .. Read more
Chartreuse Eggs!By Andy Bliss | 10/15/2013
Davis and I have experimented with the green and chartreuse eggs on the Oswego River this fall and had some success. We’ve caught salmon on them, but I still think pink is best and natural second. However, you have to be prepared when the bite gets tough. And, sometimes when it’s tough the green and chartreuse eggs are what they want. .. Read more
Oswego River Salmon Peaking NowBy Kevin Davis | 10/14/2013
Fortunately, our run isn’t near the end. We should have salmon around for the next few weeks. I’ve only had two loose fish so far this year so we know the fish aren’t ready to spawn yet... Read more
It's Chetco Bubble Season Time!By Andy Martin | 10/11/2013
Big kings, some topping 50 pounds, stack up near the mouth of the river, waiting for fall rains to move upriver to spawn. With up to 20 percent of the run made up of 5-year-old salmon - those massive 40- and 50-pounders - the season draws fishermen from throughout Oregon, Northern California and even Washington, Idaho and Nevada... Read more
Southern Wisconsin Salmon Bite Ramps UpBy John Reddy | 10/09/2013
With a very warm September the bite started out slow taking a long time for the water to cool down. Last week west winds and a few rain events brought us change for the better. The water cooled from 66 to 50-55 degrees, drawing the fish near shore... Read more
Warm Water Forcing Anglers To Use Lighter Colors On The NiagaraBy Ted Kessler | 10/03/2013
To achieve that lighter egg I’m talking about I’m mixing three colors of FireCure. I’m using a higher percentage of natural (50 percent) and 25 percent of each the orange and pink. I’m not even using red because the water is so clear... Read more
Western Michigan Tribs Seeing Flood of KingsBy Kyle Buck | 09/26/2013
On a positive note this year’s crop of fall salmon are large. I mean huge. We’ve had fish to fish 30 pounds. The average size in the river is 18-20 pounds. At this point most Western Michigan rivers have a good run of salmon. On the other hand, for the lower end of the rivers I think we are past the biggest part of the run. However, there’s still plenty of good salmon fishing to be had in the upper stretches of most rivers. .. Read more
Klamath River Salmon...Still Awaiting Cooler WaterBy Alan Borges | 09/23/2013
On the other hand, I’m pretty sure if the algae died off and we dropped two or more degrees the fish would really start biting. The salmon don’t like anything over 66. I think it gets down below that, and the water clears a little, and the bite will take off. There’s still a lot of fish to come. .. Read more
Tahoe Kokanee Showing Big This YearBy Chris Shaffer | 09/22/2013
It’s been an interesting year on Tahoe. Earlier this summer a new state record kokanee was caught here, and after many years of getting excited when two-pound fish showed, Nielsen has seen a few kokanee more than four pounds late this summer and fall. We, unfortunately, didn’t catch any of those, but did manage some nice fish.
Expect a wide range of size classes. While there are some four pounders around they aren’t the norm. There’s small 10-12 inch fish, 12-14 inch fish and then those greater than 15. Catching all of them is common. Seems there’s a few year classes mixed in.
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Big Kings Trickling Into NY's Salmon RiverBy Troy Creasy | 09/20/2013
I’ve been catching salmon on the Salmon River for the past few days, but compared to this time last year there’s just a fraction of the fish. We had a bunch of real early fish and are kind of in between runs. Right now we have fish trickling in and are expecting a nice run of fish any day now. Don’t get me wrong there’s fish in the river right now. There’s just not big numbers and they aren’t everywhere... Read more
Low Water Corralling Cowlitz River SalmonBy Bob Kratzer | 09/18/2013
The Cowlitz is the normal Cowlitz. It’s doing really well. But, the run is lasting longer than it normally does and we continue to maintain a good, strong fishery. The fish I caught today have sea lice on them still. The bite will go into the first week of October, or a little bit longer.
Normally, we get 5-8 kings a day. That’s a normal trip. This fall, however, I’ve been getting 12-14 fish a day, occasionally more. And, I’ve had a couple 30 fish days. It’s fishing better this year, but I don’t think the run is larger. The fish can’t escape you as easy and because the water is low they cant get through the system as fast, which is working in our favor.
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Rogue River Flying Under The River Despite Large Run LoomingBy Steven Theel | 09/12/2013
August brought much cooler weather than July, which dropped the temperature 12 degrees on the Rogue. The kings that were stacked up in the bay shot upstream towards Grants Pass, and Gold Hill. The first day of cooler weather saw an estimated 5,000 kings head upriver. Through the next week, ODFW estimated that another 5,000 fish also went up stream. That bodes extremely well for the Middle Rogue fishery, which has had some great days to start September... Read more
Learn To Cure Eggs Like A Pro: Sacramento River StyleBy Scott Feist | 09/05/2013
Sure you can cut corners and there are fasters ways to produce a better egg, but I’ve yet to find a better method for our fishery. I’ve tried the shorter cures, and sure they will catch fish, but you can never get the quality egg you get with this recipe. It’s almost like a fine wine; age and time matters. .. Read more
An Idaho's Potato's Guide To Curing EggsBy John Albrich | 09/04/2013
Watching the Fire Brine work on the eggs was like blowing a balloon up. It expanded the egg slowly; similar to when someone pumps up an air mattress by hand. This morning I grabbed a berry (that’s what we call a glob of cured eggs for those of you from other parts of Salmon Country) and put it in a small glass of water and it milked like crazy. These eggs are going to be perfect for salmon season! .. Read more
The Cure For Millions of PinksBy Duane Inglin | 09/03/2013
However, curing eggs from pinks requires care. The one thing that’s different about the pink salmon, in general, is that it’s a soft fish. They have soft mouths, meat and this also holds true with the roe. It’s a softer roe than we’d expect from chums, silvers and kings.
One thing I’ve noticed in year’s past is if you use a stronger sulfite based cure you don’t end up with as durable as an egg as you would with Coho, Chinook and chum. So, you have to approach it different. The pinks have a softer membrane. You have to cure them differently to produce a quality egg that fishes well. .. Read more
Great Lakers Do It With Big Spawn BagsBy Kyle McClelland | 09/02/2013
When fishing for fall kings I always bring spawn bags and skein. I haven’t found a consistent pattern for when skein works better than bags and figure it’s best to let the fish decide what they want on that particular day.
While the spawn bags can be more time comprehensive it’s important to have them. The following is an easy recipe I use to get good milking spawn bags.
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An Easy Cure For Great Lakes SalmonBy Kyle McClelland | 08/28/2013
A lot of the rivers that I fish where I use skein have stained water, which is why I use the pink or red so it shows up better. Some of the guys use orange when the water is clearer, but I stick to pink or red and usually go with chunks about the size of a golf ball. I’ve always found that’s the best size for kings. Kings like big bags, big skein and big cranks. .. Read more
Pure Michigan Cure: Learn To Cure Eggs Michigan StyleBy Kyle Buck | 08/27/2013
The last few seasons I have spent a ton of time playing around with different cures. Personally, I only use Pautzke cures now and have came up with a mix that I feel is a great day in, day out producer when fishing for kings in Western Michigan tributaries.
When fishing for salmon I’m looking for a wetter egg than most guys here are using because I feel it milks out more. Salmon are super scent oriented fish and the smell of that egg milking out downstream gives them something to key in on. It’s no different than a drop of blood in the water for sharks. .. Read more
How Syracuse Orange Fans Cure EggsBy Andy Bliss | 08/26/2013
I spend my fall fishing Lake Ontario tributaries for salmon and I like my eggs to be on the tough side when I fish places like the Oswego River, which has heavy current. However, if I was fishing places with less current, I like a wetter, juicer egg. That wetter egg disperses more scent... Read more
No Roe? No Problem! Enter Balls O Fire RoeBy Casey Kelley | 08/22/2013
Our family has been curing eggs for more than 85 years. Since Pautzke was created in 1934 we’ve sold more than 90 million jars of cured, single salmon eggs and helped establish trout fishing as a pastime in the Americas. Recently, we figured it was time to share another secret family recipe and released Balls O Fire Roe. .. Read more
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