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Guarantee Northwest Egg Cure
By Duane Inglin | 09/15/2014
For Chinook, there’s one variable that shouldn’t be broken: eggs must be cured in a sulfite cure. I use Pautzke Fire Cure. It’s the best on the market. I also rely on one of two “Go-To” additional baits/scents; tuna or sand-shrimp. Creating the ever so popular “cocktail” is simple. A chunk of cured roe placed in the egg loop with a sand-shrimp is all you need and keep in mind, the fresher the shrimp, the better... Read more

Kings Coming Home on Michigan's Manistee
By Kyle McClelland | 09/11/2014
Even though we've been seeing some good fishing already, the peak of the salmon run is yet to come. I believe until we get a good north wind to really flip that waters we're just going to keep seeing small spurts of pushing salmon. Once the north wind comes, it would definitely be worth your time to head to a west Michigan river or pier! .. Read more

Toronto Salmon Season Underway
By Bojan (Bojangles) Zivkovic | 09/10/2014
However, in my opinion, this was a completely normal ‘Canadian’ winter and it reminds me of the early 2000s when salmon fishing would generally pick up at this time of the year. Back then, you’d have salmon at the peak of their spawn around Halloween. Long and cold winters may not make lake fishing easy during the summer time, but they are very beneficial to watersheds our salmon and trout live in. Lengthy winters make water levels seasonably higher and cooler, making survival rates higher for young trout and salmon fry, which also makes for a better run in the years to come. 
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Learn How To Cure Eggs For Great Lakes Salmon
By Kyle McClelland | 09/07/2014
Over the last few years I've experimented with several different cure processes, but this year I think I've hit a home run. The cure process below has been producing phenomenal for me over the past couple weeks, and has had us hooking kings all day, even on the hottest and sunniest late summer days... Read more

Lake Ontario Kings Finally Showing
By Chris Shaffer | 09/04/2014
What’s to come is anyone’s guess. The fleet out of Oswego is in good spirits after the past few days, however. And, many are positive on what September is going to bring. While much of the pressure will shift to the Salmon River, opportunity remains on the eastern shore of Ontario, where salmon might be coming late to the party. .. Read more

Fairbanks Chena River Lakes Grayling/Rainbows on the Feed
By Chris Shaffer | 09/03/2014
At the recommendation of someone answering phones at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Fairbanks office, our GPS was pinned on the Chena River State Recreation Area. This was where locals went trout fishing, we were told. And, rather than given names of lakes to fish, we were told five mile markers, all of which harbored trout and were stocked by the state. .. Read more

Dyed Herring Deliver Alaska Coho
By Rye Phillips | 09/02/2014
When coho go on a feeding frenzy, almost anything will catch them. Spinners, flashers and hoochies, spoons, and plugs. But when the bite gets tough, trolling plug-cut herring will trigger bites when nothing else will. Add a little color and plug-cut baits work even better, especially for lock-jawed coho just days away from leaving the salt and charging into the rivers. .. Read more

Alaska's Mat-Su Valley Coho Coming In Strong
By Andy Couch | 08/29/2014
The first summer after the Alaska Board of Fisheries reconfigured Upper Cook Inlet commercial drift fishing regulations to ensure more adequate spawning escapements of salmon to Northern Cook Inlet streams, and to provide a more reasonable opportunity for Northern User groups to harvest some of the Inlet’s salmon bounty, Knik Arm silver salmon stocks have arrived in streams in some of the best numbers in the past six years. .. Read more

Alaska Yellow Eye & Lingcod on the Chew
By Chris Shaffer | 08/28/2014
Last Tuesday we endured a 110-mile run from Seward, Alaska, down the rugged coast to a set of remote islands in search of lingcod, yellow eye and rockfish. The boat ride took roughly five hours in open ocean. Fortunately, the swells weren’t bad. From the moment we left the dock there was a medium size white bucket on the floor in the back right corner. It rested near Pautzke pro John Albrich’s feet and quickly became a symbol for the trip. .. Read more

Alaska Pipeline Trout Biting Now
By John Albrich | 08/26/2014
Normally this time of year I spend Sunday on the couch watching preseason NFL games or catch and release steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River. However, Sunday I found myself trout fishing along the Richardson Highway, feet from the Great Alaskan Pipeline. We’d driven two hours east of Fairbanks and past Delta Junction into what felt like the middle of nowhere. In fact, road signs showed the next town roughly 75 miles away. .. Read more

Coho Flooding Kenai River
By Luke Haman | 08/25/2014
Last year was one of our best silver runs in the last decade. This run started out slow, but it’s been very good the past week and should continue. It’s hard to say what’s going to transpire, but there’s no reason why the run shouldn’t be a good one. I’ve been catching limits, two trips a day. .. Read more

Learn To Fish Washington's Nisqually River
By Duane Inglin | 08/25/2014
Credit goes to the lead agency, the Nisqually Nation, who is working with the state to continue to gain ground in Puget Sound salmon recovery. Due to the tribe’s extensive effort we, as sports anglers, get to enjoy a productive fall Chinook fishery. .. Read more

Learn To Fish Bobber & Eggs
By Andy Couch | 08/23/2014
For faster action, an opportunity to see each strike, consistent catches, and economical use of bait and tackle, fishing cured salmon roe under bobbers provides maximum thrills on my guide boat. Below are a few tips for getting started or stepping up your game to a higher level with this technique... Read more

Klamath River Salmon Coming Despite Warm Water
By Alan Borges | 08/18/2014
Meanwhile, it’s important to remember we are in a battle for water right now. We are in a drought. The water is low and warm, but we have a good number of fish milling out in the estuary and offshore. The way they are coming in now, which is in small groups, is good. It’s better than them all coming in at once. For the past few weeks we’ve had salmon slowing trickling in. .. Read more

Mixed Bag Starting to Show on Huron
By Josh Choronzey | 08/17/2014
Local anglers are blaming the intense winter and cold summer for the poor fishing. Water temperatures across Georgian Bay and Huron have had the kings in water far away from the traditional ports that produce good catches in the month of July. There is little argument that Chinook on the Ontario side of the lake were a difficult target until the past few weeks as mature fish start heading home to local watersheds and stocking sites... Read more

What Color Brine Will Be the Ticket For Salmon?
By Toby Wyatt | 08/14/2014
If you’re coming to fish Buoy 10, or in the salt, you’ll be running bait, like everyone else. Right now, brining baits is a must. We have huge tidal exchanges and the current rips. If you don’t have Fire Brined bait you’re basically screwed. Without brining them, the herring will be soft and won’t last long. It just falls apart. If you keep them stiff they’ll hold up and run well in heavy current. .. Read more

Banner Salmon Season Expected on Oregon's Upper Rogue
By Steven Theel | 08/12/2014
The West Coast has seen banner salmon runs this summer. Fortunately, the Rogue River is no exception. I’m happy to report we’ve been seeing salmon for three weeks already and there’s plenty of salmon staging in Rogue Bay that will be headed here shortly. It’s important to remember the salmon run on the Upper Rogue begins earlier than on most Northern California and Southern Oregon rivers... Read more

Salmon In Rogue Bay Now!
By Troy Whitaker | 08/07/2014
This summer salmon are faced with warmer temperatures, forcing them to slow down and acclimate prior to heading upriver. The scenario is prompting me to believe we’ll see better than normal fishing in Rogue Bay through early fall as salmon are spending more time in the bay. Keep in mind fresh fish continue to file in through October. Our season is just starting. .. Read more

Pros Reveal Secrets How To Catch Big Halibut
By Andy Martin | 08/06/2014
Editor's note: Pautzke Pro Staffers Andy Martin and Rye Phillips (who co-authored this blog) have a well-earned reputation for putting customers on barn door halibut. Each year the two Alaskan charter boat captains help people catch dozens of fish pushing 150 plus pounds. Big baits and lots of scent are their keys to success for massive halibut... Read more

More Than 2 Million Salmon Entering Columbia River
By Pat Abel | 08/05/2014
We haven’t seen a salmon fishery like we are about to see on the Columbia River and its tributaries since the 1930s. Fisheries experts are predicting a minimum of two million fish returning through Buoy 10 and that’s being conservative. If you talk to authorities they are expecting many more. I’m starting to hear legitimate chatter of upwards of 2.6 million salmon. .. Read more

Big Salmon Finally Showing On Lake Ontario
By Troy Creasy | 08/04/2014
While it’s been a tough bite at times in June and July, we picking fish each trip now and it should only get better. Fishing has been up and down and we aren’t seeing the numbers we’d like to see, but if conditions improve weather-wise, the bite will follow suit. .. Read more

Lower Klamath Plugged With Steelhead
By Chris Shaffer | 07/31/2014
Meanwhile, the Lower Klamath is plugged with acrobatic, feisty summer steelhead. They’ll be aggressive until massive crowds arrive to chase fall salmon, which should happen mid-to-late August, on through September. .. Read more

Chartreuse Baits Top For Ocean Salmon
By Gary Blasi | 07/30/2014
Trolling a Fire Brined bait is like creating a smoke screen in the water. When you put the brined bait in the water it stands out like a light bulb. On a normal day (when there’s no weeds, dirty water, etc) when you put it in the water you don’t even see the flasher because the bait stands out. That’s what we want. There’s so much bait in the water I want to drag something the fish is going to see. My theory is I want it to be a bait like all the live bait out there, but I want it to look different. I want it to catch the salmon’s eye, which the chartreuse does. .. Read more

Salmon Stacked Off Eureka Coast
By Chris Shaffer | 07/29/2014
While the odd day happens, limits have been common this summer and it’s only going to improve. Eureka is keeping pace as the most consistent, hottest fishery in Nor Cal right now, a sign that Northern California and Oregon and in for another great salmon run. According to Blasi, most of the salmon they’ve caught have been hatchery fish, which usually means they’re headed to the Sac, he says. .. Read more

Learn To Cure Eggs Like An Alaskan
By Andy Couch | 07/28/2014
Many drying or preserving agents will work for curing salmon roe, and throughout 40 years of salmon angling I’ve successfully cured roe that caught salmon using borax, salt, sugar, Jell-O and various commercial cures. At this point, as a salmon fishing guide, I use Pautzke’s Fire Cure, which provides quality drying/curing agents and enhances the finished bait with krill scent. .. Read more
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