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Lower Clearwater Seeing Steelies File In
By Toby Wyatt | 10/22/2014
Steelhead season is underway in Idaho where we’ve been running fishing trips on the Clearwater River. The river has been producing nice numbers of fish. The Clearwater has been kicking out a lot of quality big B-run fish ranging anywhere from 12 to 18 pounds. This time of year these fish are hot and make some line screaming runs and acrobatic leaps. .. Read more

Puget Sound Coho Trickling In
By Todd Daniels | 10/07/2014
Keep in mind, we are just getting going up here. October is the peak of the Snohomish River coho season. The next rain is going to make this river on like Donkey Kong. It will suck the rest of the fish out of salt water and also turn the bite on for the fish in the river right now. .. Read more

Tillamook's Turn To Cash In On Salmon
By Pat Abel | 10/06/2014
For the past few weeks we’ve been seeing good numbers of salmon in the bay and I’m seeing big fish. In fact, I’m seeing five and six year old fish, and I’m seeing a lot of fish. All and all, I think we are going to see a really decent year. I’m kind of cautious to say stuff like this, but I think the run is better than I’ve seen in the last 10 years. .. Read more

Guide To Float Fishing Toronto Salmon
By Bojan (Bojangles) Zivkovic | 10/01/2014
My favourite way to target salmon when they are staging is by float fishing! There is nothing as exciting as watching a float suddenly drop after bouncing across the water’s surface in deep stretches, with a big salmon hooked up on the end of your line. Float fishing with Pautzke-cured skein chunks may be messy, but it is a simple, effective, somewhat inexpensive, and a fun way to target our migratory trout and salmon species from shore... Read more

Opening Day On The Chetco: Ground Zero For Trophy Kings
By Andy Martin | 09/30/2014
Many Oregon rivers have large runs of three-year-old kings, those 12-15 pound cookie cutters. The Chetco, however, is likely an angler's best bet at a legitimate trophy salmon... Read more

Hanford Reach Seeing Epic Salmon Action
By Bruce Hewitt | 09/30/2014
People are going nuts. I can’t say I’ve ever seen this. This reminds you of the Buoy 10 fishery or the Portland springer fishery where huge crowds show. I’ve lived in the Tri Cities area 13 years and never seen this much excitement. People were excited last year because it was a huge run of fish. This is blowing the hinges off things. .. Read more

Atlanta Trout Bite On Fire!
By Chris Shaffer | 09/29/2014
Weaving beneath the traffic filled I-285 and 75, the Chattahoochee River is stuffed with trout, all thriving in cool, refreshing water sucked out of Buford Dam. More than 50 river miles of the Hooch support large populations of trout and while the fishery is partially managed as a put-and take by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, most residents have no idea so many trout reside here. .. Read more

Niagara Salmon Have Arrived
By Ted Kessler | 09/26/2014
I’m excited about salmon season. I’m expecting a good one for one main reason: guys didn’t do that well trolling the lake this summer. They didn’t catch a lot of salmon in Lake Ontario this summer, which is going to help us on the Lower Niagara River. There’s going to be more salmon swimming upriver... Read more

Tough Year For Thunder Bay Chinooks
By Tom Armstrong | 09/24/2014
Regardless of which theory is correct, it was a quieter year along the north shore, but there were still fish to be caught. With the fall run in full swing, anglers still have plenty of opportunity to target salmon on the rivers, as well as plenty of time to fish the lake itself. It’s still a great time to be out on the water and we can hope for a better season next year... Read more

Colorado High Country Trout in Feed Mode
By Chris Shaffer | 09/23/2014
Deep in the White River National Recreation Area, Deep Lake is a gem with trout that are hungry right now, presumably feeding in anticipation of the coming winter, even though it was almost 80 degrees this high up. Leaves were starting to change and trout wouldn’t stop biting. .. Read more

Salmon Anglers: Get Your Wobble On
By Bob Kratzer | 09/22/2014
Prior to the Simon Backpack all you could do was put some oil or gel scent on your wobbler. Fortunately, now you can add a small piece of meat or another added scent to make your wobbler even more appealing. The Simon Backpack snaps on the topside of your wobbler and with a little space added for your special bait. I have been trying several different concoctions of baits and scents in my backpacks so far this year and have come up with a few that have generated success often. .. Read more

Salmon Season Underway in Coos Bay
By Andy Martin | 09/19/2014
Coos Bay and the lower Coos River is perhaps Oregon's most under-rated, and at times the state's most prolific fall salmon fishery. Tens of thousands of bright kings return to the bay in late summer and early fall, producing the type of salmon fishing that rivals the more popular Buoy 10 (Columbia River at Astoria) and Tillamook Bay seasons... Read more

Sacramento Salmon Still Coming in Low Water
By Mike Bogue | 09/18/2014
There was a lot of negative media coverage a few months ago prior to our Sacramento River salmon opener. We all heard that the terrible drought we are in was going to cripple our salmon run. I knew that wasn’t going to be the case and the last few weeks have proven it. The drought has nothing to do with these fish. They were in the ocean three and four years ago and have been swimming out there for that long. These fish were already out in the ocean when the drought hit. There was no doubt they were coming back. .. Read more

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
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