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Catch Alaska Nushagak Kings Now
By Bob Kratzer | 06/28/2015
It’s prime time for king salmon fishing on Alaska’s Nushagak River. From now and for the next few weeks we’ll be hooking 40-60 kings per day at our remote Alaska Kingfishers Lodge. The river is teeming with large, chrome kings that are snapping at a variety of different lures and techniques. One of my favorite things about the Nushagak is the ability to try lots of different lures, baits and cures while hooking dozens of salmon each day... Read more

Tough Bait Bite Set to Improve At Colorado's Elevenmile
By Chris Shaffer | 06/22/2015
No matter how good of an angler you are there are times when fishing is poor. Slow days happen even with the most veteran professional guides. This was the case for us last week in Rockies at Elevenmile Reservoir. Known as one of the premier fishing spots in Colorado, we got our butts kicked here on Wednesday, and for a few hours on Thursday. .. Read more

Colorado's DeWeese Reservoir Trout Biting
By Chris Shaffer | 06/21/2015
While we didn’t arrive until roughly 9am and left a 3pm, when the wind wasn’t howling the bite was on. I’m guessing with such short growing seasons up here the trout bite all day, but we’re sure action would have been even better if we fished at first light and dusk. With a full reservoir and lots of quality trout available action should be steady through summer and fall for anglers using eggs and dough. Expect to catch mostly trout greater than 12 inches, which is great for a lake at this elevation. Add DeWeese Reservoir to your must check out list. It has world-class scenery and some hard fighting trout. .. Read more

Caney Fork Kicking Out Lots of Tennessee Rainbows
By Chris Shaffer | 06/17/2015
We spend portions of three days on the Caney filming Pautzke Outdoors with Joel Martin, owner of Big Rock Market, an institution that’s served the river for nearly 40 years. Armed with Balls O Fire salmon eggs, we paddled our way through nine miles of river to survey the scene. It didn’t take long to see how special this system is to anglers from the Nashville area. Fewer than an hour from famous Music Row and Downtown Nashville, this is the closest year-round trout fishery to the Music City and it gets an enormous amount of fishing pressure. .. Read more

Kentucky's Cumberland Rainbows
By Chris Shaffer | 06/14/2015
The Cumberland River can be accessed from the bank where bridges and boat launches are found and near Lake Cumberland where there’s better bank access, but a boat brings easy access to literally hundreds of thousands of trout. There’s trout throughout the large section boasting 50- degree water, healthy hatches and big trout. It’s one of the best trout fisheries in the South. .. Read more

A Guide's Secret to the Perfect Halibut Bait
By Gary Blasi | 06/07/2015
Halibut fishermen know the importance of scent. In the last decade I’ve used many scents. Meanwhile, the first time I used Pautzke Nectar in my halibut bait brines was in late spring of 2013 and I now use the Halibut & Rockfish Nectar and Fire Brine daily. Since switching over to the Nectar we’ve had very few poor trips, unless weather keeps us from fishing. .. Read more

Learn to Make Lingcod Candy
By Andy Martin | 06/04/2015
Instead of tossing the rib meat, I marinate them and use them for lingcod bait the next day. Tipped on a lead-headed jig, these strips of rockfish meat are "Lingcod Candy." We use them on the boat daily. .. Read more

By Andy Martin | 06/03/2015
Taking advantage of their favorite food source, we use what I call "lingcod candy" when targeting lings. It is perhaps the most effective bait for tricking lingcod into biting. Each day when I fillet my customers' catch, I save the rib bones and belly meat. While most anglers discard this boney scrap of meat, I marinate them for use the next day as lingcod bait. I will also put some away in the freezer for future trips... Read more

Last Chance for Clearwater Springers
By Toby Wyatt | 05/22/2015
Springer fishing has been red hot on the Clearwater River for the past few weeks. A boat of anglers can catch their limit before noon. It’s been a long time since we had springer fish this good. It’s been at least eight to 10 years. In fact, 2001 was the last time I remember a really killer year like this. .. Read more

Football Size Rainbows: New Mexico's Mundo Lake
By Chris Shaffer | 05/18/2015
As small as Mundo is you’d think it would get fished out quickly. Meanwhile, Mazzone’s aggressive stocking program ensures that doesn’t happen. Roughly 50,000 trout are planted annually. Those join thousands of holdovers from year’s past. The lake is choked with trout, literally. And, big trout. Catching a three-to-five pound rainbow isn’t a big deal here. It’s expected. A five pounder won’t get you on the bragging board. You’ll have to do better than that. Rainbows and browns are available, but we only caught rainbows. .. Read more

Fire Corn Tipped Pistol Pete's - Catching Farmington Rainbows
By Chris Shaffer | 05/11/2015
Farmington Lake is likely a place we’ll never go back to. It’s a pretty lake set minutes from Farmington, but doesn’t harbor many trophy trout. Most are 10-12 inch rainbows, which I’m sure taste great on the skillet (we caught and released all fish as we were there to film). It’s a great place for locals to come before or after work, offers exceptional shoreline access and doesn’t charge a parking fee. .. Read more

Rogue Springers off to Good Start!
By Steven Theel | 05/08/2015
The Rogue River in Southern Oregon is famous for its run of springers. In recent years returns have been low. However, 2015 is off to one of the fastest starts in recent history. Typically, our spring salmon don't start showing in the Upper Rogue until at least the first week of May. This year, meanwhile, we switched over to them from winter steelhead on April 15th and have been catching fish every day since... Read more

New Mexico's San Juan Serving Epic Trout Bite
By Chris Shaffer | 05/06/2015
Meanwhile, the state’s most famous trout fishery dodged a bullet. Trout fishing was excellent on the San Juan River yesterday. Excellent is an understatement. We didn’t arrive early and still caught and released nearly 75 rainbows within a few hours. Mind you, there were only two anglers fishing. Our course, being a bait company we stayed out of the special regulations section, opting to fish FireCorn and Balls O Fire salmon eggs near the town of Navajo Dam instead. .. Read more

James River Catfish Grabbing Catfish Nectar Soaked Baits
By Chris Shaffer | 05/05/2015
The James River is one of the most prolific blue catfish fisheries on the planet. There’s few other places you can go and expect to catch a fish greater than 40 pounds on a daily basis and have a strong chance at hooking one 40-70 pounds. The fishery is strong from Williamsburg to Richmond, but we chose to target the Hopewell area due to the high probability of catching trophy fish. .. Read more

North Shore Lake Superior Steelhead Showing
By Tom Armstrong | 05/04/2015
Winter has finally loosened its grip on Northwestern Ontario and almost immediately our steelhead streams opened up bringing fresh steelhead in and marking the beginning of our spring steelhead season on Lake Superior’s north shore. .. Read more

Little Baits=Big Fish for Cowlitz Springers
By Bob Kratzer | 05/03/2015
While a lack of snowpack has spelled low water on the Cowlitz River this spring our spring Chinook fishery is in full swing. We’ve been doing well. Meanwhile, the low water has spelled clearer than normal water, which makes for tougher springer bites. We’ve been catching fish for almost a month and the bite will go clear into early June. These are chrome bright, sea lice covered, right out of the salt fish and averaging 12-18 pounds... Read more

Trout Fish BC This Weekend: Sasquatch Provincial Park
By Chris Shaffer | 05/01/2015
There’s and endless amount of trout fishing opportunities available in Southern British Columbia this spring, but it might be a stretch to find a lake more productive than Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park. Roughly two hours from Vancouver, the lake was stocked last week with 1,500 catchable size rainbows by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and it’s fishing well. .. Read more

A Pro's Brine - To Make Your Baits Shine
By John Albrich | 04/30/2015
I’ve been brining baits for decades. I started as a kid with saltwater brines (like everybody else) and as commercial brines came on the market I started playing with those. A few weeks ago, while screwing around in the Bait Lab, I found something that worked flawlessly. Sure, my new recipe is more work than some anglers want to do, but it’s yielding the most vibrant baits I’ve seen. .. Read more

Bald Eagle Creek Harboring Rainbows
By Chris Shaffer | 04/27/2015
While Penns and Spring Creek dominate the publicity and field a ton of fishing pressure, the trout bite at Bald Eagle Creek is strong enough to warrant a visit and brings anglers to sections of water with less fishing pressure. Bald Eagle is stocked at various access points in Central Pennsylvania and is fishing better than it normally would a week after the opener. .. Read more

Willamette Springer Bite On Fire
By Pat Abel | 04/26/2015
The springer run on the Willamette River is everything we expecting and will run through June. If you know what you’re doing, it’s been pretty easy to catch a two-fish limit when you are on a pod of fish. We are hooking three-to-four fish a day. I think their prediction is right on this year, perhaps even better than right on. They did a great job forecasting the Willamette. .. Read more

Ontario Trout Season Opens This Weekend
By Bojan (Bojangles) Zivkovic | 04/23/2015
This weekend will be a busy one. Trout season opens in the province at 12:00 am, Saturday. Early Saturday morning many anglers can be seen on the bank night-fishing for steelhead or holding their honey holes until there is enough light to fish. .. Read more

Central PA Trout Streams Coming Into Shape
By Chris Shaffer | 04/23/2015
After shorts weather and bluebird skies this past opening weekend, Central Pennsylvania saw multiple inches of rain and tornado warnings early this week, which sent most of the region’s well known fisheries into unfishable territory. Famed systems like Penns and Spring Creek have been out of commission since Monday. Meanwhile, both are expected to fish this weekend. .. Read more

PA's Four Mile Run Stuffed With Trout
By Kyle McClelland | 04/21/2015
We’d planned on targeting rainbows in Loyalhanna Creek in Westmoreland County, but the creek seemed fished out, was running high and there was a tremendous amount of pressure already on the system. Instead, we downloaded the FishBoatPA App and searched for a nearby location that had been stocked with trout recently. We were roughly an hour from Pittsburgh. The App synced with our phone and rerouted us to Four Mile Run, a place none of us had ever heard of, or fished before. Dodging private property we were determined to find a hole filled with trout. .. Read more

Perfect Cure For Upriver Springers
By John Albrich | 04/20/2015
I cure fall and spring Chinook eggs the same way, which comes in a sulfite based formula. Meanwhile, I’ve been tinkering with my recipe this winter and spring as I stockpiled steelhead eggs in anticipation of a strong spring Chinook season. Here’s my latest go-to recipe. .. Read more

Virginia's Douthat State Park Kicking Out Trout In High Water
By Chris Shaffer | 04/20/2015
Wilson Creek is one of Bath County’s more popular systems, simply because how often it’s stocked and the public, roadside access available in Douthat State Park. Anglers can park alongside more than five miles of creek that’s stocked twice a week through June 15. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries does a great job at loaded the creek with rainbows, which is necessary given the heavy pressure this system receives. .. Read more
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