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Recent Uptick in Cowlitz Springers

By: Bob Kratzer Springer fishing on the Cowlitz River has been decent. It hasn’t been horrible and hasn’t been great. There’s fish here and we’ve had an uptick in recent days, but we are dealing with high and cold water and that’s made catching them more challenging. It’s been a long time since conditions were [...]

Big D’s Secret Halibut Bait: Brined Rainbow Trout

By: Duane Inglin In Washington the halibut season is short lived and when you have limited opportunities to target them having good bait is a must. There are several rigging presentations and baits that have been standbys for decades. When it comes to bait, you have several options, namely octopus, squid, horse herring, salmon and [...]

Mat-Su Valley Salmon Preview

By: Andy Couch Green leaves emerging in spring signals that Alaska’s state fish, the king (Chinook) salmon will soon be pushing into Mat-Su Valley rivers and streams. The first few king salmon will likely be taken from valley locations during the week of May 8-14. Kings are the largest and first salmon to show up [...]

Learn to Cure/Fish Coon Shrimp for PNW Springers

By: Terry Wiest The Springers are coming! Meanwhile, the Columbia River is high and dirty. Therefore, many anglers will be looking for smaller water alternatives. On the other hand, to approach smaller water alternative tactics need to be employed, which we’ll cover in this blog. In the Northwest we have several alternatives to the Columbia [...]

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 [...]

Oregon’s North Coast Steelhead Rivers To Fish This Week

By: Pat Abel Steelhead fishing has been challenging this year in the greater Tillamook area. Unfortunately, we’ve had to deal with snow, freezing cold, east winds and flooding. To be honest, I haven’t been on the water much because conditions haven’t allowed. We’ve had clients daily, but had to cancel trips due to harsh conditions. [...]

North Oregon Coast Still Seeing Fall Chinook

By: Big Dave Manners When I think about this fall’s salmon season on Oregon’s north coast two things come to mind: we had lots of rain and a big push of fish early and there’s still salmon coming in now. It’s been much different than last fall when rain didn’t arrive until much later in [...]

Guide Reveals Perfect Egg Cure For Coastal Fall Salmon

By: Kyle Buschelman The season to catch large coastal salmon from Northern California to British Columbia generally runs mid October thru early December. Meanwhile, it’s peak time now. These coastal rivers and steams offer opportunity to catch large kings and some coho, too, but the fisheries can be competitive. As a guide we have to [...]

Learn A Perfect Brine For Niagara River Salmon

By: Ted Kessler My go-to egg curing method hasn’t changed in a few years. More than 85 percent of the salmon we catch come on what I call the Niagara River Brine. I mix plain borax and blend three colors of Fire Cure and it gives us an egg the salmon key in on. More [...]

Anglers Finding Luck With North Oregon Coast Salmon

By: Dave Manners So far it’s been a decent year in Tillamook Bay and our tidewater. We’ve had highs and lows. There have been large waves of fish and there have been some days where they haven’t bit as good. With that said there’s still fresh fish on the way and we’ll be salmon fishing [...]