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Puget Sound Coho Still Showing Well

By: Mike Ainsworth After two poor years the Puget Sound coho fishery has rebounded. We’ve seen an influx of numbers and larger than average coho this year and there’s still more than a month left in our fishery. We started to see coho in July and they’ve continued to trickle in ever since. I’m expecting [...]

Puget Sound Salmon Much Better This Summer

By: Mike Ainsworth At the start of the season in July we were targeting resident coho, but couldn’t keep the king salmon off our lines. For those of you that fished North Puget Sound last year, you know this wasn’t the case. There weren’t many kings around last year. Fortunately, this summer has been different. [...]

Use Brined Shrimp For Drano/Wind River Springers

By: Toby Wyatt Although upriver stocks of spring salmon (those headed to Eastern Washington and Idaho) are struggling, Drano and the Wind River still have good runs of springers. Because of these two fisheries a lot of us fishing guides were able to salvage a season. These are two places that are thriving now and [...]

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 [...]

Lake Chelan Kokanee In Full Swing

By: Brad Wagner As our cold, snowy North Central Washington winter fades to a blustery spring Lake Chelan’s kokanee fishery is heating up as fast as the air. While we have been making the cold, long boat ride up lake the fish are starting their annual migration down lake to follow the food. Fortunately, those [...]

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 [...]

High Water Forcing Anglers to Run Plugs for Columbia Springers

By: Mike Ainsworth A reflection of high water and lots of snowmelt this week the Columbia River is a foot and a half above flood stage. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo your spring king fishing. Meanwhile, you’ll likely have to alter your techniques to be successful. The springers are going to come [...]

Cowlitz Steelhead off to Slow Start – But Big Ones Around

By: Todd Daniels The Cowlitz River is the only place in Washington that has hatchery steelhead now. That’s it. Essentially, it’s a ghost town everywhere else. This being said the season has started off on the slower side. However, the numbers of steelhead returning are picking up daily. The good thing is, this year the [...]

Snohomish River System Now Open At Least Through the Month

By: Todd Daniels After expecting historic low numbers we’re fortunate to have the experts miss on this one and there’s lots of coho in the Snohomish system. The fish showed up. The numbers are way, way, way over preseason forecasts. The hatchery has plenty of fish and is at or near escapement already, Sunset Falls [...]

Anglers Working Harder For Hanford Reach Salmon

By: Toby Wyatt Considering they predicted one million salmon and we only got 500,000 across Bonneville the run wasn’t what we expected. It never reached potential. On the bright side, however, with the time we are putting in we are still catching fish daily. We haven’t had any days where we got skunked. Last year [...]