By: Dustin Slinker I’ve spent decades fishing all over North America and grew up catfishing in the Midwest, but I learned something new while targeting catfish in East Tennessee. I learned that fresh, raw, thick-cut, boneless, skinless chicken breast catches catfish, and it may work better than liver, stink baits and other cut baits that [...]
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By: Mick Thomas The Klamath River is absolutely loaded with salmon right now. Unfortunately, we met the quota for adult Chinook September 12 and the Lower Klamath River is now open to possession of only jack salmon and hatchery steelhead. Meanwhile, it’s been a phenomenal run. It’s off the charts and there’s way more salmon [...]
By: Kyle McClelland This fall’s salmon run has been one of the largest I’ve seen in my lifetime. We’ve had good numbers and large salmon. On my boat we’ve caught three Chinook over 30 pounds this year and our run isn’t over yet. I anticipate the run continuing through the second week of October and [...]
By: Mike Bogue There are two ways many of us fish for salmon in rivers: we run plugs and fish roe. I run bait, but I’m a big plug fisherman. I wish I knew for sure why salmon hit plugs, but I think a plug is something shiny in their face that irritates them and [...]
By: Alan Borges On many of the big river systems along the West Coast the water tends to be warmer than salmon prefer in late summer and early fall. Many of these systems harbor water warmer than 65 degrees, which is warm for salmon. This warmer water also affects cured roe and forces me to [...]
By: Mike Ainsworth Chinook retention has expired for the year in Puget Sound. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of coho around for anglers to target. I’m expecting this fishery to persist through September and am basing this around the number of coho still holding in the straits. Due to the lack of rain we’ve had reports [...]
By: Isaac Zettle It rained nonstop in July and August in Central Pennsylvania. Our water levels were so high that most of our creeks flooded. Some rose into major flood stage. We had more than two weeks of nonstop rain. Then it took about two weeks for the water to come back down to fishable [...]
By: Kyle Buschelman The Buoy 10 madness has passed. Many of us Oregon guides now migrate back to our home coastal estuaries to intercept Chinook and coho. This is my favorite time of year. Meanwhile, due to the Internet and social media competition is real in all of our fisheries. I need to an ace in [...]
By: James Swearingen Now that our Ohio River basin catfish have spawned they are aggressively feeding to prepare for winter. These fish are naturally hungry in late summer and fall and tend to feed for the next few months before their metabolism slows down as the water cools. Now and during the spring is my [...]
By: Johnny Rush After a few slower seasons trout fishing has picked up this year on the Cumberland River and the good news is that this pattern should remain until the leaves start to fall. I think the trout have been around the last few years, but high and off-color water has made it tough [...]