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Fall Chinook Tidal Wave Coming
The thunder storms that rolled through our region last week were bad news for anglers in many ways. It kept them off the water for a couple days for sure. Up north it cooled the water temperature in the Okanogan River and sockeye and king salmon that were held up in the Brewster Pool on the Columbia shot up into the Okanogan. The good news is that there is hot and clear weather coming and fishing will improve in the Pool very soon. There is plenty of good king fishing ahead for anglers ...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/26/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Chinook Trolling Techniques A-Z
My name is Gregg… and I’m a Chinook-a-holic. Like many anglers that have felt the power of these drag peeling beasts, I am addicted. One simply cannot explain the feeling that you get when you have a Chinook on the end of your line. Fishing for these “Kings” of the sea can be simple and complex all at the same time. I have received many inquiries regarding what, when, where and how to fish for these amazing fish. Many anglers are quite secretive about their techniques, but this write up is to h...
Category: Saltwater  Date: 8/26/2014  Author: Gregg Fakkema
Is there a 10-Pounder out there for you? Part 4
The Columbia River is still kicking out its share of walleyes that weigh 10-pounds or more. But hold the phone! If you’re thinking of heading to the Columbia to get a big one there yourself there are a number of extremely important things to do before you ever leave home.In my last couple of columns I’ve told you part of what one of the Pacific Northwest’s most knowledgeable anglers has to say in that regard. His suggestions and advice can and will improve your chances.The walleye wizard ...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/26/2014  Author: Stan Fagerstrom for The Mack Attack
Lake Pateros - Brewster - Sockeye!
Like many of you, I’d read about this year’s banner return of sockeye to the Columbia River system, over 650,000 fish strong. New records of fish and generous limits awaited those traveling to Central Washington. The two primary locations to fish Central Washington for sockeye are Lake Wenatchee and Brewster, at the mouth of the Okanogan river. Each fishery has a generous limit of sockeye, but Brewster also offers a bonus – chinook salmon. Yup, while you’re fishing sockeye if you hook into a cl...
Category: Lakes  Date: 8/5/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Brewster/Wenatchee Sockeye On and Off
Fish are mean. They seem to know when you really want to catch them and turn their backs on you. I had my daughter over for a visit recently, and convinced her that she was going to go back home with a load of fresh sockeye. Well, the fish didn’t see it that way. The week started off good enough. Rollie Schmitten invited Doug Pendleton, from Plain, and me to join him for a morning of sockeye fishing on Lake Wenatchee. We were into fish almost immediately, and Doug, who had never caught...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/2/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Is there a 10-Pounder out there for you? Part 3
Attend one of the seminars presented by a well known Pacific Northwest walleye angler and you’re going to hear him ask a few questions of his audience. If you read my previous columns you know the man I’m talking about is Doug Allen, a veteran walleye angler and a member of the Mack’s Lure Pro Staff. The questions he asks of his seminar audience are keys to the basics of his approach to walleye angling. One of these questions goes something like this: “Have you ever heard of an expert ...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/2/2014  Author: Stan Fagerstrom for The Mack Attack
Sockeye Washington 101
Sockeye are one of the best tasting salmon you can catch. Their deep red flesh holds high levels of oils which, when barbequed or baked sizzle and bubble to the surface, signalling "dinner time" like no other salmon. We in Washington are blessed with a stellar sockeye year for 2014, as a record number of over a half million sockeye flood up the Columbia river. In addition, Baker Lake is rebounding from a poor year last year and has a forecast of 36,000 fish. Lake Wenatchee has a good chunk of t...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/2/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Opening Season Summer-Runs and Sockeye
What a great week for the opening of the season for summer-run and sockeye salmon. The weather has been great and conditions below Wanapum Dam were the best I have ever seen for trolling. Summer-runs and sockeye returns have been much higher than predicated. I had a great opening day, and we are in for some great fishing this summer. I also got a tour of the fish passage methods at both Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams. It has been a tradition that I spend most opening days of salmon sea...
Category: General  Date: 7/11/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Skykomish Summer Kings & Steelhead
Sultan WA-For salmon and steelhead anglers there are few opportunities where we can target both fish at the same time with the same techniques on the same river. For those that live in the Central Puget Sound region and even the other side of the mountains in the Wenatchee Valley the Skykomish River is a blessing. With headwaters that start near the summit of Steven Pass and highway U.S. 2 paralleling the river for most of its fish holding stretches the scenic Skykomish can be reached within a ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 6/26/2014  Author: Jason Brooks
Cle Elum River
It has been a very busy week. I floated the Cle Elum River last Monday, tried Lake Chelan for kokanee on Thursday, and on Friday traveled to Omak for the Colville Confederated Tribe’s First Fish Celebration. Rollie Schmitten and I had floated the upper Yakima River, above Cle Elum, early this spring, and we set up a float on the Cle Elum River with Troutwater guide Johnny Boitano right after we got back. The Cle Elum River enters the Yakima above the town of Cle Elum and when we drifted...
Category: General  Date: 6/25/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
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