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Winter Trout and... Kokanee?
As hunting seasons come to a close, most sportsman and women throughout the Northwest just hang up their gear and hunker down by the fire waiting for spring to arrive. Why not go fishing? Trout and yes, even Kokanee, can be readily caught this time of year and you’re likely to have the best fishing spots all to yourself! So as you store your waterfowl gun, pull out that fishing rod and organize your fishing gear because it’s time to go fishing! In this article, I’ll provide a few tips about gea...
Category: Lakes  Date: 1/31/2015  Author: Richy Harrod for Mack's Lures
   
Winter Burbot Fishing
February is prime month to catch some of the best eating freshwater fish in Washington, the Burbot. If you are asking yourself, “What the heck is a Burbot?” you might know it as one of its nicknames such as freshwater lingcod, eelpout or coney-fish. Genetically speaking it is a “Lota lota” and part of the cod family. In fact it is the only freshwater fish that is in the cod family. Mostly found in cold water lakes and reservoirs the burbot lives on the bottom in muddy and rocky areas where temp...
Category: General  Date: 1/29/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
   
Ice Fishing in Washington State
Whether you're an old hand at ice fishing or just interested in trying the sport, ice fishing in Washington can be a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and bringing home some tasty fish is always a bonus. The ice fishing season usually starts in mid-December and lasts until early March. The best ice fishing lakes are east of the Cascade Mountains, or what is called "The Basin," or the Colombian Plateau. Here the temperature will consistently get down to about 10 degrees, which is ide...
Category: Lakes  Date: 1/29/2015  Author: mmichelsen
   
Winter Shows to Check Out
I didn’t get any fishing in but I sure had a busy week. My travels took me from the Colville Tribal Salmon Hatchery in Bridgeport to the TRAC in Pasco. It was one of those weeks where I was out gathering information or sharing it. On Tuesday of this week I traveled to Bridgeport and met with Pat Phillips, hatchery manager at the Colville Tribal Salmon Hatchery, and Casey Baldwin, Senior Research Scientist for the Colville Fish and Wildlife Department. This gave me a chance to see the ...
Category: General  Date: 1/19/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Basic Plug Fishing for Steelhead
Sitting comfortably in the front seat and drinking a cup of coffee while watching the scenery go by I hear the oars slapping the water every so often as Ted Schuman slows the drift boat down. “This is the way to fish” I tell myself as the propane heater at my feet warms my legs and body. My fingers aren’t frozen as the hot coffee keep s them thawed. It’s hard to keep focusing on the rod tips but luckily Ted is always watching them, or “reading” them to make sure the plugs are working. Just then...
Category: Rivers  Date: 1/4/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
   
Show Season
It’s that time of season again. Sportsman’s shows are popping up everywhere around the countryand it embellishes a sort of feeding frenzy; especially for fishing. There are many fishermen who go to these shows to see what’s new and exciting for the new fishing season and many are filling up their tackle boxes in preparation. These shows are not just about shopping however. It’s also a place to learn about particular fisheries and types of fishing that we can all get out and enjoy.There are ...
Category: Stories  Date: 1/4/2015  Author: Lance Merz
   
Ice Fishing Condition Update
NCW Nickel Ads for Week of January 8th Although the weather has been chilly to greet the New Year here in Eastern Washington, there is a trend for warmer temperatures and that is good and bad news. It is good news for those who like to get out and fish the various waters available to us here, but bad news for those who enjoy ice fishing on lakes in our region. I beat the warming trend and spend my first day of the New Year fishing for steelhead below Wells Dam. I was invited to join...
Category: Lakes  Date: 1/4/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Wild Steelhead Handling and Release
Wild fish handling - ITS A HUGE DEAL! Probably the most important thing an angler needs to know.Wild steelhead being held out of the water.....It is illegal in Washington State.... Here's why- Dr. Bruce Tufts is a professor of biology at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He has studied the physiological effects of catch and release fishing since the late 1980’s. The findings from his research have helped shape catch and release regulations throughout North America. Accordi...
Category: Trout  Date: 1/2/2015  Author: Washington’s Anglers
   
Smoked Salmon or Steelhead for the Holidays
It’s time for the Holidays and of course that means festive parties, social gatherings, and time with family and friends. Each year I dig through my freezer and on the first day without rain in December I stoke up my smoker and make some special treats for the holiday’s ahead. Smoked salmon and steelhead is a Northwest favorite and luckily most of us who fish like to smoke them as a way to say thanks to all our family and friends.Unfortunately some think this is time to pull out the nasty t...
Category: Stories  Date: 12/31/2014  Author: Jason Brooks
   
Puget Sound Squiding
It’s winter and your saltwater boat has been put away for the season. Steelheading is on your mind but the rivers are blown out. What’s a Puget Sound angler to do? Well, if you can’t float a jig through your favorite slot there is a fishery that comes alive in the winter. I’m referring to cephalopods- of the order Teuthida… ah heck – squid! Yes, calamari (as known on the dinner menu) journey from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and make their way down Puget Sound in September. By winter good numbers...
Category: General  Date: 12/26/2014  Author: Mike Carey
   
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