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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
Eloika Lake – Eastside Bass Gem
Because on the west side of the state, I don’t often get a chance to fish the East Side Gems as often as I would like to. Aaron and I got to fish Eloika Lake two years ago with Craig Dowdy of YJ Guide Service. We experienced some excellent fishing for BIG largemouth bass. I was reminded of our trip when we got a few reports this past month on Eloika Lake. It reminded me what a great bass lake this is for our East Side readers. I decided it was time to showcase this lake in our monthly newslette...
Category: Bass  Date: 6/25/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Fishing Season Has Arrived!
Fishing season has finally arrived and the Mack's Lure staff has been on the water, in full force! During the month of May, Bob Schmidt, Bobby Loomis and myself have been primarily fishing the Washington lakes and rivers with tremendous success. We have all met and fished with a lot of great people during our fishing expeditions and I'd like to take this time to share it with you, the reader. On the 1st of May, Bobby Loomis fished with Doug Allen at Potholes Reservoir just outside of Moses ...
Category: General  Date: 6/23/2014  Author: Lance Merz
Is there a 10-Pounder out there for you? Part 2
You’re going to look long and hard to find anyone more knowledgeable about walleye fishing than Doug Allen. If you read my last column, you’re aware I told you about having had an e-mail message from a reader who had a question about walleye fishing. He wanted to know where he could go to have a good chance for boating a walleye of 10-pounds or more.I had told this guy that I thought the Columbia River would provide his best shot at getting the job done. I also mentioned I’d checked with...
Category: Tackle  Date: 6/23/2014  Author: Stan Fagerstrom for The Mack Attack
Moses Lake Spring Walleye
Our featured lake for this month is Moses Lake, specifically Moses Lake and walleyes. Marble Eyes, AKA one of the best freshwater fish you can eat. While the Potholes gets most of the fishing reports and attention (rightfully so), Moses Lake has a fine walleye fishery and for those in the know can put out some numbers and quality fish.One thing that likely confuses/intimidates anglers new to this lake is the odd shape. Shaped more like a river than a lake, it can be kind of confusing to som...
Category: Lakes  Date: 5/23/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Kokanee 101
It’s a little late, but I figured it was time to get a kokanee post going. The salt opens pretty soon for salmon and that triggers the end of my kokanee season. Now that I’m almost done for silver footballs, I figured I would let all my secrets out of the bag, so here goes.I tie all my own gear, and I recommend doing so yourself if you don’t already. Many of my tackle decisions have come from taking info from many sources. Gary (Fish With Gary), and General Zog (Bill Herzog) have had the mo...
Category: Tackle  Date: 5/23/2014  Author: By gfakkema
Upcoming Central Washington Events
Anglers are itching to get at the spring salmon that have moved up the Columbia River. The seasons on both the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers could be very good, if water conditions allow for fishing. That is just one fishery that has anglers occupied here in Central Washington, and there are some events coming up that families will want to know about, too. The previous delays in the opening of the Wenatchee River to spring salmon season were due to language in the permit that allowed fishin...
Category: General  Date: 5/20/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Springer Action!
Trout and walleye fishing continues to be very good here in North Central Washington, and there are anglers heading south. They are after spring Chinook, which are returning in good numbers this year. This first run of salmon up the Columbia attracts huge traffic to the lower river. I traveled to Hood River last week to meet a good friend of mine, Herb Good. Good is a legend in salmon fishing on just the Columbia, but many Alaskan rivers as well. He was a guide for over 30 years, and a...
Category: Rivers  Date: 5/15/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
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