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It's Derby Time
If you’ve never fished in a fishing derby before, I need to tell you from experience, it’s a blast! It not only allows for the opportunity to catch some great fish, but more importantly, it develops a sense of camaraderie and long lasting friendships with the commonality of fishing. If you ever decide to fish in a derby however, here are some tips that will make it more rewarding. Preparation is of the utmost importance when it pertains to fishing, but it’s even more important when you’re i...
Category: Stories  Date: 5/22/2015  Author: Lance Merz
Montana's Missouri River
My son Matt moved to Montana for college several years ago, and now lives in Great Falls with his wife. On our numerous trips to Montana my wife and I have driven past streams and rivers that just cried out “Fish Me”, but I have never had an opportunity. Until this year, that is. Our schedules finally lined up, gas got cheap, and with a green light from my Better Half I threw my two person pontoon on top of the truck and we headed over to Great Falls. My target fishery was the Missouri River an...
Category: Rivers  Date: 5/22/2015  Author: Mike Carey
Palmer Lake Kokanee
Everybody loves salmon. The thing is, some people don’t consider Kokanee “real” salmon. I kind of feel bad for the little guys. They’re like the crazy country cousin nobody admits to having but everyone does. I’m one of those guys, both with the crazy cousin and a Kokanee hater.That is until a recent trip to Palmer Lake in Okanagon County with guide Jerrod Gibbons and his crew from Okanagon Valley Guide Service. Now I’m converted. Kokanee are salmon and they are fun to fish for and good to...
Category: Lakes  Date: 5/5/2015  Author: Rob Holman
Lingcod and Sea Bass
My first time out on a charter was almost fifteen years ago. It was a bottom fishing trip out of Westport, one of the many fishing town and villages along the coast of Washington. I was pretty excited to catch some black sea bass and back then you were only allowed one lingcod. The bar crossing was fairly smooth that day and luckily for myself and my fishing partner, Chad Hurst, the other group on the boat weren’t what you would call "fish savvy". While fishing in the salt water all on board co...
Category: Saltwater  Date: 4/26/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
Some Local Lake Explorations...
I got to cover a lot of ground this week. The Rock Island Kids Fishing Day was great this year on Saturday. I was able to check on the fishing at Antillon Lake and Roses Lake near Manson at Lake Chelan. Also, I put the new boat in the water at Fish Lake, where the photo at the top of the column was taken, and made it up to Lake Chelan to get the results of the Something Catchy Kokanee Derby. The road to Antillon Lake, off of Upper Joe Creek, is still bumpy, steep and narrow. It is a du...
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/22/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
The Importance of Fishing Guides
Although fishing season is in full swing, there’s a great alternative of how to effectively put more fish in your boat. Have you ever wondered how to fish for a certain species of fish, but feel absolutely overwhelmed of what, where, and how to fish for them? One of the best ways to get started is by contacting a local fishing guide, getting on their boat and asking them as many questions as you want. At a local area near you, there is always a myriad of fishing guides who will show you the rop...
Category: Stories  Date: 4/22/2015  Author: Lance Merz
Neah Bay Bottom Fishing
Sunrise at Snow Creek Resort revealed beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow and the promise of a day full of fishing. I was there with my friends Robbie from work, and Mark, AKA, Gringo Pescador friend and fellow forum moderator for Northwest Fishing Reports. Our quarry for this trip was keeper ling cod, but in truth we were prepared for whatever bounty the waters off Neah Bay had to offer. If you’re not familiar with, or never been to Neah Bay, you are missing a crown jewel of the Pac...
Category: Saltwater  Date: 4/22/2015  Author: Mike Carey
Columbia Springers
Springtime means Springers! I had a chance to head out to the lower Columbia and fish the tail end of the Spring Chinook fishery (which has been extended with a one day opener for this coming Thursday, April 16th). Launching at the Port of Kalama launch at daylight isn’t because this is an early morning bite, but more of maximizing the daylight and the fact that afternoon winds often cause you to vacate the water. Trolling during incoming and slack tide is very productive. The set-up star...
Category: Stories  Date: 4/11/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
Lahontan Cutthroat
Standing knee deep in the shallow waters at the north end of Lake Lenore the alkaline water foamed causing me to lose sight of my strike indicator. My floating line began sinking and it was then that I knew that the indicator was under the foaming film not bobbing along with it. Quickly raising the 5 weight fly rod causing the line to go taunt the large fish dove deep and pulled hard. My face was as much wind burned as it was sun burned but it was the pull of the heavy fish that kept me out all...
Category: Trout  Date: 4/8/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
Spokane's General Store Fishing Event
One of my favorite places in Spokane to gear up for fishing season is the General Store on Spokane Valley. A longtime favorite of many sportsman, The General Store is exactly that. They’ve got everything from auto parts to toasters, and a very respectable Sporting Goods section.I stopped in the other day and ran into General Manager Jon Evans. I asked him if they were going to have a “fishing gear” sale anytime soon. It turns out, they’ve got the mother of all fishing sales planned for this...
Category: Tackle  Date: 3/30/2015  Author: Rob Holman
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