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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
Columbia Chinook Fishing is Getting Rolling
During last weekend’s Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, a lot of people were talking about the Washington Department of Fish Columbia River salmon forecast. It was a hot topic among fishing guides and angler’s alike.The forecast numbers, which come from the WDFW and treaty Indian tribes, calls for over 900,000 fall chinook. Nearly 626,000 are expected to be the highly sought after “upriver brights”, headed for areas above Bonneville. If predictions are realized it would be the third largest ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 3/25/2015  Author: Rob Holman
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
Clearwater River Steelhead Worth the Drive
I moved to Spokane a few years ago after a lifetime living around the Puget Sound. Fall and Winter always meant great fishing chances and smoked salmon for Thanksgiving. I'm still learning what's what here in the Inland Northwest, so when my pals from (Mike Carey & Aaron Borg) told me last summer about our planned trip to Lewiston to chase Steelhead in November I was cautiously optimistic. Rather than a 5, 6 hour or longer drive to get to the fish; Lewiston is just a couple...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/23/2014  Author: Rob Holman
Early Columbia River Steelhead Action
I could see the snow and cold weather coming so I got a couple of steelhead fishing trips in last week. I was able to test the waters on the upper Columbia River from Wells Dam to Bridgeport. Steelhead were caught everywhere I went, but some areas were better than others. Some one told me that the steelhead fishing at Wells Dam was fantastic, so I called my fishing buddy Rollie Schmitten and we ran up there last Monday. We drifted the bar with bobbers and jigs, and didn’t even get a bit...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/1/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Olympic Peninsula December Steelhead
December often finds me scrambling for last minute gifts in hot stuffy and over-crowded malls. As I stand in another line slowly shuffling my feet with the cash register nowhere in sight I begin to daydream about steelhead. Envisioning the upcoming winter season as snowflakes drift downward and I hear the oars lift from the water. The air is cold, my fingers are numb, but my soul is warm. Winter steelhead is unlike any other fishing for me especially the conditions we fish in and most of all th...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/1/2014  Author: Jason Brooks
Twitching Jigs for Fall Salmon
Looking around my drift boat at the takeout last October after spending a day floating the Humptulips fishing for Coho I couldn’t believe the mess we had made. Egg cure stained just about everything pink, Styrofoam containers of sand shrimp strewn on the floor, wads of line under the seats and food wrappers tossed about. The rod holder stuffed with various rods with lines all tangled together. Then I looked in the fish box and surveyed our days catch. All the fish in the box were caught using t...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/12/2014  Author: Jason Brooks
Hanford Reach and Wells Dam Chinook
Holly cow, it’s October! September sure flew by. It seems like fall used to be a slow time for fishing around here, but not any more. Summer run salmon fishing was hardly over before people were heading down to the Hanford Reach chasing fall salmon. There is still plenty of fall fishing down there ahead of us, and before we know it steelhead season will be open. I was in Hooked on Toys in Wenatchee the other day and there was a fish from the Hanford Reach on ice in a cooler and it was ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 9/26/2014  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
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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