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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
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
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
Columbia River Closes to Spring Chinook
Portland, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have reached a joint decision to close the Columbia River to fishing for spring Chinook salmon. Jim Unsworth, director of WDFW, stated in an email to the AP this morning that these actions were necessary to ensure that the quota allotted to the pinnipeds of the Columbia River is met. During the 2014 North of Falcon season setting process negotia...
Category: Stories  Date: 3/24/2015  Author: Nate Treat
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
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
Tis The Season... To Go Fishing!
The holiday season has crept up on us already and many are chomping at the bit for the spring fishing season to come around again. Just because we are in the middle of winter and many parts of the country are already embedded in snow, it doesn’t mean that fishing has to stop. There are still many opportunities to get out there and fish, whether is for Salmon, Steelhead, Walleye, Trout, Panfish and yes that’s right, Kokanee.There are many lakes and rivers that offer year round fishing and if...
Category: Stories  Date: 12/1/2014  Author: Lance Merz
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
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
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
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