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Summer Steelhead in Low & Clear Water

Posted 5 years ago

Summer Steelhead are a unique anadromous target. They are different from their winter counterparts in that they are built to enter fresh water before they are sexually mature, and as a result they spend a long time in the tributaries before spawning. Summer Steelhead in the Columbia River start showing up in March and April, and continue to enter the mouth all the way through fall on their way to tributaries like the Cowlitz, Deschutes and other notable summer steelhead tributaries.Anglers love summer steelhead for a number of reasons. "Summers" are fantastic to eat due to their high fat content...

Wobbler Fishing With Bobbers

Posted 5 years ago

Why Bobber the Wobbler?We've been blessed these last few years along the Columbia River with great runs of King Salmon. This fall season brings good weather, great fishing, and mostly a party-like atmosphere among the hog-lined anglers waiting for their rods to load up with big salmon. Honestly, it's one of my favorite times of year to guide as it's fairly easy to get my anglers into lots of quality fish. The boat anglers have been fishing the same ways for years, but last year I started playing with floats and for me, I'll never fish the old school way...

Tiger Musky 101

Posted 5 years ago

Tiger Musky 101The fish of 10,000 casts...the Musky. We're fortunate in Washington state to have 7 lakes in which to pursue this fun and hard fighting fish! This is the first in a series of articles on hunting the Tiger Musky. The Tiger Musky is a cross between a pure bred Musky and a Northern Pike. They have been planted in Washington state to control populations of nuisance fish such as the Northern Pike Minnow and various species of Suckers. Tigers can grow to 50+ inches and 40+ pounds, making them an  appealing sport fish. They are known as ambush...

Hog-Line Etiquette | Anchor Fishing For Salmon

Posted 5 years ago

Anchor Fishing For Salmon on the Columbia River This fall the Columbia River will a large run of chinook salmon blasting through tidewater all the way to the upper reaches. Fishermen all over will hitch up boats in anticipation of great fishing, forming "hog-lines" up and down the big river. With this in mind we thought we'd share a little bit of info on anchoring etiquette.Every boat in the river has got a place they want to fish and even if you don't, you can always pull into a line of boats and join the party! Hog-lines are especially popular with...

Go The Distance - Premier North West Bass Fishing

Posted 5 years ago

Northwest Bass Fishing - Go The DistanceOur favorite home waters undeniably have some great Bass lurking in the shadows and waiting for us in our favorite honey holes, but living in the Pacific Northwest puts us in an ideal position to head for waters that are a little more distant. Yes, you can catch some quality fish in Silver Lake, Lacamas Lake, Vancouver Lake, Battleground Lake, the Willamette, backwaters of the Columbia on the Oregon and Washington sides, and some smaller, less notable waters within a short drive, but it is worth it to do some research, pull out some...

Wobbler Fishing the Columbia River

Posted 5 years ago

Early Fall Wobbler SuccessEvery year, the largest of the Columbia River salmon runsWobbler fishing could be seen as simple and no doubt it is simplistic in nature - that's a large part of the appeal. With that in mind it is the subtleties of the technique that equal payoff. "Hog-lines" form and boats drop anchor, rods are rigged up and lines are dropped; coffee is poured and stories start. Hopefully, if all goes well the rods will fold and nets will fly.You can go out in the Columbia river with a rudimentary knowledge of Wobbler fishing and have success, especially...

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