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Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Mexico’s Santa Cruz Lake Yielding Rainbows On FireBait

By Chris Shaffer | 05/28/2013 Fortunately, we were able to spend two, quick hours at Santa Cruz Lake. Heavily fished by residents of Espanola and Santa Fe, Santa Cruz didn’t hide is popularity. Even on a weekday, anglers lined the banks and boats suffocated the lake’s shoreline. There were easily 100 anglers fishing and more [...]

Oregon’s Trask River Springers Hitting Stride

By Big Dave Manners | 05/27/2013 While our springer season on the Oregon Coast started out a little slow due to lack of rain and low/clear water levels salmon are now being caught in Tillamook Bay and the coastal streams. Thanks to a blast of rain last week, more and more springers are moving into [...]

Pecos River Trout Munching Natural Colored Salmon Eggs

By Chris Shaffer | 05/20/2013 North New Mexico is littered with quality trout streams and while the Pecos River doesn’t harbor the most trophy fish in the state, it’s stuffed with catchable rainbows throughout the spring, summer and fall. It’s a great place to catch lots of trout. New Mexico Game & Fish does an [...]

North Georgia’s Cooper Creek Stuffed With Planted Rainbows

By Chris Shaffer | 05/10/2013 I spent a decade trout fishing California’s western Sierra Nevada. Being a California resident I’m used to tons of fishing pressure, weekly trout plants and lots of 10-inch rainbows. Two weeks ago, on my first trout fishing trip in Northern Georgia, I felt at home. On our way back to [...]

Lake Chelan Kicking Out Jumbo Kokanee

By Anton Jones | 05/08/2013 Following a banner year in 2012 Lake Chelan kokanee is the talk of Northwest anglers this spring. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen 15-17 inch jumbo kokanee like these. Kokanee are dwarfed, landlocked sockeye salmon and widespread in Northwest lakes. Generally filter feeders, they make a living feeding [...]

Sacramento River Trout On The Chew

By Mike Bogue | 05/07/2013 It’s been a banner spring for trout fishing on the Sacramento River below Redding and fortunately we aren’t seeing any signs of it slowing in the next few months.  While I’m no biologist I attribute the great rainbow trout fishing to last year’s big salmon run. The more salmon we [...]

New Mexico’s Cow Creek Stuffed With Hungry Bows

By Duane Inglin | 05/04/2013 It’s not everyday that I agree to leave my salmon and steelhead rods at home to chase planted trout. But, I wanted to cross another state off my list of places I’ve fished and agreed to fly to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to meet my buddy Chris Shaffer with Pautzke to [...]