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Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Cowlitz River Steelhead Off To Great Start

By: Todd Daniels We’ve had record high water since November on the Cowlitz River. And, it’s been high and muddy. On the other hand, now that the river is dropping into shape it’s slowing the fish down and they are starting to congregate where they normally do. Most important, there’s a ton of steelhead in [...]

Jig For Ontario Lake Trout

By: Bojan Zivkovic After a fun filled fall and early winter targeting salmon and steelhead in Southern Ontario I always look forward to putting the long rods down as ice fishing season approaches. It’s a change in pace and more relaxed. Unfortunately for ice anglers it’s an El Nino year and the warmer air has [...]

Southwest PA Pay Lakes Providing Winter Trout Opportunities

By: Joey Usher In the dead of winter angling opportunities for bait fishermen are limited in Southwest PA. However, to keep us on the water and still be able to enjoy time outdoors fishing many of us turn to the pay lakes. There’s a half dozen year round pay lakes open in the region, many [...]

Tennessee’s Watauga River Boasting Loads of Rainbows & Browns

By: Chris Shaffer Last week’s wintry conditions didn’t do any favors for trout anglers in East Tennessee. Icy roads, snow, wind and inclement weather marked many of the region’s top tailwater fisheries through midweek, ironically when we were in town to film Pautzke Outdoors on the Watauga River near Johnson City. We planned to float [...]

Idaho’s Clearwater River: The Year of the Big Steelhead

By: Toby Wyatt This was the year of the 18 pounders on the Clearwater River. We had slugs of steelhead that big this season. I see them this big every year, but seeing them this large and in this many numbers, it’s been a long time. It hasn’t been this good for large fish in [...]

Some Eureka Steelhead Rivers to Fish This Week

By: Alan Borges The month of January brought slow steelhead fishing to the greater Eureka area. The large rainfall totals blew our rivers out. We only got to fish two days the entire month. In fact, steelhead anglers in this area spent their time up north on the Smith and Chetco Rivers. Meanwhile, that’s normal [...]

Upper Columbia Steelhead Action Now in Central Washington

By: Brad Wagner As winter sets in and water temperatures drop in North Central Washington steelhead flock from the tributaries of the Upper Columbia River to the warmer water of the main stem Columbia River. The Columbia River is open from the Highway 173 Bridge in Brewster to 400 feet below Chief Joseph  Dam, and also [...]

Live Chartreuse Fire Dye Minnows Pacing Niagara Action

By: Frank Campbell While anglers on the eastern end of Lake Ontario have been complaining of poor steelhead fishing things have been pretty good here on the western end at the Niagara River. Keep in mind, the nice thing around here is we are getting a good mix of fish. There’s a lot of lake [...]

Learn To Make Salad Shrimp: For Steelhead

By: Duane Inglin If you’re an avid steelhead angler you probably fall into one of three categories. You only fish artificial lures. You fish bait, exclusively. Or, you utilize both and are neither a bait thug or a gear snob and utilizing different presentations to increase your chances. If you fall in the third category [...]

Salmon River Steelhead: Best This Decade

By: Homer Brown The entire main stem Salmon River has a lot of steelhead right now. In fact, the last time we experienced fishing this good was in 2010 when we had a huge A-Run return. Fortunately, there’s plenty of action left this season. I think we’ll see at least another month of good fishing. [...]