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Time to Catch NW Oregon Springers Now

By: Dave Manners We’ve completed the first quarter of the springer season. So far, there have been some days where fish have been caught and super slow days. That’s normal for springer fishing for us. We should see more fish come in May and June from the central to north Oregon Coast. The first quarter [...]

Pressure Down & Inventory High on PA’s Sinking Creek

By: Chris Shaffer For almost two weeks Penns Creek wasn’t in good shape. Storms and runoff pushed the creek to unfishable levels. We were in town to film Pautzke Outdoors and struggled to find any water clear enough to fish. Fortunately, Sinking Creek was running clearer and at least provided us with a backup plan. [...]

Big D’s Secret Halibut Bait: Brined Rainbow Trout

By: Duane Inglin In Washington the halibut season is short lived and when you have limited opportunities to target them having good bait is a must. There are several rigging presentations and baits that have been standbys for decades. When it comes to bait, you have several options, namely octopus, squid, horse herring, salmon and [...]

Mat-Su Valley Salmon Preview

By: Andy Couch Green leaves emerging in spring signals that Alaska’s state fish, the king (Chinook) salmon will soon be pushing into Mat-Su Valley rivers and streams. The first few king salmon will likely be taken from valley locations during the week of May 8-14. Kings are the largest and first salmon to show up [...]

Eastern PA’s McMichael Creek Has Trout Now

By: Chris Shaffer Eastern Pennsylvania is littered with quality trout streams. Meanwhile, many of the smaller systems get fished out within a day or two of being stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Fortunately, that’s not the case at McMichael Creek. Popular with anglers in the greater Stroudsburg area, McMichael is large enough [...]

Georgia’s Wildcat Creek Loaded with Trout

By: Chris Shaffer To trout anglers in North Georgia Wildcat Creek is no secret. Only a mile from the hatchery, Wildcat remains a favorite to trout anglers in the know, and for a good reason: the creek is stocked weekly with rainbow trout and a few browns through early July. It often gets large allotments [...]

Eastern PA’s Brodhead Creek To Fish Well This Weekend

By: Chris Shaffer Those who trout fish Pennsylvania often know many streams can be fished out a day or two after being stocked. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Brodhead Creek. Larger than your average Eastern PA creek, Brodhead is no secret to anglers and large enough where trout can spread out and not get [...]

Rain, Mud & High Water Not Slowing Kerr Lake Catfish Bite

By: Wes Jordan We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain over the Kerr Lake watershed this week. In less than 72 hours the lake level has climbed nearly 11 feet. And we're talking about a lake with 850 miles of shoreline, so that's a lot of water. Tiny feeder creeks that are normally only three feet wide [...]

North Georgia’s Black Rock Lake Stocked with Rainbow Trout

By: Chris Shaffer The Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocks many small lakes and ponds in North Georgia. A few of them get hammered by dozens of anglers daily. Meanwhile, that’s not the case at Black Rock Mountain State Park where 17-acre Black Rock Lake rests. The lake is stocked frequently in the spring, and [...]

Adjust to Challenging Conditions for Willamette Spring Chinook Success

By: Kyle Buschelman So far the spring Chinook season has been a challenge. Meanwhile, making adjustments to baits and how we present them have helped me put a few fish in the boat. Those putting in the work and time can catch springers. The Columbia River is closed. Therefore, most anglers will travel above Bonneville [...]