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Alaska’s Ship Creek Loaded with Silvers

By: Dustin Slinker It’s been a bounce back year for silver salmon on Ship Creek. We are coming off the heels of last year where silver salmon were poor in South Central Alaska. Not only is the run size larger than previous years, but the fish are greater in size. It’s been impressive. I think [...]

Learn to Catch More Halibut with Glitter Butt Juice

By: Terry Wiest Much of the West Coast offers quality halibut fishing. Halibut are most commonly targeted while anchored. Last year I blogged about my “Golf Ball Scent Bomb” that crushed halibut. This year on a recent trip to Alaska that same setup produced a 160lb fish and others. Click here if you’d like to [...]

Toronto Salmon Bite Impressing Ontario Trollers

By: Bojan Zivkovic Salmon season has been productive on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Trollers chasing Chinook, coho and steelhead in the depths been hooking good numbers of fish, and those big Chinook are averaging more than 20 pounds. I’ve noticed a healthy population of baitfish. This is a good sign of a healthy [...]

The Best Brined Baits for Buoy 10

By Connor Taplin At Buoy 10 you are fishing rod tip to rod tip with others. There are 1,000 of rods in the water. You need to have the best bait for the salmon to pick you. Good bait consists of several things. I like good scale retention, which creates a good flash, good color [...]

Puget Sound Salmon Much Better This Summer

By: Mike Ainsworth At the start of the season in July we were targeting resident coho, but couldn’t keep the king salmon off our lines. For those of you that fished North Puget Sound last year, you know this wasn’t the case. There weren’t many kings around last year. Fortunately, this summer has been different. [...]

Learn to Make a Fire Worm & Catch More Trout

By: Mike Wickkiser Dough bait catches trout. Just like many trout anglers across North America I’ve used dough bait for as long as I’ve been fishing. Many anglers simply cast the dough bait out, let it sit and wait for a bite. I don’t do that. Rather than rolling my bait in a ball I [...]

Learn to Use Fire Dye Worms To Catch Big Bluegill

By: Kyle Deavers We all know that catching bluegill isn’t difficult. Anyone can do it. I’ve been fun-fishing for bluegill my entire life and have never struggled to get bit. Meanwhile, catching hand-size bluegill can be a challenge. Recently, I’ve been venturing out and experimenting to find better ways to catch larger bluegill and have [...]

Chama River Fishing Well For Trout

By: Chris Shaffer Most rivers and streams in Northern New Mexico have finally receded to favorable levels and anglers are catching limits of trout following heavy stockings by New Mexico Game & Fish. This pattern should continue through early October as water levels continue to fall. Action at the Chama River remains impressive even amongst [...]

Wisconsin Salmon Fishing: Best in Many Years

By: Kyle Deavers This season has been a welcome sight to salmon anglers in Wisconsin. For the first time in many years we are catching large numbers of Chinook and they are much bigger than we’ve been seeing in previous years. This is the best bite we’ve had since 2010 and provides hope that our [...]

New Mexico’s Hopewell Lake Loaded with Trout

By: Chris Shaffer It’s been an interesting spring and summer at Northern New Mexico’s Hopewell Lake. The small, high mountain lake took longer than normal to shed its winter layer of ice. Anglers used to fishing the lake in late spring had to wait. Spring wildfires closed access to the area while firefighters dipped water [...]