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PA’s Big Poe Creek Loaded with Trout

By: Chris Shaffer Poe Valley is a favorite place for many Pennsylvanians to camp and fish. Many have been coming here for decades and fishing the lake and the creek below it. Meanwhile, if you haven’t been here in the last month expect many changes to Big Poe Creek. The storm that whipped through in [...]

Indiana Wipers & Bass Hammering Fire Dye Minnows

By: Dustin Slinker I’ve spent the last decade of my life guiding for salmon and trout in Alaska. However, I was fortunate to return to my childhood fishing grounds in Indiana to do some bass and crappie fishing recently. While conditions were poor given all the rain that’s fallen I had good enough bait to [...]

Niagara Steelhead to Show Through May

By: Chris Shaffer In Buffalo to film Lake Erie smallmouth bass fishing with live Fire Dye minnows I got a call from Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charter Service Monday asking me if I wanted to go fishing. He said there were still plenty of steelhead and lake trout in the Lower Niagara River and [...]

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 [...]