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Recent Uptick in Cowlitz Springers

By: Bob Kratzer Springer fishing on the Cowlitz River has been decent. It hasn’t been horrible and hasn’t been great. There’s fish here and we’ve had an uptick in recent days, but we are dealing with high and cold water and that’s made catching them more challenging. It’s been a long time since conditions were [...]

Anchorage’s Ship Creek Has Salmon Now

By: Dustin Slinker May is a special time in Anchorage. It’s when king salmon begin the trek back to their spawning grounds and when anglers line the banks of Ship Creek. This season is already starting off on a good note. Our first fish was caught May 15 and we’ve already had more fish earlier [...]

Lower Rogue Anglers Grinding Out Springers

By: Troy Whitaker The good news is people are catching springers on the Lower Rogue. However, it’s been a fair run. I’d call it average. It hasn’t been the worst I’ve ever seen and there haven’t been fish swimming everywhere either. Most of the people I’ve talked to are catching fish, but it’s been a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Learn to Cure/Fish Coon Shrimp for PNW Springers

By: Terry Wiest The Springers are coming! Meanwhile, the Columbia River is high and dirty. Therefore, many anglers will be looking for smaller water alternatives. On the other hand, to approach smaller water alternative tactics need to be employed, which we’ll cover in this blog. In the Northwest we have several alternatives to the Columbia [...]

High Water Forcing Anglers to Run Plugs for Columbia Springers

By: Mike Ainsworth A reflection of high water and lots of snowmelt this week the Columbia River is a foot and a half above flood stage. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo your spring king fishing. Meanwhile, you’ll likely have to alter your techniques to be successful. The springers are going to come [...]

North Oregon Coast Still Seeing Fall Chinook

By: Big Dave Manners When I think about this fall’s salmon season on Oregon’s north coast two things come to mind: we had lots of rain and a big push of fish early and there’s still salmon coming in now. It’s been much different than last fall when rain didn’t arrive until much later in [...]

Learn To Cure Loose Single Eggs: To Be Tied in Egg Sacks

By: Joey Usher I’ve been getting flooded with questions recently on how to cure loose single eggs for Great Lakes trout and steelhead. These are eggs that we use in eggs sacks, exclusively, not those that we’re going to place on a hook. If I want to use an egg on the hook I’ll use [...]

Learn To Rig A Bobber & Eggs For Fall Salmon

By Terry J. Wiest Is there anything more effective than good cured roe for salmon? Not that I’m aware of. I love to twitch for coho, but if I could only use one technique for all salmon, float fishing with eggs knocks the socks off any other technique. Here’s what I do to rig up [...]