Author Archives: Chris Shaffer

Try These Tasty Sacs for Late Fall Salmon

By: Kyle Deavers In some areas of the Great Lakes the fall salmon run is slowing. However, where I fish and seeing reports from other areas, there’s are still a lot of salmon returning to harbors and tributaries. The run isn’t over yet. Some places might be over, but others have another month left. With […]

Fall Salmon Anglers: Make a Perfect Sardine Wrapped Plug

Learn Pro Tips: Make a Perfect Sardine Wrapped Plug By: John Albrich PNW anglers are excited because for the first time in a long time most of our rivers are opened to salmon retention. There’s more fish returning this season than we’ve seen in a long time. In fact, in many systems the limits have […]

The Perfect Spawn Sac for Great Lakes Salmon

Try This Perfect Spawn Sac for Great Lakes Salmon By: Jarett Carlson I spent last week salmon fishing the Great Lakes and had a lot of time experiment. My goal was to find a worthy alternative to catch fall salmon for those who don’t have fresh eggs. I found a few that caught fish, and […]

Try This Cut Bait Prep for Springer Success

By: John Albrich Springer season in the PNW has been much better than anticipated. With that said there’s a lot of fishing pressure out there. Having good bait is imperative for your success. All salmon are scent driven and I’m a firm believer that good bait drives springer success. Good bait means fresh sardines, herring […]

Try These Easy Steps for Perfect Springer Bait

It’s that time of year and we are already catching springers! During the early part of the season I prefer trolling herring. I consider this to be from now through mid April while the water temps are still cool. Right now, they are only 44-48 degrees. Meanwhile, when the river warms above 58 I start […]

Try This Easy Recipe for Perfect Brined Shrimp for Steelhead Success

By: Travis Wendt We are in the heart of steelhead season and the bite has been good on brined shrimp. Using brined shrimp for bait has been a favorite for countless anglers for as long as I can remember. Meanwhile, we all choose to brine or cure them differently. I’m going to focus on the […]

Try a Bead/Bag Combo for Winter Steelhead Success

By: James Swearingen This season when targeting steelhead in high water I’ve found that drifting a bag and bead combo has been the most effective technique. The biggest reason I do it is to draw trout and steelhead into your bait when the water is dirty or muddy. I use the bead as an attraction […]

Washington Egg Curing Season Has Arrived: Get Your Recipe Here

By: Mike Ainsworth The rain is finally falling in Washington! This means it’s time to start curing eggs for fall salmon and winter steelhead. While many factors lead to having quality eggs I believe anglers would have better eggs if they didn’t overlook the crucial care of eggs leading up to the curing process. To […]