Mike Ainsworth

Try This Bait: Catch More Trout, Salmon & Steelhead

By: Mike Ainsworth When our rivers were low and clear, and the fish had lockjaw a few weeks ago I had to adjust my techniques to get bites. This was during a time when salmon were being stubborn and weren’t reacting to traditional techniques and baits. To attempt to lure salmon into feeding I started [...]

Try This Bait: Catch More Trout, Salmon & Steelhead2018-11-06T17:54:29+00:00

This Salmon Egg Cure Is Easy as 1, 2, 3

By: Mike Ainsworth It’s fall again and that means egg fishing and curing time. While there are many complex cures that do work here is a simple, yet effective way to cure eggs to target kings, coho or steelhead. Even though this cure is simple it catches fish and can be used by veteran and [...]

This Salmon Egg Cure Is Easy as 1, 2, 32018-10-12T14:25:35+00:00

Puget Sound Coho Providing Anglers Opportunity

By: Mike Ainsworth Chinook retention has expired for the year in Puget Sound. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of coho around for anglers to target. I’m expecting this fishery to persist through September and am basing this around the number of coho still holding in the straits. Due to the lack of rain we’ve had reports [...]

Puget Sound Coho Providing Anglers Opportunity2018-09-13T15:45:32+00:00

Puget Sound Salmon: Showing in Big Numbers

By: Mike Ainsworth On the heels of several average years Puget Sound is having a phenomenal year of king and coho returns. There’s lots of fish around and a lot of opportunity. The resident coho have been larger than normal and there’s plenty of early ocean coho in the mix as well. We’ve also released [...]

Puget Sound Salmon: Showing in Big Numbers2018-07-23T19:10:49+00:00

Washington Lakes Loaded with Trout for Holiday Weekend

By: Mike Ainsworth There’s no shortage of trout fishing opportunities to enjoy this Memorial Weekend in Washington. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife loaded our lakes with trout for the opener roughly a month ago and is busy restocking more of these waters this week. Most of our state’s waters are being restocked specifically [...]

Washington Lakes Loaded with Trout for Holiday Weekend2018-05-23T12:11:25+00:00

7 Tips To Catch High Water Steelhead

By: Mike Ainsworth It’s steelhead season in the Pacific Northwest and that means rain, rain and more rain. This blog will detail tips to catch more steelhead in the PNW this winter. You’ll notice a theme. Whether using jigs, shrimp, yarn or eggs these tips revolve around scent. Soak Yarn/Rags Typical for this time year [...]

7 Tips To Catch High Water Steelhead2018-04-18T18:56:33+00:00

Learn An Easy Egg Cure For Northwest Steelhead

  By: Mike Ainsworth January is primetime for catching hatchery and some wild steelhead. When curing eggs to catch winter steelhead in the Pacific Northwest I recommend keeping your cure simple, except for making it sweet because we all know steelhead have a sweet tooth. This is going to be a short and sweet blog. I [...]

Learn An Easy Egg Cure For Northwest Steelhead2018-04-18T18:56:42+00:00

Puget Sound Coho Still Showing Well

By: Mike Ainsworth After two poor years the Puget Sound coho fishery has rebounded. We’ve seen an influx of numbers and larger than average coho this year and there’s still more than a month left in our fishery. We started to see coho in July and they’ve continued to trickle in ever since. I’m expecting [...]

Puget Sound Coho Still Showing Well2018-04-18T18:57:15+00:00

A Super Simple Egg Cure For Washington Salmon

By: Mike Ainsworth With fall upon us this weekend I have been busy prepping my eggs for fall salmon. This is one of my favorite times of year. As the days get shorter and the rain starts falling king and silver salmon begin to flood into Washington rivers. Here is a simple, yet effective way [...]

A Super Simple Egg Cure For Washington Salmon2018-04-18T18:57:23+00:00

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. [...]

Puget Sound Salmon Much Better This Summer2018-04-18T18:57:49+00:00

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