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July Fishing Opportunities
Kokanee fishing continues to be good at Lake Chelan, so don’t think that you have missed out for this year. Our area streams are already in fishing shape, and now is the time to try them. I have been spending some of my hot summer days on Lake Chelan, still in pursuit of kokanee. There is still a good cluster of boats chasing these fish, and they are moving further and further down below Rocky Point. On my last trip I started just above the Chelan Shores condos. We started the day with...
Category: General  Date: 6/30/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
July's Summer Salmon
As summer heats up so does the salmon fishing. There is something about July, almost like a preview of what is yet to come in the next three to four months. This summer it’s all about Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and Pinks and to kick it off here is a rundown of July’s top fisheries, the places to go, the fish to catch and the gear to use. Westport has been open for over a month now but it started off really slow and very few fish being caught. A few weeks later and things are starting to turn ar...
Category: General  Date: 6/30/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
Lake Sutherland Kokanee
Imagine a kokanee lake where you can consistently catch 13-15” beautiful fat, shiny kokanee and not have one single other trolling angler around you for three straight days. And it’s only two hours away (plus 30 minute ferry ride). That’s Lake Sutherland, and this weekend JoAnn and I and our dogs Diesel and Rudy were in kokanee heaven. I was honestly surprised. I know it’s off the beaten path, but not that far away. I’m here to tell you, if you’re looking for a destination 2-3 day get-away, you...
Category: Lakes  Date: 6/26/2015  Author: Mike Carey
Unlocking Hayden Lake Kokanee
Evolution is a key to our survival in the human race, so fishing is no different. Often times, many anglers will find a way of fishing to produce more fish. They will always use the same rod and reel, the same type of line, as well as the same lures. I grew up fishing with a bobber, a couple of split shot weights, a worm and a hook to catch my fish. Times are changing however. I was recently afforded the opportunity to attend the North Idaho Sportsmen’s Expo, located in Coeur D’ Alene, Idah...
Category: Lakes  Date: 6/25/2015  Author: Lance Merz
Skagit River Sockeye
I am going to cover one of my favorite new fisheries, Skagit River Sockeye. Last year was my first time targeting these salt fresh fish, and I am now addicted to put it lightly. These Sockeye are hours from the salt water and really put up a tussle on Steelhead gear. Another awesome thing about this fishery is that it gives the shore bound angler a great chance to tangle with a Sockeye. There is some great bank access in the towns of Mount Vernon and Burlington, and although it may be crowded, ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 6/16/2015  Author: Zach McGlothern
Puget Sound Cutthroat Flyfishing
Stepping out of my car into the cool, salt tinted air of a late spring morning along the shores of Puget Sound, my eyes are greeted by the hills of Whidbey Island back lit with the rose glow of a swift sunrise under the stark gray of a distant cloud bank. My ears are greeted with the intermixed melodies of a myriad of song birds in the trees behind me and the frantic splashing of schools of bait fish desperately trying to escape some unseen attacker in the depths below. The timing of the tides ...
Category: Saltwater  Date: 6/2/2015  Author: Alex W.
Central Washington Fishing Options
If you are an active angler, you just have to love this area. There are so many great options any time of year, and last week I had a blast exploring some of them. I caught everything from kokanee to rainbow to largemouth bass, and even spring salmon! My fishing buddy Rollie Schmitten and I finally found a couple of free days on our calendars and I took him up to Buffalo Lake, on the Colville Indian Reservation. This scenic lake is just ten miles from the town of Coulee Dam, but it gets...
Category: General  Date: 5/25/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
Alpine Lakes Trout Fishing
When I was six years old my father decided to take us up to Eagle Lake that sits high above the Methow Valley. He strapped some sleeping bags onto the handlebars of his Honda motorcycle, I straddled the gas tank and my brother rode on the back with the pack of camping gear tied down to the bike, pinning him against my dad’s back. We putted up the trail towards the lake and met some hikers on their way down. As my father reminds me every time he tells the story, one of the hikers said to us “I k...
Category: Trout  Date: 5/24/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
It's Derby Time
If you’ve never fished in a fishing derby before, I need to tell you from experience, it’s a blast! It not only allows for the opportunity to catch some great fish, but more importantly, it develops a sense of camaraderie and long lasting friendships with the commonality of fishing. If you ever decide to fish in a derby however, here are some tips that will make it more rewarding. Preparation is of the utmost importance when it pertains to fishing, but it’s even more important when you’re i...
Category: Stories  Date: 5/22/2015  Author: Lance Merz
Montana's Missouri River
My son Matt moved to Montana for college several years ago, and now lives in Great Falls with his wife. On our numerous trips to Montana my wife and I have driven past streams and rivers that just cried out “Fish Me”, but I have never had an opportunity. Until this year, that is. Our schedules finally lined up, gas got cheap, and with a green light from my Better Half I threw my two person pontoon on top of the truck and we headed over to Great Falls. My target fishery was the Missouri River an...
Category: Rivers  Date: 5/22/2015  Author: Mike Carey
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