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Lake Washington Perch
Lake Washington Perch Fishing SecretsDuring the winter months I tend to fish mostly for perch. I like how simple and relaxing it is. Plus it is great fishing to take kids and new fishermen too – plenty of action to keep them entertained, and lets them learn the basics of working a rod and reel, setting the hook, and other basic fishing skills.This article, however, will focus on fishing in winter months in our western Washington waters – namely Lake Washington. For more information o...
Category: Lakes  Date: 2/26/2017  Author: Nathan Nesbit of
January Kokanee
Kokanee are a hard fighting, finicky, and tasty landlocked salmon highly sought after by anglers. Throw in the mix of a lake that is fifty-five miles long, up to 1,400 feet deep and dead of winter in January and most anglers agree kokanee would be great but head for other lakes and other fish waiting until the kokanee can be patterned easier. “Most anglers” doesn’t include Jeff Witkowski, guide for Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service (509-687-0709) on Lake Chelan, as he started searching for...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/30/2016  Author: Jason Brooks
Winter Burbot on L.Roosevelt
When the weather gets cold, and I mean cold, and the launch is iced over,and the eyelets on your pole are frozen, it’s prime time for fishingburbot.Burbot are a type of fresh water ling cod that have a catfish type head and serpent like body. Burbot have a single barb under the chin similar to a catfish. We have caught burbot from as early as mid-November through late February, depending on water temperatures and water levels. They need frigid water to spawn and are considered broadcast...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/29/2016  Author: Craig Dowdy
Lake Sammamish Winter Cutts
Lake Sammamish in Washington’s King County is an often over-looked urban fishery. The lake is better known for its outstanding smallmouth bass fishing. However, come winter those in the know will brave winter conditions to target the lake’s unique cutthroat trout fishery. Action can be off the charts if you are fortunate enough to find the fish. While the cutthroat are not as big in neighboring Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish can put out some excellent catch numbers. Let’s look closer into this...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/29/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Ice Fishing Techniques
Ice fishing is an unbelievably fun time out on the (frozen) water, and you can wind up with some serious fish as well. We will take a look at some of the gear, techniques and safety concerns of standing on ice and then fishing through a hole you have cut in it. Then Debbie Kay will explore using GPS and bathymetric maps to improve your success.The equipment required is multi – tiered, as you can get started for a very small amount, or you can go full on with many different updated items an...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/29/2016  Author: Sean Obrien and Debbie Kay for Anglers Club
Palmer Lake Kokanee Crash
If you want to be a Fish Biologist you need to add one part scientist and one part detective. Our case in point is this year’s Palmer Lake kokanee crash. If you haven’t heard yet about the kokanee situation in Palmer Lake in Washington’s Okanogan County you will. So join me as we take a closer look at the crash of one of Washington’s prime kokanee waters. Before we begin our investigation, let’s learn a little more about Palmer Lake, and why kokanee anglers everywhere need to take notice.Pa...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/6/2016  Author: Mike Carey
NWFR Cast & Blast Adventure
We’re excited to announce a fantastic Northwest Fishing Reports adventure available to members only!Last year we did a “Cast and Blast” trip with Shelby Ross of Ross Outdoor Adventures on the Potholes Reservoir. Well, Shelby and Mar Don Resort have come up with a great package deal that we are offering to our NWFR members only. Even better, we’ll be filming this adventure for NWFR so participants may be part of a future video.Here are the details:We arrive at Mar Don Sunday, Octobe...
Category: Lakes  Date: 10/6/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Alpine Kokanee Trifecta
There’s an Alpine Kokanee Trifecta that is often over-looked compared to the more well-known and popular kokanee fisheries. What if I told you that within an hour and a quarter of traffic-free driving from Seattle you could enjoy pristine Alpine lake fishing with little to no other boats on the water and have the chance to catch generous limits of kokanee every time out? No way you say? It’s true and waiting for you. But a little planning and tempering of expectations is required. These fisheri...
Category: Lakes  Date: 9/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Knowing the Water
Fishing a new body of water of which you’re not used to can be intimidating at best. There may be particular lakes and rivers that you have “dialed in” where you know what to use to catch more fish; but fishing a new lake or river has its own challenges in and of itself.In previous articles and seminars that I teach, I emphasize to my fellow anglers to use the tools available to find out as much information you can about a new area. There are numerous on-line fishing forums such as Northw...
Category: Lakes  Date: 7/3/2016  Author: Lance Merz for The Mack Attack
Crankbaits for Walleye
Crankbaits for Spring and Summer WalleyeAs the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same is true for catching walleye. In Washington State when someone talks about techniques and tactics for walleye fishing, bottom bouncers and spinner rigs normally dominate the conversations. Without a doubt, the bottom bouncer/spinner rig accounts for the vast majority of walleye catches in lakes such as Potholes Reservoir, Moses Lake, and Banks Lake. Spinner rigs dominate in ...
Category: Lakes  Date: 5/31/2016  Author: Keith Jensen
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