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Downs Lake Will Lift Your Spirits
Downs Lake Will Lift Your Spirits
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 9/2/2019
Suffering from a case of the summertime blues? Is life’s fast and frantic pace stressing you out? There’s a tonic for that and you’ll find it at the most unlikely of named destinations, Downs Lake. That’s where I went a few weeks ago after loading my kayak into the back of my pick-up, placing a couple of fishing rods in the cab, and bringing a digital camera for good measure. Located in Spok...
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Slaying Kings on the Carbon
Slaying Kings on the Carbon
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 9/2/2019
The Carbon River is a 30 mile long stretch of murky water, running from the Carbon Glacier on Mount Rainier to the Puyallup River in Orting, Washington. It opens on September 1st to crowds of eager anglers. Huge, toothy king salmon lurk in those silty waters, slowly making their way to the spawning grounds. There are a few "boots", as some anglers call darkened, spawned out salmon, but many are st...
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Soft Steel USA Braided Lines -NWFR Special Deal!
Soft Steel USA Braided Lines -NWFR Special Deal!
Author: Sponsored Content
Posted: 9/2/2019
Northwest Fishing Reports Special Opportunity - 30% Discount on new Soft Steel USA Braided Lines. Use discount code NWFRSoftSteelBraid30 at checkout. Okuma acquires Soft Steel USA and enters the braided line, fluorocarbon and monofilament markets. Soft Steel USA has been known in the long-range circles for a couple of decades with its high-quality product line in Fluorocarbon and Monofi...
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South Whidbey Island Beach Salmon
South Whidbey Island Beach Salmon
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 9/2/2019
I attached the two ounce flutter jig to my line and heaved back on my rod, the weight of the lure and flex of the rod loading for maximum distance. At just the right instant my thumb released pressure on the line and I watched with satisfaction as the lure propelled itself ever farther from the beach, landing just short of an anchored boat, startling the anglers on board. Closing my bail I reeled ...
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Kokanee - Spawning Phase
Kokanee - Spawning Phase
Author: Gary Gordon
Posted: 9/2/2019
Spring and Summer Pursuit of Kokanee: The Spawn A Kokanee University Mini-Series, Part 5 You all know the signs. The kokes are starting to “turn” meaning that they are showing some color. The stomach contents will be nil or close to it. The males will start forming a kype. The soft scales are now hardened and the soft mouths are also considerably hardened. All these factors are the r...
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Fishing Etiquette 101
Fishing Etiquette 101
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 9/2/2019
In simplest terms, fishing etiquette could be easily defined as treating other anglers as you would want to be treated. Here's a list of fishing etiquette rules I've learned and lived by over the years of my fishing trips: • Don't get on top of somebody that's obviously working a particular spot or cut in front of them if they are working their way down a bank. If you're fishing a sea wall or l...
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Finding New Waters
Finding New Waters
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 9/2/2019
It seems that each year I find myself fishing the same places for the same fish. It is comfortable to go someplace you have been before and with success. Not really any need to find any place new, that is until you find yourself not catching fish, water conditions change, or maybe access has been removed. There are many reasons why we find ourselves needed or wanting to explore new waters. Maybe i...
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Thorne Bay Alaskan Adventure!
Thorne Bay Alaskan Adventure!
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 8/5/2019
The sounds of excited angler’s voices cut through the general din of the Ketchikan airport “your first time here?” “The fishing was great last year” “I think our float plane is coming in.” On the walls, pictures of salmon and a large “Welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska” verified that my dream trip was underway. Since moving to Washington over the years I had heard tales from fellow anglers who had gotte...
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Columbia River Bass and Walleye Techniques
Columbia River Bass and Walleye Techniques
Author: Rob Phillips
Posted: 8/5/2019
With the Columbia River pretty much closed to steelhead fishing, and with the fall salmon runs just starting to migrate upriver, many Eastern Washington anglers are looking for other species to target to help keep them out on the water. Luckily there are some other options, and some pretty good ones to boot. The Columbia River is packed full of walleye and bass, and both have been giving angle...
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Why we need Pink salmon
Why we need Pink salmon
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 8/5/2019
Salmon angler’s in the Pacific Northwest know 2019 as a “Humpy Year” and this year’s return of the feisty small salmon has been estimated to be around 600,000 fish. A very concerning number especially since just four years ago the run was 6.8 million. Besides the concerns over dwindling numbers the Pink salmon are a special fish for the Pacific Northwest. The odd year fish brings out anglers new ...
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Tackle Tips for Summer Trips: Part II
Tackle Tips for Summer Trips: Part II
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 8/5/2019
In last month's article, we discussed the pros and cons of many saltwater reel options. Now we turn our focus to the other half of the equation: the rod. Whether you're an experienced saltwater angler or just looking to get started, everyone needs a reliable rod. A good pole starts to feel like a best friend after a while, always there in a pinch. Some anglers prefer to use the lightest tackle the...
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Fishing for Suspended Walleye
Fishing for Suspended Walleye
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 7/7/2019
Here in the Pacific Northwest walleye are a popular species to target. Appreciated for their fine table fare, in recent years walleye populations have held steady despite increasing angler enthusiasm. With that in mind, NWFR’s Rob Holman and I were excited to be contacted by Keith Eshbaugh of Dutch Fork Custom Lures to come visit him in Erie, Pennsylvania and learn another technique to catch walle...
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