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Last Chance March Steelhead
Last Chance March Steelhead
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 3/9/2019
When it comes to fishing in March the month often starts with cold temperatures and windy days. As the month progresses the days become longer and warmer. With increased daylight anglers start getting excited to get their boat out and hit a few local lakes or even out in the salt water with the ocean bottom fish opener. This leaves most rivers empty of fishing pressure. Winter steelhead anglers di...
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Ten Common Mistakes When Pursuing Kokanee
Ten Common Mistakes When Pursuing Kokanee
Author: Gary Gordon
Posted: 3/9/2019
A Kokanee University Mini-Series, Part 1 Before you know it, and basically in the nick of time, spring kokanee fishing will be here. Now is the time to start girting the mental game together for a great season. I put together what I consider to be the 10 most common mistakes and necessary correction factors to get right when pursuing our beloved kokanee. 1. Using the wrong gear....
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Heat Up Winter Smallies
Heat Up Winter Smallies
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 2/6/2019
Every so often a bass-fishing technique comes along that's amazingly simply, yet absolutely deadly when properly executed. Such is the case with the float n fly, the most innovative method for catching bass in clear, cold water to surface in years. I first heard about the Float n fly system back in the early 90’s. While it's especially potent on Smallmouth’s, it will catch Largemouth as well. And ...
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DIY Winter Fishing Projects
DIY Winter Fishing Projects
Author: Joe Overlock for Fix.com
Posted: 2/6/2019
Whether you’re a budget-conscious angler or just enjoy someone who enjoys DIY, here are four projects that are budget friendly and highly useful. All of the materials used here were readily available in one rather large chain store that shall remain nameless. In fact, if you already own a basic tool set (including a drill, tape measure, saw, and so on), then you can do all four of these projects f...
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Fishing Beads for Steelhead: Rigging the Bead
Fishing Beads for Steelhead: Rigging the Bead
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 2/6/2019
The idea of fishing a bead is to mimic a single dead egg that has come free from the gravel and is now being carried downstream. Large rainbow trout, char, whitefish, and other species feed on these protein packed snacks, but it is the steelhead angler that can benefit the most by learning how to fish beads. The majority of fishing beads are made of plastic with a few made of foam or soft rubb...
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Winter Whitefish on Central Washington Rivers
Winter Whitefish on Central Washington Rivers
Author: Rob Phillips
Posted: 2/6/2019
Some of the best winter whitefishing in South Central can be found in the Naches, the Tieton, the Yakima and the Klickitat Rivers. Depending on water flows and just how cold it has been, each can provide a whitefish angler with some exciting mid-winter fishing now through the month of February. If you’ve never fished for whitefish before, it is not terribly difficult. The gear literally can ...
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30th Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show!
30th Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show!
Author: Sponsored Content
Posted: 2/6/2019
The 30th annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show is set to open the doors Friday, February 15th at the Yakima Valley SunDome and it runs through Sunday, February 17th. This always popular event brings area outdoor enthusiasts together, all under one roof, to see the latest in hunting and fishing gear, outdoor displays and exhibits, fishing boats, camper and camp trailers, ATVs, and much, much mor...
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Winter Perch Fishing Western Washington
Winter Perch Fishing Western Washington
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 1/6/2019
For most anglers, winter and perch fishing means sitting next to a 6” hole in the ice, bundled up in seven layers of clothing, periodically clearing away ice from the hole and your rod tip. That’s the Washington’s eastside version of perch fishing, but on the west side we have an entirely different game. The Cascade mountain range gives westside anglers both a blessing and a curse – four month...
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Build a DIY Ice Fishing Shelter on a Budget
Build a DIY Ice Fishing Shelter on a Budget
Author: Joe Overlock for Fix.com
Posted: 1/5/2019
Keeping warm while ice fishing is next to impossible on some days, unless you have a good shelter. Many “pop-up” tent style shelters are available on the market, all of which have hefty price tags, but none equal the comfort of a home-built wooden shelter. The keys to keeping warm on the ice are getting your feet off the ice, getting out of the wind on sunny days, and using a portable heater on co...
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Winter Fishing Tips and Tactics
Winter Fishing Tips and Tactics
Author: Mike Cork for Fix.com
Posted: 1/5/2019
Fishing through the winter months can be very rewarding for a number of reasons. Cold temperatures keep fair-weather anglers home and hunting seasons lead many anglers to trade lakes for the woods. Winter is also the time of year when most freshwater species group up. The result: more fish for cold-weather anglers. During the coolest months of the year, preparation, research, and the proper tackle...
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Winter Mack Jigging Techniques
Winter Mack Jigging Techniques
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 1/5/2019
If there is one thing I have learned over the past 10 years is you can catch just about any species of fish that swims on a dropshot rig. I have caught Large and Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Sunfish, Crappie, trout and Burbot all on a drop shot this year. One species I added to this list a few years ago are Mackinaws. I like to fish for Lakers mainly in the winter months from early Dec. to mi...
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Proper Fish Care
Proper Fish Care
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 1/5/2019
Most anglers know that you should bleed the fish you catch and keep. Doing so means to cut a gill right after you decide to retain the fish and mark it on your catch record card. But that is only one step in a multi-step process to properly care for your catch. Even before bleeding a quick bonk on the head is not only humane but it also keeps the fish from becoming bruised. A fish flopping...
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