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Washington Sockeye Update – Early July 2019

July 7, 2019

There are 3 main sockeye runs in Washington State currently – Columbia River, Lake Washington and Baker Lake.  Each has a location the fish must pass, like a fish ladder, which enables a count to be performed.  This gives us a unique view to see how the run in shaping...

2019 Washington Salmon Forecasts

July 7, 2019

Overview Another year and another set of salmon forecasts from the WDFW.  Generally speaking forecasts are down again.  No one knows quite what is going on, but there are a multitude of things which no doubt have impact – habitat destruction, ocean conditions, fish harvest (by all parties), increased predation,...

Baker Lake Sockeye By The Numbers

April 10, 2018

Baker Lake is a beautiful and popular fishery.  However recent years have been frustrating for many people when large pre-season estimates don’t reflect the reality of fish available in the lake to fish for.  I wanted to have a fact based approach to understanding what is going on with this...

The Best Guide To Fish For Sockeye In Lakes

June 30, 2017

Sockeye salmon, also known as Red Salmon or Reds, are a unique species of salmon.  They are known for returning in large numbers, and being quite tasty.  This guide covers information about the sockeye life cycle and behavior, gear and rigs used to fish for them, and how to target...

Best Guide To Sidedrift For Salmon

June 18, 2017

Many anglers get their start salmon fishing on the banks of the river drift fishing.  This is because drift fishing is a very effective technique since it keeps your bait close to bottom where the fish are. Side drifting is more than drift fishing from a boat – it allows...

Best Guide To Sidedrift For Steelhead

March 21, 2017

We all know drift fishing is a powerful technique for catching all kinds of river fish, including steelhead.  What if told you there is a way to make drift fishing even better – cover more water, and keep your gear in the “zone” longer?  Well that is side drifting. This...

The Best How To Guide for Coho Salmon River Fishing

September 30, 2016

Every fall coho salmon return to our Washington rivers.  This fish are more numerous than their larger cousins, the chinook, and can be quite aggressive at time.  They are a very popular salmon to fish for and catch. This guide covers the basics on how to catch these fish once...

Puget Sound Crabbing July 2016

August 12, 2016

When I tell my wife that I’m going fishing, I usually get a resigned “Ok, dear.”  But when I tell...

Washington Sockeye Update – Early July 2019

July 7, 2019

There are 3 main sockeye runs in Washington State currently – Columbia River, Lake Washington and Baker Lake.  Each has...

2019 Washington Salmon Forecasts

July 7, 2019

Overview Another year and another set of salmon forecasts from the WDFW.  Generally speaking forecasts are down again.  No one...

2019 Washington Salmon Forecasts

July 7, 2019

Overview Another year and another set of salmon forecasts from the WDFW.  Generally speaking forecasts are down again.  No one...

2019 Washington Salmon Forecasts

July 7, 2019

Overview Another year and another set of salmon forecasts from the WDFW.  Generally speaking forecasts are down again.  No one...

Best Guide To Sidedrift For Steelhead

March 21, 2017

We all know drift fishing is a powerful technique for catching all kinds of river fish, including steelhead.  What if...

Duwamish River Access

September 9, 2015

The Duwamish river is the last bit of the Green river before it empties into the Sound.  Running through an...

Lake Washington Perch Fishing Secrets

February 6, 2017

During the winter months I tend to fish mostly for perch.  I like how simple and relaxing it is.  Plus...

The Best Kokanee Leader Rig Storage

February 27, 2018

I have yet to meet a serious kokanee fisherman which didn’t like collecting kokanee tackle almost as much as using...

2017 Lowland Lakes Opening Day Fishing Report

May 11, 2017

Many of the lakes in eastern Washington are closed half the year.  The WDFW prepares these lakes during the spring...

How Long Can I Run My Electric Trolling Motor

March 5, 2018

A question I see get asked often online is “How long will my electric trolling motor last?” or some variation...

Creating a Custom Fish Skeleton Sticker Dodger

May 3, 2017

All the custom dodger making I’ve been doing has made me wonder what fun dodgers I could create that were...