Wow and where did the time go!!!!!!
What a crazy fishing trip it’s been since my last update almost 2 months ago.
I have been guiding almost 7 days a week since June 1st. I have simply not had the time to sit down and write a quality report…., so here we go
I went from side drifting the most scenic and majestic urban river Seattle, WA has to offer within 35 minutes from downtown…, The Skykomish River. We had a changeling, but quite successful Springer & Summer Run Steelhead season. We put fish in box daily by tossing eggs, shrimp, and yarn balls at these SeaLiced, silver bullets. The season started out on fire and them it got TOUGH! But…, Persistence, good bait, and river knowledge won in the end.
Thank you to all of you whom came out to join me on these great Skykomish River adventures!
See you again next June.
I am now over on The Upper Columbia River catching Sockeye and King Salmon. This is a multiple location troll fishery out of Wenatchee, WA. I am fishing between Priest rapids and Chief Joe Dam. Timing and water release out of the Dams dictates our chosen fishing location for the day. We are currently experiencing great success on Sockeye Salmon along with some chinook in the mix. Now that August is nearing I will start to focus on Summer Chinook more & more. The fire season has tested me, but the boat never missed a trip. Through the scorching sun and the smoke the fishing has not skipped a beat.
Another week and I’m off to the Lower Columbia River chasing Up River Brights & Summer Run Steelhead.
Here are a few pics of what I’ve been up to of late:
See you on the water and FishON!!!
If you would like to go fishing with me…,
Hells Canyon, Snake River, Steelhead and King Salmon fishing adventures are what’s on tap.
My last open fish catching dates are: October 25,27-29 for 2014.
Personally…. This is my favorite fish catching office! Contact me if your interested in getting hooked up on this world class fishery.
Not too much has changed since my last fish catching report, which is a good thing! Nice weather, good fishing conditions, and lots of FishON! action has been on the menu for a few weeks straight now.
My boat continues to hammer on the Walleye over in Eastern, WA. It’s been so productive I haven’t even, but barely bass fished my last few trips out (very strange for me ). Reason being, I’ve been bug-eye catching. Troll, troll, troll and just keep on trolling and you will catch walleye right now. I would grab a few dozen worms, my favorite worm harness, a few weights between 1/2oz and 2oz and GO fish either Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir and/or Banks Lake right now for walleye. One Pro Pointer for the day.., make sure and pay attention to what your electronics are showing you. It’s your job to decipher and conquer. The fish just keep on biting on a daily basis and I see no end in sight. Maybe a few location tweaks here and there and you should be good to go. Otherwise call me and I’ll put you on limits of walleye.
Same goes for The Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass on all the above waterways. We just experienced another major spawn on the Eastside of the state. The bass can be caught in all modes of the pre-spawn, spawn, and post spawn cycles right now.
I have less than 2 weeks left chasing around spiny rays…, then I’m back out on The Westside Rivers chasing King Salmon and Summer Run Steelhead around from June 1st through Mid July on The Skykomish River.
If your looking to catch a bunch of fish between now and Fall I’ve got a bunch of fisheries on my plate between now and then. From The Upper & Lower Columbia, Eastside & Westside Lakes & Reservoirs, and The Mighty Snake River all in Pursuit of Summer Run Steelhead, Sockeye & King Salmon. I will get you hooked up…, GUARANTEED!!!
See you on the water & FishON!
Here are a few pics from this past week:
What a great past few days of fishing we had! Awesome weather, good friends, and family were all there to get in on the action with me. You truly couldn’t ask for any more success than what we experienced. In total…, my boat cleaned 50 plus walleye in two days and released over 75 bass the other two days. To say it was good, would be an understatement.
Bass were biting well. Soft plastics on, or adjacent to flats with cover was the pattern. If you’ve ever fished The Potholes reservoir there are literally thousands of acres of flats with cover on them to fish for these awesome largemouth bass. The water temp reached into the upper 60′s by mid afternoon in the shallow coves way back in the dunes. Which definitely turned the fish ON!
The smallmouth were also on the bite. Some fish had spawned, but it seemed like the majority had not quite spawned yet. Again, soft plastics fished around under water structure was the key to our success.
I managed to find a few walleye, as well The Rod Meseburg Classic Walleye tourney was this weekend and I would imagine that it took a pretty big two day total weight to win this year.
From what I saw and did out there on the reservoir, there were three primary fishing methods consistently putting fish in the box.
Jigging with blade baits and/or plastic grubs (preferably in Chartreuse color) tipped with a night crawler was one method. Or simply trolling rapalas and/or crank baits at a pretty good rate of speed. Troll speed, some where between 1.5 to 2.5 miles per hour was the ticket. And of course…, the old stand by, a simple worm harness with your favorite spinner in the front and you were good to go. Primary fishing Depth varied from 12ft to 35ft of water, which had my boat using the 1oz to 2oz size bottom walkers.
I have a few open dates left for this incredible fishery between now and the end of the month if you simply want to come out and have a great day on the water catching fish, while being pampered first class fishing style with me :$)!
See you on The Water & FishON!!!
The below pics are from the past few days on the water:
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The rains have sure put a damper on fishing most Western Washington Salmon & Steelhead rivers this past week. Good news…, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The rains are predicted to wane and mild weather is to follow. Most westside rivers have been high and fishable for quite awhile now. I would expect a complete refill of bright, fresh winter run steelhead and early springer salmon, plus a bunch of down river, spawners.
There will be several options for Salmon & Steelhead once our coastal western, WA rivers start to recede. From The Mighty Columbia to the Olympic Peninsula streams, and Mid sized rivers like the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers. You can even Head east to the Clearwater and Grande Ronde Rivers to catch fish after this high water. The upper sections of those two eastern rivers will be phenomenal.
Bring out your bigger, stinkier baits for your up and coming fishing trip. Find slow water seems and fish the foam line. Look for structure in that seem line and fish accordingly.
I have 3 open dates left for March 2014…, they are the 26,27,28.
If you want me to put you and your bait in numerous foam lines around a ton of structure give me a call :$)!
See ya on the water and FishON!
Here a few pics from this past week:
The time to go snow skiing, or snorkeling fishing report. For the next few days at least
As of right now most ALL Westside, WA Rivers are blown out !!
On the bright side of things…, once your favorite Western Washington, coastal steelhead stream starts to recede it will be refilled with fresh, dime bright winter run steelhead!
While everyone seems to be talking about Springer season I’ve been catching winter run steelhead this whole time.
I will be offering both Coastal Stream, drift boat style trips (launching from private property) and Cowlitz River Jet Sled Steelhead trips in March. I will provide ALL fishing tackle, gear, equipment, and on board heater. Plus snacks, drink, and lunch. Pick your poison is the motto for March.
I am currently booked solid through February…, so If you would like in on one of these Steelhead fish catching adventures, get a hold of me before March is booked solid and your stuck wish’n you were fish’n!!
See ya on the water and FishON!
Ever since our last river rise, fishing has been pretty darn good for winter run steelhead here in Western, WA.
The lack of rain gear and mild weather have been a big bonus!
I started the week side drifting, as my go to method. Fresh eggs, on a single hook, rigged through a bait loop. Then add a small corky in your favorite color, or a fish pill and you have a deadly combo for ocean bright Steelies. Fresh steelhead Eggs cured in Pautzke’s Borax O’ Fire did the trick for my crew. Throw that combo out into the river with a 982 fetha styx homewater rod and your in Hawg Heaven!
Once the waters started to lower & clear, I switched back over to bobber-dogging. The bobber helps when I’m trying to sit back and stay off the fish. The bobber also helps the angler to line up their presentation way above the hole and float the bait right into the holding water. This is extremely helpful in clearer water. More stealth…, equals more fish in this river situation.
Don’t forget about the old pink worm. That bait pretty much catches at least one fish per trip on my boat and it’s usually a Hawg!
If you would like to get out on the river for a great day catching winter run steelhead, then quit procrastinating & get a hold of me. My next open dates are in February for those who are looking to go on a guided fish catching adventure. You will be in a drift boat, on a scenic river byway, chasing coastal chrome. I will be offering these float trips into March.
FishON! and see you on the water
Here but a few pics of the fish we caught this past week:
I just went on one last hunt before the Eastern, WA Pheasant season closed.
With My Dad and our great family friends Joe & Joey, we headed East. While most were waiting for their local river to rise and/or drop back into shape, “The A Team” was on the hunt
Instead of sitting on the couch at home and watching pre-game NFL Playoff analysis…, I did my duty. When you own a hunting dog it’s your duty to hunt your dog. Our dog Marley did us well again this year. With the low bird counts this season a GOOD bird dog will pay big dividends. It seemed the wetter spring and those late September rains really hurt the Pheasant population this year. I hope for a dryer spring and no freak early, fall and late summer rain storms for next years hatchlings
With very little standing cover around the birds were skittish and quite weary. Long shots were the norm on this hunt. With today’s much improved shotgun loads ie Kent, Federal, Remington in shot sizes #4-#6 (to name a few brands), birds fall consistently at long range.
We were able to scratch out a few limits of roosters, plus a few Hungarian Partridge during our hunt.
Another key to our success was the fact we have acquired a bunch of private lands to hunt all over Eastern, WA, through all our years of hunting. The key there is ALL over. On sparse bird years you are your own worse enemy. By that I mean, you can’t keep on hunting the same fields over and over again and expect to be successful on a consistent basis. You basically must manage yourself and your hunting crew. Otherwise you will literally hunt out your grounds and create a serve downward spiral in your bird population. New birds can’t hatch without hold over birds.
I’m looking forward to next years shotgun season and I really can’t wait for the SEAHAWKS to start their playoff run.
If you want to come winter run steelhead fishing with me I have open dates starting in February. I will be fishing on WA State’s coastal river systems for trophy Steelhead. I still have yet to fill 1/15/14, which is this Wednesday. This will be primetime fishing date with the rain we just now received! Get a hold of me if you want go catch a bunch of Steelhead.
See ya on the river early this week, but
First I’ve got to get to Alpental for opening day this Sunday!!!
The season officially ends on January 12th for eastern, wa pheasants.