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Where to Find Kokanee Fishing Throughout Central Washington

Where to Find Kokanee Fishing Throughout Central Washington

Kokanee continue to gain in popularity with anglers, and we are fortunate to have many different lakes that offer good fishing for them. Some have kokanee of state-record size while others provide fast action for smaller fish. They all have their particular appeal and attract anglers from all over the state and beyond.

I have contacted the Department of Fish and Wildlife fish managers or biologist throughout Central Washington and asked them to identify the lakes in their region that are inhabited by kokanee, what size anglers can expect them to be and when would be the best time to fish for them.
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Kokanee Tackle Tips

One of the most important elements of the whole approach to kokanee fishing is the rod. Kokanee have extremely “soft” mouths. They can tear a hook out much easier than other fish and you have to have this in mind when you select a rod. Pick one with a very soft or “slow” action. The rod has to be very limber and at the same time have enough backbone to hold up under the stress of being used with downriggers. Some anglers prefer very long, flexible rods to use as shock absorbers, while others opt for the newer, short versions made specifically for kokanee fishing. When you have the right rod and play your fish with an even and steady retrieve you will not lose as many fish, even without a snubber.
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Tired of Ice in Your Guides? Consider Fishing in Belize!

Tired of Ice in Your Guides? Consider Fishing in Belize!

After seven years of marriage, it was about time I gave my wife a real honeymoon.  I tried to talk here into a trip to the Sea of Cortez, to a fishing lodge some friends recommended.  When she saw the desolate scenery that surrounded the isolated lodge, she balked.  A friend of mine at work had visited Belize a couple of years ago and suggested that we consider a trip to this Central American country.  We couldn’t have made a better decision.
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Ice Fishing Appeals To a Different Angler

Ice Fishing Appeals To a Different Angler

There is an abundance of choice in Eastern Washington when the prospect of ice fishing is considered. There are lakes near and far. Some offer trout, others spiny ray and still others that offer burbot (freshwater ling), but they all offer the same thing: angling during a season that often offers limited options to the ardent angler. You know the type. They just gotta go fishing, and the heck with the conditions outside. read more...

Angling a Piece of Cake at Blue Lake.

Angling a Piece of Cake at Blue Lake.

I'll admit that I had fished Blue Lake once before, but it was so long ago I think I was still in college. That makes it ancient history. Very ancient. I didn't know what to expect, but I had some good reasons to give it a try. read more...

Warm Water Fans Flock to Evergreen Reservoir.

Warm Water Fans Flock to Evergreen Reservoir.

When I planned an extended mid-May fishing trip to several waters in North Central Washington, I was sure to include Evergreen Reservoir. The lakes that were included on my list I had either never fished, or fished so long ago I didn't know what to expect. I added Evergreen Reservoir to the number of lakes to visit. Its reputation for producing good numbers of a long list of warmwater species assured me of an interesting day, and I wasn't disappointed. read more...

Rocky Ford Alive with Rainbow In the Dead of Winter

Rocky Ford Alive with Rainbow In the Dead of Winter

When winter gets its strangle hold on North Central Washington, snow and ice dominate the landscape and chill the ambitions of even the most hardy of anglers. There is a large fraternity of fly fishers that actually look forward to this season. That's when they know they can find open, running water and the best quality fishing for large rainbow the state has to offer. The coldest time of the year is when the action heats up at Rocky Ford. read more...

A Passion for Perch

A Passion for Perch

It comes at this time every year. It's the season for perch fishing, and my brother Rick just can't help himself. He starts making calls to see if there's ice safe enough to allow fishing for perch at Banks Lake or Fish Lake, anywhere that he knows that these mini-walleye gather for spawning. His friends shake their heads. This is the guy who is legendary for salmon and lake trout fishing on Lake Chelan. He has caught steelhead by the score on Northwest waters. I've seen him battle marlin in Hawaii. But this time of year, if you mention the word perch, his eyes glaze over and just like Homer Simpson he utters, "Uhhmm---purrrhhhrrrch." It's out of control. read more...

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Two "Old Pros" Develop A New Fly Casting System.

Bill McGuire and Buzz Fiorini had each spent careers in the professional fishing and hunting industry that spanned over fifty years. They were both aware of each other’s reputations and accomplishments. They had attended the same outdoor shows and exhibitions at the same time and place over the years, but had never actually met face to face. That finally happened in March of 2000 in Rock Island, Washington, and the outcome was the launch of yet another enterprise by the two fly rod-and-line building experts. They combined their expertise to develop a new fly-casting system that allows novice and physically restricted casters to toss a line 60 to 90 feet with ease. read more...

BIG Surprises Await At Buffalo Lake.

BIG Surprises Await At Buffalo Lake.

Ever fish a lake or stream, and tell yourself that you’d go back there sometime? Maybe the fishing wasn’t that great, but you could see the potential and wanted to give it another try. Buffalo Lake on Colville Indian Reservation in North Central Washington was one of these for me, and this year I did something about it. If fished it once, briefly, about three years ago and always planned to go back. I finally made it this year, and if I had known what kind of surprises were waiting for me, I would not have let those years pass without giving Buffalo Lake a visit. read more...

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