The wild?–it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the wild is calling, calling . . . . let us go.” ― Robert W. Service
By Rick Fowler
Fishing new waters has always intrigued me. There’s a unique excitement about casting into a river, lake or ocean for the first time, anxious to see just what I’ll haul up the first time my line goes tight. This sense of euphoria and wonderment was very evident in a September 2015 excursion to Alaska. Continue reading FISHING THE WILD ALASKAN WATERS, EXCITING AND INTRIGUING→
On the Search for Pink Salmon, and the Top 8 Places to Hook ‘Em
By Jai Colvin
We published a recent article on catching pink salmon. Now we’re following that up with ideas for where to go looking for them.
They are some of the most popular fish in Washington State to hook. Good eating and fun catching, this species of salmon is on the season’s bucket list of every local in Washington, and brings people in from around the world for a chance to hook one. The species name is officially Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, but we like to call them humpies, humpback salmon or just pinks. These fun catches average 3-5 pounds, but can get up to 12 pounds. The state record sits at 15.4 pounds, and was caught on the Stillaguamish River. Continue reading Searching for Pink Salmon→
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Archaeologists in Alaska Prove Salmon Fishing has been Going on for 11,500 Years
If you’ve ever claimed that fishing is in your blood, particularly if you’re First Nations or Native American, you may be surprised at how right you are. Historians and archaeologists have understood for a long time that the first men and women in North America arrived there via the Bering land bridge almost 12,000 years ago. However, these people were believed to be only big game hunters, with no interest at all in fish. But a recent discovery by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has found proof of chum bones in a cooking hearth over eleven and a half thousand years ago that suggest that these newcomers to Alaska were as excited about bountiful streams and salmon fishing as most fishermen today. Continue reading Alaska Salmon Fishing for 11,500 Years→
When it comes to open water fishing, there are a number of ways to find fish. Sonar equipment is one good way to look for fish, but large clusters of kelp, plankton or invertebrates can confuse those who lack experience with the equipment, wasting a lot of time. When technology fails, experience is a great fall-back. Any good guide knows where a species likes to feed, what depths they prefer, and where migratory species like salmon are at this time of year, offering some assurance during spawn season that you’re in the right location. However, among there’s one particular advanced trick that’s great for finding some mid-water predatory species. Look for the bait balls. Continue reading Everything you need to know about Bait Balls!→