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Kokanee Fishing

Kokanee Fishing

kokanee fishing is becoming more and more popular.  The kokanee is a special classification of sockeye salmon that has a slightly different life cycle than the typical sockeye.  Normally, these fish are born in the stream where their parents came to spawn and die.  They spend their first winter there, and then head to the ocean where they will live until the end days of their life.  At that point, they return back to the stream where they started, and do their own spawning before they die.

kokanee
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Their bodies are designed to change between the ability to live in fresh and salt water as they move between them.  Kokanee are different.  Instead of going to the ocean, they find a landlocked lake, and spend their entire life in fresh water.  This creates, for Pacific Northwest angler, a year-round freshwater source of salmon to try and catch. Continue reading Kokanee Fishing

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Dams vs. Salmon

Dams vs. Salmon:  An Ongoing Debate

Dams vs. Salmon, in 2012, the Elwha River Dam on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State was demolished, rekindling a debate that has been brewing for some time between dams and salmon.

Dams vs. Salmon
Elway River photo courtesy of NOAA

The lines, however, are not as clearly drawn as you would suspect.  Though no one disagrees that derelict dams constitute fish barriers that lower salmon populations, local tribes, government officials and environmentalists alike can see the good in functional dams with properly installed fish ladders.   From a fishing standpoint, Continue reading Dams vs. Salmon

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Southeast Alaska Fishing

Southeast Alaska Fishing

Southeast Alaska Fishing is year-round with all five salmon species, wild rainbow trout, and saltwater fish like lingcod, halibut, and rockfish. Rivers are full of steelhead, salmon, trout, and dolly varden char. Full guide services, lodges, and fly-out services are common. Rain is also common, so water-wicking clothing layers, good rain gear, and good insect repellent are all musts. If you are planning to Southeast Alaska Fishingvisit Alaska with non-fishing friends and/or relatives, this is a great choice of region, as this is the most temperate of the three regions, and it is full of tourism gems like national parks, wildlife tours and cruises, and artisan towns with cute shops and good restaurants. Be sure to check seasons and regulations with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

 Yakutat Fishing

Southeast Alaska fishing is anchored by this great remote area where the Continue reading Southeast Alaska Fishing

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Alaska fishing is known worldwide for cold weather, spectacular wildlife, and great fishing.  The wildness of the land is an advantage for fishermen, because there is no shortage anywhere in this huge state of places to catch fish.  According to Alaska department of fish and game, the state has over 3000 rivers, 3 million lakes, and 6640 miles of coastline.

Alaska also boasts some of the largest fish that can be caught, from 100 pound king salmon to halibut that are close to 50lbs.  Here is a guide to Alaska Fish and Game’s fishing regions, and the perks of each:

Southeast Alaska Fishing

Alaska fishing
A big trout looking for his dinner

Year-round Alaska fishing is available for all five salmon species,
Continue reading Alaska Fishing

Oregon Fishing

Oregon Fishing

A big, sprawling western state with fir-clad mountains and rustic desert scenery, Oregon fishing offers an unbelievably diverse experience. Every part of the Beaver State has something unique for the angler, and unlimited diversions for those that don’t fish. The western half of the state is home to ocean fishing and trout, but is best known for its legendary runs of salmon and steelhead. The eastern half is home to high desert and pine-covered mountain ranges and is world-renown for its trout fishing.

Oregon Fishing
The author with a summer steelhead taken in the White River Photo by Jeff Otto

The urban centers of Portland and Bend offer everything a traveler could want in the name of restaurants, resorts, and lodgings, while offering fine Oregon fishing right within their city limits. Each is an excellent jumping-off point for exploring the Oregon fishing opportunities. Continue reading Oregon Fishing