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Mike and Perry enjoying some of Lane County’s finest while Sadie seems to be uninterested.

 Northwest Scores Huge Win to Remove Gillnets from Columbia River

In a landmark ruling in March, the Oregon Court of Appeals cleared the way for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to continue implementing a...

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Regardless of hook and bait restrictions, incredible days are to be had. Justin, Phil and Darren had no problem filling a fish box with single, barbless hooks last summer on the Kitimat. 

 Anglers Get New Rules for Susitna River and Little Susitna River Drainages

Anglers are advised that in an effort to meet king salmon escapement goals in the Susitna River and Little Susitna River drainages, the following...

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The broodstock programs that have been implemented so far have produced excellent results like this dandy fish for Dan, Justin and Ed. 

 Steelhead Collection for Mad River Fish Hatchery
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) trained 21 anglers at Mad River Fish Hatchery to aid in the collection of wild-origin steelhead from the Mad River. These anglers...

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Pro Reports by Keith Jackson

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Tackle Reviews by Guys Who Know

Crappie Buster Shad Tails

 Speckled Trout(?) Baits…

In parts of the South, fishermen call crappies “speckled trout,” probably through wishful thinking that these tasty panfish were really trout.

Whatever the reason, crappies are a big deal in much of the country, and like bass, they have a wealth of lures designed to catch them. Johnson, makers of a line of iconic spin-cast reels, has its own netful of crappie lures. And, why you ask, is a...

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Brad’s Killer Fish

Brad’s Killer Fish

Brad’s has introduced seven new colors in their Killer Fish line-up for 2015. These colors were designed by some of the Northwest’s top guides and anglers. #088 Midnight Blue, #501 Gator, #102 Green’s Copper, #510 Twisted Sister, #076 Met. Watermelon, #103 Salmon Tag and #513 Spotted Pickle. Brad’s is known for their attention to color and detail, and these lures are no exception. See them at your favorite tackle store or at www.bsfishtales.com

New Gage Storm Surge Bibs

New Gage Storm Surge Bibs

New Gage Storm Surge Bib Pants from Grundens USA provides serious fishermen with advanced protection, ease of movement and superior breathability.

These bibs are tailored from heavy-duty 10,000mm waterproof nylon and feature expandable elastic side gussets, fully taped seams, an interior lining with unique North Pacific Weather Fax print, and heavy-duty Velcro-cinch ankle adjustments. Available in XS to 5XL. MSRP starting at $119, with matching jacket sold separately. Visit www.Grundens.com for more information.

Side Drifter

Side Drifter

Ever lost a fish when the cast-in swivel pulled out of your inline lead weight?  SideDrifter Gear has solved this dilemma with their Inline Jig and Bead Fishing Weights.These are cast with a full 1/16-inch wire from end to end and conservatively rated at 40 pounds test. They are made in the USA with oversize #5 ROSCO swivels. The large diameter of the wire and swivels increases knot strength. Available in 1/4 to 1 ounce sizes online and at independent tackle shops. www.sidedrifter.com

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Ken Onion Edition

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Ken Onion Edition

The WSKTS-KO Blade Grinding Attachment is a horizontal belt attachment designed for knife shaping, sharpening and honing tasks. This 4-pulley attachment is fully adjustable from 10° to 35° (in 1° increments) and includes 1” x 18” engineered abrasive belts in a wide range of grits. Allows you to customize your blade edge to best meet your needs or preference. Work Sharp Engineered, Ken Onion Designed. Attachment only, requires the WSKTS-KO Sharpener for use. Does not fit Work Sharp model WSKTS. www.dutchforkcustomlures.com

Angler Innovations

Angler Innovations

The newest color for the popular Sure Spin Baitfish Helmet is the Clear UV Purple Haze, available in 8 sizes, from XXS anchovy size to 3XL for black label herring. Also new for 2015 is the Sure Spin Rigging Kit which comes with 15 rubber bobber stops that fit 20- to 60-pound mono, including a supply of toothpicks. Ask for both at your favorite tackle store. 
www.anglerinnovations.com; steve@anglerinnovations.com

Fishing Mount Hood Country

Fishing Mount Hood Country

Gary Lewis Outdoors, 2015; $24.95; 128 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9761244-6-7
In Fishing Mount Hood Country, award-winning authors Gary Lewis and Robert H. Campbell tell tales of water, trails, trout, steelhead and salmon and provide a detailed, thoughtful look at the best fly- and gear-fishing. 

The book is divided into two sections—Western and Eastern—by the Pacific Crest Trail. The story is told in 40+ chapters, illustrated with over 200 full-color photos and maps. Hike the trails that lead to rainbows and cutthroat in remote high-country lakes and drift the rivers for steelhead and salmon. 

Available in bookstores and on the web at www.garylewisoutdoors and at www.amazon.com

Blood Run Tackle Fluorocarbon Leader

Blood Run Tackle Fluorocarbon Leader

Blood Run Tackle fluorocarbon leaders were the first specie-specific-designed leader for Salmon and Steelhead anglers beginning in 2008. Using the highest quality resins and unique construction to match their intended uses, we match quality with performance under every condition. 6-17-pound test are designed for float-fishing and river casting, with specific suppleness and abrasion-resistant characteristics. Heavyweight 20-50-pound leaders are designed with stiffness and durability for trolling and heavy-tackle situations.

Hot Spot Lures

Hot Spot Lures

Hot Spot Lures introduces some new colors for 2015! The Red Racer is a new version of the original old favorite, now with Moon Jelly UV tape. The Outfitter is a UV blade with Moon Jelly tape and is effective at all depths. Green Onion is a new Chartreuse UV pigment that reflects with maximal Edge Glow, equally effective inshore and offshore. Available at fine tackle stores or at www.hotspotlures.com

Light Up Your Lures

Light Up Your Lures

With 3 LEDs in red, white and green, you can plug and play with all your lures and baits and find the perfect combo—no matter what you’re fishing for and in all conditions. With 150 hours of battery time you could fish for 6 straight days and nights and still have light. For more information: 509-466-2502 or www.linelightfishing.com

PowerPro Maxcuatro Line

PowerPro Maxcuatro Line

Introducing the newest generation of PowerPro using the latest technology in Spectra fiber. The new PowerPro Maxcuatro is 25%* thinner than existing PowerPro lines with equivalent strength. With a 4-carrier braid made with the newest Honeywell Spectra HT fiber, Maxcuatro optimizes your casting distance while increasing your reel’s capacity.

Downsize your tackle and maximize your total fishing performance with Maxcuatro by PowerPro. Available in 50, 65, 80 and 100 pound, in PowerPro Green and Hi-Vis Yellow.

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