Drano Lake Spring Chinook Report

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Drano Lake Spring Chinook Report

We have been finding a few fish the past few days. Fishing was a little tougher yesterday and today, but we still had plenty of chances and put 3 in the boat each day. All our fish have been coming on pro troll flashers and brads superbaits.


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Drano Lake Spring Chinook

We had a fantastic day today at Drano as we filled the boat with 8 nice Chinook. We still have open dates the 21st and 22nd of May before we head home to Idaho to fish the Clearwater.


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Columbia River Gorge Spring Chinook Report

Had another good day of fishing on the Columbia River Gorge. We fished the mouth of the Wind River and after we made a few adjustments we got on the fish. We have been catching fish on both prawn spinners and brads superbaits. If fish numbers continue to be good we will have a few dates open the 21st, and 22nd of May before we head home to fish the Clearwater in Idaho.

Check out the video below that one of our customers caught on camera today.

https://youtu.be/fJJo7yN3XZ4


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Columbia Gorge Spring Chinook Report

Fishing in the gorge is very good right now. Salmon numbers at Bonneville Dam have improved and we are getting fish at Drano, the mouth of the Wind River, and below John Day Dam. Here are a few pictures of some of the fish we have been catching. We have one seat open on both Tuesday and Wednesday of next week May 8th and 9th. We also have open boats the 21st and 22nd of May .


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Columbia River Spring Chinook Report

We had a good couple of days chasing Spring Chinook on the Columbia River out of Portland. The fishing wasn’t hot but we managed to land some fish. These are the best tasting fish that swim. We still have some dates available for the Willamete, Drano, and the Wind. Plus we are going to get an Idaho season this year so get in touch with us and we will fill you in on availability.


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Columbia River Spring Chinook Report

I had the pleasure of jumping on a buddies boat today on the Columbia River near Portland. We had a decent day going 2-3 with 3 rods fishing. Fish were caught today downstream trolling herring. My boat is open Friday April, 6th if anyone wants to get in on this great fishery! We also have openings for the Willamette River next week and the Columbia Gorge later in April through mid May.

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Hot Action at Drano Lake!

IMG_1513We had a fantastic bite this morning at Drano Lake in the Columbia River Gorge. We hooked 10 and landed 6 to fill a three person limit by 7am. Almost all our fish were caught today of Prawn Spinners with brass or Copper #3 Colorado blades. We did manage to hook two fish on a Brad’s cut plug in the 2.5 size.

We have opening in the Columbia Gorge now through next week, with an open boat of up to 4 people for tomorrow Saturday the 27th and 2 seats for Sunday the 28th.  We also have openings starting Thursday June 1st  IMG_1504

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Astoria Fall Chinook

How to Tuna Wrap a Plug

It’s no secret that we use a lot of different canned tuna concoctions while targeting Chinook salmon through the year.  One of the biggest advantages we have is that we fish for Chinook from March – October every year starting with Spring Chinook, then Summer Chinook, and finally rounding out our salmon season with Fall Chinook.  This 7 month season give us the advantage in truly being able to dial in our baits to match the situations we are presented with.  Over the course of our 7 month salmon season we target fish with many different baits and lures, but there is one item that can always be found in our boat, canned tuna.  One of our favorite ways to use tuna is to wrap it onto plugs such as the Maglip by Yakima Bait.  The following video will show you just how we go about turning our tuna concoctions into a great bait wrap.

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How to Prepare Canned Tuna for Salmon Fishing

Many salmon anglers have come to realize the effectiveness of canned tuna as a bait source for salmon fishing.  Canned tuna, especially packed in oil, has many uses as a salmon bait.  It is often wrapped in mesh to form tuna balls, wrapped onto plugs, stuffed in Super Baits, or added to eggs as a flavor enhancer, and because canned tuna is sold in every grocery store and is transported with no refrigeration needed it is an extremely versatile and cost effective bait.  While basic tuna taken directly from the can has, and continues to be, the most used variation of the bait there are a some things we can do to make our tuna fish even better.

Myself and many other anglers throughout the northwest have discovered that there are often extra things we can do to our tuna to make it fish even better than taking it directly out of the can.  The end result is what we often call Tuna Concoctions, or mixes of scents, cures, salts, and a few other key ingredients that takes that old boring canned tuna and turns it into a very dynamic bait that can be tailored to any salmon fishing situation presented.

The following steps are just a simple version that some would consider just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to development of tuna concoctions.  The information provided here is presented in a way that might open up your mind to many possible ways to improve you salmon fishing success with the use of canned tuna.

Ingredients:

Tuna (packed in Oil)

Salt (non iodized)

Super Dipping Sauce ( My Favorite )

Measuring Spoons

Container with a lid

Can opener 

 

Step 1:

Open the can of tuna and drain off the oil.

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Step 2:

Add tuna to container (preferably one with a lid)

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Step 3:

Add salt to your tuna. The amount varies depending on time of year and where the fish are in the system.  As a general rule of thumb for Chinook it seems that the farther you get from the ocean and the warmer the water the more salt the fish crave, I often add anywhere from a tablespoon to a half a cup per can of tuna.

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Step 4:

Add scents and additives to this mixture.  A must have line of scents for me are Super Dipping Sauce scents by Money Maker Fishing.  I add a table spoon of each scent I want to use to per each can of tuna.  My all time favorite is the Garlic Super Dipping Sauce.

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Step 5:

Refrigerate overnight or place on ice.  Give this mixture time to set up and really let the scents and salts get into the tuna.  The next morning your tuna concoction will be ready to fish!

 

As you can see this is a very easy and quick process that will give your tuna an extra kick.  The sky is the limit as far as what can be added to this mixture.  Always be experimenting because you never know when you might stumble upon the cant miss recipe that fills your boat with limits.

Look for blogs in the near future that discuss how to wrap tuna on plugs, rig tuna balls, stuff / rig Super Baits, and other creative ways to fish this versatile bait.

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