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How to Rig Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs to catch more Salmon

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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

How to Rig Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs to catch more Salmon

On this weeks Tip Tuesday we are going over how we rig up our Kokanee Cut Plugs to catch more salmon. Over the past three years we have experimented with a number of different hook configurations to try an get the best performing hook setup. What we have settled on two different set ups that seem to give about an equal hook to land ratio. The first is a single #4 treble rigged behind eight 4mm beads, and the second is two #1/0 Owner Cutting point octopus hooks. The two hook set up is also rigged behind eight or so 4mm beads. The purpose of the beads is to set the hook just behind the cut plug, an to let the lure spin freely on the line enabling it to spin faster that it would if it had to spin the hooks an the lure. Check out the video below to get all the details on how we rig these awesome little lures. Also make sure to check out our other tip videos on how to make you a better salmon fisherman.


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Drano Lake Spring Chinook

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

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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Drano Lake Spring Chinook

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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Drano Lake Spring Chinook

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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