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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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Columbia River Spring Chinook

How to Catch more Salmon with Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs.

Its no secret that the line of Superbaits produced by Brads Killer Fishing Gear have become a staple in the Northwest Salmon scene. One of the newest arrivals in the line is the Kokanee Cut Plug. While this version was originally designed for the little land locked Sockeye that inhabit many of our local lakes and reservoirs, it quickly gained a following among serious salmon fisherman on the Columbia River and its tributaries. Even though it’s smaller than a lot of lures used for salmon this little bugger has proven itself for both Spring, Summer, and Fall Chinook. Its primary foothold in the Adult Salmon world came from spring Chinook fisheries such as Drano Lake, and the Wind River.

Although the Kokanee Cut Plug fishes very well directly out of the package, there are a few tweeks that allow the KCP to be a Chinook catching machine. Check out the video below for a modification that we do that makes these things fish much better.


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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

We had a great day in the Columbia gorge today fishing spring Chinook. We landed 4 and had a bunch of other chances. With fishing good and dam counts finally coming up it looks like we will get a good shot at fishing at home on the Clearwater in Idaho. We have openings the 24th, 25th, 25th, and 31st of May and the 1st and 3rd of June. All Clearwater dates are done as employees of Reel Time Fishing, but give our office a call at 208-669-1569 and we will get you all set up.


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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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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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Columbia River Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook

SPRING CHINOOK

March through early June we target Spring Chinook,  starting on the Columbia River near Portland in late March and early April then following the fish up river to the Columbia Gorge, John Day Dam and finally ending up on the Snake River sometime early to mid may. These are the Kobe Beef of the Salmon world.  In our opinion no other salmon species are as good on the table as Columbia River Spring Chinook.  Most Spring Chinook average between 10-15 pounds with fish over 20 pounds considered large.

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