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mudslinger64

sure am missing them crappies

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i sure wish i could make it up there to red but i don't see it happening anytime soon frown.gif because i moved out here to washington state not to far from seattle but i had some great times up there the last few years,i used to live in eveleth until july of this year so my crappie fishing is over,now i am tearing up the rivers out here.since i have been here i have caught tons of silver salmon,chums and wow the steelhead fishing is something else the winter runs are starting to show up now i can't believe the size of some of these fish HUGE so far i have seen a silver (coho) that was 20+ pounds and last weekend i caught so many chums that were in the 20lb range that my arm and shoulder were sore for a couple days those fish are some fighters to bad they are not worth keeping it doesn't take them long to go bad once they hit the fresh water,also a guy i work with got a 23lb steelhead this summer it's in the process of being mounted(ha ha i know what your thinking)beautiful fish though this sure beats the north shore no more driving 1 1/2 hours to get to a river i can now walk and be fishing in the skykomish river in about 5 minutes it is one of the best rivers in the state the cowlitz is supposed to be #1 but more and more people are coming up here to get away from the crowds.it sure is a blast running the river in a jet sled a friend has an 18ft wooldridge it's kind of a funny feeling flying thru water that is only a few inches deep but he knows the river well and you got to stay up on plane or you will get hung up for sure.the weather out here is something else too not as much rain as i was expecting the only time it really rained any amount it was a steady rain for about 2 weeks the rivers came way up but dropped right back down in a couple of days also i haven't seen any snow other up in the mountains i live right on the west side of the cascades basicly right on the base of them they start in my backyard it is very beautiful here.gold bar is the name of the town on highway 2 west of stevens pass if anybody knows where that is.wow how did this get so long but you know how it is when you start talkin fishin anyway i just want to wish you all the best of luck this year and hope there are still some 16 inch+ slabs for you cuz i know it won't last much longer.it got up to 54 degrees here today and i might even have to mow my lawn this weekend the grass is still growing it's still 45 out at midnight.anyway good luck and be safe i don't want to hear of anybody going thru this year.oh by the way halad i worked with snets and wally for a couple of years at tritec in virginia before i came out here i was up at red with them 2 clowns last year fishing out of mitch's house the big black one i built most of that house,so when you see them tell them bruce said hi they are some good people and by the way if anybody gets to many crappies you can send them to me if you want i'll even pay the shipping.well again sorry this was so long later,Bruce and have fun!!!

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halad

I will say hi to them from you. Wally had a trailor that we built a house on and will be using this year. Its always a good time when they come up. I thought you were heading for Alaska but it sounds like you ended up in a beautiful spot. Best wishes to you. Iprinted your post so they can read.

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MUDSLINGER64,

I was out in Seattle last August and was amazed. We checked out Mt. Reiner and Anacordes whale watching. Never did wet a line though (family deal). You are definetly in a great area to check out. My sister lives in Tacoma on the north side by the Pudget. Could see the boats fishing for salmon every day. I will be out there soon this time with rod and reel. Learned a new way to eat fish out there. Malt Vinegar with fish and chips can't wait totry it on Red crappies. Have fun out there I'm sure you will I can't wait to get back out there!!! Maybe my next visit I'll bring you out a bag of Red Lake crappies.

crappie getter,

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hey crappie getter,you should get in touch when you come out if you like river fishing i am starting to know the skykomish river fairly well,it sure helps having a friend that knows it like the back of his hand and has a sled he is a very good fisherman and is showing me the little tricks to get these fish to hit.june 1st the river opens up for summer run steelhead which is the skamania strain these are some crazy taildancers most of the run is over by the end of july then it slows down until the king salmon start showing up but it all depends on the river level and temp.the were in the river in pretty good numbers starting around the beginning of july of this year so i got here at a good time july 9th you can only keep 1 hatchery king per day the natives have to be released aug.1st the salmon season closes until sept. 1st.the kings remain closed but the silvers start showing up in mid sept.again depending on the river levels i started catching quite a few starting sept.17th i know this because you have a catch card you have to fill out when you keep a salmon or steelhead 2 fish limit per day of each the steelhead natives have to be released also,the silvers don't matter on the 17th i had schools of hundreds of silvers swimming by me all day it was raining off and on and they were coming up i caght lots of fish that day i took home a 5lber and a 10lber all still had sea lice on them they hit the river and just kept moving up without stopping i caught fish all day long that was my best day once they are in the river for a little while they get lockjaw and you have to work to get them to bite a #3orange vibrax spinner with a brass blade was the ticket for me most of the season also caught 3 dolly vardon with it the biggest was about 4lbs i could have kept them but just couldn't bring myself to kill them they are a very pretty fish i also got a 29lb king on the spinner the season was closed though so back he went pretty dark fish anyway.then october the chum salmon start coming up these fish are some fighting fish and they come in big numbers and will hit anything you throw even bare hooks once in a while they are still in the river i caught about 20 of them today there getting nasty though just finishing spawning then they will die we need a lot of rain right now the rivers came way up a few weeks back and now they are really low so there are dead chums everywhere on the banks some areas stink very bad we got to get them out to the sound need rain bad then the winter run steelhead will really start showing up i believe they are the chambers creek strain big fish with the hatchery fish showing up first then the natives in jan and feb i got a bright fresh one today about 10lbs with a peach jig and sand shrimp tail under a float i got it up to the bank and was trying to beach it and it tossed the jig when it was on the bank and flopped back in before i could grab it,bummer i consider that one as landed i had it on the bank just a quick release though that was the only steelie that i heard of today there were a lot of driftboaters floating by that i talked to nobody else touched anything other than chums then a little while later i caught a sea run cutthroat that was 24 inches i have never eaten one before so i bonked her then i lost my only peach jig and didn't touch anything else so after a couple hour i decided to go pick on some chums the steelies will be in the river until it closes march 1st then june 1st it starts all over again man i tell ya this is great there is always fish in the river i fish all the time usually head for the river right away after work there is good fishing within a half a mile from work it sure sucks that it is dark by 5 though it was great in the summer when i could fish until 9:30pm the girlfriend thinks i am nuts i am thinking about buying a new sled so i don't have to be stuck on the bank so i can get out and do some boondoggin that is where you use your big jet motor to get to the upriver side of a hole and cast your line out using yarn and a corky,slinky set up and with your kicker motor do a drift down thru the hole slightly slower than the current i have never heard of it before i got here you would think that the big motor would spook the fish out especially when the water is crystal clear because when you get to the downstream end of the hole you fire up the big motor and go back to the top and do it again this is very very effective it sure suprised me. well that is a rundown of the fishing here so if you are planning on coming out you can figure out what you want to fish for and come at the best time.you can e-mail me at [email protected] if you need more info or if you want to hook up and fish together i am always willing to fish,man talk about righting a **** book wow i am really hooked on this fishing here it is so great anyway talk to you later,Bruce

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MUDSLINGER64 (bruce),

When I get a chance to get out there again I will definetly e-mail you. The fishing sounds out of this world. I also tried fishing on the north shore never had to much luck though. I live in the twin cities but spent alot of time in the north woods even in your old stomping grounds I went to school at Vermillion in Ely 89-91. If you ever get back to this area I'll show you some good smallmouth and walleye fishing on the St. Croix by the twin cities. Don't be suprised if you get an e-mail during next summer. I'm sure you will here all about the red lake stories this year I plan to be one or two of those stories myself. You can also find me on the St. Croix river forum (I am a moderator for that forum) also. If some of this looks odd I just had my share of 7/7's at a bar woodbury mn.

crappie getter, (chris)

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