Learn Fish Species - FIshing Addicts Northwest

Learn Fish Species

Learn Fish Species

chinook salmon Chinook Salmon
Chinook Salmon are the largest of Pacific Salmon. Often referred to as “Kings” they return in great numbers to rivers like the Columbia, and many other along the Pacific coast. Also found in the Great Lakes, they can reach huge size, though most average between 10 – 25 pounds. Chinook are active feeders in the ocean and seem to key in on scent. Baits like eggs, herring sandshrimp and tuna bellies can be very effective whether trolled, float-fished or drifted. Plugs can be a fantastic way to catch Chinook whether anchored, backtrolled or trolled.
Watch our Salmon bobber fishing video
steelheadSteelhead
Steelhead are essentially ocean-run rainbow trout. They boast an impressive life-span and unlike salmon, they do not die after spawning. They are known for being fantastic fighters and are aggressive. Steelhead love bait like sandshrimp, eggs and prawn tails, but are also known to be voracious sight-feeders. Jigs, spinners and other artificials do a great job of enticing these impressive fish. Steelhead are typically split into two groups: winter-run and summer-run and they are found all over tributaries along the Pacific Coast, Canada, Alaska and even Russia.
Watch one of our 2014 Winter Steelhead videos
coho-salmonCoho Salmon
Coho Salmon, also commonly known as “Silvers” are a highly sought after sport-fish that returns in good numbers to Pacific tributaries and Great Lakes tribs. They typically return in large schools and can be very aggressive in tidewater, smashing spinners and plugs with ferocity. Coho turn reddish in color when near spawn and develop hooked snouts.

View our tips & techniques articles for more info on fishing for salmon.
white-sturgeonWhite Sturgeon
Sturgeon are "prehistoric" in look and nature. Their skeleton is made up of mostly cartilage and instead of scales they have bony plates called "scutes." Bottom feeders, they are quick to take many types of bait when dropped into the holes they typically reside in. You'll find Sturgeon in the Columbia River and many other water systems, typically in the deepest holes in proximity. Sturgeon fishing is usually a day full of hookups and fish landing, especially when you book with our Columbia River Guide
largemouth_bassLargemouth Bass
Largemouth bass are a worldwide sportfish! Prized for their aggressive nature and territorial instinct, they are a fantastic fish to catch. Tournament anglers and casual anglers alike love to fish for largemouth. They can grow in excess of ten pounds and will often take many types of lures, even of the top of the water resulting in explosive strikes. Watch our Topwater Bass Video
smallmouth_bassSmallmouth Bass
Smallmouth bass are typically a little smaller than largemouth, but make up for it in their hard-fighting, aggressive nature. They are found in more moderate climates and make for a fantastic sportfish!
striped_bassStriped Bass
walleyeWalleye
american_shadAmerican Shad
rainbow_troutRainbow Trout
brown_troutBrown Trout
brook_troutBrook Trout
Bull-TroutBull Trout
Kokanee landlocked sockeyeKokanee
tiger muskieTiger Muskie
channel_catfishChannel Catfish
blue_catfishBlue Catfish
flathead_catfishFlathead Catfish
bullhead catfishBullhead Catfish
bluegillBluegill
yellow_perchPerch
sunfishSunfish
green_sunfishGreen Sunfish
pumpkinseedPumpkinseed
common_carpCommon Carp
squafishPikeminnow
Albacore Tuna
Halibut
Ling Cod
Sea Bass
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