Okay, so maybe the rivalry doesn’t run as deep as the Bad Boy Records vs. Death Row Records thing, but you’ve got a little West vs. East thing happening in Lake Ontario, where Pacific Salmon and Atlantic Salmon occur in the same areas.
Our man Joel Shangle, the main monkey behind the zoo that isNorthwest Wild Country, which is like the largest outdoor radio show in the galaxy or something, headed with the Pautzke’s gang to Hamlin, NY to fish Lake Ontario yesterday. Not only did they find ding-dong school style fishing for big browns and jumbo steelhead, but they also got into some nice-sized Chinook…and a lonely Atlantic salmon.
While the Atlantic was deemed very rare by the crew, they are caught from time to time on Ontario, making it one of the few places on planet earth where you can catch a little East Coast on the same day as you get into some West Coast.
The Chinook and steelhead are obviously transplants from the Pacific Northwest that naturally produce in Great Lakes tribs, while the Atlantics are, in a funny little twist, actually planted by Canada.
Okay kokanee junkies…ready to go troll for some truly giant kokes? You’ve got to check out Washington State’s Brewster and Baker lakes, where there have been some interesting new fisheries developing this summer…The salmon in these lakes aren’t truly kokanee but instead ocean-run sockeyes that are open to fishing for the first time. Check out out pal Bill Herzog’s Zog Blog at Northwest Wild Country for more details and some cool pix. Also be sure to click the “Rasticle” link for some cool rigging photos that should help ya out in future kokanee endeavors.