Editor’s note: This December marked our 7th Annual Real Women of Northwest Fishing feature! Once again, we turned the issue over to the women and girls who are quietly and very successfully joining the ranks of Washington, Oregon and Idaho fishers, making Northwest anglerdom all the stronger. And as we do each year, we share their stories and photos on our blog. Enjoy this year’s edition of Northwest Sportsman’s Real Women of Northwest Fishing!
By Randy Woodward
Lisa Woodward grew up fishing Tacoma’s Commencement Bay with her dad, but had not really spent much time fishing afterwards. Now she is on the river year-round with me. She spends winter on the Wynoochee, spring on the Olympic Peninsula and late summer and fall on the Puyallup, Carbon and Satsop.
Float fishing is Lisa’s favorite. She float fishes for big kings, silvers and chums every year. When that float goes down, she knows to set that hook!
It is fun to watch guys get out of her way, thinking Lisa is just some woman who will cast over them and tangle their gear, only to watch her make pinpoint casts and hook fish after fish. Last year she walked into a combat zone on the Puyallup, made 10 casts and hooked eight fish, including two 10-pound silvers – see ya, guys!