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Ocean Bottomfish
Ocean Bottomfish
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 3/7/2020
March can be one of those months were you find yourself between fisheries with winter steelhead on coastal rivers nearing an end, some local steelhead rivers closed early, Spring Chinook still waiting to show, and the anticipation to next month’s trout opener. But March is the perfect month to put some great eating fish in the freezer if you have the right gear or are willing to explore some chart...
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The High-Low Rig Difference
The High-Low Rig Difference
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 3/7/2020
Fishing season is just around the corner, and there is no better time to refine your current fishing techniques and learn some new ones. Take a break from oiling your favorite reel and follow me on my journey as a fisherman, from when I started off casting out store bought crappie rigs, to when I graduated to tying my own high-low rigs. Back when I began bottom fishing the Puget Sound, I start...
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Commissioner of Public Lands Interview with John Kruse
Commissioner of Public Lands Interview with John Kruse
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 3/7/2020
THE WASHINGTON OUTDOORS REPORT March 06 – March 13, 2020 PUBLIC LANDS COMMISSIONER HILARY FRANZ HAS A LOT ON HER PLATE This week I sat down with Hilary Franz, the Commissioner of Public Lands and head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from wildfires to geoducks to derelict vessels and outdoor recreation. Here are some of...
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The Politics of Fish, Fishing and Boating
The Politics of Fish, Fishing and Boating
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/21/2020
The States of Washington and Oregon have taken a number of actions in the last week that will affect both our fish populations and those who fish for them. Here’s a brief rundown of the four issues at the forefront this week: GILLNETS TO REMAIN IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN 2020: The Directors of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife released a joint announcement on Valentines...
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Early Season Hike in Lakes and More
Early Season Hike in Lakes and More
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/14/2020
EARLY SEASON HIKES, FISHING AND MORE The mild weather we are seeing in Washington this month may signal the end of winter and an opportunity to get outside to hike or fish. Here are a few suggestions about where to do both in Central and Eastern Washington: HIKING: The recent spring like weather and melting snow have got some (myself included) thinking about early spring hikes. One gre...
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31st Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show
31st Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show
Author: Sponsored Content
Posted: 2/10/2020
31st ANNUAL CENTRAL WASHINGTON SPORTSMEN SHOW AT THE SUNDOME IN YAKIMA The 31st annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show is set to open the doors Friday, February 14th at the Yakima Valley SunDome and runs through Sunday, February 16th. The Dome will once again be full of quality exhibits, displays, and presentations with lots of things to see and do for the entire family. Everything from hunt...
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A Year of Learning Southeast Washington Fishing
A Year of Learning Southeast Washington Fishing
Author: Thomas Butler
Posted: 2/8/2020
I grew up in North Seattle in the 60’s and 70’s. I bet we spent almost 300 days a year fishing sometimes. We would grab our rods after school and head to “the creek”. Otherwise we would take our bikes and go to the log boom or the slough, Green Lake or the arboretum. We knew all the creeks that fed the Northwest end of Lake Washington by heart. There weren’t many days we didn’t catch rainbows, sil...
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Drop Shotting for Eelpout (AKA Burbot)
Drop Shotting for Eelpout (AKA Burbot)
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 2/8/2020
Whether you call them Eelpout, Lota lota, Fresh water Ling, Kust, or the Kootenai River Leopard. The Burbot is a popular winter time pursuit of many anglers, although somewhat of a Frankenfish. It looks a little like a cross between a Eel and a Snakehead. Even though it won’t win any prize for the prettiest fish in the water, they are prized for their table fare. Burbot are a predator fish a...
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Mastering the Art of Float Fishing for Winter Steelhead
Mastering the Art of Float Fishing for Winter Steelhead
Author: Andrew Moravec
Posted: 2/8/2020
What is bobber fishing for Winter Steelhead? Great question, thanks for asking! This technique uses an enticing presentation, such as a jig, bead, yarn or some form of bait and is rigged below a float/bobber. This is one of the best Winter Steelhead fishing techniques. It is beloved by experienced and beginner Steelhead fishermen alike. It is easy to learn and has amazing versatility. If you want ...
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Coastal Crab Snaring
Coastal Crab Snaring
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 2/8/2020
During the winter months when our poles are hung up until next season, it can be a challenge for us Puget Sound anglers to find fishing opportunities. Fish such as bluegill and flounder move into deeper waters, and salmon runs are done for the year. So what's a bored angler to do? Luckily, crabbing is open along the Washington coast year round. It is a versatile activity that you can enjoy with th...
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High Water Steelhead
High Water Steelhead
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 2/8/2020
When it comes to winter steelhead fishing it seems that just when the run of fish show up so do the winter rains. Storms pushing in from the Pacific ocean and flooding our favorite rivers and streams. The fish don’t mind the wet weather as it allows them to navigate easier so the angler shouldn’t mind the rain either. But high water tends to make for difficult fishing unless you know where the ste...
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X-SERIES SALMON AND STEELHEAD RODS FOR 2020
X-SERIES SALMON AND STEELHEAD RODS FOR 2020
Author: Sponsored Content
Posted: 2/8/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2019 OKUMA RELEASES X-SERIES SALMON AND STEELHEAD RODS FOR 2020 NEW Okuma X-Series Salmon and Steelhead Rods are feature packed, feather light and ultra strong. ONTARIO, Calif.: The Okuma X-Series Salmon and Steelhead rods are specially designed for Salmon and Steelhead fishing. The X-Series rods were designed to target the serious, technically minded a...
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