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The Challenges of Restoring Streams and Fish Stocks
The Challenges of Restoring Streams and Fish Stocks
Author: Barry Olson
Posted: 2/7/2021
I became interested in pursuing a career in Forestry at the age of 14. I graduated from Everett Community College with an Associate Degree in Forest Technology and started a 30 ½ year career with the US Forest Service in 1971. In those 30 ½ years I utilized the sciences of forestry, fisheries, wildlife, hydrology, and engineering in the performance of my assigned duties. These included laying o...
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Lake Sammamish Perch: Catch them, Save Salmon
Lake Sammamish Perch: Catch them, Save Salmon
Author: Paul Lewis
Posted: 2/7/2021
Washington State is home to some of the United States’ most premier fisheries. We are all aware of our salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and Halibut that made Washington fishing famous. Adding to this, lots of the nation is also aware of our incredible bass fishing! In 2019, Bassmaster.com published an article on the 100 best bass fisheries in the Western half of the U.S., with Potholes raking in at 14...
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Carp Diem!
Carp Diem!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 1/22/2021
Wondering what to do on the water this month? Due to the mild temperatures this winter many Eastern Washington lakes don’t have safe ice for hardwater fishing and most anglers have their boats put away until spring. Never fear, Carpe Diem, or “seize the day”, as they say and target carp in a lake or river near you! Carp can be caught in many open bodies of water year-round. They commonly ave...
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Fishing Reports and Bird Feeders
Fishing Reports and Bird Feeders
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 1/15/2021
A WARNING ABOUT BACKYARD BIRD FEEDERS The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a press release last week after receiving reports of sick and dead birds near backyard bird feeders in several Western Washington locations. According to WDFW veterinarian Kristin Mansfield, the die-off, affecting finches, pine siskins and other songbirds, is caused by salmonellosis, a common disease t...
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Engineering Rivers to Restore Salmon and Steelhead Runs
Engineering Rivers to Restore Salmon and Steelhead Runs
Author: Barry Olson
Posted: 1/10/2021
The Need for Engineered Large and Small Woody Debris Stream Structures to Restore Streams and ESA Listed Fish Stocks Through the media, fishermen and fisherwomen are made aware of the reasons for the decline of Pacific Northwest salmon because of over-harvest, habitat loss, climate change, and many others. In this article, I would like to share what I have learned from installing over 2500 ...
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Jerkbaits for Winter Brown Trout
Jerkbaits for Winter Brown Trout
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 1/10/2021
One of the most highly overlooked fishing opportunities in mid-winter is fishing the N.W. rivers for big Brown trout. I have caught almost all my largest Browns this time of year. My earliest recollection of catching Browns on stickbaits was in the mid-80s, in the Pend Oreille River. I tossed an old Rapala minnow in gold with a black back and white belly in hopes of catching some big smallmouth b...
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Whale Watching Rules Updated for 2021
Whale Watching Rules Updated for 2021
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 1/10/2021
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has enacted new rules, meant to help resident orca whales, that will impact commercial whale watching boat operations in Puget Sound. The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) numbered as high as 98 in 1995 but declined to 74 orcas by October of 2020. They frequent the North Sound, especially around the San Juan Islands during the summe...
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Pend Oreille Gerrard Rainbow Trout
Pend Oreille Gerrard Rainbow Trout
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 1/10/2021
“It looks like the weather man was off with his wind forecast”. With white caps bearing down on us as we crab walked the boat sideways, we worked our way down Lake Pend Oreille. While it was not the roughest water I’ve ever been in, I was happy as the morning progressed to see the wind start to lie down and our course change to trolling with the wind instead of sideways to it. Aaron Borg and I ...
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Hardwater Fishing in Washington 101
Hardwater Fishing in Washington 101
Author: Eric Magnuson
Posted: 1/10/2021
Believe it or not, but Northeastern, and North Central Washington actually sit in what is called the ice belt. The Ice Belt stretches across the Mid-West to Central Washington, and cuts sharp North into Canada. We are fortunate to sit where we do in this upper North corner of Washington State. We absolutely have the four seasons, with winter being one that many welcome with open arms. Some of ...
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Steelhead for Beginners
Steelhead for Beginners
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 1/10/2021
If there is one fish legendary for how difficult it is to catch, it would be the steelhead trout. You may have heard steelhead called "the fish of a thousand casts". These sleek, chrome fish can certainly be intimidating to the novice angler. Veteran fishermen remain tight lipped about their spots and techniques, which creates a barrier of entry to those looking for somewhere to start. These are s...
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Steelhead Fishing from the Riverbank
Steelhead Fishing from the Riverbank
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 1/10/2021
With WDFW’s recent emergency rule change for coastal rivers where anglers cannot fish out of a floating device those that prefer to use a drift boat or jet sled have been sent back to the gravel bar. Before this rule change and in my early steelheading years I stood on the banks, hiked along the trails and perched atop boulders just knowing that I could catch more fish if I just had a boat. Finall...
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Winter Open Water Perch Tactics
Winter Open Water Perch Tactics
Author: Paul Lewis
Posted: 1/10/2021
It’s the middle of winter in Washington and usually that means Blackmouth salmon in the Puget Sound and the pursuit of trophy winter steelhead across our rivers. However, as we all know by now, our options have been severely limited by the state this year, which has left many of us looking for different opportunities for a great day on the water. Lots of times, this means more trout fishing o...
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