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New Year's Resolutions for the Outdoor Enthusiast
New Year's Resolutions for the Outdoor Enthusiast
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 1/10/2021
Call it the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic…People are discovering or rediscovering the great outdoors. This means the outdoors will likely be a crowded place in 2021 as well. This means now is the time to plan your outdoor adventures for the year. With that in mind, what will you resolve to do outside in 2021? TRY SOMETHING NEW – If you haven’t gone fishing or hunting before, this is...
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Outdoors Roundup - 2021 Columbia River Forecasts
Outdoors Roundup - 2021 Columbia River Forecasts
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 12/26/2020
There is a lot of news to cover as we roll into the new year covering everything from salmon forecasts to adjusted sportsmen’s show schedules to winter recreation in our state parks. COLUMBIA RIVER FISH FORECAST – The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife have issued their joint forecast for fish returning up the Columbia River in 2021. The good news is a number of projected r...
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Winter Trout
Winter Trout
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 12/12/2020
There’s something about standing around a small warming fire on the banks of a lake, or chipping away at the ice and using a bucket as a seat. It’s wintertime and regardless if you are on the colder side of the region or in the temperate west side we all tend to get a bit of “cabin fever” and just want to go fishing. Trout is the answer, just like they are when we were young, or during warmer spri...
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My top 25 Fishing Tips and Hacks
My top 25 Fishing Tips and Hacks
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 12/12/2020
1. I always carry colored magic markers in my tackle box as you can camouflage your braided line with them, or dress up a chipped or bad paint job on a crankbait. They work great to modify soft plastic baits as well. 2. Use a safety pin to hold small hooks, beads, snaps or swivels. Any small part you can put on a wire will help keep them organized. 3. Add a feathered treble hook to all your top...
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Winter Fishing Opportunities
Winter Fishing Opportunities
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 12/12/2020
Black Friday is over, and December is finally upon us. But don't hang up your fishing pole just yet, there are plenty of ways to get outside and beat the cabin fever this winter. You'll forget all about your frozen nose and chilly hands once you've got a dandy trout or chum salmon on the end of your line. There are thousands of clams and oysters out there just waiting to be made into fresh clam ch...
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Hunting for the Elusive Rooster
Hunting for the Elusive Rooster
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 12/12/2020
“How the mighty have fallen.” That might be a good epitaph to pheasant hunting in Washington State. In theory, you can still bag a limit of three rooster pheasants in Eastern Washington between mid-October and mid-January but unless you are hunting at a private ranch where the birds are released just for your party, you’ll be hard pressed to do so in 2020. Pheasant hunting in Washington hasn...
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Stocker Trout Fishing 101: from Tie Up to Fish On
Stocker Trout Fishing 101: from Tie Up to Fish On
Author: Paul Lewis
Posted: 12/11/2020
Washington is a state with countless fishing options, from tuna, salmon, sturgeon, walleye and beyond! As we all grow as anglers and begin to chase these fish, however, one often overlooked fishery is our local stocked trout lakes. In 2020 alone, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock 2.19 MILLION rainbow trout across the state for us anglers to take advantage of. Most of these...
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Fishing and Hunting Roundup
Fishing and Hunting Roundup
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 11/26/2020
FISHING REPORTS: Bob Loomis, Sales Director for Mack’s Lure, went out with three friends to Banks Lake recently to try their luck for walleye. Their short afternoon of fishing went very well. Fishing metal Sonic Baitfish lures as blade baits they caught over 35 walleye averaging 20 inches in size. Loomis reports they were fishing ¼ ounce jigs 35 to 52 feet deep. The hot color? Glow white. ...
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For the Love of Brown Trout
For the Love of Brown Trout
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 11/17/2020
I didn’t realize how much I missed catching brown trout until I hooked a 14-incher that immediately launched out of the water three feet into the air. Tough, hard fighting and beautifully colored, brown trout are a true treat to catch whether you hook them on the Jefferson River in Southwest Montana where I was catching them last week, or here in Washington State. My love affair with ...
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A Wild Thanksgiving
A Wild Thanksgiving
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 11/15/2020
Turkeys are running scared across the nation and for good reason, a lot of them are going to be consumed for dinner on November 26th! The vast majority of these Thanksgiving birds are store bought turkeys but have you considered some wild game alternatives? The first option of course is the wild turkey. Turkey season remains open through the end of December in Northeast Washington and harvest...
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Late “B” Run Coho
Late “B” Run Coho
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 11/7/2020
Now that the wet weather is here the late returning coho known as the “B” run will only get better once the rivers become fishable. The late run of silvers have been trickling in for the past few weeks, pushing in with the last of the chums. These fish will run into the new year and even a few rivers past Ground Hogs Day. But November is the prime month for B runs. Water conditions will dictate wh...
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Razor Clamming on Hold in Washington
Razor Clamming on Hold in Washington
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 11/7/2020
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced razor clam digs in Washington are closed through November 12th and it’s possible the closure could extend to December. The reasons are twofold. One of them has to do with domoic acid. It’s a toxin found in shellfish and at high levels can cause serious illness if you eat them. Razor clams near Long Beach (one of four razor clam dig...
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