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Top 5 Places to Catch Pike in the Inland Northwest
Top 5 Places to Catch Pike in the Inland Northwest
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 5/5/2021
If there is one thing I love about fishing it's hooking into a really big fish. I’m not talking about a 4 of 5 pound Smallie or even a 7 or 8 pound Largemouth. I’m talking about hooking into a 25 to 30 pound Pike! There are not many other fish in the N.W. that have the power and brute force a big Pike does. Many people think that Pike are non-stop eating machines and are easy to catch. Nothing co...
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Opening Day Trout Fishing Report
Opening Day Trout Fishing Report
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 5/4/2021
The lowland lake opener is generally the most popular day of the year for fishing. Thousands of anglers young, old and in between venturing to stocked lakes around the state hoping to catch a quick limit of stocked rainbow trout. While interest in fishing is at an all-time high, cool weather and rain put a damper on the number of people who decided to fish on Opening Day last Saturday. Wash...
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Opening Day Update District Five
Opening Day Update District Five
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 4/27/2021
April 24, 2021 Lowland Lakes Opening Day Creel Report — Mike Schmuck, District 5 Fish Biologist, WDFW Anglers were happy to be able to get out for a day of fishing after losing out on the 2020 opener. Catch rates varied widely among the lakes we were able to creel; however, most anglers were happy about their overall fishing experience and very excited to see our staff out in the field intera...
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A REALLY BIG BASS TOURNAMENT
A REALLY BIG BASS TOURNAMENT
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 4/22/2021
The biggest bass tournament to hit the Pacific Northwest in a long time took place April 10th at Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin. The competition in question was the Berkley Big Bass Tournament and Ground Zero was MarDon Resort, a place that has hosted more than it’s share of fishing tournaments over the last 50 years. The event, cancelled twice in 2020 due to Covid pandemic restriction...
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Ten Kokanee Lakes You Should Fish
Ten Kokanee Lakes You Should Fish
Author: Michael Carey
Posted: 4/12/2021
Kokanee angling has been in a renaissance for several years now. Once a fishery relegated to a cadre of select anglers in the know, kokanee fishing has exploded on the scene the past few years. A growing following of enthusiasts have discovered that kokanee are a worthy adversary. They are delicious and provide the angler with a plethora of techniques to learn and fine tune their skills on. The ge...
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Key Tactics for Early Spring Bass
Key Tactics for Early Spring Bass
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 4/11/2021
Rule # 1 The key for spring bass fishing, (whether it be Largemouth or Smallmouth you’re after), is the water temperature. If the temps are below 40 you might as well stay home, because it’s going to be a very long row to hoe. Once the water hits 45 deg. you can start catching a few fish, at 50 deg. you can start having some pretty good days, and when the water temps hit 55 is on like donkey-kong....
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10 Western Washington Opening Day Lakes
10 Western Washington Opening Day Lakes
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 4/11/2021
Opening day of fishing is nearly upon us at last. Many of us grew up fishing for stocked rainbow trout, so there is always a certain nostalgia associated with that day. Rainbows are one of my favorite fish to catch, since they are delicious on the smoker and put up a surprisingly good fight on ultralight tackle. Opening day is fun for the entire family! There are two main ways to catch recentl...
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John Kruse Outdoor Roundup April 16, 2021
John Kruse Outdoor Roundup April 16, 2021
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 4/11/2021
Spring turkey hunting, a reopened state park observatory and hot fishing for non-salmon species in the Columbia River dominate the news this week. PUBLIC LAND TURKEY HUNTING OPTIONS - The general opener for the spring turkey season is April 15th. Traditionally, the best region to hunt is in Northeast Washington but Southeast Washington around the Blue Mountains and Klickitat County in South...
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Puget Sound Lingcod
Puget Sound Lingcod
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 4/11/2021
May is the perfect month to put some great eating fish in the freezer and fairly easily if you have the right gear and are willing to explore Puget Sound for the toothy lingcod. This fishery offers a fun opportunity to catch some great eating fish that is not very technical but can be frustrating while jigging along the rocks and jetty’s. A sonar unit definitely helps locate structure where lingco...
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5 Go-To Bedding Bass Baits
5 Go-To Bedding Bass Baits
Author: Paul Lewis
Posted: 4/11/2021
Can you believe it, its Springtime! As anglers, we all wait for the spring, and in Washington we are blessed with many fishing opportunities knocking at the door this time of year. Of course, we have our Spring salmon, our bottom fish on the coast is open, and who can forget about the multitude of seasonal lakes opening for some fantastic and bountiful trout fishing. After these opportunities are ...
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Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon
Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 4/11/2021
Salmon is a Pacific NW favorite and when cooked properly most would agree it’s one of the best eating fish to be found. Here is a classic recipe on salmon for your culinary chops. Remember, the essentials to a good cooked fish begin with proper care of the fish out in the field. Catch it, bonk it, bleed it, and put it on ice. Cut it up and eat it ASAP. Or, vacuseal it if you can’t eat it fre...
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Best Opening Day Lakes East of the Cascades
Best Opening Day Lakes East of the Cascades
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 4/11/2021
Wondering where to go for the Lowland Lakes Trout Opener on April 24th? There wasn’t an opening day last year thanks to the six-week spring fishing closure imposed by Washington State at the start of the Covid pandemic. However, we can get some pretty good ideas of where to go by looking at the top lakes from the 2019 lowland lakes opener. All of the lakes mentioned are east of the Cascade Crest...
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