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John Kruse Central Washington Roundup
John Kruse Central Washington Roundup
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/14/2021
NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON – Travis Dawson at Sportsman’s Warehouse in East Wenatchee says Fish Lake in Chelan County is giving up numerous perch under the ice and while they are not big there are a few nice sized trout being caught there as well. Lake Chelan is fishing well for Kokanee right now. Anglers have been catching most of them around 25 Mile Creek State Park. Rufus Woods Reservoir is fi...
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Proper Catch and Release
Proper Catch and Release
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 2/7/2021
Regardless if you are a salmon and steelhead angler, bass chaser, walleye wrangler, trout fisherman, or any other water creature catcher, hooking into a fish and watching the leaps and jumps is exciting and exhilarating. It is what drives us to chase after our favorite fish, endure bad weather, rough waters and spend countless hours afield. But once the fight is over and it’s decided to release th...
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A Winter Getaway to Ocean Shores
A Winter Getaway to Ocean Shores
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/7/2021
Looking for somewhere to go this winter? If you are an outdoors enthusiast, the beach isn’t a bad call and one place in particular worth a visit is Ocean Shores. Covering 12.4 square miles on the Point Brown peninsula there is of course the beach and the ocean that attracts visitors. Right now, overnight accommodation rates are very low. My daughter and I booked oceanfront rooms at the Shilo I...
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When All Else Fails - Fish!
When All Else Fails - Fish!
Author: Ross Jewell
Posted: 2/7/2021
We have all been in rough water lately which has brought some strange and for some also scary or unwanted feelings. The great news is that when all else fails we can all.... Fish. Fishing is so amazing as young, old, disabled, healthy, wealthy or simple surviving we can all fish and even using old, borrowed or free gear have one of the most enjoyable times in life. Living in the great northw...
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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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