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Waterfall Walks and Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Update
Waterfall Walks and Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Update
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 7/17/2020
The heat of the summer has finally made an appearance making this a great time to hike a trail to a cold and refreshing waterfall. Looking for suggestions? Here’s a few: Rainbow Falls near Stehekin in the North Cascades National Park Complex is a must visit destination if you are in this area. From the trailhead it’s only a ¼-mile round trip walk to enjoy the mist from the 312-foot waterfall...
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Sight fishing for Sturgeon
Sight fishing for Sturgeon
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 7/14/2020
There are a few places in Idaho that you can actually sight fish for Sturgeon in a small gin clear creek. Although in Idaho you are not able to keep them or even take them out of the water, sight fishing for monster sturgeon in a fairly small creek is a bucket list fishing trip of a lifetime for almost any serious angler. I got to do just that this month and had a blast. I got 3 fish in the 4 d...
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No Need For Bait! (When Trolling for Salmon)
No Need For Bait! (When Trolling for Salmon)
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 7/12/2020
After spending a few days in remote Nootka Sound we were beginning to run out of bait. The frozen Anchovies and Herring were all brined and used. Unusually warm weather and little ice to keep them fresh meant going through more bait than we had anticipated in the first few days. Now we were out and still had a couple of days left in our trip. The tide was going to change in a couple of hours and i...
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Puget Sound Resident Coho
Puget Sound Resident Coho
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 7/12/2020
Over the last few years, my salmon fishing has mainly consisted of lining up shoulder to shoulder with other eager anglers along the Puyallup or Carbon River. River fishing is easy and cheap, but it always runs the risk of another angler taking your spot when you land your fish or step away from the line to change rigs. I've filled out my punch cards on rivers in years past, but last month when I ...
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Salmon Opportunties
Salmon Opportunties
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 7/12/2020
SOCKEYE SALMON Sockeye fishing opened on the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to the Highway 17 Bridge in Bridgeport on July 1st and with a two fish limit angler interest is high. Some 200,000 sockeye had passed over Bonneville Dam as of July 1st. This is indeed a good run compared to last year’s paltry returns but still about 8 percent below the 10-year average. Alt...
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Catch Fish - Save Salmon - Make Money!
Catch Fish - Save Salmon - Make Money!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 7/11/2020
Looking for a unique summer job this year? Do you like to go fishing? If so, cast a line this summer in the Columbia and Snake Rivers for cash! You’ll be fishing for the northern pike minnow, formerly known as the squawfish. There is a size-able population of these fish in both the Snake River from its outlet near Pasco to Clarkston. They are also found throughout the Columbia River syste...
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NORTH CASCADES GRIZZLY REINTRODUCTION OFF THE TABLE
NORTH CASCADES GRIZZLY REINTRODUCTION OFF THE TABLE
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 7/10/2020
Back in 2017 the U.S. Department of Interior rolled out a draft Environmental Impact Statement to the public, seeking comment on the idea of physically reintroducing grizzly bears back into remote portions of the North Cascades in Washington State. Several meetings were held from 2017 through 2019 where biologists and other staff members from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Se...
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Outdoors Round Up!
Outdoors Round Up!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 6/19/2020
TOO MANY HIKERS – Robin DeMario with the Okanogan -Wenatchee National Forest sounded the alarm recently about crowded conditions on 8-Mile Road south of Leavenworth. This road starts leads to two popular trailheads for 8-Mile Lake and to Stuart and Colchuck Lakes. The latter trailhead is a favored pathway into the Enchantments. Earlier this month video was released showing vehicles parked on ...
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Oh Shad!
Oh Shad!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 6/12/2020
Not to be confused with an oft-uttered curse phrase, “Oh shad! “is something you may hear an angler say repeatedly as they hook into these fish in quick fashion this month in the Columbia River Gorge. The American shad isn’t native to the Pacific Northwest. It is an Atlantic Ocean fish that spawns in several rivers along the east coast and was an important food fish for Americans in the 18th a...
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WDFW Trout Derby 2020!
WDFW Trout Derby 2020!
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 6/7/2020
Fishing derbies are a sport enjoyed by many in the Pacific Northwest. Every year hundreds of derbies are held by various private organizations for just about any species of fish you can name. Salmon, bass, trout, and walleye are certainly the most popular. Kokanee is another fish that has gained a lot of interest in the derby circuits. I’ve even seen perch derbies. In short, if you’re into compet...
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Washington State Parks Reopening
Washington State Parks Reopening
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 6/7/2020
Washington State Parks are reopening for camping across the state in areas that have achieved a Phase 2 recovery status during the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes this a great time to rediscover these treasured places we’ve been unable to visit for much of this year. If you are looking for some ideas on which ones to go to you could always start with the most popular parks. After all, people are ...
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Tournament Bass Fishing
Tournament Bass Fishing
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 6/7/2020
My fishing partner, Rusty Johnston, and I always considered ourselves to be very good bass anglers. At least, we did until we decided to dip our toes into the world of tournament fishing. Every September there is an event at Potholes Reservoir called the “Old Fart’s Bass Tournament” where at least one of the two anglers in the boat has to be over 40 years old. The rules are simple. Fish for ...
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