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Get Outdoors!
Get Outdoors!
Author: WDFW
Posted: 3/7/2021
Get Outdoors license package! The annual Get Outdoors license package is available now for the 2021 season. It allows you to be ready for anything in hunting and angling this year and does it at a savings. What you get in the Get Outdoors package: • Freshwater license • Saltwater license • Shellfish & seaweed license • Two-pole endorsement • Puget Sound Dungeness crab endorseme...
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March Trout Fishing
March Trout Fishing
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/26/2021
March 1st is opening day for trout anglers at the Tucannon Lakes near Pomeroy in Southeast Washington and at the Quincy Lakes in the Columbia Basin. Here’s how things are shaping up: Tucannon Lakes: According to Jason Towery, the owner of the Last Resort RV near Pomeroy, the Tucannon lakes are ice free. Blue, Spring, Rainbow and Deer lakes will all be stocked by Friday the 26th with catc...
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To Breach or Not to Breach?
To Breach or Not to Breach?
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/21/2021
THE SNAKE RIVER DAMS. TO BREACH…OR NOT TO BREACH? It’s been on ongoing discussion for thirty years. Should we breach the four Lower Snake River dams to save dwindling runs of salmon and steelhead? The question has been repeatedly litigated in court as have efforts to mitigate dam operations to help smolt survive their journey downstream and adult fish survive their journey upstream through e...
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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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