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by Don Wittenberger
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: New personal best
Replies: 9
Views: 1819

Re: New personal best

This is my friend Mike with a 48 inch, 28 lb. fish caught and released in August 2006. Yours looks very similar in size. Below that is Mike's 31.15 lb. fish caught in September 2005 and released after being weighed on the hatchery's scale. Yours isn't that big. I doubt your fish broke 30 lbs., but i...
by Don Wittenberger
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Anyone Lose A Musky Fly Case At Merwin?
Replies: 3
Views: 682

Re: Anyone Lose A Musky Fly Case At Merwin?

I guess I should post a correction. I get bigger as I get older, too. That's a problem.
by Don Wittenberger
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: WDFW Underfunding
Replies: 1
Views: 1257

WDFW Underfunding

A Seattle Times guest editorial last week urged the Legislature to stop underfunding WDFW. The writers pointed out that WDFW faces a $15 million a year funding gap while sales taxes on "purchases to enjoy fish and wildlife" annually return $120 million more to state coffers than legislators invest i...
by Don Wittenberger
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Merwin is fished out and other feeble excuses
Replies: 2
Views: 2446

Re: Merwin is fished out and other feeble excuses

It's about a 5 hour drive each way for me, counting a gas stop in Woodland, and I have to fight through Seattle-Tacoma traffic to get there. This time, I left home on a Thursday afternoon and it took me 3 hours just to make the 77 miles from my home in Shoreline to Olympia. Fortunately, I have a pla...
by Don Wittenberger
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Anyone Lose A Musky Fly Case At Merwin?
Replies: 3
Views: 682

Re: Anyone Lose A Musky Fly Case At Merwin?

Yeah, but they get bigger as they get older, whereas I just get older. [crying]
by Don Wittenberger
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Merwin is fished out and other feeble excuses
Replies: 2
Views: 2446

Merwin is fished out and other feeble excuses

I just spent 9 days at Merwin and didn't catch a damned thing except for a 37-incher. A 42-incher got away. After years of doing this, I've come to realize there are three decisive factors in catching muskies at Merwin: (1) Time of year, (2) weather, and (3) hooksets. This is the right time of year,...
by Don Wittenberger
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Anyone Lose A Musky Fly Case At Merwin?
Replies: 3
Views: 682

Anyone Lose A Musky Fly Case At Merwin?

Sign posted at Speelyai boat launch:

"Found: Tiger Muskie Fly Case. Describe. Call Bill Foss 360-231-4351"

The sign went up the day after the tournament and was still there when I left Sunday.
by Don Wittenberger
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: WDFW Director Resigns
Replies: 5
Views: 3292

Re: WDFW Director Resigns

In our system, the military is subordinate to civilian authority, and generals serve at the commander-in-chief's pleasure. A general who disobeys or ignores his civilian superiors may find himself out of work. Who was right about the policy disputes is beside the point; historians and partisans can ...
by Don Wittenberger
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: WDFW Director Resigns
Replies: 5
Views: 3292

Re: WDFW Director Resigns

It's always a good idea to check with your superiors when formulating big plans. General MacArthur comes to mind.
by Don Wittenberger
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: WDFW Director Resigns
Replies: 5
Views: 3292

WDFW Director Resigns

WDFW Director Jim Unsworth resigned on Jan. 24, 2018, and the state Fish & Wildlife Commission has begun searching for a new agency head. Unsworth was director for 3 years. He championed simplified fishing rules and a more user-friendly website. According to a Seattle Times story published on Jan. 2...
by Don Wittenberger
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Heading for Merwin
Replies: 4
Views: 1931

Re: Heading for Merwin

A brief report: My friend Mike and I fished Monday-Friday. Through Thursday, the weather was like July, clear and in the 80s, and there was quite a bit of boat traffic. Fishing was slow (but not fishless), with one 30-incher boated, and a couple of nice fish hooked and lost, and we watched another a...
by Don Wittenberger
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Heading for Merwin
Replies: 4
Views: 1931

Heading for Merwin

I'm planning to fish Merwin this coming week. My first time chasing muskies this year. I made a couple of earlier trips to Banks Lake for smallies this season. September traditionally has been the best month for catching Merwin's tiger muskies, and there are fewer crowds, so it's my preferred time o...
by Don Wittenberger
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: WDFW ends IFPAG
Replies: 0
Views: 1236

WDFW ends IFPAG

WDFW has decided to end its Inland Fisheries Policy Advisory Group (IFPAG), which consisted of about 15 individuals appointed by the Director to provide mid-level fisheries managers with citizen input on freshwater recreational fisheries, which covers both trout and warmwater species like bass, wall...
by Don Wittenberger
Fri May 26, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Large spinnerbaits for tigers
Replies: 6
Views: 2052

Re: Large spinnerbaits for tigers

My personal experience has been that Washington tiger muskies prefer smaller lures (6" - 8"). The all-hair Musky Buster bucktail (7", 1.6 oz.), which is sold by Thorne Bros., has been my go-to bucktail for years. This bait has a heavy Colorado blade, so it runs deeper than other bucktails. Its size ...
by Don Wittenberger
Fri May 26, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: IFPAG meeting June 2, 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 1226

IFPAG meeting June 2, 2017

Next Friday may be the last meeting of WDFW's Inland Fisheries Policy Advisory Group (IFPAG), as the department apparently has decided to replace its standing advisory groups with temporary, issue-specific, ad hoc advisory groups. WDFW staff are expressing interest in maintaining open lines of commu...
by Don Wittenberger
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: 2017 Tiger Muskie Stocking Schedule
Replies: 2
Views: 1432

Re: 2017 Tiger Muskie Stocking Schedule

The stockers are yearlings about 12 to 14 inches long, weighing less than a pound. They're hatchery-raised on baby rainbow trout, but once planted in the lakes, their diet will be primarily squawfish and suckers (Curlew appears to be the only lake where they eat significant numbers of trout, and eve...
by Don Wittenberger
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: 2017 Tiger Muskie Stocking Schedule
Replies: 2
Views: 1432

2017 Tiger Muskie Stocking Schedule

This is the information I received from Bruce at WDFW:

Curlew - 250
Evergreen – 300
Mayfield – 1,125
Merwin – 2,045
Newman – 600
Silver 250
Tapps – 600

Note that Tapps is being stocked again.
by Don Wittenberger
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Here Pikey Pikey...
Topic: Northern Pike Caught In Lake Washington
Replies: 14
Views: 3052

Re: Northern Pike Caught In Lake Washington

I don't know if NP can reproduce in Lake Washington, or whether this fish is an isolated illegal plant. Those are questions for WDFW. One idiot planting one fish won't do a significant amount of damage (how much can one fish eat? not enough to eat out a 20-mile-long lake), but a propagating and expa...
by Don Wittenberger
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Muskie Fishing
Topic: Northern Pike Caught In Lake Washington
Replies: 1
Views: 1896

Northern Pike Caught In Lake Washington

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by Don Wittenberger
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Here Pikey Pikey...
Topic: Northern Pike Caught In Lake Washington
Replies: 14
Views: 3052

Northern Pike Caught In Lake Washington

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