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Hunting and Fishing
August 13  |  By Wayne Kruse
Fishing has been good for a mix of chinook and early coho at the bottom end of the Columbia River, according to state biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver. Chinook will weigh 8 to 10 pounds, with some into the low teens and the occasional hog to 20 or even 30 pounds, Hymer said. Fishermen at buoy 10 last weekend averaged about one chinook for every two boats last weekend, and 1.4 coho per boat.



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July 31  |  Herald staff
The state is offering a new shellfish safety map that gives shellfish harvesters an up-to-date look at biotoxins, pollution, and bacteria levels at public beaches or on their private property. Beach names, nearby landmarks, and specific addresses are searchable to help provide real-time information on shellfish safety risks assessed by the Department of Health.



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July 24  |  By Wayne Kruse
The portion of Marine Area 7 South, which is west of Point Colville (Lopez Island), is reopening for six additional days of recreational spot shrimp fishing, according to start Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Mark O’Toole in La Conner.

The dates are July 29 through Aug. 3, and the open area includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds



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July 10  |  By Wayne Kruse
Free seminars at Cabela’s Tulalip this weekend are pointed toward summer salmon seasons, and include the following highlights:



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July 3  |  By Wayne Kruse
Lake Stevens kokanee fishing remains fairly consistent, according to Marcella Rockenbach at Greg’s Custom Rods in Lake Stevens. Fishermen are dropping deeper now, she said, to 40 or 50 feet, and the deeper gear switches from Wedding Ring spinner rigs to small plastic squid tipped with maggots or Berkley artificial maggots. An even better bait, Rockenbach said, is shoepeg corn soaked in tuna oil.



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June 19  |  By Wayne Kruse
Good fishing now for a mix of spring chinook and summer-run steelhead on the Cowlitz, between the hatcheries.

 

 



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June 18  |  By Wayne Kruse
Water levels are dropping, allowing walleye and bass fishermen to identify primary channels in the sand dunes and resulting in improved catch rates.



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June 18  |  By Wayne Kruse
State checks for the week of June 8 on the lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam showed 448 shad anglers with 1,807 shad kept and 28 released.



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June 13  |  By Wayne Kruse
 June 7 was the final day of recreational halibut fishing around here, and a good season ended on a positive note.



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June 12  |  By Wayne Kruse
Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service (509-687-0709) said the fishery for big cutthroat in Omak Lake has come on gunnysack.

Jones said he landed 10 fish per hour on a recent trip, using Kingfisher Lite spoons in glow green. The fish ranged in size from 12 inches up to bragging size multi-pounders.



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June 5  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider proposed changes to recreational and commercial smelt fishing regulations in Puget Sound during a public meeting June 13-14 in Olympia. An agenda for the meeting is available on the commission website.



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May 28  |  By Wayne Kruse
East Coast photo Here is a fine photo from an East Coast fisherman who says he's been following my column for a couple of years because he and his wife are planning to move to...

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May 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Jay Koetje of Mount Vernon was one of three top citizen volunteers singled out by the state department of Fish and Wildlife's at its annual citizen awards ceremony, which took place May 20 in Olympia.

Koetje was honored for leading an effort to improve management of the Farmed Island Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area.



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May 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
Anglers have two additional days this week to catch halibut off the state’s north coast before the fishery closes for the year.

Marine Areas 3 and 4 (LaPush and Neah Bay) open today and May 24 with a one-fish limit. The fishery out of Neah Bay is generally conceded to be the state’s premiere halibut producer.

 



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May 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
The shad fishery below Bonneville Dam is picking up steam. State checks of bank anglers fishing just below the dam deadline last weekend showed 2.6 shad per person. Those were just the fish kept; others were released.



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May 15  |  By Wayne Kruse
The 75th anniversary of the state’s first wildlife area will be celebrated June 7, kicking off a summer-long series of public events sponsored by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County.



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May 8  |  By Wayne Kruse
Reports the past couple of weeks indicate very good smelt jigging in Cornet Bay, with a high percentage of the fish going 7 to 8 inches. A few herring are mixed in, but your best bet to nail numbers of smelt would be by taking a boat out closer to Deception Pass around high slack.



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May 1  |  By Wayne Kruse
The most recent series of razor clam digs opened Sunday at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, with very good digging for nice-sized clams noted in the Grayland area.

Tides through the end of the series are as follows: today, minus 1.0 feet at 8:43 a.m., at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Friday, minus 0.7 feet at 9:23 a.m., at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Saturday, minus 0.3 feet at 10:04 a.m., at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and...

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May 1  |  By Wayne Kruse
Action on spring chinook is picking up at the usual spots above Bonneville Dam, according to state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver. 

This past Saturday saw heavy fishing pressure at the mouth of the Wind River, where anglers were taking a fish for about every five rods. At Drano Lake, boat anglers averaged a king for every six rods, and bank anglers also took some fish.

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April 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Purchased triploid rainbows averaging 1 to 2 pounds, have been or will be planted by the state in the following area lakes this spring:

Snohomish County: Blackmans Lake, multiple plants by sportsmen’s clubs; Lake Cassidy, 458 trips in April; Flowing Lake, 398 trips in April; Gissberg Ponds South, 409 state triploids in May, plus more in the north (juveniles only) pond in early May for the May 17 kids’ fish-in...

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April 17  |  By Wayne Kruse
As construction workers race against the clock to make fish ladders at Wanapum Dam operational, state fishery managers are standing ready with an alternate plan to move spring chinook up the river.

Shortly after discovering a 65-foot-long fracture in a spillway pier in late February, operators lowered the water level to reduce pressure on the structure, leaving fish ladders high and dry. Sometime this week, the first of an estimated 20,000 spring...

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March 6  |  By Wayne Kruse
Salmon University, a two-day, sportfishing mega-seminar, is on tap for the eighth consecutive year, March 29-30, at the IBEW Conference Center in Kent (19802 62nd Ave. S.).The event features some of the top anglers in the Western United States. The first day focuses on basic principles and techniques. The second day covers advanced techniques and fishing styles.

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February 26  |  By Wayne Kruse
Huge catfish An ice fisherman in Eastern Washington made quite a catch recently.

Mike Meseberg, owner of MarDon Resort, reported that Ron White of the Tri-Cities caught a 28-pound channel catfish "through the ice in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir."



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