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Hunting and Fishing
August 28  |  By Wayne Kruse
Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service in Chelan would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the people who fished with him during the month of August. It hasn’t been easy, he said, but in spite of the increasing smoke in the valley from the Wolverine fire at the beginning of the month through the Chelan complex fire a week ago, they kept coming and fishing with Jones’ guide service on Lake Chelan.

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August 27  |  By Wayne Kruse
Reb Broker of the Northwest Chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association is inviting anyone interested in duck or goose calling to join a casual group that meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's Skagit Wildlife Area headquarters parking lot on Fir Island, west of Conway. Bring a duck and/or goose call and practice with the group, Broker said.



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July 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Those who can get their minds off chinook, sockeye and humpies for a few days might want to take advantage of the one-week, all-species shrimp reopening in a portion of Marine Area 7-South, on the south edge of the San Juan Islands. The area reopened Tuesday, to run through July 28, and includes water west of Point Colville on the south end of Lopez Island. The portion of Marine Area 7-South lying east of Point Colville remains closed.



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July 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
New regulations for rainbow and brook trout on Ross Lake call for a one-rainbow limit, minimum size 16 inches; brook trout, five per day, no minimum size.

Biologists have determined that Ross Lake rainbows have not been recruiting well and have been growing faster. The rapid growth means that the old 13-inch minimum size limit no longer protects first-time spawners.



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July 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service in Chelan reports hot fishing for big pen-raised triploid rainbows on Rufus Woods Reservoir (Chief Joseph pool). Use a simple slip sinker rig with Pautzke’s Fire Bait in Garlic Green at the public access near the upper net pens, Jones said.

 



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July 16  |  By Wayne Kruse
An entertaining day for waterfowlers, or anyone who enjoys watching retrievers at work, comes to the Monroe area Saturday in the form of the Washington State Duck Calling Contests and the third annual National Duck Dog Challenge.

The events are sponsored by the Washington Waterfowl Association.

The calling contests start at 9 a.m. and include Junior Duck (12 and under), PeeWee Duck (7 and under), Open Duck, Open Goose, State Duck, State Goose and Two-person...

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July 15  |  By Wayne Kruse
Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.



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July 9  |  By Wayne Kruse
The third annual Speedcrabbing Derby is scheduled for Saturday at the Port of Everett boat ramp — the event is free, funky and benefits the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The event raised $2,300 for the Alliance last year, on the harvest of more than 250 pounds of crab by 75 participants.

Teams of two to four crabbers try to take the 10 best crab by weight, keeping in mind the speed factor — come in early for a weight bonus, come in late for a weight penalty.

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July 9  |  By Wayne Kruse
Hunter education courses run throughout the summer, and now is the time to enroll in a course to avoid the autumn rush.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Division manager David Whipple said, "As fall hunting seasons draw nearer, these courses fill quicklly. Hunters who complete the course this summer will be ready to take to the field in the fall."



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June 26  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted fires and other activities, effective immediately on agency lands in Eastern Washington. The restrictions come several weeks earlier than was the case last year, according to state lands manager Clay Sprague.



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June 25  |  By Wayne Kruse
Ilwaco was the top dog on the coast last week, the first full week after regulations switched over from the mark-selective chinook fishery. Anglers there averaged almost a fish and a half per rod, 62 percent of which were coho. Westport anglers found slim pickings, averaging only about a quarter-fish per rod, mostly chinook, while Neah Bay was between the two, at a little under a fish per rod, mostly chinook. Anglers at Neah Bay also landed 14 pinks.

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June 19  |  By Wayne Kruse
The 2015-2016 sport fishing regulations pamphlet is now available online, at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations. The regulations go into effect July 1.

 



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June 18  |  By Wayne Kruse
Hunters who submitted applications for 2015 special hunt permits can check the results of the drawing on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website.



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June 18  |  By Wayne Kruse
The Sol Duc River has closed to all fishing from the hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station. Low water conditions are causing a delay in migration past the hatchery, resulting in greater vulnerability of the wild spring/summer chinook to fishing pressure. This is likely to remain a problem until stream flows increase with the fall rains.



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June 11  |  By Wayne Kruse
Few sights in the outdoors are as endearing as a "wood duck jump," when ducklings leave the nest box in a cartwheeling dive to the ground. The Richland Rod and Gun Club has installed video cameras showing the last jump of the year -- 11 ducklings of hen No. 22697 -- both inside and outside the club-installed box.



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June 10  |  By Wayne Kruse
Still some good trout fishing in the Columbia Basin, according to Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir. Try Warden, Canal, Windmill and Heart lakes using Power Bait. Walk in to the Pillar/widgeon chain on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, or hit Soda Lake for excellent walleye fishing.

Call the resort tackle shop for the latest conditions, at 509-346-2651.



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June 4  |  By Wayne Kruse
Lake Chelan is putting out some pretty good kokanee fishing, according to Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service in Chelan.



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June 3  |  By Wayne Kruse
The 2015 Washington State Duck Calling Championship and Duck Dog Challenge has been scheduled by the Washington Waterfowl Association for 8 a.m. on July 18 in Monroe. For more information, send an e-mail to nwducks@frontier.com.



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May 28  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state’s annual Free Fishing Weekend is June 6-7 and during those two days no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington.

Additionally, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be needed to park at any of the nearly 700 water access sites maintained by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.



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May 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state has increased the limits on spring chinook in the following Columbia tributaries:

-- Cowlitz, limit increased to three adult hatchery springers, and two rods are now allowed from the barrier dam downstream with a two-rod endorsement.

-- Kalama, increase in limit to two springers.



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May 21  |  By Wayne Kruse
The season for sockeye, summer chinook and steelhead on the lower mainstem Columbia from the Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam has been announced by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The season runs June 16 through July 6 and allows retention of two adult fish; any combination of two sockeye, hatchery steelhead or hatchery chinook.



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May 14  |  Bt Wayne Kruse
The state has formally released ocean salmon seasons agreed upon earlier by user groups in the North of Falcon process:

Ilwaco: May 30 through June 12, seven days per week, two-salmon limit, release wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size on chinook is 24 inches. June 13 until further notice, daily limit of two salmon, no more than one chinook, release wild coho.



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April 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Potholes Reservoir has offered top perch and walleye fishing for a month now, and with warmer water temperatures and the spawn in full swing, action has gotten even better. Rob Harbin of the MarDon Resort tackle shop said the walleye bite, especially, should be great from now until July.



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April 23  |  Herald staff
Lingcod season off and running The lingcod season opened April 16 and remains open through Oct. 16. The limit in the Straits is two lings and six black or blue bass.

Out in the ocean the limit is two lings and 10 rockfish.



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April 16  |  By Wayne Kruse
For the week of April 6-12, state creel checkers tallied 35 boat anglers on the Cowlitz River with 14 hatchery steelhead kept and five released. Some 125 bank anglers had 34 adult spring chinook and 10 steelhead, and had released three wild and two hatchery steelhead. Most of the chinook were caught at the barrier dam, and steelhead at the trout hatchery, although some fish were also caught in the lower river. More than 200 bank anglers were counted at the barrier dam on Sunday.

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March 12  |  Herald news services
Hot Plug's Derby results This past Saturday’s Hot Plug’s Blackmouth Derby drew 94 anglers, who weighed in 13 fish. Here are the results:

First place--Terry Pitt of Sedro-Woolley, 15.12 pounds, $2,350 Second Place--Ron Lampers of Whidbey Island, 12.05 pounds, $940 

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