Hunting and Fishing

Pick of the Week: Seattle Boat Show

Just a couple of days left to take in the Seattle Boat Show, which runs through Saturday at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Hours Friday… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Outdoor shows

A multitude of riches falls into the laps of outdoor-oriented folks this weekend as the Washington Sportsmen’s Show (Jan. 25-29) and the Seattle Boat Show… Continue reading

Free fishing and crabbing seminars at the Boat Show

The annual Boat Show cruises into Seattle on Friday for a nine-day run at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. The event features its usual collection… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Yakima Basin whitefish

They’re not steelhead, for sure, but the two-month winter whitefish season in the Yakima Basin offers a fun, trout-like fishery, and can be a nice… Continue reading

Big cutthroat in Lake Sammamish make nice winter alternative

If your opportunity to catch a winter steelhead has dropped below “slim” and is falling steadily toward “nil,” it might be time to look for… Continue reading

Local marine areas remain fair bet for salmon anglers this weekend

With a little advance planning, it should be possible to work in a couple of hours of salmon fishing between football games this weekend, and… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Cornet Bay smelt jigging

Although surf smelt can be found year-around at various places in Puget Sound, winter is the traditional time to bundle up the family and head… Continue reading

Popular New Year’s Eve razor clam dig still in limbo

State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled evening razor clam digs through February on selected ocean beaches, but no, there has been no final green light… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Skagit dollies

Not much doing yet on the Skagit River steelhead scene, but while you’re waiting, give Dolly Varden a shot. They get big on the Skagit… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Coastal razor clams

A good winter razor clam dig is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, featuring afternoon low tides and daylight digging for… Continue reading

Wind disrupts a pair of derbies in the San Juans

As is often the case, brisk winds messed with two salmon derbies held in the San Juan Islands over the weekend. It blew pretty good… Continue reading

Bad weather limits clam-digging opportunities

Dan Ayres was philosophical about the whole thing. “That’s November razor-clam digging for you,” he said of the heavy surf on the coastal beaches that… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Columbia Basin upland birds

Cold and snow in the northern Columbia Basin may not make for the most comfortable time of year to be afield, but there’s little doubt… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Blackmouth Derby

The annual Resurrection Derby out of Anacortes is scheduled for Dec. 2-3, but the last day to purchase tickets, either online ( or at the… Continue reading

Puget Sound crab safe, despite coastal closures

The Puget Sound winter recreational crab season will continue as planned, with the crab free of marine toxins and safe to eat. Don Velasquez at… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Hoodsport Chum Salmon

Only a couple of weeks remaining for chums at the Hoodsport Hatchery, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife technician there. The run… Continue reading

Razor clams finally safe; three-day dig opens Thursday

After a lengthy period of disappointing razor clam closures on coastal beaches, due to the presence of unsafe levels of marine toxins in the clams,… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Lake Campbell Rainbow

In early October, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sweetened the pot for fall trout fishermen by stocking a number of lakes around the… Continue reading

Everett ‘No Coho’ Blackmouth Derby an all-around success

Even with the deck stacked against them, organizers of last weekend’s Everett “No-Coho” Blackmouth Derby managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat. Informed… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Calimari Time

Last winter was a banner season for squid jiggers, and Mike Chamberlain sees indications this may be another. “It’s beginning to look like last year,… Continue reading