Hunting and Fishing

Kruse: First few days of local river coho fishing not bad

The second half of the unusual (and some say controversial) limited coho “season” runs Thursday through Sunday on the Snohomish River, hopefully to more participation… Continue reading

Kruse: WDFW announces fishery openings, closings

UPDATE: After this report was published Sept. 28, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that the Snohomish River would open to fishing for… Continue reading

Kruse: Pair of derbies offer chance to get back on the water

In this summer of our discontent, local salmon fishing opportunity seems slim to nil. So, it’s apparently time to make lemonade as we play the… Continue reading

Online sale of hunting, fishing licenses still suspended

Online sales of fish/hunt licenses remained on hold early this week as state and federal agencies continued to investigate a data breach discovered about three… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Buoy 10 chinook opportunity

Anglers working the buoy 10 fishery on the bottom end of the Columbia River will be given extra opportunity to boat and keep chinook on… Continue reading

Kruse: WDFW resumes sale of licenses, but only in person

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has resumed the sale of fishing/hunting licenses and tags, and the state Discover Pass, after all sales were… Continue reading

Hunting and fishing license sales resumed after hack attempt

Hunting and fishing licenses are on sale again in Washington state, after someone hacked or attempted to hack… Continue reading

Sales of state hunting, fishing licenses temporarily halted

State officials say the sale of hunting and fishing licenses has been suspended due to a cybersecurity breach. The Washington Department… Continue reading

Sockeye on Baker Lake bite best at tail end of fishery

the best could be still to come. Washington Department of Fish and… Continue reading

Bothell man breaks 40-year-old record for biggest largemouth bass

A top executive with the Bass Anglers Sportsmen’s Society visited Washington a number of years ago, promoting the big, national, organization and bass fishing in… Continue reading

New all-inclusive fishing licenses to be released this fall

When the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife makes a change in the state’s recreational fishing license setup, it often means (gasp) more money. This… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Drano Lake Steelhead

no standing navel-deep in 33-degree water, no ice in… Continue reading

Kruse: Mosquitoes, low turnout mar Baker Lake Sockeye Shootout

A big bottle of mosquito repellent may have been more valuable than a dozen pink mini-squids to participants in the inaugural Baker Lake Sockeye Shootout… Continue reading

Kruse: Chinook fishery in Marine Area 9 about to close

Chances are slim that Puget Sound anglers will be allowed to chase the state’s most popular salmon species beyond this weekend in Marine Area 9,… Continue reading

Outdoor Outlook: North Sound chinook opener was ‘outstanding’

Last weekend’s opening of the short but popular hatchery chinook fishery in Marine Areas 9 and 10 was “outstanding,” according to All Star Charters owner/skipper… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Lake Chelan Mackinaw

A 20-pound Lake Chelan Mackinaw (lake trout) came from the bar a week or so ago, the same area where the state record 35-pounder was… Continue reading

Selective chinook salmon fishery to open on Saturday

By Wayne Kruse Herald Writer Some years pretty good fishing, some years very slow, Saturday’s opening of the selective chinook fishery in marine areas 9… Continue reading

Kruse: Some good fishing, some bad over holiday weekend

A bunch of outdoor opportunities either opened or were already underway over the holiday weekend for Western Washington sport fishers, and here’s a short list… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: High Lakes Trout

Pick your category: Real high, not so high; long hike, short hike; lots of stunted trout, or a few big ones; rainbow or golden trout.… Continue reading

Pick of the Week: Crabbing

Crab fishing opens Friday, and if the rosy forecast from state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists is accurate, you should probably stock up on… Continue reading