Hunting and Fishing

Walleye are starting to bite in Eastern Washington

By Wayne Kruse For The Herald Many knowledgeable fishermen say the best time of year to catch walleye in the big Eastern Washington impoundments is… Continue reading

Pilot Point a good bet for chinook as Marine Area 9 runs dry

By Wayne Kruse For the Herald The Marine Area 9 winter blackmouth season dropped off significantly after the first week, according to charter owner and… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Lake Roosevelt rainbows

Lake Roosevelt is full of big, beautiful triploid rainbows, planted from net pens by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and two Native American… Continue reading

Salmon managers facing difficult decisions

Some salmon runs this summer will be a little better than average, while others will be worse. In some cases, much worse. But one thing… Continue reading

Big turnout for reopening of Marine Area 9

The sportfishing fleet was out in force Saturday to greet the reopening of Marine Area 9 to chinook, according to All Star Charters owner/skipper Gary… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Blackmouth derby

The 30th running of the Hot Plug’s annual Blackmouth Derby hits the water Saturday. It’s a small, local event that provides pretty good odds of… Continue reading

Marine Area 9 opens for hatchery chinook

Small fish saved our collective backsides it seems, as only a reasonable number of undersize chinook (“shakers” in the idiom) were found in Marine Area… Continue reading

All is not woe on the salmon scene

While it seems the window of opportunity for recreational salmon fishermen has dwindled to postage-stamp size, all is not gloom and doom. Spring and summer… Continue reading

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Razor clams

The current six-day razor-clam opening runs through the weekend on two popular coastal beaches, offering the opportunity to get wet and sandy through a couple… Continue reading

Possession Bar reopening still uncertain

The reopening date for Possession Bar and the rest of Marine Area 9 remains in limbo, at least until after a Feb. 7 state Fish… Continue reading

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