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Walleye Action in Central Washington
Spring has definitely arrived here in Central Washington. We are getting lots of sunny weather, with the occasional sprinkle. There are some blustery days, but anglers that get on the water early are enjoying a variety of early season fishing. Everything from kokanee to walleye and trout are being chased at a variety of lakes in the region. I usually head down to the Columbia Basin Wildlife Refuge and make a swing through the many lakes that open here on April 1st. Since I was going to...
Category: General  Date: 4/12/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Hot Picks Around the State March 2014
Depending on the time of year we can get upwards of 500-700 fishing reports a month. Here are some of this month’s hottest fishing locations for you to make your April plans by.Starting off with the tried and true, Lake Roosevelt started March strong and stayed that way for limits of rainbow trout, with a few shiny (and large) kokanee to throw in for good measure. Downriggeral had the fishery nailed, and onerka007 showed off a beaut of a 22 ½” kokanee. Action should continue into April. ...
Category: General  Date: 4/2/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Evergreen RV Show
Washington State is a truly remarkable place to own an RV. There are few places in the world where rain forests, ocean beaches, sage brush, and volcanic mountain ranges are all within a few hours’ drive of each other. Exploring, and even getting to know, some of these wondrous natural places can be even easier in your own RV. If fishing is your passion, imagine if the next time you drove by an isolated free stone creek or a boat ramp less traveled, you could chose to actually stay awhile. Th...
Category: General  Date: 4/2/2014  Author: Sam Scott
Wanapum Dam Update
I had a great time at the Quincy Valley Tourism Association’s 4th Annual Tagged Trout Derby at Burke and Quincy lakes. There were 377 anglers registered for the event this year, and more tagged trout were caught than ever before. I also took a road trip with my wife Eileen to see what the Columbia River looks like with the drawdown imposed by the crack discovered in Wanapum Dam. As you may know, there were tagged trout planted in both Quincy and Burke lakes for the derby this year. This...
Category: General  Date: 3/11/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Kokanee Primer - Part 2: Presentation Strategies
In the years since Kokanee University was written, many wonderful developments have happened. The tackle designs, for example, are way different now as technology has made available vast improvements in action and color. What has not changed are the concepts set forth in Part 1. I decided to now add a part 2 to discuss some observations on the practical side of kokanee fishing. From time to time I will add more subtopics. For now, I hope you will find these subtopics of interest. Subto...
Category: General  Date: 3/11/2014  Author: Gary Gordon
Central Washington Winter Updates
Winter weather kept most anglers off the water this past weekend. Many of them wanted to be indoors anyway. The 2nd annual Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen’s Show was going on at the Town Toyota Center, so they chose to talk and learn about fishing instead. There are good reasons for anglers to get out on the water, though. Interest in the kokanee fishing is very high again this year. I heard that there were at least ten boats on Lake Chelan on Saturday. I am getting reports of kokanee bein...
Category: General  Date: 3/2/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Lake Chelan Large Kokanee Explained
There has been speculation exactly why anglers are seeing such large and healthy kokanee in Lake Chelan. Site member Toni (Wannafishalure.com) recently contacted WDFW Fish Management and got these two responses:From Larry Phillips, Fishery Manager:"My understanding of Kokanee (based on what I’ve read in the published literature) is that growth is closely related to density. More kokanee=smaller size. Because they are specialized feeders (almost exclusively daphnia which is a spec...
Category: General  Date: 2/25/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Central Washington Updates
Winter snow has finally fallen in Leavenworth. We’ll see how much is left by the end of the week. There are some warm temperatures and even rain in the forecast. It may delay some of my plans to get up to Rufus Woods and Lake Roosevelt, where fishing for triploid rainbow is very good right now. There will be other fishing opportunities in the area, though. I got word from the Department of Fish and Wildlife that they plan to open the Wenatchee River for steelhead fishing. The timing s...
Category: General  Date: 2/15/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
The Importance of Sportsman's Shows
It’s that time of season again. Sportsman’s shows are popping up everywhere in the Pacific Northwest and it embellishes a sort of feeding frenzy; especially for fishing. There are many fishermen who go to these shows to see what’s new and exciting for the new fishing season, and many are filling up their tackle boxes in preparation. However, these shows are not just about shopping. It’s also a place to learn about particular fisheries and types of fishing that we can all get out and enjoy...
Category: General  Date: 1/31/2014  Author: Lance Merz
Lake Samish, AIS, and Kokanee Fishing
Lake Samish, AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) and Kokanee FishingI just got off the phone with Teagan Ward with Whatcom County Public Works. Teagan is the AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) focal for Whatcom County/City of Bellingham - Natural Resources and is very knowledgeable with the AIS program being implemented by Whatcom County. Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens that live primarily in water. AIS thrive in a new environment, and cause economic loss, envi...
Category: General  Date: 1/8/2014  Author: Randy Castello (Rseas)
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