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Central Washington Fishing Options
If you are an active angler, you just have to love this area. There are so many great options any time of year, and last week I had a blast exploring some of them. I caught everything from kokanee to rainbow to largemouth bass, and even spring salmon! My fishing buddy Rollie Schmitten and I finally found a couple of free days on our calendars and I took him up to Buffalo Lake, on the Colville Indian Reservation. This scenic lake is just ten miles from the town of Coulee Dam, but it gets...
Category: General  Date: 5/25/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
Wenatchee Steelhead and Burke Lakes
The good news for steelhead anglers is that the Wenatchee River has been open for steelhead fishing has been expanded. The new area of the Wenatchee now open to steelhead fishing is from the Icicle River Road Bridge to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam. It has been a few years since anglers have been able to fish this section and boy are people excited. This stretch in the scenic Tumwater Canyon is a delight to fish. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined that opening this ...
Category: General  Date: 2/26/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
Big Horn Outdoors Show 2015
A long time favorite Spokane tradition is just weeks away. The 55th annual "Big Horn Show" will be held at the Spokane Fairgrounds March 19-22 this year. One of the best values for family fun around, admission to the show is good for all four days of the event, with adults just $10.Established in 1960, the Big Horn Show is one of the oldest and longest continually operated sports and recreation shows in the United States. Exhibitors from around the country to exhibit all kinds of outdoor ad...
Category: General  Date: 2/24/2015  Author: Rob Holman
Winter Burbot Fishing
February is prime month to catch some of the best eating freshwater fish in Washington, the Burbot. If you are asking yourself, “What the heck is a Burbot?” you might know it as one of its nicknames such as freshwater lingcod, eelpout or coney-fish. Genetically speaking it is a “Lota lota” and part of the cod family. In fact it is the only freshwater fish that is in the cod family. Mostly found in cold water lakes and reservoirs the burbot lives on the bottom in muddy and rocky areas where temp...
Category: General  Date: 1/29/2015  Author: Jason Brooks
Winter Shows to Check Out
I didn’t get any fishing in but I sure had a busy week. My travels took me from the Colville Tribal Salmon Hatchery in Bridgeport to the TRAC in Pasco. It was one of those weeks where I was out gathering information or sharing it. On Tuesday of this week I traveled to Bridgeport and met with Pat Phillips, hatchery manager at the Colville Tribal Salmon Hatchery, and Casey Baldwin, Senior Research Scientist for the Colville Fish and Wildlife Department. This gave me a chance to see the ...
Category: General  Date: 1/19/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
Puget Sound Squiding
It’s winter and your saltwater boat has been put away for the season. Steelheading is on your mind but the rivers are blown out. What’s a Puget Sound angler to do? Well, if you can’t float a jig through your favorite slot there is a fishery that comes alive in the winter. I’m referring to cephalopods- of the order Teuthida… ah heck – squid! Yes, calamari (as known on the dinner menu) journey from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and make their way down Puget Sound in September. By winter good numbers...
Category: General  Date: 12/26/2014  Author: Mike Carey
First Steelhead of the Season
I had a very interesting week, doing some different things. I toured the new Grant County PUD hatchery at Priest Rapids Dam. I shot video footage of the King of the Reach Salmon Derby that supports this hatchery. I also managed to get a steelhead trip in and put the first steelhead in the boat for the season. Last Thursday, I was part of a media tour that took place at the new hatchery facility that Grant County just completed. This hatchery is dedicated to the production of up river B...
Category: General  Date: 10/29/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Fishing With the Weather
Most fishing anglers would agree that just being on or near the wateris serenity at its best. It’s muchbetter however, if you’re catchingfish. The weather is changingdramatically and all the animals are feeding themselves as much as they can to survive the winter. Fishing during the fall months can be challenging based upon environmental conditions that can change from one extreme to another on a daily basis.Fall is my favorite season, the days are warm and the nights arebrisk. These ...
Category: General  Date: 10/29/2014  Author: Lance Merz
The Evolution of a Digital Angler
"I like to post fake reports on Facebook, then everyone goes to that river and leaves me alone on my river". So read a recent post I saw on a Facebook fishing group. Morality aside, the poster expressed something I see very often on various fishing forums and chat sites. Everyone laments the internet and it's far-reaching effect on how we decide where and when to fish, but in the next post they'll ask what locations are fishing good, what to use, and various other questions to try to land t...
Category: General  Date: 10/29/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Opening Season Summer-Runs and Sockeye
What a great week for the opening of the season for summer-run and sockeye salmon. The weather has been great and conditions below Wanapum Dam were the best I have ever seen for trolling. Summer-runs and sockeye returns have been much higher than predicated. I had a great opening day, and we are in for some great fishing this summer. I also got a tour of the fish passage methods at both Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams. It has been a tradition that I spend most opening days of salmon sea...
Category: General  Date: 7/11/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
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