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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Hoodsport area in Hood Canal to close to fishing starting this Saturday

The Hoodsport Hatchery in Hood Canal is falling short on their chinook salmon spawning escapement goal, and state Fish and Wildlife will close the fishing zone off the hatchery beginning Saturday, Aug. 30 until further notice. The spawning escapement goal is 2,000 kings, and through Aug. 26, only 36 adult fish had been trapped at the…

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August 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Buoy-10 salmon fishery moving at a good pace heading into the final days where anglers may keep kings

The Buoy-10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth continues to be productive at midweek with a 0.3 chinook per rod average and 0.3 on hatchery coho. More than 2.6 million chinook and coho are predicted to enter the Big-C, and the preseason catch expectations at Buoy-10 is 45,700 chinook and 56,500 hatchery coho. Through…

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August 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill looks at late-summer eastside fishing options

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: The spectacular sockeye fishing season on Lake Wenatchee is coming to an end on September 1st. This allows anglers the opportunity to enjoy a last chance to fish the lake through Labor Day Weekend. I fished the lake recently and my…

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August 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Seattle Chef Tom Douglas offers tips on serving albacore tuna

The albacore tuna fishery off the coast started off on a high note earlier this month, and has now hit a crescendo with many anglers off Ilwaco, Westport, Neah Bay and La Push loading up on this delightfully tasting fish. Anglers will be brining home slabs of tuna in the coming weeks, and Chef Tom Douglas…

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August 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching mainly summer run steelhead and a few fall Chinook. During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 865 summer-run steelhead 40 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 33 mini-jacks 17 fall Chinook adult 2 jacks 1 sockeye adult 3 sea-run cutthroat trout During the past week Tacoma Power employees…

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August 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Buoy-10 Salmon Challenge last Friday lures more than 300 participants

The Buoy-10 Salmon Challenge, hosted by the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, was held last Friday with more than 300 anglers trying their luck in what has turned out to be a fantastic late summer fishery. The winning team was the boat of R.J. Bennett with an average weight of 22.18 pounds per angler. The second place…

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August 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks

August 24, 2014 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Armeni Ramp 20 42 0 6 0 0 0 Blaine Ramp 3 9 0 0 0 0 2 Ediz Hook, Port Angeles Public Ramp 4 9 0 2 0 0 0 Everett Public Ramp 72 159 2 4 0 0 0 Luhr Beach Ramp 6 12 0 0 0 0 0 Mukilteo Lighthouse Park (State Park Public Ramp) 37 85 0 10 0 0 0 Olalla Public Ramp 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 Olson’s East Docks 25 63 0 30 0 0 0 • Black rockfish (3) Point Defiance Boathouse 18 25 9 2 0 0 0 Point Defiance Public Ramp 116 242 8 3 0 0 0 • Flatfish-general (57) Point No Point Beach 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 Port Angeles West Ramp 9 19 0 4 0 0 0 Port Orchard Public…

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August 24, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Late summer fishing holding up in Potholes Reservoir

Here is the latest fishing report for the Potholes Reservoir by the MarDon Resort staff: Late August with a relatively low water level on Potholes Reservoir the fishing is simply great!!! Our fishery has shown real repair from the devastation caused on May 18, 1980 when the Mt. St. Helens eruption deposited four inches of ash all…

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