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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 31, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is Feb. 20-22

Tickets are now on sale for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby that will be held on Feb. 20-22, a change from past seasons when it was held during Presidents Day Weekend. The derby covers more than 500 square miles of salmon fishing grounds, five weigh stations and a $10,000 prize for the largest fish. Tickets cost $40…

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January 30, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Lake Roosevelt in Eastern Washington has bumper crop of trout to be caught

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: Something good must be going on at Lake Roosevelt. Peggy Nevismal, who lives overlooking Spring Canyon, tells me that there were a whole bunch of boats trolling this area last weekend. This is the time of year when the rainbow and…

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January 29, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Cowlitz River to open Feb. 7 and 14 for smelt dip-net fishing

Start making plans to go smelt dip-netting on the Cowlitz River on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 from 6 a.m. until noon each day. The daily limit is 10 pounds with no more than one day’s limit in possession. No fishing license is required to dip-net for smelt. Fisheries managers are expecting another strong return in 2015…

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January 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Spring chinook seasons set for the Columbia River in anticipation of another big return of more than 300,000 fish

The Columbia River spring chinook fishing seasons were decided in a joint meeting by Washington and Oregon fishery managers on Wednesday. The Lower Columbia River up to Bonneville Dam is open sport fishing from March 1 to April 10; and closed for commercial fishing on March 24, March 31 and April 7. When fishing opens on the…

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January 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill reports good trout action at Rufus Woods Reservoir

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: Even though there hasn’t been any of the big “releases” of big rainbow from the net pens on Rufus Woods Reservoir, the Colville Tribe has released almost 100,000 smaller fish into the reservoir this year. This is still attracting good numbers…

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January 28, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Anacortes Salmon Derby in March cancelled with impending salmon fishing closure of San Juan Islands

Here are details from a news release regarding the cancellation of the Anacortes Salmon Derby: ANACORTES, WA (January 27, 2015) – Tickets, which were to go on sale on February 1st for the 9th Annual Anacortes Salmon Derby have been consigned to the trash heap as Derby organizers received the official Department announcement of a severe…

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January 27, 2015 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead Cowlitz River – 35 bank anglers kept 3 steelhead. During four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 270 coho adults and 1 jack 68 winter-run steelhead one cutthroat trout During the past week Tacoma Power employees released: 33 coho adults, 20 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust…

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