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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT Weekend Fishing Opportunities: * Steelhead angling is fair in the John Day Arm. * White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page. SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia…

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December 17, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lucky angler reels in only keeper blackmouth in Sunday’s Tengu Blackmouth Derby

Foggy weather didn’t stop 27 Tengu Blackmouth Derby anglers from venturing out into Elliott Bay this past Sunday. Marcus Nitta caught the only blackmouth a 6 pounder off the Elliott Bay Marina during mid-morning. “There were some larger shakers taken there as well, but very little bait other than squid lining the bottom,” said Doug Hanada, the…

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December 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

More records broken during Columbia River salmon fishery this past season

State Fish and Wildlife just released more great news about Columbia River salmon returns, which set some new records in the Hanford Reach area fishery. An estimated 183,749 fall Chinook spawned naturally in the Hanford Reach this year (152,464 adults, 31,285 jacks). New record for overall escapement but adult returns were slightly lower than last year. However, the…

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December 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead Cowlitz River – Some coho and steelhead are being caught. During six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 2,735 coho adults and 38 jacks 5 summer-run steelhead 207 winter-run steelhead 19 cutthroat trout During the past week Tacoma Power employees released: 458 coho adults, 14 jacks, five cutthroat trout and one steelhead into the…

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December 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks

December 14, 2014 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Armeni Ramp 10 23 1 0 0 0 0 Everett Public Ramp 8 16 1 0 0 0 0 Luhr Beach Ramp 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 Narrows Marina 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 Narrows Park (aka Narrows Properties Park) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Point Defiance Boathouse 3 22 0 0 0 0 0 Shilshole Public Ramp 5 8 1 0 0 0 0 Washington Park Launch Ramp 19 35 13 0 0 0 0 December 13, 2014 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Bellingham Ramp Squalicum Harbor 23 45 18 0 0 0 0 Camano Island State Park Public Ramp 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 Cornet Bay Public Ramp 8 13 9 0 0 0 0 Ediz Hook, Port Angeles Public Ramp 6 10 2 0 0 0 0 More

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December 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Walleye fishing still viable option in Potholes Reservoir region

Here is the latest fishing report for the Potholes Reservoir by Mike Meseberg at the MarDon Resort: Waterfowl hunting in the Potholes Recreation Area has been exciting but clearly un-predictable. With daytime highs in the mid-40’s the Pacific Flyway waterfowl are not behaving as they normally would in mid-December. I predict that the birds will start acting…

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