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Hunting and Fishing
April 17  |  By Wayne Kruse
As construction workers race against the clock to make fish ladders at Wanapum Dam operational, state fishery managers are standing ready with an alternate plan to move spring chinook up the river.

Shortly after discovering a 65-foot-long fracture in a spillway pier in late February, operators lowered the water level to reduce pressure on the structure, leaving fish ladders high and dry. Sometime this week, the first of an estimated 20,000 spring...

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March 6  |  By Wayne Kruse
Salmon University, a two-day, sportfishing mega-seminar, is on tap for the eighth consecutive year, March 29-30, at the IBEW Conference Center in Kent (19802 62nd Ave. S.).The event features some of the top anglers in the Western United States. The first day focuses on basic principles and techniques. The second day covers advanced techniques and fishing styles.

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February 26  |  By Wayne Kruse
Huge catfish An ice fisherman in Eastern Washington made quite a catch recently.

Mike Meseberg, owner of MarDon Resort, reported that Ron White of the Tri-Cities caught a 28-pound channel catfish "through the ice in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir."

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February 20  |  By Wayne Kruse
The Northwest Salmon Derby Series, composed of 15 events during the year, draws a ticket stub at the end of the season and some lucky angler who competed in one of the 15 derbies wins a major boat/motor/trailer combo.

Here’s the list of Derby Series events: Feb.6-8, Roche Harbor Classic; Feb. 15-17, Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby; March 22, Everett Blackmouth Derby; July 11-13, Bellingham Salmon Derby; July 26-27, Harbor Marine Salmon...

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January 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Attracting industry professionals from the U.S. and more than 100 other countries, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade(“SHOT”) Show shattered attendance records last week, giving industry professionals good reason to believe 2014 will be another strong year for sales of firearms, ammunition, outdoor gear and law enforcement equipment. The show ran Jan. 14-17 at the Sands in Las Vegas.

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January 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
The final days of the 2014 Skagit Eagle Festival are Saturday and Sunday in Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount and the upper Skagit Valley. Most of the activity starts and/or centers around Steelhead Park in Rockport. For more information, visit

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January 17  |  By Wayne Kruse
OK, so you're not a "birder." Still, it might be fun to know the names of some of those species in your area, or the occasional winged visitor.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has released a free iPhone app to help people identify 285 birds in North America. Created with support from the National Science Foundation, the app asks just five questions, then displays photos of birds that match your description, customized to your location and time of...

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January 16  |  By Wayne Kruse
Winter steelhead action kicked up a notch last week on the Cowlitz River, where 35 boat anglers were checked with 15 steelhead, and 48 bank fishermen with 11. Still not what it should be at this point in the season.


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January 15  |  By Wayne Kruse
All 100 boat/team spots in the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic were sold out by Jan. 9. Coordinator Debbie Sandwith said there is a waiting list. Call her at 360-378-5562.

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January 9  |  By Wayne Kruse
Jan. 10 is the deadline to file this year's hunting activities reports in time to have a chance to win one of nine 2014 special hunting permits. Those who meet the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014.

To qualify for the drawing, hunters must submit a report for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they...

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January 1  |  By Wayne Kruse
The cold snap a while back provided some good ice fishing opps on the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir for large perch and a lot of walleye, on parts of Moses Lake for perch and walleye, and on Fish Lake (near Lake Wenatchee) for trout and perch.

But with warmer temperatures since then, the ice may no longer be safe. Check first with MarDon Resort on Potholes (1-800-416-2736) or The Cove Resort on Fish Lake (509-763-3130) for current...

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December 19  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a public opinion survey to help identify key wildlife issues to be addressed in the agency’s 2015-2021 game management plan. The survey is available on state’s website through Jan. 3. Paper copies can be obtained by calling 360-902-2515.

The opinion survey addresses a number of game management issues, including: hunter...

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December 12  |  By Wayne Kruse
Looking ahead to warmer times, toast your hands over the spring chinook forecast for the Columbia River, recently released by Washington/Oregon salmon managers.

Columbia run predictions are notoriously iffy, but if it comes to pass, some 227,000 springers will make their way up the Columbia and Snake this spring. That would be above the 10-year average and about 100,000 kings more than were counted in 2012.


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December 5  |  By Wayne Kruse
Basin waterfowl Most years, ice is an issue for duck hunters at Potholes Reservoir by the end of November, MarDon Resort owner Mike Meseberg said.

But hunters this year have been lucky to have had no ice as of Nov. 28. That has probably changed with the current cold snap, but Meseberg said duck and goose hunting is still the best it's been in the northern Columbia Basin in years.

In the photo above, Shelby, Tanys and Katie Ross...

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November 20  |  Herald staff
Hunting photo Gus Gottschalk (right) of Seattle shows a goose he got on a guided Duck Taxi Hunt on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Potholes Reservoir in Eastern Washington.

According to officials at MarDon Resort, the Duck Taxi hunts have been seeing both resident ducks and some new birds in the area. The geese in the area include Canada geese, snow geese and a few cackler geese.

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November 14  |  Herald staff
This week's fish photos Here are the latest pictures from MarDon Resort on the Potholes Resevoir.

The first photo shows Moses Lake resident Ron Oakland with a 7-pound rainbow he caught on a Rapala Shad Rap while trolling at the east end of O'Sullivan Dam.

The second photo is of Rob Harbin and Bruce Feagan, who caught these nice walleye while trolling the Rock Piles near Goose Island with No. 5 Rapala Shad-Raps.

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November 7  |  By Wayne Kruse
White sturgeon retention fishing closes Nov. 12 on the Columbia River and its tributaries between The Dalles and John Day dams. That 25-mile stretch of river is the only remaining portion of the Columbia currently open to sturgeon retention.

Other Columbia sturgeon fisheries above and below Bonneville Dam closed when preseason harvest quotas were met.

Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing remains open throughout...

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November 7  |  Herald staff
Fish photo Hudson Smith, 4, caught this 6-pound rainbow on Oct. 25 at Fortston Pond,

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November 1  |  By Wayne Kruse
Mark your calendar for Feb. 6-8, the dates for the 2014 Roche Harbor Classic salmon derby. Tickets are $700 per boat, with a 100-boat limit, moorrage included.

First prize is $10,000, with $30,000 (yep, that’s $30,000) added for a 30-plus-pound winning chinook. Call coordinator Debbie Sandwith at 360-378-5562 for tickets or more information, or e-mail

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October 31  |  By Wayne Kruse
Fishermen in the San Juan Islands are switching over to blackmouth now -- from adult chinook and coho -- with Eagle Bluff the best bet so far, according to Kevin John at Holiday Sports in Burlington.

Fish are going 8 to 10 pounds, and taking UV Coho Killers or small, whole herring trolled quickly behind a flasher. John said good reports also are coming from Hein, Eastern and Salmon banks for early fish. Closer to home, try Lopez Flats or Reef...

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October 24  |  By Wayne Kruse
Fish photos Here are a couple of photos of fish caught recently at the Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin.

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October 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Much of the Hanford Reach portion of the Columbia River above the Tri-Cities closed Tuesday to salmon fishing, and for the final week anglers averaged 2.7 fall chinook per boat, and one fish for each 12 hours from the bank. Harvest for the week was estimated at 4,009 adult chinook and 224 chinook jacks. Checks of steelheaders in the lower Reach showed 150 anglers with 135 steelhead.

Tuesday also was the last day for salmon on the Yakima, and...

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