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WDFW has stocked more than 16 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide!

Posted April 13, 2017

WDFW NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 13, 2017Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, 360-902-2662Trout stocking crews active across Washington; Preparations continue for April 22 opening dayOLYMPIA–Trout stocking crews are working to plant fish throughout the state in preparation for April 22, when several hundred lowland lakes open for a six-month fishing season.Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season, when hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out to fish.WDFW fish hatchery crews have been stocking more...

Columbia River Springer Fishing Extension 2017

Posted April 12, 2017

The exciting news has hit the the Pacific Northwest! The Columbia River gets a Spring Chinook Salmon Fishery Extension per the meeting from Washington and Oregon today. The fishery thus far has been hit or miss with some salmon around to be caught but this extension should prove to be the best fishing we have seen yet!  Two, separate seasons  have been given to us.   April 13th to the 17th & April 20th to April 23rd. The water is still set to be pretty high, so make sure you concentrate on great anchor spots or look for seam lines...

Why Salmon & Steelhead Are Disappearing | Part 2 - Dams

Posted March 22, 2017

Hydroelectric DamsPerhaps the most definitive barrier to fish migration and spawning is an actual barrier. Hydroelectric dams are beneficial to human development, but devastating to fish populations. Many dams have been built with zero allowances for fish passage. This completely cuts off all spawning and rearing habitat above the dam and changes the natural flow and substrate distribution of a river.Some dams upstream in the Columbia River did not have fish passage. This destroyed populations such as the famous "June-Hog" Chinook Salmon that migrated to the upper reaches of the Columbia. These fish were genetically built and adapted so that they...

Why Salmon & Steelhead are Disappearing - Part I - Spawning Streams

Posted March 18, 2017

There are so many hurdles facing salmon and steelhead, it's a wonder there are any left. Though they are a resilient species, they are not invincible. History shows us that great abundance was the norm before fish populations started getting decimated, river by river.Photo : Jon Mueller This is Part I in a series that will detail multiple factors.All photos used by permission submitted by members of the Fishing Addicts FB GroupLewis and Clark talked about the great salmon runs they encountered when headed west. There was talk of the fish being so thick that you could walk across the...

What's Happening in 2017 for Spring Chinook | Forecast

Posted February 17, 2017

The 2017 Spring Chinook Season Predications/Forecast in Columbia RiverThe Columbia River Spring Chinook Run is likely the most anticipated fishery in the Columbia River basin. Though the fall fishery usually has much higher numbers bound for many more rivers, the famous "Springer" is the most delicious of salmon, arguably in the world. Spring chinook also stay bright for much longer than their fall counterparts, based on the fact that they are meant to stay in the rivers for a much longer time before spawning. The first reported spring chinook was caught in mid-February this year. This is typical of the pilot...

Spring Chinook Secrets! FISHING SEMINAR

Posted February 23, 2016

Northwest Anglers ConventionUp your catch rate - hone your program.March 5th & 6thBuy tickets now - A much anticipated event - this seminar in Portland Oregon is a meeting of the minds on Spring Chinook tactics. As a guest of the seminar you will receive a grab-bag loaded with sponsor gifts and discounts. As a listener you will gain access to the many key elements that go into a successful spring chinook fishing trip. Each presenter will be discussing specific factors on bait & lure usage as well as giving crucial information on where to find the fish. They...

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