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OLYMPIA – With summer heating up, now’s a great time to get out on the water, and the 2020-2021 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet is your essential guide to fishing statewide. The new-look pamphlet is effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, and features rules and regulations for...
NCW – Fire officials remind all those headed out to public lands this Fourth of July weekend to leave fireworks at home and take other precautions to prevent wildfire.   “National forest lands are a great place to celebrate, but please help us protect public lands this Independence Day and...

A northern pikeminnow caught out of the Columbia River. Courtesy J. Kruse
Looking for a unique summer job this year? Do you like to go fishing? If so, cast a line this summer in the Columbia and Snake Rivers for cash!  You’ll be fishing for the northern pikeminnow, formerly known as the squawfish. There is a sizeable population of these fish in both the Snake...

Ken Chaplin and teammate Rick Line, not pictured, were the tournament winners. Courtesy Mike Mauk
BREWSTER -- One of the first public events held in the Quad City area since the COVID-19 lockdown was the Lure Safe Open Bass Tournament hosted by the Okanogan Valley Bass Club (OVBC) and sponsored by Mauk Fishing Stuff on Saturday, June 20. Nearly two dozen boats turned out for the event despite...

Lily pads and basalt cliffs define the views at Downs Lake. Courtesy J. Kruse
Robin DeMario with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest sounded the alarm recently about crowded conditions on 8-Mile Road south of Leavenworth.  This road leads to two popular trailheads for 8-Mile Lake and to Stuart and Colchuck Lakes. The latter trailhead is a favored pathway into the...

Brent Cyphers from The Dalles caught several shad in the space of a few minutes fishing below John Day Dam earlier this month. / Courtesy John Kruse – www.northwesternoutdoors.com and www.americaoutdoorsradio.com
Not to be confused with an oft-uttered curse phrase, “Oh shad! “is something you may hear an angler say repeatedly as they hook into these fish in quick fashion this month in the Columbia River Gorge. The American shad isn’t native to the Pacific Northwest. It is an Atlantic Ocean fish that...

The North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park offers a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean. / Courtesy J. Kruse
Washington State Parks are reopening for camping across the state in areas that have achieved a Phase 2 recovery status during the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes this a great time to rediscover these treasured places we’ve been unable to visit for much of this year. If you are looking for some...
BREWSTER – The Okanogan County Bass Club and Mauk Fishing Stuff have teamed up to bring the Lure Safe Open Bass Tournament to Brewster on Saturday, June 20. The one-day event, sponsored by Mauk is open to the public with pre-registration available by 3 p.m., June 19. Entry forms and information are...
My fishing partner, Rusty Johnston, and I always considered ourselves to be very good bass anglers. At least, we did until we decided to dip our toes into the world of tournament fishing. Every September there is an event at Potholes Reservoir called the “Old Fart’s Bass Tournament” where at...
On May 13 a regional news outlet reported the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued 17 fishing violations and three land use (trespassing) violations in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties during the month of April when fishing and access to state public lands were closed.  I...

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