May 14, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Puget Sound Dungeness crab fisheries faced with summer closures south of Vashon Island due to poor abundance levels

The hey days of the Puget Sound Dungeness crab fisheries could be a thing of the past as some marine areas mainly south of Seattle will be faced with summer closures due a drastic dip in abundance. “We haven’t been this low in Puget Sound for Dungeness crab harvest since 2012, and...

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Apr 30, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Rain doesn’t damper spirit of anglers on opening day who found fairly good success

While the weather was a bit wet for the statewide lowland lakes trout opener on Saturday that didn’t deter many from getting out to try their luck at catching fish. “We ran into some rain, but that is a typical opening day scenario in the Pacific Northwest and we had...

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Apr 23, 2018 by Jason Brooks
Tips for Washington Special Permit Hunts

Tips for Washington Special Hunt Permit Draws! by Jason Brooks The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife published the 2018 hunting regulations last week. This means hunters need to start planning out their hunts now. Special permit applications can be filed until midnight on May 23rd so be sure to look...

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Apr 16, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Trout-fishing mania begins with statewide lowland lakes opener April 28-29

Spring is marker when the sun rises earlier and earlier over the eastern horizon, the days are getting a lot longer, the flowers and trees are blooming and so are the trout fishing opportunities. Thousands and thousands of anglers are prepping their fishing gear for the traditional statewide lowland lakes...

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Apr 02, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Halibut sport quotas set and season starts May 11, and salmon season process meeting is Tuesday

The halibut catch quotas were finalized this past week, and anglers can start making plans to pursue these hard-fighting bottom dwellers when the season gets underway on May 11 off the coast and open areas of Puget Sound. “The catch quota of 1.19-million pounds (for sport, tribal and non-tribal commercial...

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Mar 19, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Preliminary salmon fishing options come to light, and Puget Sound anglers could see more time on the water

State fisheries and Pacific Fishery Management Council developed ocean salmon fishing options, and some early work was made for Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca fisheries at meetings that ended last week in Sonoma, California. Chinook and coho returns are still in the recovery phase after several grim...

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Mar 14, 2018 by Jason Brooks
Backcountry Gear Starters

Gear to get you started hunting the backcountry by Jason Brooks For the backcountry hunter and hikers there really is no “off season” but instead the “adjustment season”. When the snows are too deep to get safely into the high country then it is time to organize and critique our...

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Mar 05, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
2018 salmon forecasts unveil a mixed bag of highlights and lowlights for possible salmon fisheries

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) unveiled salmon forecasts, and there are some improvements peppered with returns that could restrain opportunities as fishery managers take the first steps in a lengthy process of setting fishing seasons. “Overall Puget Sound hatchery chinook are up 21 percent based on the...

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Feb 26, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
UPDATED: More 2018 salmon news coming to light ahead of Tuesday WDFW forecast meeting in Lacey

With the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) salmon forecast meeting looming on the near horizon – Tuesday, Feb. 27 – to be exact we now have word leaking out on early expectations for the 2018 fishing seasons. “We are still compiling the tables so they aren’t complete yet...

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Feb 20, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Coastal bottomfishing season starts soon, plus word on springer and razor clams

The popular of the coastal black rockfish and lingcod sport fishery gets underway on March 10 off some coastal ports, and anglers can expect some blissful spring days on water weather permitting. The black rockfish population remains healthy in coastal waters, according to Heather Reed, a Washington Department of Fish...

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