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Outdoor writer Dave Graybill sharpens hook for fantastic east side salmon season

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: Hundreds of anglers will be out on the main stem Columbia River here in Central Washington, looking to hook either summer-run chinook salmon or sockeye heading throughout region. Runs are early this year, which is a good thing. River...

Latest Columbia River northern pikeminnow catch reward program data

Here is the latest update of the season on the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program happening on the Columbia River. The harvest total from June 22-28 was 8,221 pikeminnow for 1,185 anglers, for a catch average of 6.9 fish per angler with 10 tags recovered, compared with June 15-21 when it was 10,036 pikeminnow...

Road work on State Route 4 in Cathlamet area will create delays for anglers

Summer construction on State Route 4 near Cathlamet could lead to traveling delays for anglers planning fishing trips to the Lower Columbia River and nearby tributaries. According to state Fish and Wildlife, work begins on Monday (July 6) to remove the existing culverts, which connect the Elochoman River Slough to the Columbia River. Travelers can...

South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby is Aug. 1

The South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby is Aug. 1, and is part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Fishing is allowed in Marine Catch Areas 10, 11 and 13 only. The weigh in stations will be at the Des Moines Marina, Point Defiance Park Marina in Tacoma and the Narrows Marina. Hundreds...

Lake Chelan lake trout fishing just as hot as the summer weather

What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar. Also hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay in the evenings for Lake Chelan Lakers. Finally, when the wind lets you fish the early morning bite at Colyar Ledge, it is very good. There has been a nice sprinkling of...

Concerns of warm and low-level water prompt Grande Ronde fishing closure

The Grande Ronde River spring chinook fishery will come to an end one hour after official sunset on Sunday, July 5. The fishery is open from the mouth of Buford Creek (approximately half-a-mile downstream of the Highway 129 Bridge at Boggan’s Oasis) up to the Washington/Oregon state line. State Fish and Wildlife officials say the...

Plenty of fishing on tap at Potholes Reservoir region

Here is the latest fishing report for the Potholes Reservoir by Annie Meseberg at the MarDon Resort: The weather forecast for Potholes Reservoir is ideal to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday.  God Bless Military men and women for providing our freedom we enjoy.  This being the Meseberg Family’s 43rd 4th of July Holiday here...

Strong salmon return allows liberal summer Lower Columbia fishing season

It has been one great ride for salmon anglers on the Lower Columbia River, which started back in early spring and now is expected to carry well into the summer. State Fish and Wildlife decided this week to keep the summer salmon fishery on the Lower Columbia to remain open through this month, and revised...