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Hunting and Fishing
May 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state has increased the limits on spring chinook in the following Columbia tributaries:

-- Cowlitz, limit increased to three adult hatchery springers, and two rods are now allowed from the barrier dam downstream with a two-rod endorsement.

-- Kalama, increase in limit to two springers.

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May 21  |  By Wayne Kruse
The season for sockeye, summer chinook and steelhead on the lower mainstem Columbia from the Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam has been announced by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The season runs June 16 through July 6 and allows retention of two adult fish; any combination of two sockeye, hatchery steelhead or hatchery chinook.

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May 14  |  Bt Wayne Kruse
The state has formally released ocean salmon seasons agreed upon earlier by user groups in the North of Falcon process:

Ilwaco: May 30 through June 12, seven days per week, two-salmon limit, release wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size on chinook is 24 inches. June 13 until further notice, daily limit of two salmon, no more than one chinook, release wild coho.

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April 23  |  By Wayne Kruse
Potholes Reservoir has offered top perch and walleye fishing for a month now, and with warmer water temperatures and the spawn in full swing, action has gotten even better. Rob Harbin of the MarDon Resort tackle shop said the walleye bite, especially, should be great from now until July.

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April 23  |  Herald staff
Lingcod season off and running The lingcod season opened April 16 and remains open through Oct. 16. The limit in the Straits is two lings and six black or blue bass.

Out in the ocean the limit is two lings and 10 rockfish.

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April 16  |  By Wayne Kruse
For the week of April 6-12, state creel checkers tallied 35 boat anglers on the Cowlitz River with 14 hatchery steelhead kept and five released. Some 125 bank anglers had 34 adult spring chinook and 10 steelhead, and had released three wild and two hatchery steelhead. Most of the chinook were caught at the barrier dam, and steelhead at the trout hatchery, although some fish were also caught in the lower river. More than 200 bank anglers were counted at the barrier dam on Sunday.

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March 12  |  Herald news services
Hot Plug's Derby results This past Saturday’s Hot Plug’s Blackmouth Derby drew 94 anglers, who weighed in 13 fish. Here are the results:

First place--Terry Pitt of Sedro-Woolley, 15.12 pounds, $2,350 Second Place--Ron Lampers of Whidbey Island, 12.05 pounds, $940 

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February 19  |  By Wayne Kruse
State Fish and Wildlife Department biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver said the Columbia River spring chinook fishery is just starting to gather steam.

"There hasn’t been a lot of fishing effort yet," he said "and it won’t really break loose until mid- to late March."

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February 4  |  By Wayne Kruse
This is Naional Rifle Association weekend at Cabela’s Tulalip, the annual event featuring an NRA membership drive, along with a series of firearm safety courses, educational workshops, in-store product demonstrations and more. All new and current NRA members who join or renew their membership during NRA weekend will receive a $25 Cabela’s gift card.

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January 22  |  By Wayne Kruse
Animal Planet’s new documentary series "Rugged Justice" follows Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife police on patrol — a window into the vital, varied and sometimes harrowing work of protecting both nature and Washington residents, according to the department’s deputy chief, Mike Hobbs.

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January 22  |  Herald staff
Here is the seminar schedule for the 2015 Seattle Boat Show, which runs Jan. 23 through Jan. 31 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Friday, Jan. 23

2 p.m. — Saltwater Fishing in British Columbia (Tom Nelson)

3 p.m. — TJ Nelson Dirty Downrigger Tricks (TJ Nelson)

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January 15  |  By Wayne Kruse
The state Health Department has given the green light for eight days of razor clam digging on the coastal beaches. The dig runs Jan. 17-24 on specified beaches, and includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Jan. 19.

The department has proposed another dig for Jan. 30-Feb. 6, also on selected beaches.

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January 15  |  Herald staff
The schedule for the Washington Sportsmen's Show at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup:


Fly Casting Pond

1 p.m. -- Don Simonson, Cabela's Advanced Pro Staff Fly Casts (curves, mends, distance)

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January 8  |  By Wayne Kruse
On Dec. 23 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by anti-hunting groups petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to issue regulations banning traditional ammunition with lead components. According to a release by Mike Bazinet of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the refusal by the EPA to consider the petition was challenged by the anti-hunting petitioners in federal court in 2013.

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December 18  |  By Wayne Kruse
An estimated 184,000 fall chinook spawned naturally in the Hanford Reach portion of the Columbia River this year, including adults and jacks, a record for overall escapement.

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December 4  |  By Wayne Kruse
Marine Area 9 shut down Nov. 30, leaving areas 8-1 and 8-2 as local alternatives. All Star Charters owner/skipper Gary Krein of Everett said Area 9 was pretty good before it closed, when weather allowed, and he expects blackmouth to be available now at such usually productive spots as Elger Bay, the "racetrack" between Hat Island and Camano Head, Columbia Beach and south Hat Island.

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