2024 Winter Chinook Blackmouth Fishery to open 4 days a week

Limits of Blackmouth in MA10 Jan 2022

For many Puget Sound anglers, this announcement of our winter chinook fishery beginning on March 1st, 2024 is absolutely exciting. March is often the beginning of the recreational fishing calendar for those with a boat. This announcement is also a reminder of the challenge and difficulty of fishing seasons in Puget Sound the last few years with the restriction of being only open for 4 days a week.

We cover all the details of this WDFW news and provide links to helpful resources in this blog post.

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Going Smelt Fishing on the Cowlitz River in 2024

Limit of Smelt

Finally, we have a smelt fishery announcement! I know we’ve had a few in the past several years, but they haven’t been quite the same opportunity as what’s expected this Thursday.

If you’ve tried to plunk for steelhead below the Toutle River confluence with the Cowlitz River, you know that the smelt are in and plentiful.

Let’s review what you need to know to be successful on this smelt fishery opener.

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Reviewing 2023 Puget Sound Salmon Seasons and Preparing for 2024

marine area 10 chinook king salmon near seattle aug 2023

I recently attended the Puget Sound Salmon Town Hall earlier this week where we reviewed the 2023 Puget Sound Salmon Seasons, examined the weather and environmental conditions, introduced the 2024 North of Falcon schedule and WDFW attempted to answer questions from a frustrated public.

In this blog post I highlight the parts I think you should be aware of.

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How to make perfect smoked whole deer leg

Closeup of deer leg smoke ring and bark

As most big game hunters know, you get far more “usable” meat from the hindquarters of a deer than the front quarters.

The front quarters are often tougher to deal with and contain far more sinew and ligaments that are difficult to work with for creating nice venison roasts.

The solution is to cook/smoke the front quarters whole!

This blog post will explain exactly how to make perfect smoked whole deer leg with those front quarters that will be the envy of everyone who gets a taste!

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Columbia River Spring and Summer Chinook Salmon Forecast 2024

Columbia River Spring chinook 2023 1

Before the spring and summer salmon seasons get announced on the Columbia we get to review the final tally of the 2023 returns and the 2024 forecast.

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Explaining the Marine Area 10 closure, re-opening in August 2023

marine area 10 chinook king salmon near seattle aug 2023

The summer salmon season in 2023 was one of the absolute best in quite some time!

The abundance of coho and chinook results in many wonderful fish-catching adventures throughout the Puget Sound, Strait, and Ocean.

However, many anglers will best remember 2023 for the two very confusing, confounding, and anger-inducing closures that occurred in Marine Area 10 and Marine Area 11.

This blog article attempts to explain the Marine Area 10 closure in much greater detail than how most of us have previously understood it.

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Chum opens in deep South Sound, November 2023

Big teeth chum closeup

Chum fishing is the salmon species of November, along with a few places to find late coho of course. You can get chum salmon in the saltwater as well as the fresh. The best places in the saltwater are right in front of the natal streams they are bound for as they will stage there before coming in on a flood tide.

This blog post highlights some helpful resources as well as shares the recent WDFW news announced on a few new places in the deep South Sound to fish for and retain chum.

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