2022 was an incredible year of new hunting experiences and also some challenges and missed opportunities. I want to share what went well, what didn’t and what I’ve learned from it in a way that will hopefully help you on your learning journey as well.Continue reading “Reviewing my 2022 hunting season”
The Cowlitz River typically has one of the best runs of Spring Chinook for any river not named the Columbia. There’s a significant amount of bank access, but jet boats and drift boats do a lot of the catching as well.Continue reading “Cowlitz River Spring Chinook Fishing 2023”
So, as I’ve shared earlier, I’ve got this place in Prosser, WA that I rent out as an AirBnB / VRBO and I’ve been beyond excited to spend time over there myself enjoying the unique harvest opportunities that are more suited for the areas east of the Cascades.
So last weekend, I decided to try my hand at goose hunting!Continue reading “Goose Hunting near Prosser, December 2022”
What’s really going on with the Chehalis River winter steelhead season of 2022-2023? Why are recreational anglers being denied access to consume hatchery steelhead and coho which have been raised for the purpose of consumption via the license fees we’ve spent?
Is this all to protect and conserve the vital wild stocks of steelhead whose numbers have dipped precipitously over the last decade and haven’t shown signs of recovery?
Some of the answers may surprise you…Continue reading “Chehalis River Winter Steelhead 2022-2023”
The Lewis River drains the western flanks of Mt Adams and the foothills of the Gifford Pinchot National forest and is dammed up to form 3 reservoirs at it flows westward.
The lowest of these reservoirs is Lake Merwin and the outtake of the Lake Merwin Dam creates the lower Lewis River that fills with returning hatchery winter steelhead throughout the winter months culminating with the final push of fish and spawning in the early springtime.
The Lewis River dumps into the Columbia River near the town of Woodland, WA. The Lewis is a larger river than it’s next door cousin (The Kalama), and is much harder to bank fish certain spots (though not impossible) due to its size. Luckily, steelhead prefer traveling through soft edges and current seams often reachable from the shore.Continue reading “Lewis River Winter Steelhead Fishing 2022-2023”
The Kalama River drains the southwest flanks of Mt St Helens in southwest Washington and winds its way through foothills and timberland until it dumps into the Columbia River just north of the town of Kalama.
The winter steelhead run on the Kalama is typically a decent bet due to the numbers of returning steelhead relative to size of the river which is probably considered medium sized depending on levels of rain.Continue reading “Kalama River Winter Steelhead Fishing 2022-2023”
Nov. 30, 2022
Contact: Region 6 – Montesano, 360-249-4628
Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262
WDFW announces 2022-2023 coastal fishing season
Below is the full WDFW News release, but feel free as well to head over to our 2023 coastal winter steelhead page for more analysis of the now announced rules.Continue reading “WDFW announces 2022-2023 coastal fishing season”
The long anticipated (dreaded?) clarity on regulations for the Washington coast steelhead season have arrived. Keep reading to be enlightened (disappointed?)…Continue reading “Washington Coast Steelhead 2023”
Nov. 28, 2022
Salmon fishing closed in Marine Area 11Continue reading “Salmon fishing closed in Marine Area 11”
The Satsop originates on the south slopes of the majestic Olympic mountains and runs south as three separates forks (west, middle and east) before combining in the last 10 river miles before the confluence with the Chehalis.
There’s a small run of hatchery steelhead returning to Bingham Creek Hatchery. The Satsop river is usually overlooked in favor of the Wynoochee when it comes to steelhead rivers in the area.Continue reading “Satsop River Winter Steelhead Fishing 2022-2023”