Category Archives: Fishing

Fishing & Hunting Report: Razor Clam Season Tentatively Scheduled; Anglers Hope for Rain

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle WDFW has tentatively scheduled a razor-clam dig in mid-October, the first of the fall season, for Oct. 13 at four ocean beaches, provided upcoming marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. They will announce final approval of that plan about a week before the dig is set to start, said Dan Ayres, WDFW’s coastal shellfish manager. “We’re still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Huckleberry Harvest Approaches; Kokanee Limits Increase in Merwin

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Commercial huckleberry permits for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be available beginning August 13. A normal to good berry season is expected this year. Berries at lower elevations are just starting to ripen. At higher elevations, berries will ripen a little later. Huckleberry harvest for personal use remains free, and no permit is required. Personal use consists of three gallons of huckleberries per person per year.

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Fishing & Hunting: Head to the Beach and into the Ocean for the Best Action

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle A reminder that anglers fishing ocean waters off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) will be restricted to one Chinook as part of their daily limit of two salmon is in order. The rule came down from WDFW in mid-July. Their thought in the decrease is to “increase the likelihood of providing a season-long fishery.” We had been allowed to retain two Chinook a day since July 1. But an unusually strong start to the fishing season prompted fishery managers…

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Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle. Lori Wells, shown here with her husband Mark Wells (Cascade Musky Association president) caught the biggest tiger musky of the Mayfield Open Tiger Musky Tournament, hosted at the Lake Mayfield Resort and Marina over the weekend. At 44.75 inches long with a 22-inch girth, Wells caught her personal best fish — twice. "With the first fish I used a swim bait, thrown into the flats. The second fish was barely hooked, I never had a chance to get a seond hook set. My husband gets all the credit for keeping me calm while I reeled him in — I was pretty excited."

Record-breaking Year for Tiger Musky Tourney; Steelhead Recycling Study Starts

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle The worst hours of weather made for the best fishing of the weekend on Lake Mayfield at the 7th annual Mayfield Open Tiger Musky Tournament this weekend. In the first six hours of the tournament, between 6 a.m. and 12 noon, ten of the thirteen fish caught in the tournament were landed. Only three were caught during the Saturday evening run — and only two of those were caught during a brief bout of sunshine. “The worst weather made…

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Enter the Mayfield Open Tiger Musky Tournament — If You’ve Got What It Takes

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle “It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it,” I happily complained last year after spending the day with Cascade Musky Association president Mark Wells, plying the waters of Lake Mayfield for a few hours as we pre-fished the upcoming tiger musky tournament. After only a few hours of throwing a heavy rod with heavy line and heavy lures, my shoulders and arms were screaming for relief. I only saw the shadow of one fish that day, but I…

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