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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Under the Open Sky: Better Safe Than Sorry

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle I make it a habit each week to stop by and check on the fisherman at the Barrier Dam. I don’t make it a regular habit to climb down the rock wall near the spillway, however. But Monday afternoon I decided I needed to make that scramble, both hands full of items I was sure I needed. As I stood at the top of the hill, my gut said to my (apparently) inoperative brain, “You better set something down;…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Columbia Big Opener Just Around the Corner

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle June 16 is the big opening day for Columbia River fans on the hunt for summer Chinook, hatchery steelhead and sockeye salmon. Pre-season forecasts anticipate a strong run of 91,200 summer chinook and an even stronger run of 462,000 sockeye this year, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the WDFW. “This year’s fishery offers anglers a chance to catch chrome bright trophy-sized fish weighing up to 40 pounds,” Hymer said. “There’s a good reason why these fish are…

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