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                                A cackling goose, foreground, feeds alongside a Canada goose.

OUTDOORS: Steelhead off to a slow start; low snow totals push season back at Hurricane Ridge; cackling geese spotted near Quilcene

HATCHERY STEELHEAD FISHING is off to a pretty slow start out on the West End. About as slow as anglers attempting to to re-rig their… Continue reading


OUTDOORS: Lake Leland fishing dock, Point Whitney boat ramp will see improvements

A JEFFERSON COUNTY lake was stocked with 1,258 rainbow trout earlier this week, but anglers will have to find another locale for some post-Thanksgiving fishing.… Continue reading


OUTDOORS: WDFW budget woes could be forestalled in future

WITH A $31 million funding gap looming for the upcoming 2019-21 budget biennieum, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has submitted a budget to… Continue reading


OUTDOORS: Dungeness River re-opened after recent rains

A WEEK, ALBEIT a rainy one, was enough for the Dungeness River to recharge and return to a more normal flow for this point in… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Rain needed to lift area rivers; Dungeness River closes to fishing Friday

DEPLETED NORTH OLYMPIC Peninsula rivers and streams will welcome whatever rainfall they can receive as the weather forecast shifts to more of the traditional wet… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Return of the Blob in store off shore?

IS ANOTHER BLOB setting up shop in the northern Pacific Ocean? Yes, according to University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass. The first Blob,… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Low flows could delay Dungeness River coho fishery

NO NEWS WILL be good news for anglers looking to drop a line in the Dungeness River for the scheduled fall hatchery coho fishery Tuesday.… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Razor clam digs on tap Thursday night

THE FIRST RAZOR clam digs of the fall season will get underway tonight and continue through Saturday night at three ocean beaches. Diggers can pick… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Time to forage for fungi

A RAINY SEPTEMBER has produced prime fungi-growing conditions on the West End and in eastern Jefferson County areas of Olympic National Forest. I’ve got a… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Sunny skies for silvers

FORECASTS APPEAR FAVORABLE for some sunny silver fishing on through Saturday, something that has been missing for much of the month. A cloud cover of… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Harvest reductions likely with new salmon accord

REDUCTIONS IN SALMON harvest, particularly chinook, would impact much of the Pacific Coast if the Pacific Salmon Commission’s new conservation plan is adopted by U.S.… Continue reading

Angler Kevin Pennington brought in these two coho last weekend.
                                Mason’s Olson Resort

OUTDOORS: Wade through the wild stock to find keeper coho

A WAVE OF wild coho swept in along the Strait of Juan de Fuca after the recent rains. It’s done little to knock down catch… Continue reading

Angler Kevin Pennington brought in these two coho last weekend.
                                Mason’s Olson Resort

OUTDOORS: No razor digs at Kalaloch this year, possibility exists in 2019

KALALOCH BEACH WASN’T included on a tentative schedule of fall razor clam digs announced by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife this week. The… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Silvers running off Sekiu, in Hood Canal

SILVERS ARE RUNNING in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and on down to Hood Canal, so it’s time to rig the Coho Killers and… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Solid chinook season coming to a close in Strait of Juan de Fuca

*Editor’s Note: A portion of this column includes a mention of fishing the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Freshwater Bay. The waters of Freshwater… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Warmwater species thriving in recently re-opened Crocker Lake

WARMWATER FISH SPECIES such as sunfish, bluegill and brown bullhead catfish have repopulated Jefferson County’s Crocker Lake in the two decades since the state Department… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Port Angeles Harbor crabbing has risks/rewards

THE QUESTION POPS up once or twice a year from readers and came into my email inbox again this week: is it safe to eat… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Good catches at Freshwater Bay; king limit upped to two Saturday off Neah Bay

FRESHWATER BAY PROVED productive for an experienced batch of salmon anglers recently. Avid angler and lure designer Pete Rosko of Port Angeles loves to fish… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Crescent trail hike offers serenity

THE SPRUCE RAILROAD Trail is open and plenty busy. If you want to enjoy some amazing views of Lake Crescent, it’s best to come as… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Mixed results for salmon, crab

BIGGER KINGS ARE out there in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Port Angeles but they aren’t being brought to shore because they are… Continue reading