Outdoors

OUTDOORS: Halibut in hiding during opening weekend

THE EFFORT CERTAINLY wasn’t lacking for halibut anglers off the coast and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca last Friday and Sunday, during the… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Halibut season opens Friday; Kid’s Fishing Day in Sequim is May 19

THE FLATFISH GOLD rush begins Friday, the opening day of halibut season off the coast, along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in much… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Anglers fish through rainy opening day

LAST SATURDAY’S LOWLAND lake trout opener was held in gray, rainy conditions across much, if not all of western Washington. “One of the common themes… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Lowland lakes opener Saturday, Lake Leland plant set Wednesday

SATURDAY MARKS THE official opening day of lowland lake trout season as hundreds of lakes statewide open for a six-month season. More than 12 million… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: All you need to know about shrimp

ALL SEVEN SHRIMP species commonly harvested by sport shrimpers typically undergo a sex change in their life cycles at the bottom of the Puget Sound… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Port Townsend’s Burke and Meehan catch blackmouth beauty; flatfish limit changes off the coast

LINGCOD SEASON IS underway off La Push and Neah Bay, and while limits didn’t change for these ugly but delicious fish, recreational anglers fishing off… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Halibut tactics and techniques presented Thursday night in Sequim

ANGLER, AUTHOR AND guide John Beath of Sequim will present his Top 10 Tactics for Catching Halibut in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Poaching violations on the North Olympic Peninsula

improperly harvesting animals such as fish, deer, elk or natural resources like timber — is common.… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Chinook reductions, coho opportunities highlight finalized salmon seasons

GOOD AND BAD news comes with the release of finalized Pacific Ocean, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound salmon seasons by the Pacific… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Kid’s Fishing Derby Saturday in Port Angeles; halibut talks next week; blackmouth biting and more

WARM BEVERAGES AND plenty of patience will be sought-after commodities Saturday morning for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at the Lincoln Park Ponds in Port… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Salmon season proposals released

HEADING INTO THE back stretch of North of Falcon, the annual salmon season setting process, anglers should be cautiously optimistic about potential saltwater and Puget… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Rules changes coming in July

NEW SIMPLIFIED FISHING rules will go into effect throughout Washington in July, highlighted by the repeal of mandatory hatchery steelhead retention, the separation of trout… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Limit rises to two hatchery chinook Friday in Area 9; halibut quotas released

ANGLERS WILL GET a bonus beginning Friday in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet). The daily limit will rise to two hatchery chinook per day through… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: State outlines trout planting plans for 2018

HOT ON THE heels of Thursday’s Outdoors column, which touched on recent trout plants, comes the official release of the state Fish and Wildlife Department’s… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Wentworth Lake access not coming back soon

EARLY LAST YEAR, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife floated a proposal to purchase a parcel of land that would restore recreational fishing access… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Ocean salmon fishing options presented to public

OCEAN-GOING ANGLERS take note: salmon seasons will be reduced this summer. That’s the takeaway from the options developed by salmon managers for ocean salmon fisheries… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Canada contemplating recreational fishing ban along its side of Strait of Juan de Fuca to protect chinook

DESIGNED TO PROTECT resident killer whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has proposed either an all-fin ban or a salmon ban for sports fishing in Canadian… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: State releases salmon-run estimates, conference call today

SALMON RUN ESTIMATES released recently by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are expected to be lower this year compared to last season, including… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Last shot at derby tickets

IT’S THE LAST chance for chinook anglers to get in the running for a serious cash prize. Ticket sales for the 2018 Olympic Peninsula Salmon… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Area 9 reopens to blackmouth, razor digs announced

MARINE AREA 9 (Admiralty Inlet) reopened to blackmouth chinook fishing today and the fishery will run until encounter guidelines are met, or April 15, whichever… Continue reading