Outdoors

Vancouver's Andrea Blankenship caught this cabezon while targeting bottomfish off of Neah Bay over Labor Day weekend.

OUTDOORS: 56 days of razor clamming planned from Sept. 22 to Dec. 28

A RAZOR CLAM season featuring 56 days of prospective digs ranging from Sept. 22 to Dec. 28 has been announced by shellfish managers with the… Continue reading

Vancouver's Andrea Blankenship caught this cabezon while targeting bottomfish off of Neah Bay over Labor Day weekend.
Sequim's Kyle Kautzman enjoyed an excellent day of fishing near Salt Creek on his Old Town kayak. Kautzman caught a pair of good-sized hatchery coho after spending time releasing a number of kings and lingcod.

OUTDOORS: Coho taking their sweet time to return in bulk

HATCHERY COHO APPEAR to be taking their time to return en masse to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. Fishing has been… Continue reading

Sequim's Kyle Kautzman enjoyed an excellent day of fishing near Salt Creek on his Old Town kayak. Kautzman caught a pair of good-sized hatchery coho after spending time releasing a number of kings and lingcod.
Federal Way angler James Tift had a mess of success fishing offshore at Swiftsure Bank in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) on Thursday. Tift limited on hatchery coho while catching a halibut, a lingcod and rockfish.

OUTDOORS: Archery tuneup event in Port Angeles ahead of September hunting seasons

HUNTERS LOOKING TO notch some bows in preparation for September’s start of early archery black-tailed deer and elk seasons have some opportunities. Port Angeles’ Waipiti… Continue reading

Federal Way angler James Tift had a mess of success fishing offshore at Swiftsure Bank in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) on Thursday. Tift limited on hatchery coho while catching a halibut, a lingcod and rockfish.
Port Angeles angler Justin Peterson landed this good-sized hatchery chinook while fishing just off shore at the Caves near Sekiu.

OUTDOORS: Fish and Wildlife’s Recreational Salmon Manager will discuss catch number estimates at Anglers’ meeting Aug. 17

In-seasons salmon management has been a hot-button topic for North Olympic Peninsula anglers throughout 2022. Sekiu’s blackmouth season was cut short this spring after high… Continue reading

Port Angeles angler Justin Peterson landed this good-sized hatchery chinook while fishing just off shore at the Caves near Sekiu.
More days of recreational shrimping are being added for the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.
(Eric Winther/Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

OUTDOORS: Shrimp days added for eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca

With quota remaining in the recreational spot shrimp fishery, state shellfish managers have added some final days to catch spot shrimp in several… Continue reading

More days of recreational shrimping are being added for the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.
(Eric Winther/Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
SeaWalker charter skipper Fred Walker caught this good-sized chinook while fishing out of Neah Bay. Upon filetting, the flesh was found to be white, caused by a recessive genetic trait found mainly in kings from the Fraser River north to Alaska.

OUTDOORS: White kings a genetic rarity

Hatchery coho fishery until Sept. 25 in Marine Area 9

SeaWalker charter skipper Fred Walker caught this good-sized chinook while fishing out of Neah Bay. Upon filetting, the flesh was found to be white, caused by a recessive genetic trait found mainly in kings from the Fraser River north to Alaska.
The trail from Hurricane Ridge to Klahhane Ridge on a blistering hot day Thursday. (Pierre LaBossiere/Peninsula Daily News)

PIERRE LaBOSSIERE COLUMN: Don’t gotta have that bonk

This has been a strange summer. Especially for getting outdoors. First of all was the unusually wet and cold spring. There was still snow coming… Continue reading

The trail from Hurricane Ridge to Klahhane Ridge on a blistering hot day Thursday. (Pierre LaBossiere/Peninsula Daily News)

OUTDOORS: Marine Area 6 west of Ediz Hook closed to salmon fishing

Marine Area 6 west of Ediz Hook will be closed to all salmon fishing from Wednesday through Aug. 15. The Washington State Department… Continue reading

Clallam Bay angler Brandon Rodriguez found success while shore fishing for king and coho in Marine Area 5 along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Clallam Bay angler Brandon Rodriguez found success while shore fishing for king and coho in Marine Area 5 along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Chinook selective fishery within Marine Area 6.

OUTDOORS: Chinook will be open daily at Sekiu

Salmon fishing at Sekiu — Marine Area 5 — will return to seven days a week after Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife… Continue reading

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Chinook selective fishery within Marine Area 6.

OUTDOORS: Shellfish harvesting closures added in Clallam and Jefferson counties

Numerous beaches in both Clallam and Jefferson counties have been added to shellfish closures due to elevated levels of marine biotoxins. The… Continue reading

Angler Rob Robinson of Double R Squid Jigs said a thresher shark took this bite out of his hooked king before he could bring it on board. Robinson was fishing off La Push with Outlander Charters.
Angler Rob Robinson of Double R Squid Jigs said a thresher shark took this bite out of his hooked king before he could bring it on board. Robinson was fishing off La Push with Outlander Charters.
Port Townsend crabber Max Raymond had success off Kala Point, finding four large Dungeness and one rock crab during a recent trap pull.

OUTDOORS: Salmon schedule changes continue out west

Neah Bay west of Tatoosh-Line reopens for kings July 25

Port Townsend crabber Max Raymond had success off Kala Point, finding four large Dungeness and one rock crab during a recent trap pull.
Janell McCullough caught this good-sized hatchery chinook while fishing off of Sekiu over the Marine Area 5 salmon opener last weekend.

OUTDOORS: Salmon season starts strong off Port Angeles

Anglers enjoyed a successful Fourth of July weekend, catching solid numbers of chinook out west and finding even better catch rates in the waters near… Continue reading

Janell McCullough caught this good-sized hatchery chinook while fishing off of Sekiu over the Marine Area 5 salmon opener last weekend.

Cycling tour will criss-cross Peninsula

Bicycle Rides Northwest’s Olympic Peninsula-wide cycling tour will bring more than 300 riders to the region from Saturday through July 16. The… Continue reading

Everett's Marvin Livermont caught this king with a purple haze lure while fishing the Garbage Dump off Neah Bay. Due to high king catch estimates, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended salmon fishing beginning today east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and July 5 west of the line.

Neah Bay chinook put on ice

Neah Bay fishing season fully paused Tuesday

Everett's Marvin Livermont caught this king with a purple haze lure while fishing the Garbage Dump off Neah Bay. Due to high king catch estimates, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended salmon fishing beginning today east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and July 5 west of the line.

OUTDOORS: Chinook limit cut to one off Neah Bay starting today

Weekend of fishing trims 12 percent off quota