WDFW News Release: WDFW to release hatchery steelhead into inland lakes again this year

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish managers will release “early winter” hatchery steelhead into inland lakes again this year, now that federal fisheries officials have decided to conduct a full-scale environmental impact analysis of all Puget Sound hatchery steelhead programs.

This follows the same action last year, which put a bunch of 10+ inch steelhead into Fazon lake, among other lakes in place of releasing those steelhead into the Nooksack river. It was reported that fishing for them has been good this year at Fazon.

Free fishing weekend coming up – June 6-7

Every year WDFW opens one weekend of the year, the first weekend in June, to everyone who doesn’t have a fishing license. Anglers must still follow the regulations, including special rules, limits, etc.., but they do not need a fishing license. Catch records cards may still be needed for certain fisheries, so check out the specifics for the species or area you plan to fish before heading out.

Here is a link to info on fishing regulations http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Catch record cards are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. See http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ on the WDFW website to locate a license dealer.



3 Prime North American Hunting & Fishing Spots for Newbies

Hunting and fishing are great hobbies for those interested in eating healthy and local foods. But where can you find the best game and the best catch? Here are some of the best catches from different regions.


British Columbia

British Columbia, Canada is home to some of the best hunting in the world. There are few places you can hunt such large and exotic animals; moose, cougar, bear and even lynx, British Columbia has a wide variety of game for all skill levels and interests.

From mid September to the end of October visit Batnuni Lake and take part in the yearly moose hunting season. This area is rife with moose; in fact, a government survey concluded there was an increase in the moose population by more than 2,000 last year, and the bull to cow ratio in this area is one of the highest in British Columbia, says the Batnuni Lake Guides & Outfitters.

In the winter months treat yourself to a cougar or lynx hunt. These majestic animals have acres and acres of space and can be tracked with the help of dogs. The habitat in this region is perfect for these large cats but with the right gear and help you can have a thrilling chase with these animals. While this is a less traditional hunt, it is also one of the most coveted game trophies North America has to offer.

If you’re looking for a good catch, visit Vancouver Island where you can snag halibut, all five species of salmon, and much more. While Vancouver island is an amazing place to go fishing, it’s important to have the correct permit for for operating the watercraft of your choice. Otherwise you might be hit with steep fines, and who wants their exotic fishing trip bogged down with extraneous fees?



In Montana you can hunt a huge variety of game. Whitetail and mule deer, antelope and elk, bear and moose are all waiting for you in this state. However, it’s a good idea to look out for elk sanctuaries as some lands are protected and off limits to hunters. Because of this you should familiarize yourself with the regulations of the area. A good way of avoiding trespassing onto elk sanctuaries is by carrying a GPS system that you’ve programmed the boundaries into. People who hunt on protected land can face steep fines and even criminal charges. Whole protected land is off limits to hunters, private land isn’t as long as you gain permission from the landowners.

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Kentucky Lake has more fish variety than any other inland wildlife refuge in all of the United States. An estimated 144 species swim these waters. The most common fish known in this lake is crappie, but it also plays host to large and smallmouth bass and catfish, among others. While Kentucky Lake is best known for its fishing, this region also has a variety of game as well. Whitetail deer frequent the shores and surrounding area, as well as turkey and Canadian Geese. The Kentucky Lake area also offers other activities like golfing, camping, hiking, and biking, which makes it a great vacation destination for the whole family.

Hobie First Cast Kayak Fishing Seminar – May 30th

On May 30th Yeager’s is hosting a Hobie First Cast kayak fishing clinic.
The event will include a seminar by Brad Hole, a Hobie sponsored guide and
owner of Kayak Fishing Washington.
Registration includes the rental of a Hobie Mirage Kayak, instruction and
lunch at Lake Padden.

Give Yeagers a call for details and to reserve a spot. (360) 389-2934

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Awesome Father’s Day Gifts for Adventurous Men

This year give the adventurous father in your life something he’ll really use. Another tie or cologne might be traditional, but this Father’s Day encourage him to pursue his outdoor interests with the right tools to keep him safe and get the most out of his favorite hobbies. Here are some ideas to get you started.


For the Camper

With summer just around the corner many camping enthusiasts are gearing up for a summer spent in the outdoors. If dad loves spending a weekend in the mountains, by glacier lakes or along winding rivers, there is an assortment of camping gear he’ll need for the upcoming season. Maybe a new camping stove is in order, or even mew fish gear. If he is eco-conscious consider the BioLite camp stove which uses a fan and wood to harness a renewable energy source. With a battery pack that is charged by the fire the fan helps create, he’ll be able to charge his smartphone or any other USB device even while miles away from civilization. If he’s in need of any new fishing equipment, check out the latest at Bass Pro Shop. Whether it’s a new rod and real, or a pair of waders he’s been eyeing, you’ll find all the new gear here.

For the Off-Roader

Whether he enjoys dirt biking, riding an ATV or mudding in the woods in his truck, all-terrain tires are an excellent gift for the off-road enthusiast. While off-road tires work great for tracks, mud pits and rocky areas, they aren’t as comfortable when met with pavement or hard-packed roads. But all-terrain tires are comfortable on paved surfaces too. Find a wide variety of all-terrain tires at TireBuyer.com. You can even have them delivered directly to a certified auto shop for easy installation.

Throw in car wash supplies for a practical, yet funny aside. A new bucket, sponge and specialty soap will come in handy after hauling his dirt-caked vehicle back home post outing.

For the Touring Cyclist

Touring cyclists are all about the journey. If dad is a cyclist there are many things he might like this Father’s Day, just in time for prime touring season. A new set of waterproof panniers are a great addition for any tour cyclist. In fact, if he’s lacking a reliable set of panniers that may be the very thing stopping him from planning his next trip.

If he already has a tour planned, get him a tune up at the local bike shop before he heads out.

For the Rock Climber

Rock climbing equipment might be expensive, but his life is literally on the line when it’s in use. From new cams to belay loops, this equipment is essential for his safety. REI has a wide selection of climbing equipment available. While these tools are important, nothing is more important than the ropes. New ropes will keep him safe and provide him with the means to climb the likes of El Capitan or Smith Rock.

Trout lakes opener coming soon

Opening day is soon to be upon us! A nice list of lakes will open on April 25th. With a short list of fishing activities this time of year, it will be nice to have a bunch of lakes opening up.  For stocking reports, check http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/ .

For local lakes info check out the fishing access pages here on Fish Whatcom.  http://www.fishwhatcom.com/lakesrivers/

And remember, fishing licenses must be renewed for April as last years licenses expired on March 31st. Buy a new license online or visit a local shop.

Online Licenses: https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/

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Fishing Gear to Take You to the Next Level

Ever since our ancestors first cast a line into a body of water and pulled out their first fish, the hobby and sport of fishing has thrilled and excited generations of people. Unlike some other hobbies though, fishing is constantly evolving based on dozens of variables and external conditions. Here are some accessories you can use to make your life a little easier.

Tackle Box

Traditional tackle boxes are a thing of the past. Today’s master angler much prefers a versatile option like the Wildhorse Tech Pack from Fishpond, especially if you’ll be moving around while you fish. This vest/backpack combo has multiple front pockets to keep all your bait and tackle, as well replaceable fly benches to hold your lures. The back holds up to 1,300 cubic inches of gear and includes a pouch for your hydration bladder. It is also mesh lined to help keep you cool under the sun.

Eye Protection

Standing out in the sun all day can wreak havoc on your eyes. The combination of direct sunlight and reflected light off the water makes it not only hard to see, but can cause eyestrain and headaches. Enlist a pair of quality sunglasses like the Holbrook line from Oakley. When combined with replacement lenses from Revant, you can have different colored lenses for different lighting situations so you’re always covered.

The Right Tool

Preparing your line can often be a hassle, especially if the weather isn’t on your side. With a Minke line tool, replacing hooks and lures is a snap. It lets you quickly remove your old hook, then thread and knot the new one all with one quick device. A multi-tool is another must-have for any serious fisherman who wants to be prepared for the unexpected.

Find ‘em Fast

The aid of a quality fish finder can turn a weekend of fishing from a long, uneventful experience to a thrill-packed adventure. The echoMAP 53dv from Garmin has a color 5-inch screen, DownVu scanning sonar, and comes pre-loaded with LakeVu maps covering over 17,000 U.S. lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. It also has a built in GPS so you can remember where that perfect fishing hole was next time you visit.

Keep ‘em Safe

With fishing becoming more and more popular as a sport activity, following catch-and-release procedures is vital. Steps like folding in barbs on hooks and getting the fish in the water as soon as possible are important, but so is your handling of the fish. Having a FishGrabber by HyPark can help protect the fish by not injuring or puncturing it while you remove the hook, and it preserves the layer of slime that is essential for the fish’s health.

Wherever you go and whatever your fish of choice, make sure you are taking advantage of all the tools and accessories available to help make your fishing adventures as fun and successful as possible. Happy fishing!

Destinations: A tranquil fishing resort

Konocti: A tranquil fishing resort

Finding new fishing destinations are fairly easy to come by down the West Coast of the United States. But finding a nice tranquil spot that has something different to offer can be an intriguing prospect.

One such place that we recently stumbled across was the Konocti Vista Casino that looks out over the beautiful Clear Lake in Northern California. The marina is situated in a private cove that allows easy access to Clear Lake for all visitors and is a truly delightful sight at night.

But what makes this casino establishment such an interesting hub for fishing fanatics apart from the glorious Clear Lake? Every year Konocti holds its annual Bass Fishing Tournaments. The next tournament is the Spring Classic, which will be held on May 2-3, 2015 and has proved to be a very popular event among bass anglers in California.

Konocti also offers a variety of watersports, its many gaming amenities but most of all a welcoming family atmosphere. There’s a wealth of accommodation options available to visitors of Konocti. Onsite hotel rooms can be booked but it is advised to book well in advance because the hotel gets extremely busy during the summer months, and while the Bass Fishing Tournaments are taking place throughout the year.

The resort has an abundance of camping options for the people who would rather be at one with nature and the enjoy breathing in the crisp fresh country air. There’s an onsite RV Park that helps make the resort ideal for long weekend stopovers or camping trips during the tournament and summer seasons.

It’s a clever business plan by Konocti Vista Casino as many small casinos in the United States have fallen victim to the uprising of online gaming since it became accessible to people in 1996 through the trailblazing InterCasino. Unfortunately for the brick and mortar casino industry many people now choose to spend their money online as opposed to traveling to their nearby casino. Hence why Konocti and other relatively small casinos have had to offer more diverse entertainment to the consumer. Fortunately for Konocti, events like the Bass Fishing Tournaments bring in welcomed revenues that help keep this beautiful resort running.

So, if you’re ever venturing to the Northern parts of California consider staying at Konocti Vista Casino for a relaxing spot of fishing on the mesmeric Clear Lake during the summer. You won’t be disappointed.