Posts Tagged ‘fishing equipment’

Camping Gear: The Essentials

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

As I stare out the window this morning, taking in the gloriousness of a sunny day, I can’t help but feel like spring is here, and it’s time to break out the camping gear. Apparently, Marc Phillippe Babineau had the same thought — last week, he published an article entitled “Essential Tools for Camping”.

In his article, Babineau lists and describes a number of tools you shouldn’t leave home without. Among them are:


Spring Chinook and Sturgeon Seasons Set for Oregon and Washington

Friday, February 19th, 2010

odfw_logoOregon and Washington just adopted spring Chinook salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers yesterday during a joint state hearing, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

The Columbia River spring Chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 470,000 returning upriver spring Chinook, said ODFW. As a conservative measure, the two states decided to adopt a 40 percent buffer, leaving a combined harvest guideline of 17,200 fish in the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam. Similarly, the sturgeon seasons are based on a recreational harvest guideline of 19,200 fish, including 3,600 in the Willamette.


Steelhead Fishing Starts Today, 9.29.09

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today, September 29, hatchery steelhead fisheries open on the upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan rivers, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) press release.


Oregon Youth Fishing Event — Free!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hosting a free youth angling event this Saturday, September 26, at West Salish Pond in Fairview.

According to an ODFW press release, the pond will be stocked with 1,200 legal size rainbow trout and 1,000 larger trout. Additionally, the department will also supply fishing gear including rods, reels, bait, tackle, and fish bags for use by young anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced anglers.


WDFW: Two Poles Today!

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced earlier this week that starting today, August 15, anglers will have the option of fishing with two poles in the water on most Washington lakes. The result of a new law passed by the state Legislature, the two-pole endorsement option will apply to the majority of the 8,000 fishing lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in the state.

As is the case with most things that sound too good to be true, the two-pole option doesn’t come without its fair share of fine print. For instance, anglers wishing to take advantage of the new opportunity will be required to pay a $20 fee (in addition to the cost of a recreational fishing license). What’s more, the total cost for the endorsement will be $24.50 because of a 10 percent state surcharge, a 10 percent transaction fee, and a $.50 dealer fee.


ODFW: Spring chinook opens this weekend

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The Imnaha and Wallowa rivers in Northeast Oregon will open to hatchery spring chinook fishing Saturday, June 13, announced the Oregon Department of Fish and WIldlife (ODFW).

From June 13 through July 12, anglers may fish for spring chinook from the mouth of the Imnaha River upstream 45 miles to Summit Creek Bridge. The Wallowa River will be open from the deadline at the lower end of Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River.


ODFW: New Trout Season

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

On May 23, a new trout season opens on the lower Clackamas River, giving fisherman an opportunity to harvest stray hatchery trout, reports the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).Previously, the lower Clackamas was a catch-and-release only trout fishing area, but this year anglers will be permitted to keep up to two adipose fin-clipped trout per day. Any fish with an adipose fin must be released as quickly and gently as possible.

According to ODFW, biologists recommended the new season as a way to increase opportunities for anglers while reducing impacts of hatchery fish on native steelhead and salmon that occupy the lower Clackamas.


Fishing 101: Landing a Fish

Monday, May 18th, 2009

As fishing season is upon us, I thought it might be helpful to revisit some of the basics of fishing, namely, how to land a fish. The process basically consists of three steps, often more easier said than done.