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To Kill or Not To Kill

Keep your fish submerged and use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pry the hook out if you intend to release it, touching it with your hands as little as possible, as this Barrier Dam angler did last Friday. This unhappy hooker wasn't fishing to play catch and release games with the salmon, but had hoped to haul up a legal fish. This Chinook sported an extra fin, making it illegal to keep.

Whenever I tell local hunters I have elk and deer in my backyard, they inevitably ask, “Do you hunt them?” No, I don’t hunt them. I tell them (somewhat tongue in cheek) I have a rule at my house, one I instituted when my three boys became of an age to carry a gun, “You kill it, you clean it, ... Read More »

Riffe Lake Silvers at Mossyrock Dam


I was invited to tag along on a trip to the Mossyrock Dam (off HWY 12, just under 3 miles past Mossyrock) to fish Riffe Lake for silvers (aka landlocked coho) with Jay and Lucie yesterday. I arrived 15 minutes after Jay began fishing, he already had his limit of five fish on the bank. Why were the fish on ... Read More »

Cold Weather Crappie

Black crappie, Silver Lake, Cowlitz County, WA

SILVER LAKE — Crappie fishing in the morning, writing about crappie fishing in the afternoon, and eating crappie for supper. Life is pretty good for this Outdoors reporter. One of the perks of my Outdoors writing job is getting to go fishing. Yeah, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. And whenever someone asks me to go fishing with ... Read More »

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