Aug 192014
 
King Salmon at the WDFW George Adams Fish Hatchery

  I happened to be in the Hood Canal today so I dropped by the  WDFW George Adams Fish Hatchery just north of Shelton. I expected to see the king salmon swimming  in the holding pens but instead watched the hatchery staff sort salmon into big plastic containers. The surplus salmon was being donated to several food banks.  It was a [...]

May 252014
 
Slurping Wild Oysters at Dosewallips State Park

Shucking and slurping wild oysters at Dosewallips State Park is one of my favorite pastimes in the Northwest. Several dozens of people had the same idea today but the beach has plenty of room to accommodate a lot more people. Although we did not see the sun today, the weather was great with the forecasted rain not [...]

Chum Salmon Run Signals Autumn

 Posted by on November 3, 2013 at 7:00 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Nov 032013
 
Chum Salmon Run Signals Autumn

Outside of perhaps colorful maple trees and falling leaves, there’s not a stronger signal of autumn for me than the fall chum salmon run. The chums have returned to many rivers in Puget Sound in good numbers in the past week. For Northwest fishermen, the chum run signals the end of the salmon season. And [...]

Pink Salmon Fishing on the Stillaguamish River

 Posted by on September 13, 2013 at 8:26 am  Outdoors  1 Response »
Sep 132013
 
Pink Salmon Fishing on the Stillaguamish River

    After a couple of unsuccessful outings for pink salmon, I decided to  fish the Stillaguamish River with a friend yesterday. It was a sunny, warm day and I was optimistic about our chances since recent fishing reports were positive. When we arrived at our fishing location, however, our optimism quickly turned south as [...]

Camping at Fort Casey State Park

 Posted by on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Sep 032013
 
Camping at Fort Casey State Park

A few weeks ago, my family decided to do a short camping trip to a local destination. Our criteria were that it had to have direct access to the beach, have a low likelihood of rain, and be less than a couple of hours from Seattle. After an online search, we decided on Fort Casey [...]

First Coho Salmon of the 2013 Season

 Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 10:13 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Aug 262013
 
First Coho Salmon of the 2013 Season

The coho salmon season in the Pacific NW is one of my favorite times of the year. I even have an app on my PC that counts down to the opening day for one of my favorite fishing areas. The other week, despite suspicions that the fish were not running yet, I scouted out the [...]