Cooper Lake Brown Trout

 Posted by on June 28, 2016 at 12:04 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Jun 282016
 
Cooper Lake Brown Trout

Last week I fished Cooper Lake, a high altitude lake northwest of the Salmon-La-Sac Campground on the eastern side of the Cascades. With rain and wind all day, it was a challenge keeping comfortable but the chance to catch some big brown trout helped us persevere through the weather. Near the end of the day, a storm eventually […]

Spring Mushrooms in the Eastern Cascades

 Posted by on June 8, 2016 at 11:56 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Jun 082016
 
Spring Mushrooms in the Eastern Cascades

My friend and I went morel hunting last week on the Eastern slopes of the Cascades near Leavenworth. After searching many miles of forest service roads, we were humbled by the elusiveness of our prey. However, I did find three new (to me) edible mushrooms as a consolation. By far, the easiest mushroom to spot […]

Spot Prawn Fishing in Puget Sound

 Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 11:24 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
May 192016
 
Spot Prawn Fishing in Puget Sound

  With a dire forecast of showers and choppy wind waves the previous evening, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about embarking on my first shrimping trip on Puget Sound yesterday. But, being a shrimp lover and not having shrimped before, I really wanted to try harvesting these tasty crustaceans from the deep. I was relying on […]

Catching Spring Largemouth Bass Lunkers

 Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 10:20 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Apr 262016
 
Catching Spring Largemouth Bass Lunkers

With the recent springtime temperatures, the lake waters are warming up stirring renewed life among its creatures. As water temperatures reach the 50s, largemouth bass will emerge from deeper waters and start cruising the shallows in search of spawning locations. These sites are typically near rocks, logs, and other bottom structure. On a perfect sunny […]

Fly Fishing Montana’s Kootenay River

 Posted by on April 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Apr 102016
 
Fly Fishing Montana's Kootenay River

A friend and I had the privilege of fly fishing the Kootenay River in northwestern Montana last weekend. The Kootenay, a freestone river, has decent numbers of cutthroats, rainbows and bull trout. Most of the river is big water with strong, swift current at this time of the year, so it’s not a particularly friendly fishery […]

Smelt Dip Netting on the Cowlitz River

 Posted by on February 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Feb 072016
 
Smelt Dip Netting on the Cowlitz River

                      A few friends and I went to the Cowlitz River near Castle Rock, WA yesterday to try our hand at catching smelt. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife set a one-day (actually 7AM to 1PM) season for dip netting for smelt. I’ve been […]

Oct 312015
 
First Pacific NW Chanterelle Mushroom Harvest!

  I’ve been interested in mushroom hunting for a long time but haven’t acted on it until now. Fall, as all good NW fishermen know, is prime time for salmon fishing and everything else is secondary. But I finally decided to learn mushrooming this fall. Many mushroom experts recommend that newbies start with the Pacific NW chanterelle, […]

Trout Fishing at Leech Lake, WA

 Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 11:57 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Jul 012015
 
Trout Fishing at Leech Lake, WA

The heat wave in Western WA over the past couple of weeks has put a damper on trout fishing in the lowlands so many fishermen are looking to the hills for cooler waters. Leech Lake near Mt. Rainier, a high altitude flyfishing only lake, is one of my favorite lakes because of the scenery, prolific […]