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Sturgeon Harvest Rules

Sturgeon harvest allowed in Wanapum and Priest Rapids Reservoirs
Action: Allow harvest of sturgeon
Effective Dates: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2016
Species affected: White sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length
Location: Priest Rapids Reservoir (from Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam) and Wanapum Reservoir (from Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam)
Reason for action: Hatchery-origin white sturgeon residing in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs since the early 2000’s are abundant and have grown to a harvestable size. Removal of these hatchery-origin fish is consistent with ongoing actions to rebuild depressed populations of wild-origin White Sturgeon in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.
Other information:
Daily limit of two (2) sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length may be harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs only.
No annual harvest limit of sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs only.
Anglers are not required to record sturgeon harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs on a Catch Record Card.
Catch-and-release fishing is allowed in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs after the daily limit is harvested.
Any sturgeon not to be harvested must be released immediately. Oversized sturgeon cannot be removed totally or in part from the water.
Night fishing for sturgeon is prohibited.
Only one single-point barbless hook and bait is allowed while fishing for sturgeon.
Anglers may fish with two poles with the purchase of a Two-Pole Endorsement license.
In the field, anglers must retain eggs with intact carcass of fish from which they came.
All closed water areas in and around Wanapum, Priest Rapids, and Rock Island dams are still in effect. Check the current sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).
Daily and annual limits, harvestable slot length limits, Catch Record Card recording requirements, and all other sport fishing rules governing sturgeon harvest in all other legally open fisheries still apply.
Information Contact: Chad Jackson, District Fish Biologist, (509) 754-4624, ext. 250 or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, ext. 224
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360) 796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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1st Sturgeon

Hello, Well as I said I geared up to sturgeon fish and finally got the chance

The first trip was just a practice run of sorts. When we arrived at the YoYo Launch below Rock Island Dam the first one we ran across was Stuart Hurd of Hurds guide services, and he gave us a quick run down of the dos and don’t especially low spots in the river and also how deep he has been catching fish..We also got to meet the Travis Maitland of the Fish and Game who was there with his partner checking fish and the fishery.

We boated around checking water depths and checking other boats and places. We did anchor up and did get a few bites that first time, but no fish, we managed to lose some bait and tackle but nothing serious. We scouted and saw where Hurd anchored and made a note of it and would try there when we came back.
Everyone we talked to that day was very nice and very informative. all in all it was a nice first day.
So I had the itch to try again soon as I thought we were on the verge of catching fish.. So the next available day Ernie could go we took the opportunity and started earlier this time. We were on the water before 8:00

There were a handful of boats around but no one where we wanted to try first. So we anchored up and altho it was deeper than we were told the fish may be we tried it anyway.
Well within 10 minutes or so I got a bite and hooked a fish! I could feel it was big but then it wasn’t making a big run so I horsed it close but then it took off and I figured it was bigger than first thought . I fought it for 1/2 hour then gave the pole to Ernie, I could tell it was going to be a fight, and Ernie wanted to fish so he got the chance. He fought it for about an hour, finally giving the pole back to me and I fought it, the fish did not want to come in it was a lot of fun but very tiring. Finally after almost 90 minutes I got the fish in close to the boat and we saw how big it was. Since the limit is 72 inches we thought it looked bigger, so we measured and it was about 83 or so, so after pictures we released him. Ernie wanted to go again so we did but after a few times just checking the bait I realized if we were to catch another I would not be able to bring it in Ernie agreed and we pulled anchor and headed in. I did have my Mobius camera on my cap and it was recording so here is the link to the video here, check it out!! Now I am concentrating on Salmon fishing as the Brewster Derby is not far off and Ernie and I are going to fish that!! fun fun fun.. until next time.. go catch a fish!

 

 

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Fishing Lure Covers

For quite a few years after Dad passed in 2004 Mom and I would get up most every morning before daylight and go Salmon Fishing on the Columbia River by our home here in Brewster, WA. After too many times of getting our poles untangled from each other to get them in the water, or getting the hooks out of the carpet or ropes or ourselves we knew there had to be a better way to secure them so we would not need to take the tackle off each time and we also needed a place to store the tackle as we were changing to try something else. This was not only while we were fishing but during transport as well. So LURE SAFE™ is what we finally came up with. After trial and error we finally settled on covers made with clear 16 gauge vinyl and we use 5/8 hook and loop fasteners so the covers can be put on and off with ease. It worked great so now we make lots of sizes and in 4 colors. We also have variety and combo packs as well. We never use glue and the hook and loop is sewn on both edges. We started making Dodger and Flasher sleeves to hold multiple items and from a suggestion of Austin Moser -Austin’s Northwest Adventures we have added a NEW product -Poly Vinyl Mesh for our flasher and dodger sleeves, with the mesh on the rear your choice of Blue, Red or White mesh and our clear vinyl on the front, some with handles and grommets on selected items. For pictures and more information and to order visit www.fishingtacklecovers.com or www.maukfishingstuff.com or direct sales 509-449-0605 call or text or email me maukfishingstuff@gmail.com. Contact me for wholesale pricing and we would love to put these in your store and tackle boxes and on your poles!! Custom orders considered!! Proudly made in the USA

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