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Summer Fishing 2016

Well it is summer 2016 and I am ready!!
Seems the winters are too long and the summers to short, same as when I was a kid going to school and now that I am an adult- yep I said it “adult”, reminds me of something I just saw from someone on Facebook about how am I even allowed to be an adult.. I mostly do not do adult things!
Guess now that both my parents have passed on it leaves me to be responsible.
Anyway the fishing season is here and big runs of King Salmon are expected as well as Sockeye salmon. The season opens July 1st for Kings no word yet if they are opening sockeye.
But BIG NEWS is they are opening Sturgeon Season on the Columbia River on Wanapum pool and Priest Rapids pool that is from below Wenatchee at Rock Island Dam to the top of Priest Rapids Dam, here is the official news release:
WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov/

June 21, 2016
Contacts: Chad Jackson, (509) 754-4624, x250;
Jeff Korth, (509) 754-4624, x224
Anglers will be able to harvest hatchery sturgeon starting July 1 in the upper Columbia River
OLYMPIA Beginning July 1, recreational anglers will have the opportunity to harvest hatchery sturgeon from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs, state fishery managers announced today.
This is the first time in two decades that anglers will be allowed to retain sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River, said Chad Jackson, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Several thousand juvenile sturgeon were released into the upper Columbia River in 2003. Recent surveys indicate many of these hatchery fish have grown to harvestable size. About 4,000 hatchery sturgeon are estimated to reside in Wanapum Reservoir and roughly 2,000 in Priest Rapids Reservoir.
“We believe reducing the number of hatchery fish in these reservoirs will help regional conservation efforts to recover wild sturgeon populations,” Jackson said. “We’re hoping to remove as many of these hatchery sturgeon as possible.”
As part the plan to recover the white sturgeon populations, state fish managers approved this fishery to reduce interaction between wild fish and hatchery sturgeon. WDFW is implementing a size restriction for this fishery that is designed to target hatchery sturgeon while protecting larger wild fish, Jackson said.
Between July 1 and Sept. 30, anglers will be allowed to retain two hatchery sturgeon daily that are between 38 and 72 inches (fork-length) from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. Sturgeon caught in these reservoirs will not count toward an angler’s annual limit for sturgeon. Anglers will not be required to record sturgeon harvested from the two reservoirs on their catch record cards.
Angler participation and success will determine whether WDFW will reopen the fishery after its scheduled closing date of Sept. 30, Jackson said. WDFW will monitor angler catch and compliance closely.
“We know there are thousands of these hatchery fish residing in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs,” he said. “We don’t know whether this will be a onetime opening or if there will be future fishing opportunities.”
More details about this fishery can be found on WDFW’s webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/
So very cool and great timing for me as I was gearing up before this came out to maybe try some catch and release Sturgeon fishing below Rock Island Dam just to try it.
I had to start with an anchoring system, apparently you just can’t throw a coffee can filled with concrete tied to the front of the boat, it is the river and the sturgeon hang in high current just below the dams. Well fortunately for me and the rest of us they have been doing this for many years and also Salmon fish with the same system down in the lower Columbia.
Well, there are a few people that make systems and one is EZMarine out of Oregon another is Leelock out of Ferndale, WA, also Motion Marine and others.
It is funny Sportsman Warehouse in Wenatchee carries EZMarine products and not Leelock and Hooked on Toys carries Leelock and not EZMarine.
So after much thinking I have gone with the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq9RsTy7E8I
Leelock system. Check out this video it helped me so much I must say that you should watch the instruction videos on both and EZMarine definitely has the best videos I recommend you check them out, I will have the links below.
Leelock looks like a great product. I have not used it yet but am in the process of installing it and hope to try it out soon. Check out this video it is very cool!!
It is quite spendy but figure if you fish the Rivers it is safe to have an anchor that will hold the boat in place. If you go to the Leelock web site that is almost exactly what I am using. I added the link to the Fishing magician’s site check the Fishing TV page to see the video of him and Austin Moser sturgeon fishing they are below Rock Island Dam and show catching and releasing huge fish.
It will be the first for me really anchoring so hope it goes well. My good friend Al is going to come practice with me.
So this summer it is Salmon fishing and now sturgeon fishing.
I did do some walleye fishing this spring at Banks Lake which was fun, different for me cuz I never have fished using bottom bouncers, but for some reason it is exciting. Unfortunately, Banks Lake is over an hour drive, but worth it when you get there. And I want to thank Brian from BJ Guide Service out of Moses Lake for taking me fishing on banks.. Great fun.
I did have a few experiences there that I will talk about some time later. I did see a black bear about 10 miles out of Grand Coulee one after noon which surprised the crap out of me. It was nowhere near the woods where I thought bears hung out. This was close to wheat fields and not far from Barker Canyon turn off.
So just a word of caution no matter where you are camping this year take bear spray and use all you learned or you need to learn about camping in bear country, like don’t leave food out and things like that because I am here to tell you bear do not always stay in the woods!!
So I will try to get some good pictures and videos of my adventures this summer. So stay tuned!
Also I need to give a shout out and a big thank you to Rick Graybill at HOOKED ON TOYS for all the help and assistance with getting my tackle and all ready for the Sturgeon!! They also have a great selection of frozen and fresh bait.
Hope you all have a nice summer..thanks for taking the time to read my blog,
Mike
Links:
http://www.motionmarine.com/
http://www.leelock.com/
http://ezmarine.com/

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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