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Halibut success curtails 2016 seasons

Washington anglers have become so efficient at hooking halibut, state fish managers say they'll keep the same catch quota but add more restrictions this year to maintain a season and prevent overharvesting the prized fishery.

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A kayaker hooks a chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River. (Courtesy)

Variety of small vessels usher anglers to more fish

While many fish are caught from shore or wading, an angler with a boat can access far more water. Anglers effectively use boats ranging from little more than boards to huge boats. There’s something to fit every angler’s budget and storage limitations.

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Colored tags have been inserted by the dorsal fins of hundreds of hatchery trout released into Washington lakes in 2016 for a statewide fishing derby organized by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. (WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AN / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife photo)

Washington tags trout for derby prizes

Some of the rainbow trout stocked in Washington lakes that open for fishing on Saturday are wearing tags that could make even an average fish the catch of the day. About 700 rainbow trout stocked in 105 of the lakes statewide have tags near their dorsal fins worth a total of $20,000 in prizes.

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Idaho has low-key approach to trout lakes

Fishing in the Idaho Panhandle is a year-round activity with no big general-season opening days on most waters. However, special rules can apply to individual lakes. Anglers must always check the rules when heading to unfamiliar waters.

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Steelhead bonus attraction at Sprague, Rock lakes

Marcie Smith holds a stocked steelhead she caught while fishing with family at the public access to Rock Lake in Whitman County. A one-time plant of 255,000 hatchery steelhead in June 2015 has provided off-the-charts fishing success this year. Same ...

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Ocean salmon fishing seasons limited by low coho forecast

Washington will have scaled down ocean salmon fishing seasons this year, but they could have been worse. State, federal and tribal officials in mid-March raised the possibility of closing all ocean salmon fishing in order to protect the extremely weak wild coho runs forecast for 2016 in many Puget Sound and coastal streams.

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Washington anglers enjoy several opening days

Washington will be opening a major fishing season that includes many area lakes on Saturday. But a closer look shows that Washington has a confusing system of dates related to fishing that makes it essential for anglers to check the ...

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A steelhead vehicle license plate was approved by the 2016 Washington Legislature to raise money for wild steelhead conservation programs. (Washington Department of Licensing photo)

Fishing briefs: Steelhead license plate approved

Coming in 2017, a new Washington specialty license plate will help fund efforts to conserve wild steelhead. The 2016 Washington legislature approved the sale of license plates featuring an image of the state’s iconic fish in the background.

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Williams Lake in Spokane County has two family resorts. Both resorts offer dock fishing as well as rental fishing boats, with or without motors.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fishing boat rentals offered by area lake resorts

Northeastern Washington has a wealth of family resorts that cater to anglers – including those who need a rental boat. Area lakes with resorts that confirmed they are renting small fishing boats are: Clear Lake: Mallard Bay Resort, (509) 299-3830. ...

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