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Limits on bass and walleye fishing – alongside other warmwater species – were liberalized by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Saturday.
The fate of bass, walleye and other warmwater fish species, will be decided Dec. 14.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission put the brakes on a plan to remove statewide bag limits on warmwater fish – including bass and walleye – on Saturday.
All walleye caught on the Thompson chain of lakes in Lincoln County must be killed immediately and the entire fish turned over to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks under an emergency regulation adopted Thursday by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The Lake Pend Oreille fishery continues to improve with kokanee, rainbow and bull trout populations growing. However, the positive progress remains threatened by two aquatic species: walleye and mysid shrimp.
Walleye anglers on Lake Pend Oreille and surrounding waters could catch more than just the tasty fish starting March 1.
A surging walleye population in Lake Pend Oreille has biologists, and some anglers, worried.
Wildlife investigators have used a kind of biological fingerprinting to unravel the origin of a pair of walleye illegally introduced in a northwestern Montana lake.
This spring chinook season in Southwest Washington was so flaky – with the high streamflows by mid-March and low Bonneville Dam counts – that I only made one trip for the premier fish of the Columbia River.
Some anglers are thrilled to reel in non-native species such as walleyes in the Inland Northwest where God, in His infinite wisdom, chose not to put them. Fisheries biologists have the more complicated task of managing the fisheries.
The Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament on Lake Roosevelt was held in July when it debuted 23 years ago. “It was moved it to June to avoid the hot weather,” laughed George Allen, noting the forecast of temperatures above 100 degrees for this weekend’s event. “I’ll have ice in the cooler, the live well and in my underwear,” he said, the veteran of all but one of the annual tournaments.
Competitive walleye anglers have a longer trail to trek through the region this season. Walleyes Unlimited Northwest has assembled a new tournament trail that provides a more diverse selection of fisheries.
FISHING -- Although winter fishing for walleyes can be off and on at Lake Roosevelt, I've seen a good number photos this year of happy anglers holding huge walleye. Here's the latest -- a 13.5-pounder landed by Jim Donelan on Feb. 15.
When James Donelan and his friends caught a 125-pound halibut and five others weighing between 60-100 pounds each in Valdez, Alaska, dinner time on the water required a little improvisation. The group had a cooler full of sandwiches and condiments. Inside were two key ingredients: shredded cheese mix and mayonnaise. They mixed the cheese and mayo together and covered the fish with it and grilled the halibut fillets right off the harbor at Allison Point. The result was something succulent, flavorful and hearty.
Most people who’ve seen the photo in Wednesday’s paper of John Grubenhoff holding the Washington-record 20.32-pound walleye he caught in the Columbia River are amazed and congratulatory. But a surprisingly high percentage of readers are critical.