Multiple-season hunting permit deadline set
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The American Wigeon is first cousin to last column’s Eurasian Wigeon, and very similar but for the colors of the breeding-plumaged males.
Sunday, March 2
Adjustments are definitely in the wind as we move along in the current fishing season. As of today, anglers will undoubtedly have less fishing options available while pursuing steelhead.
If you look closely at a large gathering of American Wigeons, you will most likely find one or two Eurasian Wigeons tucked in among them.
We are coming up on that part of the winter steelhead season when some changes are about to occur. Those changes will largely be in regard to some of our smaller rivers closing for the season at the end of this month.
This photo by Gregg Thompson clearly shows two poses of the male Hooded Merganser in courtship display, and the female checking them out. I will regretfully desist from making any human comparisons. Suffice it to say, the boys know how to strut their stuff, and they are definitely looking fine. These little ducks are easy to spot out on the water; they stand out like a neon sign against the background of water and plants.
Seasons set for spring chinook, white sturgeon on the Columbia River
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a new policy to guide salmon management in Grays Harbor and an updated policy for sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a public meeting scheduled Friday and Saturday in Tumwater.
The season for inland salmon fishing closed as of Jan. 31. This closure takes into account any salmon caught in our streams that must be released.
As you read this column, I am probably somewhere attempting to hook into a fresh winter steelhead. One of the main reasons for fishing at this time is that it is the most productive time frame in the season to catch this desirable game fish.
Size: 6 3/4 inches high, with the female a bit larger, a wingspan of 12 inches, and weighs about 2.5 ounces.
Four guided snowshoe hikes and a cross-country ski trip in January and February will take participants to locations in and around the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
The National Park Service has set the dates in 2014 on which no entrance fees will be charged. Nine fee-free days are scheduled this year.