HOOK AND FUR
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be accepting applications for its Master Hunter Permit Program from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15. Hunters enrolling in the program must pay a $50 application fee, pass a criminal background check and a written test, demonstrate shooting proficiency, provide 20 hours of approved volunteer service and other qualifications described on the WDFW web site. Information can be had by contacting David Whipple, WDFW hunter education manager, at (360) 902-8111.
There are about 1,850 certified master hunters enrolled in the program.
• Fishing has been slow in the Skookumchuck, and fishing for chum has not been great on the Nisqually. At best, it has been an on-again, off-again fishery. Fishing hasn’t been any better on the Puyallup.
• During Dec. 2-8, Tacoma Power recovered 583 coho, 194 coho jacks, 107 winter steelhead, one summer steelhead and 14 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. They also released 201 adult and 44 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
Fishing has been fair for steelhead throughout the Cowlitz, said Jarrod Ligh of 4 Corners Store in Castle Rock. Most boat anglers have been plunking. At barrier dam anglers are catching mostly coho, but fishing hasn’t been that great.
• Angler effort was light on the Kalama last week. Some coho were reported released.
• A mixture of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead are being caught in the North Fork Lewis with light angler pressure. Action has been slow in the main stem. Steelhead are starting to move into the Wynoochee and a few are being caught in the lower river.
• Chum fishing has been pretty good in the Skokomish, said a spokesperson for Verles Sports in Shelton. Chartreuse-colored yarn and corkies has been the preferred bait.
• There is a lot of two-salt steelhead in the Chehalis and most are marked, said Charles McElroy of Sunbirds in Chehalis. Fishing has been pretty good from Porter downstream with plugs, jigs and spinners the preferred baits.
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