Tucannon River Report
The Tucannon river is now open. The black bead-head Wooley bugger, bluefox and the black Rooster Tail are always a good choice for tackle. Get up here and try your luck on the Tucannon River, 2 fish per day. If you need any bait or tackle come on into the store and we can get you fixed up! Remember to check your regulations! New 2018-2019 regulations on Tucannon River, from the hatchery bridge to Cow Camp bridge single barbless hook, lures, flies only and no bait. Now, from the mouth up to the hatchery bridge no selective gear rules, all bait allowed.
May 31 st was the last spring stocking of the lakes. WDFW will have a fall stocking in October for the year round lakes, Spring and Blue. Rainbow Lake is now closed for the 2nd phase of construction. Campground 3 will be shut down on July 16th 2018.
State wide fishing derby on until October 31st. Catch a tagged fish out of Blue or Watson and call the number on the tag to find out where to get your prize!
STOCKING REPORT UPDATE
Spring Lake: 2700 Catchables 5/24/18 75 Jumbos 5/24/18
Blue Lake: 4488 Catchables 5/31/18 100 Jumbos 5/24/18
Rainbow Lake: Rainbow is now closed for last phase of construction
Deer Lake: 1299 Catchables 5/07/18 43 Jumbos 5/24/18
Watson Lake: 2448 Catchables 5/31/18 100 Jumbos 5/24/18
Curl Lake: 4488 Catchables 5/30/18 350 Jumbos 5/24/18
Big Four: 2000 Catchables 3/27/18 96 Jumbos 5/22/18
Catchables range from 8 – 10 inches and Jumbos are 13+” in size
For up to the minute info go to our Facebook page for the most current info.
Turkey Season 2018
Youth turkey weekend will be April 7th & 8th this year so bring the kids up and get them a turkey. We will be having our annual youth turkey event on April 8th so bring the kids and enjoy lunch and all the fun. Event is free, please call to RSVP, all kids 15 and under allowed to participate.
Spring Turkey Season opener is April 15th. Been seeing a lot of turkeys again this year. The bird population continues to do very well. Get on up here and get your bird!
Sign up online to hunt wind farm property!
Don’t wait in line for 45 minutes or more to fill out form. You fill out form online then just stop into our store with your photo ID and pick up your permit. I would highly recommend doing this as during busy periods (deer season) you can wait up to an HOUR or more.
Do yourself a favor and sign up online by using the links below! Make sure you read and UNDERSTAND rules and maps. If you don’t have time to pre scout, do yourself and other hunters a favor and don’t show up opening morning expecting to know where to go. These areas have a mixture of lands that are open / closed to access and you can get yourself into trouble trespassing in a hurry!
PLEASE read all info about access programs. With this shared access program, hunters only need to register with one utility to hunt at any of these wind facilities. You pick which location you want to pick them up at. Please respect the landowners property, this is a privilege to access this area.
Puget Sound Energy / Hopkins Ridge
Located on 11,000 acres of farm and range land between Dayton and Pomeroy.
PacifiCorp / Marengo
Located between Turner Rd & Hartsock Grade.
Located on 20,000 acres of farm and range land north of Dayton, WA.
THE UTILITIES LEASE THE LAND FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. WHILE MUCH OF THIS LAND IS OPEN TO PUBLIC ACCESS, SPECIAL RULES ARE IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF VISITORS, HUNTERS, LOCAL RESIDENTS AND WIND PROJECT WORKERS. THESE RULES ARE DESIGNED TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE WIND FARMS’ EQUIPMENT.
WIND FARM ACCESS
Access to PSE, PGE & PacifiCorp area may be gained by coming to The Last Resort during regular store hours. You MUST have:
- photo ID
- Hunting license
- and license plate number of vehicles you will be driving!
These permits are available at no cost. More info below.
WHY HAVE ACCESS CONTROLLED:
The landowners involved are in a lease agreement with PSE to have the turbines on their property. These turbines provide additional income to the farmers and their families as well as providing energy that is “home grown”. The landowners involved in the access program have NO obligation to keep their land available for access (hunting) but have chosen to allow hunting through this access program. Many land owners do not allow hunting these days as I am sure you are aware! We should all thank the land owners, PSE and Fish & Wildlife for coming up with this program.
WHY IS THE LAST RESORT INVOLVED:
The Last Resort caters to hunters and many of you have become our friends. We are open 7 days a week with extended hours during hunting season. Since we are already here and “taking care” of hunters it was a natural for us to volunteer to handle the paperwork, inquires and foot traffic that will be generated by this access program. We should all go out of our way to thank the landowners, PSE, PGE, PacifiCorp and Fish & Wildlife for this program.
HOW IT WORKS:
This program is as simple as we could make it. You come to The Last Resort during store hours and fill out and sign an agreement each person getting permit MUST be present with drivers license or photo ID (excluding minors), license plate # of hunting rig, and wild ID number from your hunting license, watch a 3 minute DVD on safety in the wind farm area, pick up a map of areas available to hunt and you are good to go until March 31st the following year. A new permit will then be available and valid from April 1 to March 31st on a regular basis (just like your hunting & fishing license is now). I hope everyone realizes how much work and time went into this and appreciates what a privilege it is to have this land available. Maps to areas open for hunting will be provided. YOU are responsible for following rules and knowing where you are. Signage will be posted in various areas indicating what areas are available for this program. It would be a GOOD idea to take a little time to scout and familiarize yourself with the area.
For more info or questions call The Last Resort
Phone: 509-843-1556 –