Tucannon River Report
The river has now opened for fishing! Come on up and enjoy some of the great native fish the Tucannon has to offer. The black bead-head Wooley bugger and the black Rooster Tail are always a good choice for tackle. If you need any bait or tackle come on into the store and we can get you fixed up! Remember to check your regulations, upstream of Marengo NO bait & single barbless hooks, artificial lures and flies only!
CURL OPENED ON 15TH GET UP HERE AND CATCH A JUMBO!
The season is still going strong down here on the Tucannon, there is a lot of fish in the lakes! So get up here and try to get the big one. Blue & Spring are open year round now so come on up and get a head start on the fishing season. Also Fish & Game has started the state wide fishing derby. The derby runs through October 31, 2017 there are over $25K in prizes. The tagged fish are in Blue and Watson lakes. So come on up and try to catch a tagged fish to win a prize.
Rainbow Lake is now closed for rehab work. It will be closed for three months this year and three months next year to complete the project.
Blue Lake: 4400 Catchables 6/7/17 50Jumbos 5/18/17
Watson Lake: 1840 Catchables 6/6/17 87 Jumbos 4/26/17
Rainbow Lake: 2400 Catchables 4/5/17 75 Jumbos 2/23/17
Deer Lake: 1000 Catchables 5/5/17 25 Jumbos 4/20/17
Spring Lake: 760 Catchables 6/1/17 50 Jumbos 5/18/17
Curl Lake: 1300 Catchables 6/6/17 100 Jumbos 5/22/17
Big Four: 2000 Catchables 5/4/17 200 Jumbos 5/4/17
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 2017
Season opener April 15th. Been seeing a lot of Toms strutting their stuff in the fields. The bird population survived our harsh winter 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 or online. 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 -or- 1-800-562-3417