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No sooner did Kameron Roslak land his nice Mackinaw than friend Ryan Johnson hooked a 12-pound Gerrard rainbow. They were fishing flies and Apexes off planer boards during the Lake Pend Oreille fall derby, and placed two-three in the youth division. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

A Lab’s place is in the blind? Whatever! Jake helped guide his master John Naab into a fine mixed bag of grouse – three ruffies and a dusky blue in the mountains outside Colville, in game-rich Northeast Washington. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Betcha these two tangle again in the future! While fishing with his mom, Katie, and sister, Reese, and with a little assistance from dad, Nathan, Cash Craig, 6, brought this John Day Dam tailrace diamondside in for a quick pic and release. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Is it just us or does Fischer Barber look excited about catching his first Chinook? Yeah, it’s a pretty safe bet he is! The 20-pounder bit on his first trip to fish with his grandfather Newt, on Nehalem Bay. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Fish biologists have the best jobs sometimes! Randall Osborne gets to sample lakes in far Eastern Washington before seasons begin, and he found this beauteous 19-inch rainbow at Fourth of July Lake just prior to late November’s Fish Friday opener. (WDFW)

A few coho managed to straggle back in 2016 after all, including this one caught out of a Grays Harbor river by Aaron Swayze. It bit a pink jig, reports friend and reader Gary Lundquist, who sent the pic. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Rick and Terry Itami had to work for this Elk River fall Chinook. Foregoing their usual fishing with a fly because of high water, Rick hooked the salmon on a spinner and handed the rod to Terry, but the fish had other ideas and raced off downstream. “Finally, it turned but headed across to the other side and behind a small sand island and into a snag. Terry was too short to wade across the river, so I grabbed the rod and gingerly headed across, changing direction several times to find the wadable depths. When I finally got to the other side of the sand island, I found that the fish had threaded the line through a small snag. Figuring the fish was lost, I took my time clearing the line from the snag, hoping to at least retrieve my lure. Then I could see that the fish had moved further upstream and wrapped the line around an even worse snag. It took me several minutes to remove debris from the snag so I could stick my rod through it to clear the line. After that, I was amazed to feel the fish still wiggling at the end of the line, but it was hiding under yet another snag. I got soaked sticking my hands and arms into the snag to break off limbs and roots, but I finally cleared the line once again. To my amazement, the fish was still hooked and it ran into shallow water where it beached itself and just gave up – totally exhausted. We still can’t believe we landed that fish, but the fillets are in the freezer and I’m sure we will tell this story for many years to come.” We’d say so! (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Fair morning of fishing for Adam Perez, you might say – a pair of bobber-and-egg kings on a small Washington crick. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Arm in a sling? No problem for Amy Hensley, who landed this wobbler-biting fall Chinook at the mouth of the Lewis River. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Austin Han looks on as his dad Jerry shows off his upriver bright, caught on the Columbia at Tri-Cities last season. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

“Allison Huwaldt does just fine when it comes to keeping up with dear old dad,” reports Mike Huwaldt of his 7-year-old. “She especially likes spending time in the boat kokanee and trout fishing at Yale and Merwin Reservoirs.” (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Chris Clearman started out last September banking it for Chinook on Washington’s Humptulips (above), but by the end of the month he had a brand-new pontoon boat to run the river (middle). Well, pretty much. On the maiden voyage, Clearman caught a nice big coho on a twitching jig (bottom), but unfortunately also broke an oar. Luckily, a friend was also on the water that day, so he got a tow through frogwater to the take-out – and had a chance to show South Sounders that, yes, fuel-efficient cars can haul boats too! (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

 

Huge smiles and great catches for lunker largie lander Lily Hunicutt (above) and her panfish popping sister Hannah (below). They were fishing a small pond in western Whatcom County. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Janae Brock caught this beautiful wild hen while side-drifting eggs on a Southern Oregon river with Jen and Randy Wells of Oregon Fishing Adventure. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

We show off a lot of firsts, but seconds are pretty special too! Parker King hooked this winter-run on the upper Wilson River during a great weekend of steelheading with his dad in late January. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Ashley Burows (left) and Natalie Travis are avid anglers in the Tri-Cities who like to fish for different species, but they teamed up for sturgeon last summer, a day that yielded Burows’ first diamondside and this keeper for Travis. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Remington Wiebe loves fishing Lake Roosevelt for its winter rainbows. She caught this nice one from the shore while out with her Uncle Tim. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

It’s not just fish that get hooked – anglers do too. Mike Smith says that’s the case after his bro Travis caught his first steelhead, on the Skykomish River earlier this winter. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

“Walleye popsicle,” anyone? Jerry Han and his crew braved a snowstorm on the Columbia near Tri-Cities to load the deck with tasty if not also flash-frozen fish. They were out with guide TJ Hester, and Han reports 3 inches of snow fell on them. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

With the .243 that her grandfather gave her for her 11th birthday, Grace Smith made a “perfect” shot on this Eastern Washington four-point muley on last year’s rifle opener. It was her first time deer hunting. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Cody the Lab made his first complete retrieve this past season, bringing back this green-winged teal and making master Bud Trubshaw pretty darn proud. They were hunting private land on Clear Lake, in Northwest Washington’s Skagit County. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

The fishing was where it was at for Macie Smith, here holding a pair of Wedding Ring-and-worm-biting Rock Lake rainbows, but truth be known, Cooper enjoyed the shore lunch of marshmallows and hot dogs a bit more, reports their gramps, Larry Kile. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Summer fishing on Newman Lake near Spokane was productive and fun for this husband-and-wife duo. That’s Ken McNaughton (above) with a 15-inch crappie and his wife of 33 years, Joy (below), with her 23-inch largemouth. Both fish were caught on small jigs tipped with grubs. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

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Can you tell Ryan Weaver’s happy that the holidays are over and he can finally get in a little waterfowl hunting? The Western Washington sporting goods manager belongs to a duck club along Toppenish Creek and last weekend enjoyed a good shoot with two friends, one of whom snapped this great pic. Fellow club member Bob Velikanje forwarded the image. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

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The 2015-16 waterfowl season got off to a very tough start for Gunnar Velikanje due to a lack of water at the Yakima Valley hunting club he belongs to. “For two months we watched the water levels (of Toppenish Creek) hover around 25 to 30 cubic feet per second,” says his dad, Bob. “We sat idly with bone dry ponds, attempting to locate birds where we could. Then December 5th came and the rain began.” He reports that he and Gunnar both shot limits of greenheads last Saturday and Sunday, the final day duck hunting was open on the Yakama Reservation this season (it continues through Jan. 31 in the rest of the state). (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Patrick Gottsch of Columbia River Knife & Tool says the phrase “blood lines to blood trails” was fitting for his hunt last season in Oregon’s Fossil Unit. After celebrating his eldest daughter’s 21st the night before, he harvested this three-point the next day. As for the blood trail, it took four hours of following to find the downed buck “only to find him literally 40 yards from where I shot. It was a great story.” Kudos for the tenacity. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Patrick Gottsch of Columbia River Knife & Tool says the phrase “blood lines to blood trails” was fitting for his hunt last season in Oregon’s Fossil Unit. After celebrating his eldest daughter’s 21st the night before, he harvested this three-point the next day. As for the blood trail, it took four hours of following to find the downed buck “only to find him literally 40 yards from where I shot. It was a great story.” Kudos for the tenacity. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Hunting with his uncle Gary Hoch, Brycen Reeves, 17, of Port Orchard, Wash., harvested his first deer this past November while bowhunting in the state’s upper righthand corner. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Hunting with his uncle Gary Hoch, Brycen Reeves, 17, of Port Orchard, Wash., harvested his first deer this past November while bowhunting in the state’s upper righthand corner. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Despite a warm winter, there was still ice fishing to be had in Eastern Washington. Dave Getzin and friend Don Talbot did well on rainbows and yellow perch at Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge in the upper Methow Valley. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Despite a warm winter, there was still ice fishing to be had in Eastern Washington. Dave Getzin and friend Don Talbot did well on rainbows and yellow perch at Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge in the upper Methow Valley. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Dan Richardson’s North Sound state-lands blacktail features a 4-inch droptine. “I have always dreamed of taking a trophy blackie and was very pleased with this one,” he said of his late October buck. Richardson was using a Tikka T3 .300 Win Mag. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Dan Richardson’s North Sound state-lands blacktail features a 4-inch droptine. “I have always dreamed of taking a trophy blackie and was very pleased with this one,” he said of his late October buck. Richardson was using a Tikka T3 .300 Win Mag. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)