May Issue Loaded With Fishing, Family Getaways

I must confess that two summers ago, I camped right beside a trout-filled lake and didn’t fish it once.

Didn’t fling a single fly, toss a spinner or plunk dough from our little beach at Pearrygin Lake, or off the dock down the way.

Nope, I spent the entire trip trying to keep a 1-year-old boy under control. It actually took three of us, two adults and our preteen niece, but even so, there was no time to break away.

It was a sobering entry to fatherhood for this formerly footloose fisherman.

Never before had I gone camping without wetting a line.

My 30-year streak?

Sideswiped by a whirling dervish of a dirt-and-charcoal-covered toddler.

MY SON, BLESS HIS LITTLE HEART, WANDERING OFF AT WALLOWA LAKE STATE PARK LAST SUMMER. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

It was also a bit embarrassing for a sporting magazine editor. So much so that for our next family camping trip – last Fourth of July on Orcas Island in the San Juans – we called in reinforcements, four more adult hands.

It worked. I was able to troll and bank fish around the shores of a pair of lakes at the big state park there.

THE EDITOR BALANCES FISHING AND FAMILY LIFE VERY, VERY EARLY ONE MORNING LAST SUMMER AT MORAN STATE PARK, IN WASHINGTON'S SAN JUAN ISLANDS. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

That gave Amy and I some confidence. The next month just we three camped at Wallowa Lake State Park under Oregon’s Alps and I spent half a day on the water with a local kokanee guru.

OF COURSE THIS PAST WINTER we added another boy to the lineup, so my new one-year camp-fishing streak may be in jeopardy.

But a funny thing happened on those two campouts last summer: I enjoyed the fishing as much as I did playing tourist – wandering around towns, licking ice cream cones, snapping pictures of murals and funny signs and going on hikes and scenic drives with the fam.

I wrote about our trip to Wallowa last year, and with all those King Kong-sized kokanee they’re catching up there, expanded upon it with fishing tips, sights to see and family fun to be had in our May issue.

Indeed, this issue’s for all you anglin’ Daddies who’ve found yourselves in a similar predicament: needing a Northwest Getaway that works for the fam and, if the moment should arise, has fishing handy.

For our special section, I asked writers across the Northwest for their ideas.

They sent me great pieces on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula and Oregon’s Newport, Astoria and Florence areas; Ross Lake, Mt. Adams, Bend and the upper Rogue in the Cascades; clamming and oystering in Puget Sound and Hood Canal; and more!

MAY 2010 NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN. (MAIN IMAGE: MARK MONCRIEF, TRI-STATE OUTFITTERS; INSET: ANDY SCHNEIDER)

WE ALSO PREVIEW spring pike and walleye fishing in Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle and follow spring Chinook up the Rogue, Willamette and Yakima Rivers as well as into Tillamook Bay.

Speaking of springers, a Southwest Oregon guide got to wondering about the tooth marks on his diver, so he began tinkering with how to turn the device into a bait itself. This issue he reveals two years’ worth of research to Larry Ellis with a Rig of the Month you don’t want to miss.

DIVER AS SPRINGER BAIT, THE MAY RIG OF THE MONTH. (LARRY ELLIS)

We also head offshore for halibut with Andy Schneider in search of The Chicken Ranch and Banana Bank, armed with a mess of timely tips from a guide out of Garibaldi.

And there’s also trout fishing to be had at Kitsap Lake right outside Bremerton and Lost Creek Reservoir, outside Medford.

Our columnists again cover a wide range of topics — Terry Otto on the fall of a controversial though popular bank-fishing spot on the Willamette; Buzz Ramsey on tipping, err, tipping lures, not cows and waitresses; Mark Veary on 3 great tactics for kayak angling; and Ellis lines up Chinook seasons on the coasts.

On the hunting front, Dave Workman details the three best cartridges for varmints, Wil Askew chases down late-season turkey and bears while Duane Dungannon reveals Oregon’s new dog-days cat hunt.

New columnist Ralph Bartholdt talks about the dangerous new places wolves are pushing Northern Rockies elk, and there’s good news for Washington mule deer and whitetail hunters.

All that plus sturgeon poachers, the Jackass of the Month, Mt. St. Helens, dam removal, ODFW’s Greenback Hatch, the Waterdog Shack and more in our biggest issue yet — the 160-page May issue, out to newsstands and subscribers in April’s last week.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go chase down two little boys. –Andy Walgamott

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