Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times

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Past articles by Mark:

Compare lift prices for region’s ski resorts

Here’s a rate chart for the winter of 2017-18. → Read More

Mark Yuasa says goodbye to more than 25 years of wonderful times covering fishing and outdoors

The sun slowly rose over the horizon along the south-side of Kruzof Island off Sitka, Alaska, back in late July of 2003 as I bobbed in the gentle ocean swells... → Read More

Head north to Blackcomb Resort or south to Oregon for late-spring ski and snowboard opportunities

Skiers and snowboarders who just can’t face that winter is over still have a few options to hit the slopes. Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia is heading into the final weekend of on-mountain winter operations at Blackcomb, which is... → Read More

Updated Columbia spring chinook return less than half of expectation

This is news Columbia River spring chinook salmon seekers didn’t want to hear. The Technical Advisory Committee – a group of Washington and Oregon, and federal and tribal fishery officials... → Read More

Lower Columbia River steelhead fishery remains closed until situation of a lack of spring chinook is further assessed

The ripple effect of a lack of spring chinook returning to Bonneville Dam now has Washington and Oregon fisheries officials putting a hold on the sport steelhead fishery that was... → Read More

Walleye fishing is off-the-charts good in Columbia River pools

Weekend Fishing Opportunities as reported by Oregon Fish and Wildlife: The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31. White sturgeon retention is closed... → Read More

Sport anglers can look forward to another banner spot shrimp fishing season when it begins Saturday

The Puget Sound and Hood Canal spot shrimp fishing season gets underway Saturday (May 6), and anglers can look forward to another decent season. State Fish and Wildlife recently conducted abundance test fishing, and those indicated a healthy population of... → Read More

Free entry to state parks next two Saturdays, and next two weekends at national parks

To celebrate spring and Earth Day, Washington State Parks and Recreation will allow park visitors free admission to state parks on two Saturdays this month, while national parks mark National Park Week with free entry this weekend and next. The... → Read More

Plenty of spring-break fun on ski slopes, and excellent conditions topped with fresh powder

Spring is blossoming, but those heading to the slopes will still find winter-like conditions and it appears the snow could outlast the legs on the heartiest of skiers and snowboarders.... → Read More

It may be spring, but more than a foot of snow expected at some ski areas

Packing a pair of shades and sunscreen are usually essential slope-side gear this time of the ski season, but more snowfall and wintry-like weather remains in the mix clear into... → Read More

Earn cash for catching predatory pikeminnow in Columbia River’s bounty reward program

The Columbia River Northern Pikeminnow Bounty Fishing Reward Program gets underway May 1, and while funding looked limited early on, it now appears there will be enough to allow for... → Read More

Razor Clam Festival is Friday to Sunday at Ocean Shores

The Razor Clam Festival and Seafood Extravaganza is Friday through Sunday at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, and is hosted by the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Activities include Kids... → Read More

Snow chasers should head to higher ground in days ahead

Don’t count on springlike weather on most ski slopes just yet as another round of snowfall is expected, mainly in higher elevation areas. Extremely soggy weather has watered down the hillsides during the past several days, but a cooling trough... → Read More

Ocean summer salmon fishing season options set with guarded optimism

State fisheries and Pacific Fishery Management Council have developed three ocean salmon fishing options at meetings that ended Monday in Vancouver. While not all is rosy, and this is just the... → Read More

First signs of spring chinook show up in Lower Columbia River sport catches

The first spring chinook catches occurred along the Lower Columbia River, but reports indicate nothing to write home about just yet. During March 1-5, anglers on the Lower Columbia made... → Read More

Winter weather persists with more than two feet of snow expected to fall at local ski areas

The first day of spring is a little more than three weeks away, but there’s no stopping the winter weather with plenty of snow expected in the Cascades this week. A cool and wet northwest flow aloft will push two... → Read More

Introductory fly-tying class offered in March in Federal Way

Start sprucing up your spring fly-fishing trips with fly-fishing expert Michael Martin who will be hosting “The Fundamentals of Fly Tying” classes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12, 19 and 26. The single-day classes will introduce fly-anglers... → Read More

Lake Chelan offers decent winter fishing action for kokanee

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: We knew it was going to be wet when Rick Graybill and I fished Lake Chelan on Monday, but we didn’t know that it... → Read More

Sport ocean summer chinook fishery could be dandy based on computer-generated paper fish, more forecasts will be announced Tuesday

More salmon returns have been disclosed ahead of the salmon forecast public meeting on Tuesday in Olympia, and if they are correct then anglers should see some pretty decent king fishing off the coast. The Columbia River fall chinook forecast... → Read More

Proposed 37-day Lower Columbia spring chinook sport fishery to be finalized Thursday

Salmon anglers are waiting for announcement of the Columbia River spring chinook fisheries that was expected to be finalized Thursday afternoon (Feb. 23) by Washington and Oregon fisheries managers. A fact sheet released ahead of the meeting showed what could... → Read More