Just moved to Washington from Wisconsin. To be honest I was worried about the hunting and fishing in this area and let me tell you my first experience was a duzey. If this is any idication of what you ole boys get to experience out here every year than I am in for one heck of a treat. I'm moving out here to start a dog training business. It's real popular in the midwest but wasn't sure if you guys even had anyone out here doing that sort of stuff. My wife got a great job in Seattle and we have a small place outside of Ephrata so I got the luxury of just relaxing and doing some outdoorsman stuff. As it turns out, I wish i had my dog today, he could have came in handy.
I decided I was going to do a little ice fishing today on Evergreen Reservoir. I always bring my gun along just in case. Many of deer, Pheasant, ducks, coyotes and even 1 wolverine have been bagged by me on the way to do something else. Today was no different. Got to the launch about 1/2 hour before sunrise and I could hear the canadians. Got my gun and walked over the ridge and thousands of them near some open water just out past the little island down from the launch. Snuck out there and before sunrise I had me 4 canadian geese. Truth be told I Arkansas'd the first two. Tell me that aint awesome. I wasn't even planning on hunting.
I go ice fishing as I hear there are Musky and all I am catching are these tiny perch. So being from Wisconsin I do what we all do in the midwest and I whipped out the tip ups. Hooked a couple of those perch and set them up along the shoreline. What an idea that turned out to be. About noon, I look over and both tips up had gone off. By miracle I was able to land 2 muskies. Not monster muskies like I am used to but good eaters. One was probably 32" the other was around 29" I think.
Mid morning I got one nice eater walleye about 14". Around 2 PM the Geese started moving near me as I hear shots. Not easy shooting geese from ice but I was able to wound a couple. This is where the dog would have came in nicely. Geese were up above the shoreline and decided the ice was too weak on that shoreline so I said to hell with it.
Fished til about an hour before dark and on the way back up to the launch, I'll be damned the Canadians were back in that open water. It was a ways off but I emptied my gun and knocked down 3 more honkers. I found two of them, cussed myself again for not having the dog with me. Hot damn boys you have an Outdoorsman Mecca in these parts. 6 canadian geese, 2 muskies, 1 smallish walleye and a few 8" perch went home with me today. If anyone lives in the Ephrata area and want some geese meat let me know. I only need a few wings to help train the dogs.
I almost added to it as I saw a rooster on the way out and was going to get out and go for the Grand Slam but I wasn't sure on the regs. Hell I haven't even had time to read the regs as we just got here. But I know in places like South Dakota they get all fussy about their damn pheasants. So I wasn't looking to ruffle anyones feathers, no pun intended.
Looking forward to learning from all you guys out here. Is there any meetings where you guys discuss good Elk hunting spots. I have always wanted one of those up on my wall. Do they taste like whitetail? if so I just want the mount. Yuck on the bucks and ducks. Make good jerkey I guess.
I hope you guys all had as good of a Christmas as I had. Wife had to work but i can't say I was all that saddened. Just awesome. Have a happy new years guys and if you see me out there be sure to look me up. Also, if somebody can tell me how to post a pic I will be sure to put it up for everyone to enjoy.