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Most Recent Report: Rainbow Derby
Date: April 22, 19

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So it's conceivable and allow me to fantasize for a second, I get out on a lake. Have a wonderful day. Catch one of your tagged fish. End up with a 14 inch delicious dinner and then get a fly rod. That is definitely conceivable. Conceivable, if you're fishing the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s fourth annual statewide trout derby. Spokesperson Jim McDaniel: “This is the fourth year for our statewide annual trout Derby. The first year we did this. We had roughly 700 prizes totaling a little over eighteen thousand dollars and our fourth year were up to about eleven hundred total prizes and the new totals almost forty thousand dollars worth of prizes. So anybody who is eligible to fish whether they have a freshwater fishing license or a combination fishing license or youth age 14 and under are eligible.

If a guy was from Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and had a fishing license that guy could participate.

That is absolutely correct. As long as their license within the state of Washington which does include our temporary licenses they are eligible. Most of the lakes within the state will open on April 27th and they run through the end of October. During the fishing season if you catch a trout with this tag in it then you win a prize. We plant hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout each year. As we raise these through the hatcheries, we have the ability to tag them as we put them in. Catch a rainbow with a tag get a prize and a meal if you want. Web site: fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov


Sportsman’s Spotlight
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PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.

% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters


Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year


Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html


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