WONews Blogs

Bob Vanian's 976-Bite Hot Bite

Fall fishing season continues to produce tuna, yellowtail and marlin!

The fall fishing season is approaching the time of year when our offshore pelagic fish might start migrating to warmer waters... full blog

Jim Niemiec's Blog

Strong winds hamper upland game bird opener

What was expected to be at least a so-so upland game bird opening weekend kind of got blown apart when the first major winter... full blog

Gary Graham's Blog

Chapter 2016 of Cabo Tournament Chronicles

Sitting here at Baja Cantina looking out over a nearly full IGY Marina on a blisteringly hot afternoon, it just feels right! ... full blog

Merit McCrea's Blog

Fish finder physics: what am I looking at?

This little ditty here is about answering that enigmatic question, "What the I heck am I looking at on this here fishfinder?"... full blog

Surf Fishing Round-Up

Halibut top billing, bonito action good

The fall season halibut bite continues to take top billing, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Anchovy schools ... full blog


Three drown in June Lake mishap

Tragic sinking in heavy winds BY ERNIE COWAN Special to Western Outdoor News , JUNE LAKE— The arriv... full blog

Jonathan Roldan's Blog

We have to get up when to go fishing?

It seemed a lot easier back in the day to go on vacation when we were kids. But, then again, that’s from kid’s perspective. ... full blog

Pat McDonell's Blog

Bruce Ivey, friend of Sierra, passes

It is with great sadness that I report the Oct. 6 passing of Bruce Ivey, one of the truly important figures in the Sierra Nev... full blog

Grady Istre's Blog

When should you take a young dog hunting?

It’s never a good idea to take an untrained dog to the field for a hunt because there is very little to gain and a bunch to l... full blog


TroutfesT 2016 greeted with better weather, bigger rainbows

John Finch’s 7.44-pound rainbow takes top honors for overall big fish while longtime TroutfesT angler and “Trout Gangsta... full blog

Carrie Wilson's Blog

Ultra-lights and fixed wing aircraft harassing wildlife

Question: We live around the Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit) and over the past two years we’ve seen an influx of ultr... full blog

Bill Varney's Blog

Clams and the MLPA

This time of year always brings me a laugh. A few years ago when my son was on the surfing team he came home one day with a s... full blog

U.S. Open Blog


BY DAN O’SULLIVAN Special to Western Outdoor News Arizona TV Host Johnny Johnson wins 2016 WO... full blog


Game on with 186 teams

I t’s game time this morning! Dan Sullivan reporting: 186 boats gathered in Callville Bay Marina ready to pu... full blog

Blake Warren's Blog

Onward to Mammoth: Running and Gunning in the Eastern Sierra

We were speeding toward Highway 395 on a dark Monday night with reckless abandon. Just starting to emerge from the bowels of ... full blog

Steve Comus' Blog

Right measure: The full scoop on powder

When I first started reloading ammo in the mid-1950s, a friend who was the local guru of handloading helped me make, from scr... full blog

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

Video updates/posts here and FB

COUNTDOWN TO 2016 CABO JACKPOT The Tournament Dates are Wednesday, Nov. 2 to Saturday Nov. 5 with fishin... full blog

Big Fish Challenge

Week 8 of WON Big Fish Challenge brings three new leaders

Top spot in dorado category remains unclaimed with two weeks to go THIS 25.7-POUND YELLOWTAIL moved into the top s... full blog

Bill Karr's Blog

Fight pollution!

Hunting wild pigs helps keep groundwater clean! Any excuse will do when it comes to doing something you love to do, ri... full blog

2016 Lake Havasu Striper Derby - May 14-15

WON’s 34th annual Striper Derby highlighted by massive 36-plus pounder

80-pound two-day weight is the magic mark ANOTHER LOOK AT the hulking 36.15 pounder caught by Bryan Williams. ... full blog

Martin Strelneck's Blog

Opening Day Conditions A Mixed Bag

Waters Are Primed, weather big question JUNE LAKE — Going into four days before Saturdays opener, high country water... full blog

Rockfish Rumble

WON / Ventura Sportfishing Rockfish Rumble a booming success

Friederich Iwers from Gemany landed a 14.10-pound lingcod and took home the title of the 4th-annual Rockfish Rumble. The fish... full blog

Fred Hall - Del Mar Seminars

What’s on tap for the March 17-20, 2016 Fred Hall ‘Del Mar’ Show?

A sold-out show for March 17-20 means that this 40th edition has more booths, more fun, more seminars, boats, great food a... full blog


FREE 100 page Fred Hall Digital Edition

“This years guide to the 2016 Fred Hall Show can be read by either clicking on the image below, or by clicking on the link be... full blog

395 Big Fish Sierra Trout Opener

WON 395 Big Fish Sierra Trout Opener

Sign up by midnight online and win the new boat, motor and trailer ! ENTRY DEADLINE - APRIL 29, 9 p.m. ... full blog

WON Announcements

Keeping the Faith

A Christmas Wish granted by H&M Charterboat Faith and San Diego and supporters of the effort by the landing to ta... full blog

Yamaha San Diego Jackpot

Full report(new)

This event will be held in 2016. Coming up is a great three-month Yamaha/WON west coast photo contest andderbya... full blog

Chris Dunn - The Fishing Weatherman

The Fishing Weatherman Report for July 16, 2015

Here's this week's coastal weather video update... ... full blog

Catalina White Sea Bass

Seabass Don't show up for their own party

This event will not be held in 2016. Look for a great 2016 WON/Yamaha West Coast Photo Contest and Derby for private boa... full blog


Special WON 3/4 day Charter on FREELANCE

Catalina Yellowtail or Bust.....May 8, 2015 WON Charter 3/4 Day Special Sign up now for a very special 6am-6pm extended c... full blog

WON News & Calendar

Will There a Super El Nino This Year ?

A El Nino event may be in the works , comparable to the strongest ever recorded according to Mashable’s Andrew Freedman. ... full blog

La Paz Summer Slam

Inaugural La Paz Summer Slam by WON and Tailhunter Sportfishing

Cancelled. ... full blog

Mike Duffy's Blog

Getting involved in 3-Gun: Part 3

Scoring Over the last several years, 3-Gun / Multi-Gun competitions have rapidly become one of the more popular action sh... full blog

Brandon Hayward's Blog

Full Circle

It was in the 1993 archives after all. My first yellowtail and white seabass influenced me in so many ways; ... full blog

Irvine Lake Trout Opener

Someone will Win a Boat, Motor & Trailer at Irvine Lake Trout Opener

One lucky contestant on April 20, 2013 at the So Cal Trout Opener at Irvine Lake will win the $10,000 grand raffle prize of... full blog

Hotel Coral / WON Championship

New Ensenada Tuna Jackpot dates, format announced

cancelled, and not rescheduled ... full blog

Eastern Sierra Opener

8½ pounder from Lower Twin tops opener list

Late update, 8½ pounder biggest of opener: An afternoon catch from shore from Lower Twin Lake near Bridgeport upped the a... full blog

Paul Lebowitz's Blog

Fish and Game furball heads for another dust-up

Muck and Grime column Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards still has a few of his nine political lives. As ... full blog

Bradley Schweit' Blog

Bass heading shallow at Murray (at least before the storm hit)

Of all the fisheries I try to hit come springtime, San Diego’s Lake Murray is at the top of my list. Why? Well, first and fo... full blog

MLPA Updates


Coastside Fishing Club's appeal to go forward; hearing that could roll back saltwater fishing closures expected in late in 2... full blog

WON 2011 Charters

3rd Annual Channel Islands Shootout

1st 1st place=$200 cash, $50 in Turners gift cards, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Accurate Reel, WFO Tackle Bag 2nd... full blog

Bud Neville's Blog


There is a new kid in town for some of the crab combo boats fishing out of San Francisco Bay. The crews on a couple of t... full blog

Rich Holland's Blog


This will be my last column for WON. After 24 years it’s time to move on. Instead of writing something new, I have chosen to... full blog

Rich Tauber


As most of you know, I work as a fishing instructor and guide at Lake Casitas in Ventura. Yes, I go to work 5 days a week jus... full blog

Mark Wisch's Blog


Finally got a break in the weather on my Monday off day and took full advantage of it. Hooked the boat up ar... full blog

George Kramer's Blog

Old guys come through

While professional bass fishing has continued to be a “younger man’s game,” requiring far more stamina and pace than t... full blog

Scott Leysath


To many turkey hunters, cooking turkey breasts can be done one of two ways – frying or cutting into strips and cooking qui... full blog

Robin Wade

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Bob Twilegar

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Nicky Dare's Blog

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WON 3/4 Day "Yellowtail" Charter

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The Longfin Tackle Shop