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Most Recent Report: River King
Date: September 20, 19

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Boy, do I have a real adventure lined up for you, given that you would like to go fishing in Alaska. How would you like to go fishing in Alaska? Fishing for Kings, Sockeye, Grayling, Pike and all of this occurring on a river. Sound too good to be true? Nope. It’s true. I’ll tell y’all about it in a minute.

Alaska’s River King outfitters will take you fishing on the Nushagak River which is rated the number one King Salmon River in Alaska. It’s located in Southwest Alaska where there are no roads, meaning no crowds. The guided service claims private cabins, gourmet meals, what they refer to as un-crowded pristine waters, where you can fish traditionally or fly fish and at the end of the day, how’s this sound after a great dinner and perhaps the beverage of your choice, a steam sauna. From the middle of June until the middle of July you can fish for Kings, which at that time, are at the peak of their run. Trips are for six days and five nights and you fly into Dellingham, Alaska. You get picked up by float plane and land at their camp on the river. Here’s owner Steve Sprague: “W e take you fishing as much as you can stand. There are 20 hours of daylight per day. You can fish until your body can’t take anymore.” To get in touch: www.riverkingoutfitters.com


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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