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Most Recent Report: Bass Fishing With Lane
Date: August 29, 16

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We’re still in the thick of things as far as the summer heat wave goes, but it’s not too late to get out there and hook into some bass. Lane Andreasson, out of WA shares a few tips on bass fishing.

What’s your favorite way to fish for bass lane?

Lane “It depends, a lot of times I’ll fish top water and you can use a number of different baits, frogs or gary yamotos. They’re like a fake worm and they’re actually salted and they’re different colors.”

Do you do a lot of fishing off the bank?

“No, we got a boat and a trolling motor, we’ll go out and troll around the pond. We’ve got about a 2 acre pond and we like to focus on going around and hitting all the different holes. If you can, it depends on the time of year, but top water seems to work really well in the middle of summer. You’ll see the bass be really active and wanting to feed off mosquitos and different stuff like that. So we found that your best top water bait could be like a frog or anything that you can make a lot of action on top of the water”

What’s the best time of day to go?

“I’ve found that early mornings or evenings was the best. Sometimes during the heat of the day it was really difficult to get the activity out of the fish. It seemed like if you were out there early, they were wanting to feed and in the evenings, is when we had the best luck.”

Lane, thanks for taking the time to share a tips on bass fishing.


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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