|Charlie with a nice bull during early steelheading|
|Home sweet home- for me and 74 native fishes!|
I have to say that for me personally, this is truly awesome! I can have the best of everything I love to fish for. I can have great stream trout fishing if I want it (and I occasionally do) but I can also chase pike, salmon, bowfin, gar, musky, pickerel, perch, sunfish, bass, suckers, and freshwater drum all in their natural habitat without having to drive more than 60 miles. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy fishing trout and salmon, but if that was the primary game in town I would get bored. I like big predatory fish. Yes, there are some pike and tiger muskies in Washington, but they are introductions. And I bet they don't get as big as they do around here.
In my mind there is no comparison between the two locations. I would never be able to live on the West Coast because of the fish. I will definitely visit sometime to do some fishing and visit some very good friends that live there. I am sure I will have fun, but like the old saying goes- great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!