Outdoors blog archive for April 2011


Will Pegram, 7, reels in his first trout with the help of his grandfather, Rod Pegram, at West Medical Lake on Saturday. It was the opening day of Washington's lowland lake fishing season. (Rich Landers)

Anglers reel in trout dinners on opening day

FISHING -- Despite a cold start, anglers warmed up to the idea of catching tons of trout on Saturday, the opening day of Washington's lowland trout fishing season. Top producing lakes in Spokane County were Fishtrap (4.3 fish per angler) followed by Williams (despite wind...

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Deer in deep snow. (Courtesy photo)

Hard winters bring out the best in wildlife

CRITTERS -- While winter -- and winter-like spring weather -- is an inconvenience to many people, it's the ultimate test for wildlife. Deer can deal with a tough winter. However, too many tough winters in a row and put a local deer population into a...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Five tips for opening day anglers

FISHING -- Saturday is opening day of the Washington lowland lakes fishing season, which means trout for dinner this weekend! Jeff Mayor of the Tacoma News-Tribune offered these five tips from his experiences with opening day: Pack your patience. If someone is struggling to get...

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Courts, Public TV focus on Columbia River salmon

Watch the full episode. See more Nature. FISHERIES -- In addition to the spring chinook fishing seasons underway, Columbia and Snake river salmon are the focus of three other notable events: On Sunday, national PBS Nature series will broadcast Salmon: Running the Gauntlet. Better yet,...

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Four loons that nested in Eastern Washington or hatched in the region’s waters died last year from poisoning caused by ingesting lead sinkers or jigs.Photo courtesy of Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Poleschook Jr. / The Spokesman-Review)

Lead tackle restricted at 13 lakes

FISHING -- Starting Sunday, the use of lead fishing tackle will be restricted in northern Washington at 13 lakes frequented by nesting common loons. After a year of discussion and public meetings, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to prohibit the use of lead...

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Bill would remove lead tackle, bullets from EPA rule 

ENVIRONMENT -- Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that would protect fishing and hunting gear from environmental lawsuits, according to a report in Northwest Sportsman Magazine. Washington's 5th District Congresswoman is among 37 representatives cosponsoring "The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting...

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Late spring affects hunting for turkeys, bears

HUNTING -- The unusually cold, wet weather and seemingly endless season of new snowfall just off the valley floors has affected bears, turkeys and the sportsmen who hunt the spring seasons. Following are obervations posted this afternoon by Jim Hayden, a hunter and Idaho Fish...

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Kaufmann’s Streamborn fly shops shuttered

FLY FISHING -- Lance Kaufmann, owner of Kaufmann's Streamborn fly fishing shops in Tigard, Ore., and Seattle, plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection for his 42-year-old fly fishing outfitter next week, according to the a report in The Oregonian. The shuttering of the...

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Latest poop on deer diets: They prefer native grasses

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- The proof is in the poop for central Washington deer researchers studying the nutritional preferences of deer. GPS units, compasses and tape measures in hand, a group of eight mostly volunteer scientists surveyed sagebrush and windblown wheat grass on the hills far...

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Snow still smothering Yellowstone Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- Early visitors to Yellowstone National Park should bring their snowshoes. Park Spokesman Al Nash said crews are encountering the deepest snow they've seen in 13 years on the park's roads, with the snow on Sylvan Pass 22 feet deep, with some drifts...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.

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