Outdoors blog archive for July 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Kettle River "tubing" deaths senseless

RIVERS -- A tragic season on the region's rivers seems to have no end. See this sobering video report about floats -- in their 70s no less -- who dropped their guard, misjudged the power of the Kettle River last week, and went over the...

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A deck hand shows off a king salmon, one of many his clients caught on a day of charter boat fishing in the Pacific Ocean out of Westport, Wash.  (File)

Latest news about Washington salmon fishing

UPDATED FISHING -- Here's what some of the region's media are saying this week about salmon fishing in Washington: Westport salmon fishing opens to 7 days a week Buoy 10 fishery expected to be a hit for salmon anglers Calling all anglers: August rich with...

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Moose have become fairly common sights roaming the fringes of North Idaho or Spokane-area communities. Local agencies say they regularly get complaints about moose munching and messing gardens and landscaping, but usually it’s best to leave the big creatures be.  (File)

Idaho Wildlife Summit addresses pressing trends

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Idaho Fish and Game officials have scheduled an Aug. 24-26 conference – with regional and online participation – to get sportsmen and other state citizens to help tackle major challenges facing wildlife management. The Idaho Wildlife Summit, set in Boise, also will...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Anglers fishing in Yellowstone National Park. (File)

Warm water closes Yellowstone rivers to fishing

FISHING -- A week after an unrelenting heat wave forced Montana to put restrictions on three rivers, Yellowstone Park officials have announced they're closing fishing on portions of three rivers because of unusually warm water temperatures. Starting Wednesday, park officials will prohibit fishing on the...

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In this Sunday, July 29, 2012, photo, Connor Baxter raises his paddle after finishing first in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship in Honolulu. The 17-year-old from Maui defended his title in a 32-mile paddleboard race across the Molokai channel. (Associated Press)

Stand up and cheer for this paddleboarder

PADDLEBOARDING -- Feeling like you pushed your limits last weekend during a weekend warrior outdoor pursuit? How about this? Connor Baxter, 17, raises his paddle in the photo above after finishing first in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship in Honolulu on Sunday. The 17-year-old from...

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Pikepalooza angler shows off a prize-winning northern pike. (Kalispell Tribe)

Anglers can cash in at Pend Oreille's Pikepalooza

FISHING CONTESTS -- Sign-up is underway for the season’s second Pikepalooza fishing derby on the Pend Oreille River, Friday through next Sunday, sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe. Prizes up to $1,000 are being offered in a variety of categories to make the contest interesting to...

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SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012


Smallmouth bass caught on Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt (Rich Landers)

Washington issues new fish advisories; toxics found

FISHING -- Specific types of fish from the Upper Columbia and Pend Oreille rivers contain toxic chemicals according to analysis of two recent studies that's prompted a new fish consumption advisory this week from the Washington Department of Health. Interestingly, the Washington Department of Fish...

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Volunteers from Camp Lutherhaven help with the renovation of Spyglass Lookout on  Spyglass Peak in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. The multi-year project is in cooperation with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests and the Forest Fire Lookout Association.  (U.S. Forest Service)

Spyglass Lookout gets TLC from Lutherhaven volunteers

FIRE LOOKOUTS - Volunteers are refurbishing a national forest lookout ravaged by age, weather and vandalism on Spyglass Peak in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests have partnered with Lutherhaven Ministries and the Forest Fire Lookout...

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Rafter videos Clark Fork's Alberton Gorge rapids

WHITEWATER RAFTING -- Local rafter Tanner Grant has put together another in a series of videos that chronicles a rafter's view of a popular river, labeling all the rapids. This time it's the Alberton Gorge of Montana's Clark Fork River, a popular summer rafting destination...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012


A raft carring anglers is put in perspective in this shot from high above on top of a rock cliff overlooking the Smith River. (Rich Landers)

Heat curtails fishing on 3 Montana rivers

FISHING -- While rivers in the Spokane-to-Missoula region are still flowing somewhat higher that normal and reasonably cool, waters -- and fish -- farther east are feeling the heat of a drought. Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks today advised anglers on three central Montana rivers...

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Trashing the CdA River, one raft at a time 

RIVERS -- At the risk of sounding like a liberal, greenie, environmental wacko, I must say I'm disgusted by the number of beer cans and even bottles the summer river tubers and rafters deposit in the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River on a...

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No life jacket on the Selway River? God help us

RIVER SAFETY -- The number of drownings in the region's rivers this year has prompted a local campaign to get people thinking about reasonable safety practices. Most of the victims would be alive today had they been wearing life jackets. Perhaps the most incredible drowning...

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Mountain goat man lives the high life

WILDLIFE -- A man spotted dressed in a white goat suit crawling around among a herd of mountain goats in the mountains of northern Utah has been identified as a hunter preparing for an archery hunt in Canada. Read the AP story here. They guy...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Oregon Fish and Wildlife staffers dubbed this sow feral pig Judas after it was captured in 2010 and fitted with a GPS tracking device on a harness specially designed for pigs. Judas then led officers to its fellow swine so shooters could eliminate the invasive species.  (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Swine line lets you squeal on a feral pig

INVASIVE WILDLIFE -- S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell smelled the bacon for today's front page story on the tri-state campaign to keep feral pigs from the wilds of Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The gist of the story is that feral pigs are tremendously destructive to...

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The nicest people fish for Upper Columbia salmon 

SALMON FISHING -- Crowds of anglers are postponing their Alasaka dream trip because there's no reason to leave Washington. The record run of sockeye salmon booming up the Columbia is attracting large numbers of people to the upper reaches of the river near Brewster, as...

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Idaho readies hunting, fishing proposals for legislature

HUNTING/FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently adopted a series of “nonbiological” rules that would take effect only if the upcoming Legislature approves them. Among the proposals: Allow commission to adjust resident and nonresident elk tag allocations in capped zones in which resident...

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The Gallo family of Puyallup display a nice catch of Brewster Pool sockeye salmon. (Anton Jones)

Sockeye are hot item in Upper Columbia

SALMON FISHING -- Sockeye salmon fishing is hot at the mouth of the Okanogan River near Brewster, and it's no secret. Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service said anglers have converged on the fishery, requiring some thought to how to cope with...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Steelhead counts at Bonneville Dam. (Fish Passage Center)

Steelhead are on their way to the Snake

STEELHEAD FISHING -- Anglers have been catching a few steelhead in the Snake and Clearwater Riers, but as the charts reveal, the fish that have been moving over Bonneville Dam -- first they reach on the Columbia - are just beginning to show up in...

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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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