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THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Bald eagles tussle in the air for control of a kokanee one had snagged from the water with its talons in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Carlene Hardt)

Bald eagles tussle for food in season of plenty

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Despite a 20-year high number of kokanee spawning in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, bald eagles still occasionally battle for their share. Photographer Carlene Hardt ventured out in the cold weather on New Years eve and captured images...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016



The winter gathering of migrating bald eagles peaks in mid-December at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (File)

Bald eagle gathering grows at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are finally showing some interest in their traditional winter feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 18 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area. That's up from...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014


FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014


MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

Dave Ross of Spokane hooked this nice kokanee along with a five-fish limit of rainbow trout while trolling in Lake Roosevelt on March 29, 2014. (Rich Landers)

Roosevelt bite still on despite drawdown

FISHING -- Fishing for trout remains good in Lake Roosevelt -- for kokanee, too, on occasion -- despite the deeper than previously predicted drawdown that's underway. In mid March, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had predicted the lake level would drop from the full pool...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014


Video: Sullivan Lake kokanee spawning in Harvey Creek

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Spawning kokanee provide vivid autumn wildlife viewing opportunities at several classic sites in the Inland Northwest. Edward Cairns employed his Go-Pro video camera on Monday and took advantage of the easy-access viewing at the south end of Sullivan Lake near Metaline Falls,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013


 The emerald green waters of 90-mile-long Lake Koocanusa attract campers to Rexford Bench Campground, in the Kootenai National Forest west of Eureka, Mont. 
 (Janet Boehme)

Storm kills 10,000 Koocanusa kokanee

FISHING -- News about the impacts of that huge thunderstorm system that rumbled through the region on Aug. 25 keep rolling in. An algae bloom combined with the fast-moving storm killed at least 10,000 kokanee salmon in Lake Koocanusa in northwestern Montana. State fisheries biologist...

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

Beargrass, common in high reaches of Mount Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains and throughout the Rockies, can sprout more than 5 feet tall. (Rich Landers)

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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013


The kokanee limit has been increased to 15 fish at Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Rich Landers)

Kokanee revival forecast at Dworshak Reservoir

FISHING -- Dworshak Reservoir’s kokanee fishery surprised anglers in 2012, as notoriously small kokanee finally showed some size. The fish were growing to the 13-inch range in response to the nutrient enhancement project Idaho Fish and Game and the Corps of Engineers have been conducting...

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