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FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014

Dec. 1 deadline for comment on Columbia Basin fishing proposals

FISHING -- Proposed changes to fishing rules for the Columbia River Basin are open to written public comment through Dec. 1 in an extension announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Proposals include: Closing all rivers, streams and beaver ponds in the Columbia...

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Research hints high toll of salmon taken by sea lions

FISHING -- Prized spring chinook returning from the ocean to the Columbia River Basin are likely being killed by seals and sea lions between the estuary and Bonneville Dam in alarming numbers, according to research by NOAA Fisheries. Although the findings are preliminary, the latest...

MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2014

Hanford Reach pumps out record catch of fall chinook

UPDATED 6 p.m. with FACTOIDS: FISHING -- Although this year's run was a tad lower than the 2013 record run of fall chinook into the Columbia River, anglers set a record for the number of fall chinook caught in the Hanford Reach by topping last...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014


Grande Ronde catch-and-release steelheading could be history

FISHING -- Fisheries managers have proposed a rule that would require anglers to keep all hatchery steelhead they catch on most of southeastern Washington, including the Grande Ronde with the exception of the first 2.5 miles up from the mouth. Anglers would have to stop...

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Hanford Reach fall chinook still on the bite

FISHING -- "The number of anglers fishing for salmon in the Hanford Reach continues to slowly decline but the fishing remains excellent with 2.7 fall chinook landed per boat," says Paul Hoffarth, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Columbia River biologist in the Tri-Cities. An estimated...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Hatchery steelhead must be kept on Upper Columbia and tribs

FISHING -- Starting Wednesday, Oct. 8, anglers must keep all the fin-clipped hatchery steelhead they catch in the upper Columbia River and portions of five tributaries up to their daily limit of two. Fish managers want to thin out the big numbers of hatchery steelhead...


Mandatory steelhead retention begins on Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Hanford Reach anglers must keep all fin-clipped hatchery steelhead they catch up to their daily limit starting Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. The rule applies to the Columbia between the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco and...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Fall chinook fishing picks up on Yakima River

FISHING -- Fall chinook have finally livened up the Yakima River, according to this report posted today by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth: This past week WDFW staff interviewed 136 anglers fishing for salmon in the lower Yakima River with...


Anglers flocking to catch Hanford kings

SALMON FISHING -- Harvest and effort continues to increase in the Hanford Reach fall Chinook fishery on the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam. Washington Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fisheries biologists report an estimated 3,407 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014

Fall chinook run downgraded to second-best on record

FISHING -- The 2014 fall chinook run to the Columbia River is coming up short of expectations -- but it's still at least the second best return since Bonneville Dam was built and fish counting started in 1938. Here are the highlights of Columbia forecasts...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Still a record, but fall chinook run downgraded to 1.2 MIL

FISHING -- Although it's clearly a gigantic run -- and still likely to be a record -- the size of the 2014 run of fall chinook heading up the Columbia River was officially downgraded from its earlier forecast today. Washington and Oregon fish managers issued...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

Salmon catch surges in Hanford Reach, survey shows

UPDATED 9:15 a.m. with report from guide. FISHING -- What a difference a week makes when there's a big upstream surge of fall chinook into the Columbia River Fishing success in the Hanford Reach is mushrooming as expected, according to creel surveys taken last week...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

Fall chinook stampede toward Hanford Reach

FISHING -- In case you've been in a coma for the past few weeks, let me remind you that a forecast record of 1.6 million chinook salmon is stampeding up the Columbia River. See story here. A one-day record of 67,024 chinook was counted on...

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

Mosquitoes thick at Lake Roosevelt, officials warn

WATERSPORTS -- No need to travel to Alaska for a good dose of pesky biting insects. The National Park Service has issued a media release warning visitors heading to Lake Roosevelt for the holiday weekend to be ready for mosquitoes at the campgrounds, boat launches...

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

Hanford Reach chinook not biting, yet

FISHING -- Patience. A record run of fall chinook is headed to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam. But they ain't there yet, according to this creek report from Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in...

FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014

New fishing rules proposed for Columbia River basin

FISHING -- Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are seeking public comments on 32 proposed sportfishing rules they’re recommending for the Columbia River Basin. The proposals cover fishing seasons, daily limits and other rules for the Columbia River Basin and mainstem Columbia River. For example, WDFW...

THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

Fall chinook season to open early in Priest Rapids pool

FISHING -- This announcement just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is good news if you're champing at the bit to cast for the early portion of the record run of fall chinook heading up the Columbia River. Action: Fall chinook season...


Lake Wenatchee sockeye season to close after Labor Day

FISHING -- Not much time left, according to this announcement just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Action: Lake Wenatchee closes for sockeye salmon fishing. Effective date: Sept. 1, 2014 (one hour after official sunset). Species affected: Sockeye salmon Location: Lake Wenatchee...

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Enterprise boat-in campground reopens on Lake Roosevelt

WATERSPORTS -- The Enterprise Boat-in Campground has been re-opened as the Enterprise fire has been controlled on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The popular campground for boaters southwest of Hunters is open on a first-come, first-served basis. "For your safety, we request that you stay...

THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

Limit upped to 2 chinook at Westport

FISHING -- Starting Monday, Aug. 18, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says. With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two...

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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