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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Kokanee provide fall color near Sullivan Lake

PUBLIC LANDS -- Sullivan Lake is a great option for getting out this weekend to enjoy fall colors -- on the forest and on the fish! The Western larch needles are turning yellow and the crimson-colored kokanee are running from the lake into Harvey Creek...

MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

Pacific Fishery panel meets Sept. 10-17 in Spokane

FISHERIES -- The Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet Wednesday for a week-long session, Sept. 10-17, in Spokane to address issues related to groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, salmon, ecosystem management and habitat matters. Sessions will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton...

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

Colville Hatchery site a natural jewel

CONSERVATION -- My Sunday Outdoors feature story focused on the Colville Fish Hatchery and how it's been transformed into a science classroom for the area's high school students. But it can't be overemphasized that the hatchery Stevens County acquired from the Washington Fish and Wildlife...

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

Hatchery fish are slow pokes, WSU study finds

FISHERIES -- This isn't the first study to find that hatchery-reared salmonids tend to be inferior in one way or another to wild trout, steelhead and salmon, but it's the latest. The report is released a day after Washington designated three steelhead rivers to be...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

Spokane woman appointed to state Salmon Board

FISHERIES -- Samantha Mace of Spokane has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the state Recreation and Conservation Office has announced. The board administers grants for projects that help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Mace has extensive...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

BPA paid $644 million for fish-wildlife in 2012

RIVERS -- In Fiscal Year 2012, the Bonneville Power Administration reported $644.1 million in total costs for its federally mandated actions to mitigate the impacts Columbia River Basin hydroelectric development has had on fish and wildlife. The costs are listed an annual report released last...

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

NY Times explores source of behemoth cutthroats

FISHING -- After my post on a Spokane Fly Fishers outing to catch large Lahontan cutthroat trout at Omak Lake, I received an email from an angler who was surprised. "When I lived in Omak in 1965-67, we waterskied there and as I remember the...

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Will art prevail in state fisheries logo choice?

FISHING -- Holy heresy! The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is considering the image of a bass for a logo in its statewide “Fish Washington” campaign. Actually, that decision already has been made. Instead of taking a stand, the state fisheries managers chose to have...

FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

Road re-routed off Middle Branch LeClerc Creek

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Forest Service has completed a 2.25 mile reroute of Forest Road 1935000 (Middle Branch of LeClerc Creek) north of Newport and east of the Pend Oreille River as part of a larger road relocation and restoration project to benefit water...

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

Fish extinction greatly accelerated, study shows

CLIMATE CHANGE -- Out of sight, out of mind. Next thing you know, they're extinct. And it's happening faster than ever to fish species, according to a recent study detailed in a Columbia Basin Bulletin report. From 1900-2010, freshwater fish species in North America went...

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Miners, conservationists work to protect Idaho trout

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook RIVERS -- Two conservation groups and three phosphate mining companies in eastern Idaho have formed a partnership intended to improve water quality in the Blackfoot...

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2011

Channel catfish shows amazing itch to travel

FISHING -- A channel catfish, of all things, has set the record for traveling the longest distance of any fish in Wyoming fish-tagging history. Wyoming Game and Fish Department official say the catfish was tagged in June 2007 just below the Kendrick Diversion Dam on...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Asian carp: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em

FISHERIES -- Asian bighead carp have become a big pain in the rear for fisheries managers and boaters in the Great Lakes region. To get a sense of the danger they pose to boaters, check out this video of flying carp on the Illinois River....

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Washington lands $4.6 million in federal fisheries habitat grants

FISHERIES -- The Inland Northwest netted millions for fish and wildlie habitat restoration from a total of $53 million grants recently awarded from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund primarily aimed at boosting endangered species. States must contribute a minimum...

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

U.S. starting to curb appetite for overfishing

OCEAN FISHERIES -- Forty stocks of fish populations are subject to overfishing in U.S. waters, but progress is being made to rebuild stocks and reduce overfishing, federal officials say. The number of fish populations being fished at too high of a level at the end...

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Dworshak Reservoir nearly at full pool

BOATING -- Dworshak Reservoir is within 5 feet of full pool today. That's lower than normal for the Fourth of July holiday, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still leaving room for the unusually high, late snowpack to pour out of the mountains....

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Infected steelhead killed at Dworshak Hatchery

FISHERIES -- Managers at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery say they have destroyed 332,000 juvenile summer steelhead since April to protect the rest of the hatchery’s fish from a deadly virus. In April, 240,000 steelhead were destroyed after IHNV was confirmed in some rearing tanks by...

Rich Landers

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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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