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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...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Fishing rules change on Tucannon River

FISHING -- Since Sept. 1, Tucannon River anglers have been required to comply with several rule changes that are not in the current regulations pamphlet to protect wild steelhead and the future of the fishery. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife posted on its...

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...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014

Another 3-day Grande Ronde spring chinook season set

FISHING -- The lower Grande Ronde River will re-open for an additional three days of fishing for spring chinook salmon Saturday through Monday from the Highway 129 Bridge upstream approximately 12 miles to the farthest upstream Oregon/Washington boundary line. Last week the stretch was opened...

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

Idaho closing chinook season on portions of Clearwater

FISHING -- The recent reports of great spring chinook fishing on Idaho's Clearwater River were a prophesy that some quota's would soon be reached. Time has come. Here's a closure notice just released: At the end of fishing hours on Friday, June 6, 2014, the...

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Columbia Basin fisheries ideas due May 30

FISHING -- People with ideas about how to improve state sportfishing rules in the Columbia River Basin have until May 30 to submit their proposals to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. State fish managers will consider proposed rules submitted by the public for...

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Kokanee limit increased to 15 at Lake Pend Oreille

FISHING – The limit of kokanee anglers can catch at Lake Pend Oreille has been increased from 8 to 15. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the increase at a meeting in Lewiston Thursday, effective immediately. Increasing the catch limit is a signal that...

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

IFG says Pend Oreille kokanee limits could be raised

FISHING -- They were cautious at first, allowing a daily limit of just six kokanee last year for the first kokanee fishing season since 1999 at Lake Pend Oreille. But Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say surveys continue to show the fishery has recovered...

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

Comments sought on Snake River chinook proposals

FISHING -- With an encouraging run of spring chinook forecast for 2014, he Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public comments on proposals for a spring chinook salmon fishery on the Snake River in late April and May. Options have been developed following...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

Okanogan River steelhead fishing to close Friday

FISHING -- Two sections of the Okanogan River will close to fishing for steelhead one hour before official sunrise on Friday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Okanogan River: From the first power line crossing downstream of the Highway 155 Bridge in Omak...

FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

Steelheading to close on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Steelhead fisheries will close one hour after sunset on Sunday, Dec. 8, on the upper Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam and on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers. Fishing for whitefish will also close on the Wenatchee River. The closures...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013

TU offers $10K reward to fight illegal fish planting

FISHING -- Montana Trout Unlimited is working with the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to supplement rewards in cases where people illegally plant non-native fish into important trout waters. The organization has said it would add up to $10,000 to a reward for information...

TUESDAY, OCT. 15, 2013

Steelhead rules liberated on Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Steelheading rules on a portion of the Columbia River are being liberated Thursday as enough fish move up the river to satisfy hatchery egg-taking needs. Here's the announcement just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Action: Open a section of...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

Tonight: biologists explain walleye limit for Sanpoil Arm

FISHING – Sportfishing rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be explained in a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. tonight at the agency’s regional office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley. Public comments will be accepted through Oct....

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1, 2013

New steelheading rule for Tucannon River

FISHING -- Starting toaday, Sept. 1, a new fishing rule designed to protect critically low levels of wild steelhead and reduce the number of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds will take effect on the Tucannon River. An emergency rule approved today by the Washington...

MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

Walleye limit changes proposed for Sanpoil Arm

FISHING – Sportfishing rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be explained in a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 and the agency’s regional office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley. Public comments will be accepted...

TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013

Hot Buoy 10 salmon season gets reprieve

SALMON FISHING -- Fish managers have just announced a compromise rule that will prevent the wildly successful Buoy 10 chinook fishery from being shut down prematurely. Here's the news from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Columbia River anglers fishing Buoy 10 must release...

THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013

Snake River fall chinook season opens Sept. 1

SALMON FISHING – Starting Sept. 1, anglers will be able to catch and keep hatchery fall chinook salmon on the Snake River in Washington, the Fish and Wildlife Department has announced. State fishery managers are predicting another strong return of upriver bright chinook salmon to...

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Warm water restricts angling on Bitterroot, Clark Fork rivers

FISHING -- In an effort to protect fish from the stress of low stream flows and high water temperatures, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will prohibit fishing from 2 p.m. until midnight on parts of the Clark Fork and all of the Bitterroot River, excluding...

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Warm water restricts fishing on Montana rivers

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is limiting fishing hours on several rivers due to lower flows and warmer temperatures. The fishing closures between 2 p.m. and midnight will take effect Monday on portions of the Dearborn, Smith and Sun rivers along with the...

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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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