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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Snake River spring chinook fishing opens April 27

FISHING – Two sections of the Snake River below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon Thursday, April 24. Two other sections of the river below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam will open April...

FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

2014 poised to be year of the salmon in Washington

SALMON FISHING -- The early forecasts are phenomenal. If you're not making plans for salmon fishing this year, get your head examined. Here's the latest report from Joe Hymer, salmon specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: In addition to nearly a million...

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

Idaho winter-spring steelhead seasons underway

FISHING -- Although it's a misnomer, Idaho's "spring" steelhead fishing season opened Jan. 1, continuing the season that started in the fall with a few twists. Most important, you need a new fishing license. While we're on that topic, be aware of the differences among...


2013 was a year of records for fish

FISHING -- In my Dec. 29 package of stories looking back at 2013 from the outdoors perspective, fish and fishing were riddled through everything, even beyond the one story focused on fishing highlights. It was a year to remember -- one we'll be referring to...

TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013

Time running out on Idaho fall chinook fishing

FISHING -- Chinook salmon fishing will end in Idaho on the Snake and Clearwater rivers Thursday, Oct. 31 – except a short reach on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam, which closes November 17. The season opened Sept. 1, on the Snake River between...

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

Fishing ends today on Yakima’s record fall chinook run

FISHING -- It's been one heck of a ride for Yakima River fall chinook anglers. Here's the latest report Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth as the Lower Yakima River season is scheduled to close today, Oct. 22: The fall salmon fishery...


Chinook catch rates still high at Hanford; fish quality lower

FISHING -- The latest fall chinook creel report from the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River says the fishing pressure continues to decline but anglers still working the record salmon run were averaging an excellent 2.7 fish per boat. However, with the season heading toward...

MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2013

Idaho anglers getting their shot at fall chinook

FISHING -- Through today, anglers have caught 267 marked adults and 161 jacks fall Chinook and caught and released 1,142 unmarked fish in the lower Clearwater River, accordnig to an Idaho Fish and Game Departmetnt creel report. They caught and kept 861 adults and 671...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 2013

It’s official: Columbia chinook run largest in 75 years

SALMON FISHING -- The 2013 fall chinook salmon run heading up the Columbia has been setting daily records for the past 10 days, and today it surpassed the overall record for the biggest run of salmon or steelhead to head upstream since counting began at...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

Record-breaking chinook run prompts season changes

SALMON FISHING -- With more upriver fall chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Friday, Sept. 13. "This will be a fishing season...


Fall chinook run smashing all records on Columbia

SALMON FISHING -- It's not a run of fall chinook coming up the Columbia River this season, it's a stampede. On Tuesday, regional fish managers upped their forecast for this year's fall chinook returns to 835,000 adult upriver brights reaching Bonneville Dam, which would smash...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Surge of fall chinook smashes daily record over Bonneville Dam

UPDATED at 11:35 a.m. SALMON FISHING -- In case you haven't been paying attention, a huge run of fall chinook is heading up the Columbia and Snake Rivers. If you need more evidence, here it is: 63,870 adult fall chinook were counted at Bonneville Dam...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013

Westport salmon fishing to open daily

SALMON FISHING -- Beginning Friday (July 19), marine waters off of Westport (Marine Area 2) will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has...

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

Idaho fall chinook seasons open Sept. 1

FISHING -- Idaho's fall chinook salmon fishing seasons will open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers according to these rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission: Clearwater River, from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge; and the...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

Springer fishing closed in 2 of 3 Snake River zones

FISHING -- Salmon fishing on the Snake River has been closed in the lower two spring chinook fishery zones near Ice Harbor and Little Goose, but will remain open in the Clarkston area. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department issued the notice today at 4:20...


Idaho spring chinook bite coming on

FISHING -- The long-term news is not great, but in the short term anglers should be prepared this weekend to take advantage of spring chinook streaming into Idaho waters. Fish have already started showing up at most Idaho salmon hatcheries. A couple adult chinook were...

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Snake spring chinook fishing decent; seasons iffy

SALMON -- Fishing for spring chinook on the selected open stretches of the Snake River in Washington was good this week, except that Monday afternoon the weather changed and blew a lot of folks off the water, reports Glen Mendel, state Snake River fisheries biologist....

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013


Spring chinook jack count near record pace

FISHING -- On Tuesday, anglers got a heads up from an Idaho fisheries manager that jack counts were the highlight of this year's spring chinook run. He wasn't kidding. Washington Fish and Wildlif Department fisheries manager Joe Hymer in Vancouver points out that through May...

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013


Idaho spring chinook run offers more optimism

FISHING -- Things are looking somewhat better, according to a just-posted report on the run of spring chinook salmon headed for Idaho waters. Here's what Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game's regional fisheries manager in Lewiston, has to say: I would say that things are...

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Biologist explains Idaho’s limited spring chinook season

FISHING -- Following up with today's setting of limited Idaho spring chinook salmon fishing seasons on the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers, the Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston is offering more details to help anglers understand the situation. Click "continue...

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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