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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014


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...

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...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2014


IFG to make beds for kokanee spawning in Pend Oreille

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game officials plan to make a bed with hopes that kokanee wil lay (eggs) in it. A multi-year project to improve kokanee spawning habitat in Lake Pend Oreille is getting started as barges haul and dumping small gravel along a...

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...

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

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...

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Lake Pend Oreille ‘state of the fishers’ meeting Wednesday

FISHING -- Although there’s still work to be done, Lake Pend Oreille’s troubled traditional fisheries continued their revival with a huge rebound in 2013. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Idaho Fish and Game will present information about the status of the Pend Oreille fishery and management...

TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

Fishery responding to treatment at Lake Pend Oreille

FISHING – Although there’s still work to be done, Lake Pend Oreille's troubled traditional fisheries continued their revival with a huge rebound in 2013. On Wednesday, Feb. 19th , Idaho Fish and Game will present the most current information about the status of the Pend...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6, 2013

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,...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2013

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...

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Game on for big kokanee at Dworshak Reservoir

FISHING -- The word from kokanee researchers at Dworshak Reservoir: Get out and a few big ones now -- like the 16.5-incher pictured below -- or settle for lots of smaller ones in the next few years. Idaho Fish and Game Department has finished its...

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Blizzard of beargrass brightens mountain slopes Idaho boat inspection stations on the lookout for invasives Resort still a Pit stop at Enaville Out & About: Raising a stink over goose poop... Idaho parks loaning gear to new campers... Geocaching featured at Washington State Parks... Sekiu...

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Roosevelt kokanee looks like chinook, tastes foul

FISHING -- Lake Roosevelt trout and kokanee have a well deserved reputation for being excellent table fare. That's why a fishing buddy was so surprised to prepare a bright 18-inch unmarked salmon he caught a on the reservoir and find it to be on the...

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

It’s official: survey confirms Dworshak kokanee bonanza

FISHING -- Fisheries biologists made an educated guess earlier this month that kokanee fishing at Dworshak Reservoir and other regional waters would be in top form this season. See story. Now Idaho Fish and Game Department biologists have finished trawling surveys that confirm their optimism....

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

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...

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Bald eagle numbers dropping at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Although plenty of bald eagles are still hanging around, the annual congregation at Lake Coeur d'Alene peaked around Dec.19 and numbers are declining. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 157 bald eagles Thursday in cold, clear weather in...

FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012

Eagle numbers down to 180 but birds putting on show at Lake CdA

UPDATE: Disregard the previous post about a record count of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene. I got the numbers wrong. Updated version below: WILDLIFE WATCHING — Bald eagles were crowd pleasers at Lake Coeur d'Alene today, although the number of eagles counted in the...


Eagle numbers down to 180 but birds putting on show at Lake CdA

UPDATE: Disregard the previous post about a record count of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene. I got the numbers wrong. Updated version below: WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles were crowd pleasers at Lake Coeur d'Alene today, although the number of eagles counted in the...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2012

Bald eagle drops in on viewer at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Carlene Hardt heard about the huge numbers of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d'Alene and finally made time on Sunday to go out and see for herself. "I was NOT disappointed," she said in an email. "I saw LOTS of bald...

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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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