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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Lake Quinault reopens for fishing, paddling, recreation

WATERSPORTS -- Lake Quinault on Washington's Olympic Peninsula has reopened for summer activities including fishing and boating after a brief hiatus. Lake Quinault Lodge, located just steps from the lake and in the heart of a temperate rainforest, will again offer fishing, boat rentals and...

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

Should the state buy fishing access to Chapman Lake?

FISHING -- Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are taking public comment on a proposal to buy 80 acres of land to establish a public fishing access at Chapman Lake in Spokane County. Once a popular fishing destination, the 128-acre lake near Cheney has been inaccessible...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013

Online map pegs Idaho fishing-boating access sites

BOATING -- An updated Idaho Fishing and Boating Access Guide with a list of access sites on lakes and streams is available at state Fish and Game Department offices, including the Panhandle Region headquarters, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d'Alene. The guide includes regional...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013

Clear Lake angler proves whopper trout still lurking

FISHING -- This 14.5 rainbow was caught over the holiday weekend off the Sun Cove Resort (509-535-7310) fishing pier at Clear Lake by Mike -- he prefers to go only by his first name -- one of the regulars who "catch fish like crazy," said...

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

Video: Fishing with kids is a hoot!

FISHING -- It's no fish story that Spokane angler Tanner Grant, his fishing buddy Branden Carter and their boys had a great time Saturday for the fishing season opener at West Medical Lake. They have this short broadcast-quality video to prove it. Grant shot the...


A boy’s first fish: hooked on the moment

FISHING -- I feel sorry for parents who don't take their kids fishing. They don't know what they're missing. See a few hints about what they're missing in my Sunday story about Saturday's opening day of Washington's lowland trout season Please enjoy this short photo...

TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

Clean Water Act to be explored Wednesday by Spokane panel

ENVIRONMENT -- Local experts will discuss "The Clean Water Act at 40" and its implications to the Spokane River in a public panel discussion Wednesday (Nov. 7), 6 p.m. at The Community Buildling, 35 W. Main St. "In October of 1972 Congress signed in to...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

Water temps almost cool enough for good fall trout fishing

FISHING -- Time is running out for anglers at many of the Spokane-area trout lakes, some of which close for the season on Sunday . The rainless heat wave of August-September is keeping water temperatures unusually high, and the fish haven't picked up their fall...

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Blackwell Island launch opens May 23 for CdA boaters

BOATING --The Bureau of Land Management’s Blackwell Island boat launch and recreation area will open on May 23 in one of the annual harbingers of th Lake Coeur d’Alene boating season. The popular site is just south of Coeur d’Alene along Highway 95. Season passes...

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Canoe or kayak best way to see this waterfall

WATERFALLS -- It's been a great, wet spring to experience the power waterfalls from the Spokane River in downtown Spokane to Palouse Falls near the Snake River and many more. I've written about the some of the hiking possibilities for many of these falls, including...

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Asian clams suck, and they’re in Lake Pend Oreille

INVASIVE SPECIES -- A dive team to assess an outbreak of invasive asian clams in the Hope area of Lake Pend Oreille is being organized for Monday by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and Bonner County. The clams were detected recently during the pre-runoff lake...

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

Banks Lake water level rising toward normal range

BOATING -- The water level at Banks Lake is coming up close to normal range this winter after a dramatic maintenance drawdown that reached 30 feet below normal in October. The lake elevation was up to 1,561 feet this week, about 7 feet below the...

MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Drawdowns begin at Inland Northwest reservoirs

LAKES -- Avista Utilities and the Corps of Engineers are beginning fall drawdowns that change the look of the lakes and rivers downstream. •Lake Coeur d’Alene’s annual drawdown began Tuesday to gradually take the summer level of 2,128 feet down to 2,127 by the end...

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

Algae blooms can affect swimmers, boaters, dogs

LAKES -- Public health officials issue warnings this time of year to be wary about the color of the water we enjoy for recreation. Algae, the microscopic organisms that grow naturally in the ocean and fresh water, are generally harmless. But one kind, called cyanobacteria...

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

Fish and river runners are loving the abundance of water

RIVERS/LAKES -- This year's glut of precipitation -- 180-192 percent of normal through out the region -- is going a long way to recharge lakes, and the heavy snowpack -- averaging more than 125 percent of normal throughout the region -- has barely even started...

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

Learn how to fly fish at local lakes

FLY FISHING -- Just as the waters are warming and the bite is coming on, a local fly shop is offering a clinic on fishing local lakes. Local Lake Tactics Clinic What: Learn how to catch trout in our local lakes. We will cover the...

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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