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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Brown trout photos document beauty of catch and release fishing

FISHING -- Here's a tip of the hat to catch-and-release trout fishing regulations on the upper Spokane River -- and elsewhere for that matter. The value of the rules is documented in this report and photo comparison just received from Sean Visintainer, guide and owner...

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Spokane County lakes get extra trout for Fathers Day

FISHING -- Washington is spicing up the potential for a Fathers Day fishing trip at 19 lakes, including two in Spokane County, with extra plants of rainbow trout this week. In addition to the trout remaining from fish plants preceding the April fishing season opener,...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014

State, Avista join to stock trout in Lake Spokane

FISHING -- About 155,000 catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked into Lake Spokane in the first season of a 10-year agreement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Avista Utilities. Lake Spokane, sometimes called Long Lake, is the Spokane River reservoir west of...

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

It’s the buzz: fishing season opens Saturday

FISHING -- I just got off the air with KXLY radio host Bud Namek to discus Saturday's opening of Washington's lowland trout lake fishing season -- and the special advance coverage we'll be publishing Thursday in S-R Outdoors. See a preview of what "opening day"...

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

Northeastern Washington fishing lakes to get more trout

FISHING -- More fish will be stocked in northeastern Washington lakes this spring, a benefit of the relicensing agreement for Boundary Dam. A new, long-term recreational fishing program that will increase fish numbers stocked in Pend Oreille and Stevens counties lakes kicks off this month,...

SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

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...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Lake Roosevelt rainbows worth the effort

FISHING -- The bite was scattered and the fish ranged greatly -- from 15 to 70 feet deep -- but putting in the time and effort today netted a fine harvest of beefy rainbows from Lake Roosevelt. Fishing with Jim Kujala and Dave Ross. Most...

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

Video: winter trolling for Lake Roosevelt trout

FISHING -- Anglers new to winter trolling for trout at Lake Roosevelt should take five-minutes to view a video produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chris Donley, the agency's inland fisheries manager and a Spokane County native, offers general guidelines to help...

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

Oregon’s Crooked River is year-round trout fishing gem

FISHING -- Solid winter trout fisheries are hot items. Check out this report from Mark Morical of the Bend Bulletin about Central Oregon's Crooked River, a trout stream that lures fly fishers from far and wide, especially to the 7-mile stretch below Bowman Dam.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

Learn basics of fly fishing and steelheading

FISHING -- Silver Bow Fly Shop is offering two classes this month at 13210 E Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley: Beginner Fly Fishing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 7. $30. Fly Fishing for Steelhead, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Sept. 16. $20. Preregister: 924-9998.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

Angler wins Sprague Lake derby with 6-pound rainbow

FISHING -- Josh Williams of Spokane won $500 in gift cards and merchandise with the 6-pound 1-ounce rainbow he caught Saturday during the Sprague Lake Trout Derby. The fish measured 24.5 inches long. Second, $250: Randy Williams of Spokane with a trout weighing 4 pounds...

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Sprague trout, bass bending rods as free fishing day looms

FISHING -- Reports of good catches of largemouth bass at Sprague Lake keep coming in, and some lunker rainbows also are showing to provide incentive for the June 8 Sprague Lake Trout Derby. The photos posted here from Four Seasons Campground and Resort show a...

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

Eastern Washington’s top trout lakes surveyed

FISHING -- Despite strong winds that picked up by late morning, Saturday's opener of Washington's lowland trout fishing season produced some excellent fishing throughout much of Eastern Washington. Click on the documents below to see the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's opening day survey results...


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...

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

First fish caught at 12:02 a.m. at Fishtrap

FISHING -- Eleven-year-old Cameron Earnshaw of Kennewick caught the first fish of the season off the docks at Fishtrap Lake Resort on Saturday -- two minutes after the season opened at midnight. Much more fun followed for the large family groups gathered for the annual...

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...

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

Anglers flock to Dry Falls for April 1 opener

FISHING -- With April 1 falling on a Monday, the opening day for fishing at many of the Columbia Basin's trout lakes didn't reel in a lot of effort in some areas. Dry Falls Lake was an exception. The selective gear lake, a darling for...

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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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