This spring chinook season in Southwest Washington was so flaky – with the high streamflows by mid-March and low Bonneville Dam counts – that I only made one trip for the premier fish of the Columbia River.
The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds – bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass – are sometimes being drowned out by noise from people in many of America’s protected parks and wilderness areas, a new study finds.
Legislation to extend for two additional years the special $8.75 fee to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries got strong support Wednesday and approval by the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee.
Ask most bird hunters and they might tell you there’s no such thing as a fowl tenderloin. After all, on the backside of any bird – where one would expect to locate a tenderloin, since that is where they are found on cattle and deer – there is little more than bone and gristle.
While the Eastern Washington portion of a cross-state rail trail continues to be snubbed for funding by the Washington Legislature, a few folks continue to explore this world-class route in the rough. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail has rough sections, it has closed sections and it also has stretches that are easy-wheeling for fat-tire bikes.
Silver Bow Fly Shop says the Spokane River has dropped considerably since the opener and is holding steady at a manageable level. There are plenty of spots to hit on foot and great floating right now. Best of all, trout fishing has been very good.
NATURE -- Most butterflies seem to have benefited from blooms produced by this year's abundance of moisture in Eastern Washington, experts from the Washington Butterfly Association report. Exceptions could include ...