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Walleye picking up slack for Columbia salmon anglers

Walleye appear to be plentiful in the mid-Columbia River this year. (Allen Thomas / Courtesy)
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.

Lawmakers support angler fee to boost Columbia salmon

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.

Simple ways to cook wild turkey

1. Fillet breast from carcass and trim away any fat and “non-meat stuff.” Remove or scarify the thin membrane on the outside to make the meat more tender. (Bart George / Special to Outdoors)
I admire wild game chefs and I eat their food with great delight. But sometime simple is the way to go at our house. Accompany the meal with a good wine or beer and you might even get raves.

John Wayne rail-trail bike trip delightfully uncrowded

Cyclists cross a century-old trestle near Rosalia on the John Wayne Trail, which runs 253 miles across Washington. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
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.

Trekking poles boost hikers on the trail

Spokane rheumatologist Meredith Heick practices what she preaches about lowering impact to leg joints by packing trekking poles to Europe for her 110-mile hiking vacation around Mont Blanc. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Trekking poles that resemble cross-country ski poles are considered essential equipment by many hikers looking to make their walks more efficient and less stressful on ankle, knee and hip joints.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for June 22

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.

Out & About: Wild swine an invasive species curse

Feral pigs can be destructive to crops and wildlife habitat. (COURTESY PHOTO / Courtesy)
Feral pigs were quickly targeted last year in Washington by state and federal wildlife officials who closed down a state wildlife area near Moses Lake and used traps, bait stations, aircraft and firearms to eliminate a handful of the loose swine. Was that an overreaction? No, according to wildlife officials across the country. Take Kansas, for example.

Field reports: Kayak guide dies rescuing client in Yellowstone

A kayak guide in his first season on the job in Yellowstone National Park has died while trying to rescue a park visitor who capsized on Yellowstone Lake. Initial reports have not indicated whether the guide or the client were wearing wet suits or dry suits in coldwater conditions.

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