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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 24

Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

You can fish the Snake for chinook salmon now, but you’d have almost as much luck fishing in your bathtub. As of Aug. 24, only 124 fall chinook had passed Lower Granite Dam.

Cold front kicking up winds on Thursday

Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

A cold front crossing the region Thursday is going to kick up winds, drop temperatures by about six degrees and heighten fire danger

Sundance Fire 50th anniversary commemorated

Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

The Sundance fire lookout survived the 1967 Sundance Fire. (File / The Spokesman-Review)
The wicked-fast run of the Sundance and Trapper Peak fires and the loss of two firefighters will be commemorated in 50th anniversary observations starting next week at several North Idaho communities.

Out & About: Hunt-Fish Idaho Expo is hands-on experience

Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

A first-time hunter takes a shot at a pheasant during an Idaho Department of Fish and Game hunting clinic. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Novice sportsmen can learn a ton about hunting and fishing – and experience sportsmen might pick up a thing or two – on Friday and Saturday at the third annual Hunt and Fish Idaho Expo near Lewiston.

Matt Liere: Manning up for the dog

Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Sounds like you’re having a fairly rough go, and I wish I had better advice to give. Life is funny that way – placing challenges and opportunities right in front of us when we least expect them. Sometimes welcome, other times not – but it’s how we handle those events and play the game that matters.

Wilderness river: Selway sets the beat, rafters follow

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Skippered by Salt Lake City resident Eric Sawyer, a paddle raft powers through the final moves of Ladle Rapid, which is the Selway River's crux navigational challenge. (Bill Brock / For The Spokesman-Review)
Most folks don’t know it, but a trip down the Selway River in North Idaho would do them a world of good. Out there, far from Facebook, and iPhones, and electronic “friends,” life is reduced to its most elemental rhythms.

Rich Landers: Hunting rule proposals have a backstory

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Washington could follow the lead of Montana in requiring bear hunters to prove they can distinguish a black bear from a grizzly. (MIKE BRODWATER / MIKE BRODWATER)
More than 50 proposals are being considered for Washington’s hunting seasons and regulations in upcoming years, including a requirement that bear hunters be tested on knowing the difference between black bears and grizzlies.

Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

A beefy wild steelhead is released in the Salmon River by fishing guide Norm Klobetanz of Exodus Wilderness Adventures based in Riggins, Idaho, in 2010. A weak Snake Rivery system steelhead run in 2017 will hurt fishing communities, town officials say. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly restrictive measures in the coming days, likely marking the first time in decades that catch-and-keep steelhead fishing will not be allowed on the Snake River and its tributaries.

Steelhead run bottoms out at Lower Granite

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Steelhead are setting a record at Lower Granite Dam and it’s not a good one. The run’s performance is so poor that fisheries managers are considering restrictions to upcoming seasons.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 17

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 1:32 p.m.

Most Spokane River rainbow taken recently have either been on the dropper below a hopper/Chernobyl or on the nymph rig. There doesn’t appear to be rhyme or reason to which nymph will work on a given day.

Gear Junkie: Canvas tent bombproof, one of kind

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

The Outback Swags Pioneer tent goes up in seconds. (Outback Swags Pioneer / Courtesy)
Nestled in a canvas cocoon atop a cush foam mattress, I feel cozy and warm. The world around me is shut out — no wind, no lights, and no pointy rocks from below.

Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist

Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Mountain goats approach hikers on the summit of a Cabinet Mountains Peak apparently looking for food or maybe salty packs or skin to lick. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the normally docile white ghosts of rocky peaks. A woman from Lincoln County, Montana, shot the nanny with a .357-caliber handgun on July 19 at the top of a switchback on a narrow, cliffy section of the trail to Leigh Lake.

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