KALISPELL, Mont. – Glacier National Park’s maintenance backlog has dropped by $31 million over the last year, according to a report by the National Park Service. The various maintenance projects in Glacier that have been put off or delayed – collectively known as a park’s “deferred maintenance” – dropped to $148.2 million in 2016, down from $179.8 million in 2015.
The “Take Me Fishing” trailer geared up with free loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait is heading to Idaho Panhandle lakes this month staffed by Idaho Fish and Game and volunteers to encourage people of any age to try fishing.
When I was in high school, one of my best friends, Eddie, ran a trap line for muskrat and beaver. It was hard, cold work, and Eddie kept at it not so much for the extra cash as for the independence, the tradition, and the love of the outdoors.
Reports say there is very good fishing on the Spokane River, both upper and lower. The water is high, but the trout are more active and are sitting in some heavy currents. The Stone/caddis pupa is the top double-nymph combo, but streamer fishing is good too. There are lots of smallmouth as well as trout upriver.
From late April to early September, when other outdoor enthusiasts are doing their best to avoid Washington’s only venomous snake, J.D. Brooks and his fellow graduate students at Central Washington University are on the hunt.
Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle through the rapids at the Bowl and Pitcher would be required to wear a life jacket for a baseline measure of safety. But a fun-loving dude floating on an inner tube could legally bare his chest to the whitewater without a life jacket or fear of a ticket.
Summer is prime time for new hunters to enroll in hunter education classes in Idaho and Washington. State wildlife officials say prospective hunters to procrastinate can find fall classes full or in conflict with fall school and sports schedules.
The white sturgeon anglers have been catching with high rates of success in Lake Roosevelt’s newly created fishery are big, tough critters – and they’re causing problems at fish cleaning stations, National Park Services officials say.