Recently I made my annual springtime pilgrimage to Palouse Falls State Park to enjoy the solitude of the night sky and the wild roar of the waterfall. I told the gas station attendant in Ritzville where I was going. It was 10 p.m. and he was intrigued. He asked if I was going the next day and I clarified that I was going that night because I am a night photographer.
A zigzagging sliver of water in the scablands southwest of Davenport is a model of rare opportunity for the muscle-powered sportsman. Z Lake isn’t named on government maps. It isn’t listed in Washington’s fishing regulations pamphlet because it’s open year-round with no special regulations.
HUNTING – The clock is ticking for hunters hoping to fulfill their dreams in special fall hunts. Another round of permit application deadlines are coming up. In Idaho, April 30 was the deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts.
How long does it take for salmon to travel from Bonneville Dam to Idaho? Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game regional fisheries manager in Lewiston, looked at data and came up with answers to that often-asked question from curious anglers.
Charlie Simon couldn’t imagine a better way to turn 60 than to sail around the world with his wife. So that’s what the retired Spokane couple did. They named their semi-custom ocean-going Taswell 58 sailboat “Celebrate” and headed out in January 2014 on a 15-month, 26,000-mile journey that took them to five continents, 16 countries and across three major oceans and many seas.
Increasing numbers of women are learning to shoot rifles and bows to enjoy hunting and the meat they can put on the table. The growing interest of women in blood sports isn’t a stampede, but it’s significant enough to capture the attention of the hunting and shooting sports industries, as well as the media.
Keen Inc. is not afraid of healthy self-deprecation. Founded in 2003, the company once reported its original footwear were deemed by a customer as “the ugliest thing (he) had ever seen.” Earlier this month, I interviewed a Keen designer about a new shoe called the Uneek, which is made of cord. “It’s a total love or hate shoe,” Rory Fuerst Jr. said. “People are like ‘That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,’ or ‘I hate that, I want to beat up the guy who designed it.’ ”
FISHING – Lake Spokane (aka Long Lake) produced some eye-opening stats during a May 2-3 tournament organized by the Spokane Bass Club. Justin Cox and Ben Schilling weighed in a first-day, five-fish total of 29.05 pounds in the third annual Long Lake Classic. That remarkable one-day take included a 7.68-pound largemouth that won the big-fish award.
OUTPEDAL – Spokane’s annual Bike to Work Week, May 18-22, helps motivate commuters to get on two wheels for benefits that include energy savings, fitness and reducing vehicles on roads and parking areas. The free pancake Kick-Off Breakfast starts 7 a.m. May 18 near the runner statues at Riverfront Park.
A lofty goal to climb the world’s 10th-tallest peak has transcended to an even higher calling for Spokane mountaineer Jess Roskelley and his expedition since disaster struck Nepal last month. Instead of climbing 26,545-foot Annapurna, the expedition climbers are using their skills to reach isolated villages as liaisons to aid groups based in command centers.
Northern pike have bared their teeth in Lake Roosevelt this year, bringing to mind the early 2000s, when the non-native predators first showed up in significant numbers in the Pend Oreille River. Fishermen have been catching some whoppers near Kettle Falls.