Alan Liere: The dreaded season of sinister trailers is almost here 

I always get a little tense this time of year because the summer fishing/camping season is about to begin and I know I will once again be scrutinized, critiqued and derided because of my hateful association with trailers. There are two major requirements to master if you own a trailer – be it boat trailer, travel trailer or even a simple trailer used for hauling camping gear. You must be able to back them up using side mirrors and hook up the lights. I don’t do either well.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015


Thorburn named to state fish, wildlife panel

An expert birder and physician from Spokane is one of two new members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission named by Gov. Jay Inslee. The governor’s office confirmed Friday that Kim Thorburn, former chief health officer of the Spokane Regional Health District and an officer in the Spokane Audubon Society, has been named to fill a long-vacant seat.

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Pink salmon also are called humpies. (Everett Herald)

Kings, coho, pinks coming back strong

Early forecasts for the 2015 runs of chinook, coho and pink indicate an excellent 2015 salmon season in the Columbia River system and Puget Sound, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. The Columbia’s sockeye run also appears to shaping up well.

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Rich Landers: Wild kokanee drive the limit at Lake Roosevelt

Thanks to Idaho, Anglers have been hooking a bumper crop of kokanee in Lake Roosevelt since last year. Unfortunately, they’ve had to release most of the delicious land-locked sockeyes. “Almost every one we catch has an unclipped adipose fin,” said Clarence Rief, a Davenport-area kokanee enthusiast, who said he’s concerned about the waste.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing Idaho streams rose quickly with the recent rains but may be back to a fishable level by the weekend if the weather report is accurate. Most Idaho and east side Washington steelhead rivers also blew out this week.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015

Show goers take shot at archery. (Colin Mulvany)

Big Horn Show showcases taxidermy skills 12 

Bragging rights, family memories, the hunt of a lifetime, the fish of your dreams – these are the types of incentives that trigger visits to a taxidermist. The humble profession of immortalizing wildlife is at the root of the Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show, which started 55 years ago as a gathering of hunters comparing big-game trophies.

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Derek Bird of Fly Fusion TV and Paula Shearer release a bull trout double header during the making of the fly-fishing film “Secrets.”

Fly-fishing film festival has Spokane angle

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Spokane’s Bing Crosby Theater on March 25 to help raise funds for a long-awaited boat access on the upper Spokane River. Eight films – different from the fly fishing films that came to the Bing in February – have been edited into a two-hour show that’s touring North America.

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Washington Fish and Wildlife police seized 376 whitefish, a trout and nine gillnets from three men who were illegally fishing at Banks Lake on Dec. 8, 2014 (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Field reports: Banks Lake poachers get ‘light’ sentence 10 

FISHING – Three Tacoma men got off easy in a Grant County District Court sentencing for illegally using gillnets to kill whitefish in Banks Lake, a state wildlife officer says. The men had been arrested after a short foot chase in a stakeout by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police on Dec. 8 near Coulee City. Officers confiscated 376 whitefish and one trout.

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Steve Christilaw: Boxes in mom’s basement reel in great memories

There are pieces of your life that may be stored away, but you always know exactly where they are. To anyone else, it may just be junk, but to you they are, and always will be, a treasure. For me, this particular treasure was tucked away in a couple of cardboard boxes in my mother’s basement. Last week I moved a few things and found them right where I knew they would be, brought them out and brought them home.

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Tribe releases 10K net pen trout in Rufus Woods

FISHING -- The Colville Tribe released 10,000 triploid rainbow trout weighing about 2 pounds each in Lake Rufus Woods on Thursday, making the reservoir between Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee ...

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