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SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

Out & About: Mudders trash restored national forest meadow

OUTLAW – Colville National Forest officers are looking for tips in the case of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that left deep marks in a restored meadow this month. After the meadow had been torn up by “mudding” enthusiasts a few years ago, Forest Service crews worked to smooth and restore the seasonally-wet area with natural vegetation.

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015


Weekly hunting and fishing report 

Fly fishing Bug and water conditions on the North Fork Coeur d’Alene are making for some excellent fishing throughout in the system. Take advantage of it, because summer flows look to be dismal. The water at this time is normally high enough to prevent walking through spawning areas, so if you’re wading, take care to stay off the redds.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

Low runoff boon to spring recreation on reservoirs

Forecasts for below-normal spring runoff are prompting an early start to the boating and camping season behind the region’s big dams. Reservoir drawdowns are less severe this year because hydro-power managers don’t need to make room for huge amounts of snowmelt pouring out of the mountains.

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No fibbing allowed, says Uncle Bob Williams, as he puts the tape on Marie Hokanson’s trout at Waitts Lake while her granddaughters, Kaitlyn, left, and Makayla Duke watch the action. The rainbow caught from the Winona Beach Resort dock on Saturday was exactly 19 inches long. (Rich Landers)

Anglers find fish willing on opening day

Saturday’s opening of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season was blustery, wet and cold, but anglers who toughed out the conditions were handsomely rewarded. Overall, Spokane-region lakes produced some of the best opening day fishing in years, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife surveys.

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Field reports: Coast salmon seasons set by Pacific council 

FISHING – Washington’s 2015 salmon fishing seasons were approved this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, with some Puget Sound fisheries constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. For coastal waters, a recreational chinook catch quota of 64,000 fish was set, an increase of 4,900 fish from 2014’s quota.

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Yakima fly fishing peaks with dry run

Fly fishing can sometimes be just like any other method for hooking a trout. Sometimes fly fishers get their jollies casting a weighted Woolly Bugger and stripping it back as fast as possible to trigger strikes – much like casting a Rooster Tail spinner.

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Knotless nets are required in fly-fishing- only areas of Washington and fresh- water areas with selective gear rules. (Rich Landers)

Fly fishermen find exclusive waters in select fisheries

A small portion of Washington’s managed fisheries are designated fly-fishing only. Many high-quality trout lakes, such as Amber Lake in Spokane County, are designated “selective fisheries,” where single-barbless hooks are required, bait is prohibited and catch limits and use of motors are restricted.

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Jade Helm, of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, stocks thousands of catchable-size rainbow trout in the West Medical Lake. (Dan Pelle)

Hundreds of lakes open Saturday for lowland trout season 

Fishtrap and West Medical lakes will provide some of the best Spokane-area fishing among the lakes opening Saturday for the lowland trout fishing season, state biologists say. They are traditional favorites that lure generations of angling friends and families year after year, and this year should be no exception. Some Washington lakes are open to fishing all year. Dozens opened in March primarily in the Columbia Basin, and even more lakes opened to fishing in April.

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Northeastern Washington lakes should satisfy fishing demands on opening day

Northeastern Washington lakes have been well tended to satisfy the demand for good fishing when the lowland lake season opens on Saturday. Periodic problems with fish die-offs at lakes usually can be compensated to some degree by changes in stocking, such as a one-time increase of catchable-size hatchery fish, said the fisheries manager for Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

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Public access issues remain for Chapman Lake

Chapman Lake, a once-popular trout and kokanee fishery south of Cheney, will remain closed to drive-in public access this season. After decades of providing sportsman access, owners of the former Chapman Lake Resort locked the gates in 2011 on the only road access to the lake.

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