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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Z Lake, on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County, is accessible by a 1.5 mile hike or mountain bike ride. A draft management plan proposes access changes. (Rich Landers)

Landers driven to defend walk-in status for lake

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.

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015

Field reports: Big bass haul at Long Lake Classic

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.

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More than 700 kids over six hours and 60 adult volunteers took part in the annual Kids Fishing Day at Clear Lake last Saturday. (Rich Landers)

Special event hooks kids on fishing

If the cheerful squealing of kids catching their first fish was all the reward dozens of volunteers needed, they were well paid on Saturday. “If they’re like me, they’ll squeal like that for the rest of their lives when they catch a nice fish,” Neal Beechinor of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club said.

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SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

Field reports: Wolves spread into Western Washington 33 

PREDATORS – Gray wolves continue to gain ground across Washington with recent documentation from Mount Spokane to the western slopes of the North Cascades. A canine, apparently a wolf, was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday on Interstate 90 west of Snoqualmie Pass just 45 miles from downtown Seattle.

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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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