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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

Shrimpy lake trout taste great

Priest Lake, despite its storied past of record trout and prolific kokanee, has boiled down to a solid year-round fishery for 14- to 20-inch lake trout, and a few notably bigger ones. “There’s a lot of them in the depths of the lake, and we …

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Sound fishing ahead on coast

Puget Sound is the big winner in saltwater salmon seasons set recently by Pacific Fishery Management Council. By allowing selective fishing for hatchery chinook and coho with clipped adipose fins, the seasons and opportunity are vastly expanded this year.

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Tourneys offer clues for bass fishing

Following the bass tournament trail is one way for non-tournament anglers to discover the region’s best bass waters. A lake needs good boat facilities and camping to attract the bass tournament crowd, but most of all, it must have a good fishery. Banks Lake and …

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Bounty paying off at Lake PDO

It’s getting a little harder to collect, but Idaho is still paying $15 a fish for anglers who catch and keep rainbows or lake trout from Lake Pend Oreille. “We saw some encouraging results in the kokanee numbers last year, so we’re going to keep …

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Mountain lakes struggle

Last year’s long-lasting ice cap on high mountain lakes apparently caused winter kill in fisheries dear to the hearts and sore feet of hikers. “We had reports of poor fishing in lakes like Pyramid in the Selkirks and in Five Lakes Butte area in the …

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Hardy folk will enjoy McDowell

McDowell Lake, on the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge in Stevens County, isn’t for everybody. You have to carry or hand-wheel a boat to the lake. Motors are prohibited. Rules allow only fly fishing and all trout caught must be released.

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Big tigers lurking out there

Tiger muskies are a big reason to fish a few select lakes in Washington and the Panhandle. A sterile, hybrid cross between muskellunge and northern pike, tiger muskies have been stocked in seven Washington lakes to provide trophy fishing and help control non-sport fisheries, such …

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009

Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Both Medical and Sprague lakes have been kind to fly anglers at times recently, but there have also been days when the big trout were ignoring everything. There were a lot of chironomids hatching at Sprague this week. The most consistent fly fishing …

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If you have the means, go to Alaska

Skwala stoneflies have become active on the Bitterroot River during the recent spurt of warmer weather, according to Pat Saffel, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional fisheries manager in Missoula. “Right now, the skwala hatch is really going,” he said Wednesday. “The fisherman hatch is …

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Outdoors bill out of committee

Sportsmen in Washington soon may find themselves with lighter wallets, a chance to fish with two poles and at least a couple of new wildlife commissioners. Substitute House Bill 1778 moved out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday with a potpourri of …

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