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Don’t sleep on ‘late’ fishing area lakes

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

The posing porch at Klink’s Williams Lake Resort has been busy with successful anglers in the summer of 2017. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Worries that spring flooding would ruin this season’s fishing at stocked trout lakes in the Spokane region never panned out, at least not at Williams Lake.

Reader photo: Standing up to Peewee Falls

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam. (Jason Hershey / JASON HERSHEY PHOTO)
A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam.

Weekend weather: Seasonal temps under mostly sunny skies

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

With schools back in session across the region, the weather seems to be following suit, leaving summer-like 90 degree temperatures – and even the 80s – behind for the upcoming weekend. Highs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in town probably won’t break the 70-degree mark, with highs each day in the upper 60s. Not until Sunday should the high creep back into the low 70s. Lows each night for the next several days will plummet into the upper 40s, and even cooler in outlying areas and North Idaho.

Fishing-Hunting report for Sept. 14

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Friends of Silver Bow Fly Shop staff reported excellent fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater and Kelly Creek in Idaho. Large cutthroat seemed especially fond of nymphing and streamer patterns, but orange foam dries also proved extremely effective.

Pack goats take a load off elk hunter’s game

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

A pack goat licks sweat off Howie Halcomb’s arm as he pauses on a high ridge while hiking and scouting for game. (Courtesy / HOWIE HALCOMB PHOTO)
One bowhunter is walking briskly into his backcountry elk camp this week with a team of four-legged helpers that take a load off his back without adding work and worry. “Pack goats make my life easy,” said Howie Halcomb, a hunter who pursues game with the rigor of a backcountry athlete.

Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

It’s time for high school writers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests for youth outdoor writing.

Columbia-Snake steelhead run shows slight improvement

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, a steelhead trout is reeled in near Dodge Bridge along the Rogue River in Shady Cove, Ore. The Columbia River Basin and other Oregon coastal rivers are experiencing low summer steelhead returns. (Jamie Lusch / Associated Press)
The return of A-run steelhead to the Columbia River basin is still dismal but the sea-run trout made a late push in the past week that prompted fisheries managers to upgrade their run forecast.

Field Reports: Bend Whitewater Park flooded with floaters

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 4:25 a.m.

This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated the Deschutes River through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards. That’s roughly 2,200 floaters each day May 15-Aug. 22.

Ammi Midstokke: The brown dog reaches adolescence

Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Ammi Midstokke’s dog obviously has a high ceiling when it comes to learning. (Ammi Midstokke / Courtesy)
The only thing more obnoxious than a parent who thinks their kids are infallible is a dog owner blind to the grievances of their dog. Thank goodness both my child and my dog are near perfect.

Weekend weather: Smoke lingers, but relief in the forecast

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

People walk along the Centennial Trail in Kendall Yards as heavy smoke settles over downtown Spokane, Wash, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The growing blaze east of Portland in the scenic Columbia River Gorge was one of dozens of wildfires in the U.S. West that sent smoke into cities from Seattle to Denver. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The poor air quality that has persisted throughout the region this week should continue for the next couple of days, with an Air Quality Alert in effect through noon on Friday. But some relief might finally be in store.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 7

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Fly Fishing Silver Bow Fly Shop says the Spokane River trout fishing slowed last week for no apparent reason, but that can change in a short time. They suggest using a Hopper/Chernobyl with 3-foot dropper and a caddis pupa or small attractor nymph down below. Another technique is to run a larger caddis pupa with a smaller soft hackle 16 inches below it, or go with a Zirdle Bug streamer with a soft hackle trailing 2 feet below. Fish through the riffles and shallow buckets.

Washington big-game outlook leaves some hunters with the blues

Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

Elk hunters with special permits should do fine in 2017; general tag hunters will find slimmer pickings. (Associated Press)
Washington wildlife managers say game populations are in decent shape in most areas for the hunting seasons getting underway this month, but there are some notable exceptions for deer in northeastern Washington and elk in the Blue Mountains.

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