FISHING – Michelle Larsen-Williams of Pingree, Idaho, broke a 61-year-old state record on July 29 when she landed a 20-pound rainbow trout on the Snake River just above American Falls Reservoir.
The fish exceeds the 19-pound record rainbow caught by R.M. Williams in November 1947 in Hayden Lake.
Larsen-Williams caught the trout using a worm-baited hook, 14-pound test line and a 12-pound leader.
It is the third rainbow weighing more than 18 pounds caught this summer in or just below the reservoir.
Deer hunters aim for quality
HUNTING – Applications will be accepted through Aug. 19 for 15 permits to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.
“This is the second year of our effort to provide quality hunting opportunities in this area,” said Matt Monda, WDFW regional wildlife manager. “This special drawing is open to the general public without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags.”
Hunters can apply online or by telephone, (509) 754-4624
Five permits will go to each of three groups: Bowhunters, muzzleloaders and modern firearms hunters.
This convention’s a real gem
GEOLOGY – Organizers of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies say more than 3,000 rock collectors attended its national convention recently in Billings.
Rock collectors, artists, and others with a love for minerals attend the annual gathering. Lois Pattillo, a rock hound from Texas, displayed her collection of rocks crafted into realistic-looking food.
Pattillo uses garnets, fossils and other stones to create the phony desserts, loaves of bread, hamburgers and even pickle relish.
REI grants boost local groups
The Recreational Equipment Inc. store in Spokane has named recipients for local grants – $5,000 each – awarded annually to outdoor-related groups:
•YMCA/Camp Reed, to help see that all Inland Northwest kids have an opportunity to attend camp.
•Conservation Northwest, for monitoring and supporting wildlife and wild lands.
•SpokeFest/Bike to Work Spokane, for promoting bicycling. (This year’s Spokefest event is Sept. 13.)