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Field reports: Sockeye fishing opens on upper Columbia

Sun., June 30, 2013

FISHING – Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says salmon anglers will be able to keep sockeye caught from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam, including a portion of the lower Okanogan River. Most seasons start Monday. However, the Columbia from Wells Dam to the Highway 173 bridge in Brewster opens July 16.

The run is much smaller than last year’s record run, but upper Columbia anglers are likely to harvest 3,000-4,000 sockeye this season, state officials said.

Oregon approves wolf settlement

WILDLIFE – The Oregon Legislature has approved a bill that puts into law provisions of a settlement allowing the state to resume killing wolves that make a habit of attacking livestock.

Oregon has been barred for the past year and a half from killing wolves because of a lawsuit filed by conservationists.

The settlement reached in May creates a new rulebook that makes killing wolves a last resort, and gives ranchers wider rights to kill wolves they catch attacking their herds.

Fly-fishing workshops at Dahmen Barn

FISHING – A series of free fly fishing-related demonstrations and workshops is scheduled in July at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn off U.S. Highway 195 in Uniontown, Wash.

July 7 – Fly-casting workshop and rod-repair demonstration, 11 a.m. 

July 14 – “Seasons of the Steelhead” author fly-tying demonstration, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

July 21 – Fly-casting workshop, 1 p.m. 

July 28 – Rod-building and repair demonstration, 11 a.m. 

Info: (509) 229-3414;

Region trail plan needs public input

TRAILS – The  Spokane County Regional Trails Plan, which provides guidance for local, state and federal agencies in developing new trails and maintaining existing routes, is open to public comment through  an online survey.

The plan coordinates trails, identifies corridors for trails and wildlife and aims for road and trail standards.

The inventories and organization of the multi-partner plan already have helped the region secure more than $7 million in funding for trails and conservation areas, said Lunell Haught of the  Inland Northwest Trails Coalition.

The plan includes the Spokane River Centennial Trail, Fish Lake Trail and other major trails as well as a network of smaller trails on agencies ranging from county parks and state parks to U.S. Bureau of Management Lands.

Public input will help with the plan update underway this year, Haught said.

See the survey:

Duck callers vie for state title

HUNTING – The Washington State Championship Duck Calling Contest is set for Aug. 24 in Lacey. Contact: Kurt Snyder of the Washington Waterfowl Association, (360) 485-9353.

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