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  • 2013 outdoors: Fishing highlights

    The total 2013 count of about 953,225 adult fall chinook in the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam this year smashed the record of 610,244 set in 2003. The chinook run …


  • Field reports: Missouri River brown trout grow in size

    FISHING – Fly fishers have been reporting standout fishing for bigger brown trout on the Missouri River upstream from Great Falls this year, and there’s proof they weren’t telling fish …


  • April Vokey sets hooks in mostly male sport of fly fishing

    “You’re not going to write about the ‘being a woman in a male-dominated sport’ thing, are you?” she said politely near the end of our interview. “That’s old, boring and …


  • Landers: Aerator should solve fish problem

    West Medical Lake is churning with the promise of great fishing when the 2014 season opens on the fourth Saturday of April. Thanks to local fly fishing clubs, a new …


  • Out & About: Idaho hooks kids on steelheading

    OUTFISH – A youth steelhead clinic held on the Snake River recently accomplished its goal by netting more than just fish.


  • Autumn surprise: Fall is becoming prime time for tuna

    Sometime early next summer, probably late June, 60-degree subtropical ocean currents will push close to the chilly waters off the Northwest Coast. Albacore tuna and other fishes from far-flung southern …


  • B-Run blues affect steelhead fishing derby

    The Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will be held Nov. 23-30 despite the closure of a large section of the Clearwater River to harvest of steelhead more than 28 inches long. …


  • Anglers tapping record run of king salmon this season

    Four lucky anglers found their way to the Ringold Springs boat launch in the pre-dawn darkness last week and used flashlights to find their fishing guide. They’d booked a salmon …


  • Landers: Chinook too young to be mammoth

    Two hot fishing topics emerged this week: • Where are the behemoths in the Columbia River’s record run of chinook salmon?


  • Out & About: Record salmon run threat to dogs

    OUTFISH – For dog owners, there is a downside to this year’s record-breaking return of fall chinook in the Snake River basin. Anglers are catching many of those fish and …


  • Limit intake of river fish, states say

    SALEM – Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile …


  • Some Seven Devils lakes stocked with trout

    Trout are stocked in about two dozen named lakes and a few unnamed waters in the Seven Devils Mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness, but some lakes are not stocked …


  • Steelhead counts down but salmon numbers up in Snake River

    The annual return of A-run steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries, normally the most reliable of Idaho’s anadromous fish runs, won’t tickle the record books this year. Just …


  • Father, son steelheaders have method to their madness

    In a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein, it’s said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, you might …


  • Field reports: Washington proposes fishing rule changes

    FISHING – Sportfishing rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be explained in a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the …


  • Field reports: Pink salmon flood into Puget Sound

    FISHING – More than 6.2 million pink salmon are surging into Puget Sound this month in their return that occurs on odd-numbered years, according to the Washington Department of Fish …


  • Lunker trout a record of sorts

    A monster trout legally harvested by a Lapwai man would crush the existing Idaho state record providing the fish is determined to be a pure rainbow trout. But even if …


  • Kokanee Kid has tips to share

    Jeremy Jahn, aka the Kokanee Kid, has a website ( kokaneekidfishing.com) with a mission statement “to convert all fishermen into kokanee addicts.” Although he’s from Salem, Jahn believes some kokanee …


  • Colvilles celebrate $50 million hatchery

    BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Cheers went up when Colville tribal fisherman Mylan Williams hauled a 20-pound chinook out of the Columbia River with a dip net. Then hats came off in …


  • Field reports: North Idaho’s ‘year of the kokanee’ includes Hayden Lake

    FISHING – Kokanee are either reviving or flourishing in one of the most encouraging seasons in years for the popular sport fish in North Idaho. Highlights include: • Lake Pend …


  • Reel Time Fishing guide migrates to tap peak runs

    Angling is in Toby Wyatt’s blood. At 39, the Clarkston-based guide handles a fishing rod with the grace of an artist swishing a paint brush.


  • Lake Roosevelt bass escape new liberal limits

    Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting April 1, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a …


  • Field reports: Requirements enacted for fishing guides

    FISHING – Washington sport-fishing guides will have to meet basic requirements for first aid training, boat and business licensing and insurance under a law that takes effect July 28. Gov. …


  • Idaho Fish and Game Commission approves chinook seasons

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a four-day-a-week spring chinook fishing season Tuesday on short stretches of the Clearwater River and weeklong fishing on the lower Salmon, Little Salmon …


  • Anglers young and old turn out for season’s opening day

    The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families. From across the state they rendezvous at designated lakes in advance, claiming campsites, often unleashing kids in …


  • Out & About: Region’s anglers cash in on casts

    OUTPROFIT – Why should a fisherman work when there are so many opportunities to angle for dollars? Among them: • Mack Days, March 15-May 19 at Flathead Lake, with up …


  • Opening day for fishing draws families

    The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families.


  • Landers: Region a hotbed for rental fishing boats

    The Spokane region is a hotbed for rental fishing boats, relatively speaking. Anglers heading out Satuday for the opening of Washington’s lowland lake trout fishing season can choose from two …


  • Steelhead run better, but still not stellar

    Steelhead anglers in the Washington-Idaho regions of the Snake River can expect decent fishing this season, although the early forecasts are a mixed bag. Fisheries managers are predicting a return …


  • Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

    Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and …


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