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Lowland lakes always worth a visit

The bad news: Fishing may not be quite as good as last year in the Spokane-area lowland lakes that will open for the season on April 25. The good news: …


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, …


Word is out on northern pike fishery

The burgeoning northern pike fishery in the Washington stretch of the Pend Oreille River has caught on beyond local fishermen. The first northern pike tournament in Box Canyon Reservoir is …


Northeast Washington lakes always worth the wait

For the second consecutive year, ice was clogging most of the trout fishing lakes in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties in early April, postponing delivery of precious cargo by …


Regulation expansion should help

North Idaho’s crown jewel cutthroat trout streams – including the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe and St. Maries – are in their first full year of expanded catch-and-release regulations befitting their …


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 …


Chopaka headliner among selective trout fisheries

Chopaka is back, and we’re not talking about a character in Star Wars. Okanogan County’s darling for Washington fly fishers was treated with rotenone in 2007 and should be getting …


Washington springs new rules

Washington likes to keep anglers on their toes. Fishing seasons open throughout the year, including major waters that open on March 1, April 1 and, of course, the popular lowland …


Sprague Lake trout lure I-90 anglers

When the wind is on good behavior, an angler would be hard-pressed to waste precious fishing time by cruising on I-90 past the Sprague exit. Rehabilitated in the fall of …


Spokane River fish fun to catch … and release

Fishing the Spokane River requires careful attention to details, not only to catch the finicky trout, but also to keep track of the regulations that vary in different stretches of …


Check out these kokanee hot spots

Kokanee are king to many anglers, and the Inland Northwest still has a few hot spots to catch them. Lake Coeur d’Alene should provide good fishing this year coming off …


Kids get gear, chance to fish at CAST for Kids

The Spokane area’s annual CAST for Kids event will be May 2 at Clear Lake. For a $5 fee, youths 5-14 will take home a rod and reel, a Fishing …


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 …


Spring chinook run feted from coast to Idaho

Spring chinook salmon are causing a stir among anglers. Idaho is gearing up, as forecasts call for about 130,000 spring chinook – the fourth-largest run since 1979 – making their …


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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


Steelheading prime in Idaho’s upper Salmon

Steelhead fishing is winding down in most parts of Idaho, but around Stanley, it’s just getting started. The Upper Salmon River attracts some of the longest-running steelhead in the United …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele are putting on a nymphing workshop in Cle Elum followed by a book signing and open house with food and drink from 6-9 …


Don’t be fooled by this new bill

April 1 has passed, but it’s still April Fools Day for Washington sportsmen who don’t think they’re affected by what’s going on in Olympia this week. Anglers should note that …


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Thaw reveals big options

Wind sucks. Or at least that was my perspective Monday as I fly-fished for trout on Sprague Lake. While Scott Haugen at Four Seasons Campground was clocking gusts up to …


Rufus Woods gets tagged trout

While not on the magnitude of the net-pen escapes from last year, the Colville Tribe is keeping the trout spigot open at Lake Rufus Woods. About 2,000 triploid rainbows averaging …


Show becomes can’t-miss affair

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show has a way of hooking people – and we’re not just talking about the occasional snag in the seat of the pants at the …


Sportsman’s will honor old cards

Sportsman’s Warehouse stores in Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene will honor gift cards customers obtained prior to the recent sale of the stores through March 31. A total of 15 …