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Chinook forecast scaled down

Salmon managers in the Columbia River Basin say only about half the number of spring chinook originally predicted will return past Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River this year. Managers …


Venerable vessel

After years of floating loans as a banker, Jim Wheeler launched a business 15 years ago to float anglers. Simple, light and elegant, his Spring Creek Prams have gained a …


Lessons from Isaak’s Ranch

Set back by a cool start to spring, the best trout fishing of the season has finally begun to hatch in the region’s desert lakes. To see how good it …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Lenice and Nunnally are both producing the best fishing in years, with many large ’bows showing. Lenore is getting better each day.


Fees may not be taxes, but they’ll still cost you

Idaho’s Legislature is down on new taxes, but this year the lawmakers are fond of new or higher fees. Boaters, including rafters and paddlers, have new licensing requirements, and nonresidents …


Anglers’ opening day a whopping success

Mike Clark, a veteran angler from Post Falls, is old enough to be a grandfather, but he learned to leave his ego at home after traveling across the border for …


In brief: Mead boy captures state fishing title

Dakota Jones of Mead won the Washington Junior Bassmasters Washington state championship for the 11-14-year-old division last weekend in a tournament on the Columbia River. Jones, 14, an eighth-grader at …


Anglers’ opener a whopping success

Mike Clark, a veteran angler from Post Falls, is old enough to be a grandfather, but he learned to leave his ego at home after traveling across the border for …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The chironomid hatch under way at Sprague is unreal, and fly fishing has recently been better than bait fishing or trolling, said WDFW fish biologist Chris Donley.


Get set to digest new laws, regs

Washington sportsmen will have to apply earlier for permits, pay a little more for licenses and read the 2009 regulations carefully for many changes and new opportunities that will take …


This TV show will raise your hackles

Spokane fly tier Carolyn Sells is teaming up with Lewiston fur-and-feather guru LeRoy Hyatt for another season of instructional programs on public television starting Saturday. Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art …


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Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Angling continues to be good on Dry Falls Lake for 14-inch yearling rainbow trout and carryover fish 16- to 20-plus inches. Brown and tiger trout have also been …


Inland Northwest heaven for panfish anglers

Being anchored over a school of bluegills, crappie or perch is about as close to heaven as some anglers want to go. The Inland Northwest has an assortment of holy …


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: …


Help yourself to smallmouth bass

Forget the catch-and-release ethic when it comes to smallmouth bass. The non-native fish are sporty on rod and reel, and fisheries managers in North Idaho and Washington encourage anglers to …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …