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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 …


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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OUTFISH


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 …


Columbia spreads wealth

State fisheries biologists say a huge Columbia River spring chinook run should deliver healthy returns of 18,500 salmon to the Wind, Little White Salmon and Klickitat rivers of the Columbia …


Hoh my! First steelhead a trophy

Peter Harrison is one of those people who does things in a big way: His first steelhead appears to be a world record. The Port Townsend angler was fly-fishing in …


Big Horn Show starts Thursday

The live bears, hungry trout and leaping retrievers moving into the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this week will be just a fraction of the attractions at the Big Horn …


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OUTFIELD


Museum rethinks Cheney honor

The American Museum of Fly Fishing last week abruptly postponed a March 5 fund-raising dinner at the New York Angler’s Club to honor former Vice President Dick Cheney. A museum …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima River below the Teanaway confluence has good fishing. Temperatures have been warmer than last week and there is more bug activity with a few fish even …


Nothing humane about it

Second to Bernie Madoff, perhaps, animal rights groups are among the biggest shams in America. These predators know that nothing milks the hearts and checkbooks of good-hearted people more effectively …


Area anglers catching show, films, national notoriety

If screaming reels are music to your ears, you might be moved to dance when The Fly-Fishing Film Tour lands in Spokane Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Don’t expect …


Show offers angling tips

Anglers can catch a lesson on skills needed to be successful at Inland Northwest fisheries during the Annual Great Western Sportfishing Show Friday through next Sunday at the Spokane Convention …


Spirit Lake angler wins knot wars

A North Idaho angler has tied up the top spot in a national competition for new fishing knots. The Fish-N-Fool knot, devised by Rick Lawrence of Spirit Lake, was declared …


Hunting and fishing

Trout Lake Roosevelt rainbow have been tough to find, but district fish biologist Chris Donley said fishing should take off any time now. “We may have lost some fish last …


Finally, good news in 2009

Salmon are giving Washington and Idaho anglers reason for high hopes this season. Spring chinook appear to be headed to the Columbia system in fantastic numbers – the third-biggest run …


Snake River at Clarkston may not get salmon season

Washington will open spring chinook salmon fishing this year, but the Snake River near Clarkston is not likely to be in the mix Instead, fishing will likely be held near …


Fat tire plans at Stevens Pass

New ski lifts, a mountaintop lodge and mountain biking routes are being proposed for Stevens Pass ski area of U.S. 2. Mountain bikers are especially excited about the 5 miles …


Hunting and fishing

Trout and kokanee Rock Lake has been good for rainbow and browns with most of the action coming at the creek end on a variety of trolled and tossed offerings. …


Here’s bill of fare for outdoors legislation

Keep your guard up, your hopes in check, and maintain a firm grip on your wallet. The Washington Legislature is approaching the critical Feb. 25 cutoff that determines which among …