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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 …


BLM a force on the land after 22-year era of acquisition

Basically, the era started in 1987 with 156 acres purchased at the Lakeview Ranch near Pacific Lake north of Odessa. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management – once the runt …


BLM restoring wetlands

Waterfowl are riding the coattails of the federal land consolidation program in Eastern Washington. Now that it holds large blocks of choice habitat in the channeled scablands region, the U.S. …


Field Reports: Lake PDO Fishery update

A public program on the status of Lake Pend Oreille fisheries recovery efforts and the latest research data will be presented by Idaho Fish and Game Department officials and biologists …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Fly fishermen are having some success either swinging leeches or nymphing with egg patterns for Grande Ronde steelhead, Sean Visintainer at Silver Bow Fly Shop said. He also …


Gold vs. salmon debated at GU

Students enrolled at Gonzaga University often sprout some of their roots on campus, but Lange Solberg, a third generation commercial fisherman, is sowing a homegrown international controversy. Solberg is taking …


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Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Rocky Ford has been excellent for anglers throwing a two-fly rig with an intermediate sinking line. A small leech pattern with a scud dropper has been effective if …


Think ahead for coveted permits

A few new cabin options join the list of lookouts and other accommodations available in the region’s national forests this season, and reservations can be made up to six months …


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Anglers speak at Boat Show

Local anglers are giving fishing seminars at the Spokane National Boat Show, which is on through next Sunday at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center. Today’s seminars start at 10:30 …


Ice fishing requires faith

Winter fishing gods played a cruel joke on Glen Kivett last Sunday at Sprague Lake. The Spokane angler caught a bright, hefty 19-inch rainbow trout almost immediately after dropping a …


Hunting and fishing

Salmon and steelhead Steelhead fishing remains good on the Clearwater and all its tributaries, with hours-per- fish ranging from seven to 10. The Snake River is a little slower, with …


Still tinkering with 2009 hunt proposals

After nearly two years of public comment and meetings, significant last-minute changes are being proposed for Washington’s fall hunting rules just two months before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission …


Anglers think deep at Rufus Woods

Last year’s outrageously good fishing has toned down to simply good fishing for porky rainbows in the Columbia River waters of Lake Rufus Woods. Tens of thousands of trout that …


Hunting and fishing

The lower Snake is fishing well from Asotin on up. It’s best up around Pittsburg Landing. Guide Tim Johnson of FishHawk Charters said three clients hooked 17 steelhead in two …


Hunting and fishing

Salmon and steelhead Clearwater River steelhead anglers found the water stained and high but fishable, particularly below Orofino, where guide Toby Wyatt of Reeltime Fishing reported his boats caught 25 …


Smallmouth bass boom bad for salmon

Like all trophy-hunting sportsmen, smallmouth bass anglers want to keep the big ones. Fishery managers are trying to convince them to keep the smaller ones.


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Bush to designate marine monuments

WASHINGTON – Parts of three remote and uninhabited Pacific island chains are being set aside by President Bush as national monuments to protect them from oil and gas extraction and …


2008 was exceptional for Inland anglers

2008 delivered a stream of fine fishing to Inland anglers. Oregon’s saltwater salmon fishing was closed for lack of fish and seasons were shortened off the Washington Coast. Yet big …


Fish from river carry toxic risk

Armed with a clipboard and “How to Skin a Fish” handouts, Sean Hackett approached a woman and her baby daughter as they played on a sandy beach at Peoples Park. …


Only selective anglers fish these lakes

Quality not quantity is the prize for fishing Eastern Washington’s selective fishery lakes, where rules require anglers to use only artificial lures or flies with single, barbless hooks. Bait is …


Idaho satisfies all angler desires

North Idaho lakes have a little bit of everything, from perch to state-record tiger muskies, and from joy to sorrow. Bright spots include numerous lakes full of panfish eager to …


Some northeast waters aren’t left behind

Considering that ice was still on lakes such as Curlew and the Little Pend Oreille chain on April 1, it’s no wonder that fishing in many Northeastern Washington lakes generally …


Success is just around corner

Spokane area anglers looking for fast action on the April 28 lowland trout season opener don’t have to travel far. Lakes in or near Spokane County routinely are among the …


Family has history at favorite fisheries

Maxine Bayley Matney says that during her childhood in northeastern Washington, she went just about everywhere with her father. That means she was rarely far from fish.


Fishermen get fill of walleye at Moses

“Peak” isn’t a common desert term, except at Moses Lake, a 6,800-acre splash among sand dunes where biologists have documented peak walleye populations, and the season’s peak walleye feeding activity …


Basin comfortable for early outings

Trout anglers fishing for fun in the sun head to the Columbia Basin. The desert-like landscape is ideal for early-season camping near dozens of fisheries where the angling action heats …


First things first: Let’s get the rules straight

On May 1 – just three days after the opening of Washington’s general trout season – 38 new fishing rules will take effect statewide. One rule change involving fish landing …