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There’s hope for getting a halibut

Neah Bay is Washington’s hot spot for halibut. So hot, in fact, that anglers often catch the state’s May season quota in a few days. But the hunt for the …


Chewelah-area fly lakes aren’t up to par

Two fly-fishing-only lakes north of Chewelah on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are off their game this year but the future is promising. McDowell Lake (33 acres) received …


Anglers get into the flow on region’s varied rivers

Lake fishing isn’t for everybody. Some anglers aren’t home unless they’re drifting down a river or feeling the grip of flowing water around their waders. Eastern Washington has numerous stream-fishing …


Hunting for Hayden’s crappies

Lure fishermen don’t own Hayden Lake’s trophy-size crappies. Fly fishers enjoy catching them, too. In this April pre-spawn period, however, the fish can be hard to find.


Marry yourself to success for CdA kokes

June is the favorite month for Wedding Bands at Lake Coeur d’Alene among anglers looking to hook-up with kokanee. Rig the popular lure behind a No. 7 Hildebrandt flasher and …


These lakes have lures of their own

Some lakes in the region have special attractions for certain types of anglers. Bead Lake north of Newport, for example, has lake trout and a small kokanee fishery, but it’s …


Volunteers provide net profit for anglers

Fishing at several waters in the Spokane region gets a boost from area citizens who maintain net pens to raise and release trout supplied by the Washington Department of Fish …


State assumes last resort

Nine Mile Resort on Lake Spokane opened for the season Friday, a couple of weeks earlier than normal and under new management. Riverside State Park has signed a 30-year lease …


Cutthroat business in Bob Marshall Wilderness

Plans to poison thousands of fish in 21 Montana lakes then stock them with westslope cutthroat trout have final approval and the work, still disputed by some state commissioners, is …


It pays to always be prepared

A Spokane fly fisherman caught a once-in-a-lifetime North Idaho experience in Tepee Creek Monday, and we’re not talking about cutthroat trout. The angler asked to remain anonymous because … ahem …


Kids look like pros fishing for bass

At first, they barely resembled kids. Mostly they were all business and perfect young gentlemen tending to a writer’s curiosity about their passion for tournament fishing. Joey Nania, 14, of …


Volunteers Will Help Plant Trout In Cascade Lakes

Volunteers on foot and horseback will take to the Cascade Mountains in coming months to help state fisheries officials plant thousands of trout in alpine lakes. An estimated 36,000 trout …


Traveling Sedges Cause A Rainbow Feeding Frenzy

Billowing, dark clouds heralded another windy day as we moved from the shallow, marl-bottom flats toward the weed bed where we hoped that damselfly nymphs soon would be hatching. “There’s …


Spokanite Wins Derby At Pend Oreille

Jerry Wilhelm of Spokane caught a 30.4-pound mackinaw to win the $10,000 grand prize in the Spring K&K; challenge Derby at Lake Pend Oreille. Wilhelm caught the mack on April …


Washington’s Anglers Give Spiny-Rayed Species Their Due

Not even the most optimistic supporter of spiny-rayed species would have thought back in the 1960s that the state would eventually develop a program for raising and releasing millions of …


Computerized Licensing System Overloaded

Idaho’s Fish and Game Department is asking hunters and anglers to go easy on the state’s new computerized licensing system. High demand for hunting licenses is overloading the state’s “Point …


Access Improved For Disabled Anglers

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed special facilities for disabled anglers at several Eastern Washington sites, said spokesman Madonna Luers. The special facilities are at the following …


Waterfowl Hunting Input Wanted

Clashes between waterfowl hunting guides and other hunters on public lands in the Columbia Basin have prompted a meeting set for Thursday. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is calling …


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Outdoor Briefs

With a good dump of snow reviving the interest in skiing, the pre-registration deadline for the 10-kilometer Spokane Langlauf cross-country citizens race has been extended to Thursday. Entrants who pre-register …


Anglers Feast On Run Of Whitefish

The lineup forms daily this time of year below the Old Steel Bridge on the Flathead River just north of Kalispell. It’s a casual gathering. No hoots or hollers when …


North Idaho Meetings To Let Anglers Be Heard

Fishermen and others will tell Idaho Fish and Game Department officials what they think about several proposed changes for the 1996-97 fishing season at meetings next week in North Idaho. …


Choreographing A Tuna Surprise

Anglers squeeze out a few more minutes of albacore fishing as the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Bob Mottram/McClatchy News Service


State Keeps Hunter Orange Rule

Washington’s “hunter orange” requirement will not be repealed by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, even though a Grays Harbor County judge ruled the commission had no authority to impose …


Poor Steelhead Run May Mean Reeled-In Fall Season

With the 1995 run of steelhead returning to Idaho shaping up as the worst in years, the state Department of Fish and Game may change or cancel fall harvest seasons …


St. Joe Remains Local Favorite

Idaho’s upper St. Joe River, one of the most scenic and productive cutthroat streams in the Northwest, has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and a few TV shows …


395-Pound Halibut Hooked In 18-Foot Skiff

Mike Golat had a big problem on his hands when he hooked a 395-pound halibut near Unalaska - there was no way he was going to get the giant flatfish …


Limits To Go Off Several Area Lakes Saturday

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department will have an all-you-can-catch clearance sale at eight Eastern Washington trout lakes beginning Saturday. Scheduled for rehabilitation this fall are Badger and Williams in …


Walle Quickly Becoming A Most Cherished Game Fish

This is the year of the walleye in Eastern Washington. The fish that only transplanted midwest fishermen could identify 40 years ago is now one of the top game fish …


Bird Watchers Convene

Hold your fire! Those aren’t government spies infiltrating the countryside with binoculars to their eyes this week. They’re birders convening in Spokane for the Western Field Ornithologist annual meeting, Thursday …