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  • Snake River sockeye recovery plan released

    Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon, a species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s.


  • In brief: Federal officials propose plan to aid bull trout

    Federal officials have released a plan to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the fish. The U.S. …


  • Out & About: Snake-aversion clinic for dogs June 26

    OUTBACK-OFF – A rattlesnake- aversion clinic for dogs is being offered June 26 in Lewiston by California- based Natural Solutions. The clinic is promoted by Lewiston-area resident Shelly DeAtley, who …


  • Landers: Fish managers plan attack on northern pike in Roosevelt

    Northern pike have bared their teeth in Lake Roosevelt this year, bringing to mind the early 2000s, when the non-native predators first showed up in significant numbers in the Pend …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing The deeper pools in The North Fork Coeur d’Alene River have not been as productive as the smaller slots along the banks. The cutts are feeding heavily on …


  • Woman on the Fly

    Heather Hodson is on a mission to remind fly fishers about an often-neglected angle to the sport. “It’s really fun,” she said.


  • Field reports: Oregon lawmakers ban hunting with drones

    HUNTING – An Oregon bill banning the use of drones in hunting is on Gov. Kate Brown’s desk. The state Senate backed the bill unanimously last week after the House …


  • With lower flows, spring chinook make quicker trip

    How long does it take for salmon to travel from Bonneville Dam to Idaho? Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game regional fisheries manager in Lewiston, looked at data and came …


  • Landers driven to defend walk-in status for lake

    A zigzagging sliver of water in the scablands southwest of Davenport is a model of rare opportunity for the muscle-powered sportsman. Z Lake isn’t named on government maps. It isn’t …


  • Field reports: Big bass haul at Long Lake Classic

    FISHING – Lake Spokane (aka Long Lake) produced some eye-opening stats during a May 2-3 tournament organized by the Spokane Bass Club. Justin Cox and Ben Schilling weighed in a …


  • State-record tiger trout expected soon in Idaho

    A state-record trout is swimming in Jim Moore Pond in southeast Idaho. Last week, 3,600 catchable-sized tiger trout were stocked in the tiny impoundment near Roberts by the Idaho Department …


  • Special event hooks kids on fishing

    If the cheerful squealing of kids catching their first fish was all the reward dozens of volunteers needed, they were well paid on Saturday. “If they’re like me, they’ll squeal …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing The North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River is running at June levels and there are a lot of bugs. A stone fly imitation with a mayfly dropper …


  • Out & About: Mudders trash restored national forest meadow

    OUTLAW – Colville National Forest officers are looking for tips in the case of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that left deep marks in a restored meadow this month. After the meadow …


  • Field reports: Wolves spread into Western Washington

    PREDATORS – Gray wolves continue to gain ground across Washington with recent documentation from Mount Spokane to the western slopes of the North Cascades. A canine, apparently a wolf, was …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The sports section declared, “Trout Anglers Are Now Joyful.”


  • In brief: Idaho “Take Me Fishing” campaign promotes youth fishing

    The Idaho Fish and Game Department’s “Take Me Fishing” trailers have geared up and scheduled 16 days of equipping novice anglers for fishing fun at Idaho Panhandle lakes. Stocked with …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Bug and water conditions on the North Fork Coeur d’Alene are making for some excellent fishing throughout in the system. Take advantage of it, because summer flows look …


  • Whitewater rafters have high expectations despite lower flows

    Although this year’s lack of winter snow pack could have severe consequences in some areas, outdoors enthusiasts will be taking advantage of a weak spring runoff. Campers and power boaters …


  • Low runoff boon to spring recreation on reservoirs

    Forecasts for below-normal spring runoff are prompting an early start to the boating and camping season behind the region’s big dams. Reservoir drawdowns are less severe this year because hydro-power …


  • Anglers find fish willing on opening day

    Saturday’s opening of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season was blustery, wet and cold, but anglers who toughed out the conditions were handsomely rewarded. Overall, Spokane-region lakes produced some of the …


  • Field reports: Coast salmon seasons set by Pacific council

    FISHING – Washington’s 2015 salmon fishing seasons were approved this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, with some Puget Sound fisheries constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the …


  • Yakima fly fishing peaks with dry run

    Fly fishing can sometimes be just like any other method for hooking a trout. Sometimes fly fishers get their jollies casting a weighted Woolly Bugger and stripping it back as …


  • Trout anglers maintain a soft spot for panfish

    While trout are the most popular species sought by freshwater fishermen in the region, according to agency surveys, many anglers were hooked into the sport by panfish. Perch, bluegills and …


  • Fly fishermen find exclusive waters in select fisheries

    A small portion of Washington’s managed fisheries are designated fly-fishing only. Many high-quality trout lakes, such as Amber Lake in Spokane County, are designated “selective fisheries,” where single-barbless hooks are …


  • Hundreds of lakes open Saturday for lowland trout season

    Fishtrap and West Medical lakes will provide some of the best Spokane-area fishing among the lakes opening Saturday for the lowland trout fishing season, state biologists say. They are traditional …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Because of consistent insect hatches in April and May, West Medical Lake would be an excellent choice for fly fishermen on the Saturday opener.


  • Public access issues remain for Chapman Lake

    Chapman Lake, a once-popular trout and kokanee fishery south of Cheney, will remain closed to drive-in public access this season. After decades of providing sportsman access, owners of the former …


  • Sprague Lake offers anglers rare opportunity to catch healthy-size hatchery steelhead

    The one-time bounty of steelhead stocked in Sprague Lake last year is catching on with anglers. “They’re doing really well and are certainly contributing to the fishery,” said Randall Osborne, …


  • Northeastern Washington lakes should satisfy fishing demands on opening day

    Northeastern Washington lakes have been well tended to satisfy the demand for good fishing when the lowland lake season opens on Saturday. Periodic problems with fish die-offs at lakes usually …