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  • 2014 outdoors: fishing

    Columbia River salmon runs continued a soaring trend in 2014. This year’s sockeye run is the largest since fish-counting began at Bonneville Dam in 1938.


  • 2014 Outdoors: milestones

    Clif Bar dropped sponsorship of rock-climbing sensation Alex Honnold and four other athletes because the California organic energy food-maker says it’s no longer comfortable with the death-defying extremes of BASE …


  • 2014 Outdoors: lists

    100, Lake McDonald Lodge; Glacier National Park. 75, Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, first in Washington; Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge; Mont. State Parks system. 70, Smokey Bear. 50, Wilderness Act; …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Rocky Ford is probably the best place to scratch your fly fishing itch. The big trout have been hitting aggressively on various leech and egg patterns.


  • Agencies look at possible fee increases that would impact the cost of outdoor living

    Fee increases are likely to take a bigger bite out of personal outdoor recreation budgets in 2015. Federal agencies and some state agencies are proposing increased fees for camping, boat …


  • Study tries to boost young sturgeon in upper Columbia

    Tribal and state fisheries researchers landed a big incentive this fall to continue their work on reviving white sturgeon numbers in the Columbia River upstream from Kettle Falls. A sturgeon, …


  • Sturgeon holding on in Columbia system and into Idaho

    The population of North America’s largest freshwater fish living between a dam on the Idaho-Oregon border and another in Eastern Washington was holding steady from 14 years ago, according to …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing The Spokane River is on a slow rise and has been decent lately at midday. Nymphs and streamers on the bottom are taking some nice rainbow and an …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing The whitefish season is open on the stretch of the Little Spokane River from Highway 291 upstream to West Branch. Bouncing a beadhead nymph or pheasant tail is …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing The Spokane River is the best fly fishing option in the region because water temperatures remain somewhat stable. Focus on the slow water with nymphs or streamers at …


  • In brief: Anti-wolf group starts billboard campaign

    A newly organized anti-wolf group says it’s targeting Spokane with a billboard campaign to highlight its concerns about the increasing number of wolves in Washington State. Four billboards featuring a …


  • Out & About: Idaho family lands Washington fishing resort

    Outbuy: One of Washington’s oldest sport fishing resorts – Olson’s Resort in Sekiu, operated by Arlen and Donnalynn Olson – was sold last week with an agreement the new buyers …


  • In brief: Bald eagle cruise honors veterans

    A special cruise boat is being reserved for veterans, military personnel and their families for a tour on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Nov. 29 to view the annual congregation of …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Fishing has slowed down on most local and Montana rivers as we head into winter. Tossing nymphs is the best bet now that the hatches have disappeared. Most …


  • Idaho Falls man awaits verification on record coho

    An Idaho Falls man caught an 11.8-pound coho that is a pending state record on his last cast into the Clearwater River this weekend. If verified by record keepers at …


  • Conservation group buys 165,000 acres of Plum Creek timberlands in effort to keep land wild

    A decades-old effort to protect traditional wildlife corridors and public access to western forests is getting a huge boost in Washington and Montana by an international conservation group. The Nature …


  • Field reports: Sea lions take toll on spring chinook

    FISHING – Prized spring chinook returning from the ocean to the Columbia River Basin are likely being killed in alarming numbers by seals and sea lions between the estuary and …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Rocky Ford fly fishermen are saying there don’t seem to be as many fish in the creek as last year. One angler said he saw three dead trout …


  • In brief: Photo may show first wolf in 80 years at Grand Canyon

    A tourist photograph of a radio-collared canine is thought to be the first gray wolf to grace the North Rim of the Grand Canyon since the 1940s. The U.S. Fish …


  • Unique designs, colors set Helena-built drift boats apart

    BILLINGS – The trout don’t care, but the bright tie-dye patterned oars and angler braces and the hook-jawed brown trout from hell painted on each side of the hull make …


  • Combating wildlife crimes is a group effort

    The public is the first line of enforcement for crimes involving fish and wildlife. “Most of the cases our officers make are helped by tips from the public,” said Madonna …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Mid-day is the best fishing on most area rivers and lakes now, and will remain so from here on out. Look for slow and soft current seams on …


  • Tyler Hicks takes on ‘Big Fishing Year’

    At midnight, on New Year’s Day, Tyler Hicks was drifting lures that glow in the dark for steelhead on the North Fork of the Lewis River. He was a man …


  • Outdoors notes: biologist catches Idaho record coho

    Idaho’s first specific coho fishing season opened Friday on the Clearwater River and before the weekend was over, the state had a new record for coho salmon. Ethan Crawford caught …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Boggan’s Oasis on the Grande Ronde reports the action has been monopolized by fly fishermen recently and the gear guys are just starting to show. On Monday, a …


  • Field Reports: Increased fees sought at Lake Roosevelt

    PARKS – Prices are likely to go up for visiting and boating at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation area next year as the National Park Service is proposing fee increases …


  • Proposal would curb catch-and-release steelheading

    Steelhead anglers in southeastern Washington could be required to keep all hatchery steelhead they catch, including from the Grande Ronde River, if a proposed rule is adopted by the Fish …


  • In brief: All game and fish possession requires documentation

    Helping a friend or family member haul a deer or elk out of the mountains can get a person a ticket without proper documentation. Same goes for transporting or sharing …


  • Cooking your catch: A new spin on rod and reel cooking

    Downriver, along the western horizon, the sun lay a soft boil atop pine-hemmed mountains, a tangency that spoke the harsh truth: quitting time. Creel count: zero. Lures and streamers lost …


  • Gas prices: Perfect timing for declining fuel costs

    Declining fuel prices are good news for hunters in the peak of the fall seasons as well as hikers out to enjoy fall colors and especially for steelhead anglers pulling …