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  • Gauging smallmouth

    Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting last year, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a …


  • Photo: Fishing with talons

    Dinner time: An osprey reemerges from the waters of Fernan Lake after diving for a fish. Osprey, which nest near lakes and rivers, feed exclusively on fish they catch by …


  • Angling for dollars

    Why should a fisherman work when there are so many opportunities to angle for dollars? Among them: K&K Spring Derby, April 26-May 4 at Lake Pend Oreille, with a $15,000 …


  • Kokanee thriving in North Idaho

    The new Hayden Lake kokanee fishery is a highlight in the North Idaho fishing scene. The fishery was stocked three years ago to take advantage of the open water that …


  • Know before you go: fishing regulations

    Eastern Washington has hundreds of fishing lakes with various mixes of fish species to suit the taste of any freshwater angler. The waters also have different fishing seasons and many …


  • History awaits anglers

    Some anglers already have proven this year that record-size fish continue to ply the region’s waters. Sometimes blind luck plays a role in catching a state-record fish. But in many …


  • Sturdy rainbow a favored fish

    Rainbow trout are the species of choice for raising at the region’s fish hatcheries and stocking in Eastern Washington lakes. They have the best combination of qualities, said Chris Donley, …


  • Fly film festival in Sandpoint

    Fly casting champion Tim Rajeff is coming to North Idaho this weekend and he’s just one part of the celebrity action during the two-day Sandpoint Fly Fishing Film Festival. The …


  • Northeastern lakes heat up early: ice-off ahead of schedule for fishermen

    A few northeastern Washington lakes are known for pumping out some of the state’s top catch rates during the opening week of the lowland lake fishing season. Even more lakes …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Trout and kokanee Anglers planning to fish the put-and-take lakes in Spokane County on opening day can expect good fishing, says regional fish biologist, Randy Osborne. Clear Lake, he says, …


  • Where to rent fishing boats

    Northeastern Washington has a wealth of family resorts that cater to anglers – including those who need to rent a boat. Area lakes with resorts that have been renting small …


  • In Brief: Spring chinook season kicks off

    SALMON – Two sections of the Snake River in Washington below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon today for what biologists are predicting …


  • Fishing Opening Day traditions run generations deep

    It’s no secret that Saturday is the opening day of Washington’s lowland lake trout fishing season. Some families have opening day perpetually marked on their calendar, as they have for …


  • Wild fall chinook almost ready for mainstream

    Fisheries biologists say the recent surge in fall chinook returning to the Snake River is exciting, incredible and nothing short of amazing. The numbers are so high that some people …


  • Off Track: Errant OHV riders costly to everyone else

    You don’t need a degree in agriculture to see that driving a motor vehicle off-road into a farmer’s field or a timber company’s forest can leave scars on the land. …


  • Out & About: Pheasant chicks available to raise, release

    OUTGROW – The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council will distribute pheasant chicks to people who have facilities to raise 25 or more birds for around six weeks before releasing them into …


  • Field Reports: Lookout Pass expansion proposals presented

    SKIING – An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor’s Office, …


  • Adventure and rain await Olympic Peninsula hikers

    Although the Olympic Peninsula is a short day’s drive from the Inland Northwest, it’s a different universe for local backpackers and hikers. The contrast isn’t simply about the fact that …


  • There’s no escaping rain in the Olympic Peninsula

    Unless you’re lucky on the weather front, staying dry on an Olympic backpack is impossible. It’s far more realistic to aim for staying comfortable. If sunshine and blue skies accompany …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Nunnally in Grant County is producing a lot of rainbow for fly fishermen all over the lake. The fish are a healthy 14-18 inches.


  • A few special birds lend a wing in golden eagle preservation

    Golden eagles – including one that wore a “backpack” for eight years – are carrying their weight in research that could help curb their gradual decline. Data from an Eastern …


  • Photo: User-submitted photo: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness hemmed in gold

    Untamed spring: Wildflowers brighten the trail into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness near Troy, Ore., on the second weekend in April.


  • Cougar estimates criticized by NW Montana hunters

    Mountain lion hunters in northwestern Montana say state Fish, Wildlife and Parks estimates of the lion population in the Bitterrott Valley are too high.


  • Skwalameister pattern rocks the Yakima River

    The skwala stonefly hatch on the Yakima River isn’t anything to shout about. No clouds of insect plastering pickup windshields. Even the fly shops don’t pump it up that much …


  • Out & About: Turkey hunts colored by visual issue

    OUTSAFE – It’s not a violation of patriotism for a hunter to say no to red, white and blue – at least while hunting turkeys. The spring gobbler seasons that …


  • There is a way to keep those feet dry

    Wet feet are not fun on a hike. SealSkinz, a British brand, makes socks to keep your feet dry. The company’s namesake socks are waterproof. They use a thin membrane …


  • Field reports: Wildlife trafficker gets minimal sentence

    POACHING – A Tacoma man described as “one of the largest illegal wildlife traffickers in Washington state history” was sentenced last week to 30 days of community service and 60 …


  • April hikes: Go low for wildflowers or snowshoe high for solitude

    April may be the most delicious month of the year for taking a hike. Ski resorts are closing because even skiers are losing their appetite for snow. It’s time to …


  • Red’s Rendezvous fly fishing fair Saturday in Yakima

    This Saturday’s fifth annual Red’s Rendezvous is stacking up to be a major fly-fishing event with high-profile experts who are attracting anglers from far and wide for clinics, competition and …


  • Mountain lookout debate nears end

    Spearheaded by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a measure last week to save the popular Green Mountain fire lookout, which a federal judge has …

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