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Coalition seeks new water management for Montana’s Bighorn River

Calling one of Montana’s most famous trout fishing streams “at risk,” a coalition have joining together in a concerted push for new water management.


Yellowstone Park says it’s winning against non-native fish

Researchers trying to preserve native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park say they are on track to eliminate non-native fish from Yellowstone Lake in about a decade.


State crews stocking lakes with millions of trout

Trout-stocking crews are planting fish throughout Washington state in preparation for the April 22 opening of fishing season.


Rainbows hefty for Nov. 25 fishing openers at Hog Canyon, Fourth of July lakes

Good fishing for rainbow trout will greet anglers at two winter fishing lakes poise to open Friday, according to fisheries biologists who sampled the lakes west of Spokane this week.


Yellowstone National Park sees increase in lake trout kill

BILLINGS – Yellowstone Lake has had another record year for lake trout removal after about 366,000 of the nonnative trout were netted and killed to make way for the fishery’s …


Two trout lakes drained for repairs in Stevens County

Water levels at two trout fishing lakes in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are being lowered for fall construction projects.


Small rainbows remain mystery to anglers, biologists

Those small blotchy-sided rainbow trout that enthusiastically greet fly fishers’ dry flies on Idaho’s famous cutthroat streams are a bit of a mystery even to biologists.


Montana to destroy half million hatchery trout

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is destroying half a million hatchery trout because of disease concerns.


Wildlife officials to track trout in Upper Klamath Lake

Oregon wildlife officials are stitching radio transmitters to redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake in order to help inform watershed restoration.


Fish hatchery suspected as a source of PCBs in the Spokane River

A state-owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing cancer-causing PCBs, and its wastewater should monitored as a pollution source, river advocates say.


Regional fisheries manager John Whalen blended fishing, conservation

John Whalen says issues related to conserving native fish species dominated much of his work during 16 years as regional fisheries manager in Spokane. “There’s a lot going on,” he …


Drought prompts fishing limits on 38 rivers in Washington

Reacting to reports of drought-related dead and stressed fish, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials are enacting fishing restrictions involving 38 rivers, including the Spokane River. The Kettle River near …


Landers: When you find it, Cutthroat Creek worth the journey

Despite alarmingly low flows and high water temperatures reported in many Western trout streams last week, the Royal Wulff and Renegade Benevolent Society found plenty of room for optimism at …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

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


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 …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Miss Maud DeLaney was a former Spokane laundry worker turned “girl pioneer.”


Spokane River’s flow model challenged

Nearly 2,000 people wrote to the Washington Department of Ecology when the agency was developing flow rules for the Spokane River last fall. Some discussed how Spokane’s urban river looked …


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 …


Kootenai River projects beckon anglers

A new public access on the Kootenai River at the Montana-Idaho border opens the door for anglers to sample recent trout fishery improvements. Meanwhile, a new Kootenai Tribe hatchery being …


Hatchery trucks dumping steelhead into Sprague Lake

About 369,000 steelhead smolts are being stocked into Sprague Lake to avoid wasting hatchery fish that landed in limbo as a result of a Wild Fish Conservancy lawsuit. “We have …


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, …


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 …


Deep drawdown: Lowering water levels test patience and ingenuity of local fishermen

Spokane anglers Jim Kujala and Dave Ross kicked butt on Lake Roosevelt rainbows all winter, catching their five-fish daily limits in as little as 20 minutes occasionally with the help …


Cedar sculpin fish species discovered in region’s streams

Genetic testing has confirmed the presence of a new fish species in the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers. Cedar sculpins are small, prehistoric-looking and tasty to trout. For decades, …


Annual Fly Fishing Film Tour wades into variety of waters

Catching fish is a challenge this time of year for fly fishers, but catching some action is as easy as buying a ticket for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. All …


Landers: Death of Valleyfest fish senseless

Several dozen rainbow trout large enough to please any angler are on their death bed at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. The fish are leftovers from the September Valleyfest …


Landers: Aerator should solve fish problem

West Medical Lake is churning with the promise of great fishing when the 2014 season opens on the fourth Saturday of April. Thanks to local fly fishing clubs, a new …


Hunting and fishing report

Anglers throughout the region are enjoying more elbow room this week as a high percentage of competing sportsmen becomes distracted by hunting. Fly fishing


Some Seven Devils lakes stocked with trout

Trout are stocked in about two dozen named lakes and a few unnamed waters in the Seven Devils Mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness, but some lakes are not stocked …


Dam’s removal should boost steelhead trout

TROY, Idaho – A Troy city crew began chiseling away at the long-forsaken Dutch Flat Dam on Wednesday to clear the way for steelhead trout seeking larger bodies of water …