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Outdoors blog archive for Aug. 2011

THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011

Record steelhead catch logged on Columbia

FISHING -- Anglers on the lower Columbia records are setting records with the number of steelhead they're catching on the lower Columbia, according to a detailed report by Northwest Sportsman. It's not clear whether that's a good omen or a bad one for upstream anglers...

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It's Wednesday: does that mean it's Humpie Day?

SALMON FISHING -- My enthusiastic post regarding the pink salmon flooding into Puget Sound apparently left Spokane angler Dan Hansen feeling a little blue about his vacation to visit West Side relatives. He writes: "My beard’s getting full, due to my pledge to stop shaving...

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Oregon Conservation Fund a misnomer, groups say

PREDATOR CONTROL -- Oregon's new fund to boost predator control is appallingly misnamed environmental groups say. Even Governor John Kitzhaber complained of the name when he signed the measure into law, according to a Northwest Public Radio report. Few people would balk at contributing at...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

An Expedition Idaho racers heads off on a mountain biking leg of the six-day, 500-mile adventure race in North Idaho. (Expedition Idaho)

Expedition Idaho teams near Hiawatha Trail

ADVENTURE RACING -- I can't report where the coed teams are going in Expedition Idaho, the North Idaho adventure race that started Sunday -- that's a secret that even the racer's don't know until they find their next clue on whether to hike, bike, climb,...

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Penstamen blooms on the rocks on a ridge in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness overlooking Watch Lake and Gypsy Peak, the highest mountain in Eastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

Today it's even more peaceful at Gypsy Peak 

HIKING -- Today is the first day of the annual late-summer closure of several roads leading to prime recreation areas in the Sullivan Lake Ranger District of the Colville National Forest. The closures were instituted in the 1980s to reduce human disturbance in prime grizzly...

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A pink – or humpback – salmon caught by Vladimir Veliovski of Pacific, Wash., flops on the beach Aug. 4 before Veliovski can get his hands on it. About 50 fishermen were catching pinks from shore and pier at Dash Point Park. Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma News Tribune / The Spokesman-Review)

Pink salmon flooding into Puget Sound

SALMON FISHING -- Puget Sound anglers are in the pink, hooking up with the building surge of six million pink salmon forecast to flood Puget Sound during the next two months. The catch of pink salmon hit an all-time high last week at Sekiu in...

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Construction forces Centennial Trail detour

TRAIL REROUTED: Upriver Drive from Freya to Frederick: A sewer construction project will create an Upriver Drive detour for Centennial Trail users for almost a year, the Friends of the Centennial Trail report. The trail will be closed from Freya to Frederick Avenue on Upriver...

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Next East Side wolf meeting Aug. 29 in Ellensburg 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has scheduled three more special meetings to discuss the state's recommended Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and take public comment. A meeting in Ellensburg is set for Aug. 29 while the others are set for Oct....

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MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011

Joe Buster of Spokane landed this northern pike in Riverfront Park across from the Carousel while fishing for trout on Saturday, Aug. 13, two days before his 18th birthday. He said the fish measured 42 inches long. Since he was getting around by city bus, his friend transported the fish home three miles on his bicycle.
 (Courtesy photo)

Teen bags 42-inch pike in Riverfront Park

CITY FISHING -- An 17-year-old boy fishing for trout and bass by the Loof Carrousel at Riverfront park surprised a crowd of onlookers and himself Saturday by hooking a 42-inch northern pike. Passersby got in the water to help him get the lunker ashore after...

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Badger Lake property owners Carl and Dana Strode, shown boating Wednesday, oppose plans of other property owners who want to use herbicides to control aquatic vegetation along the shoreline. (Dan Pelle)

Badger Lake aquatic herbicide permit on hold 

LAKES -- Dana Strode reports the Pollution Control Hearings Board granted a stay on the herbicide permit issued to control native aquatic plants in front of several properties on the Spokane County lake and popular trout fishery. Strode is one of seveveral property owners who...

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The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is shown in July. Dam operation on the Snake River is just one wildlife-related issue on which judges in the West disagree with the Bush administration. 
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Late spring, cool water good news for Snake sockeyes

FISHING -- While the decades-out weather forecast poses big challenges to cold-water fisheries, this year's high cool water spells good news for endangered Snake River sockeye salmon making their amazing 900-mile return from the Pacific to the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. The fish started showing...

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