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Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 4, 2011

TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

The survival rate of young kokanee rose in Lake Pend Oreille last year after a program was launched to pull more of the predatory mackinaws from the lake. In this Spokesman-Review file photo, a kokanee swims up Wolf Lodge Creek near Lake Coeur d'Alene.  (The Spokesman-Review)

Kokanee rebounding in Lake Pend Oreille 

FISHERIES -- Kokanee numbers in Lake Pend Oreille are rebounding, helping placate worries that flooding this spring would put a dent in the coveted game fish's population. The landlocked salmon is showing the highest spawning numbers since 2004, according to an Idaho Fish and Game…

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Vince Wilson, below, and his brother Brian Wilson, of Spokane, prepare their father’s boat for launch Friday at Newman Lake. Spokane and Kootenai county deputies will be working overtime over Memorial Day weekend to enforce boater-safety laws, including a few new ones.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Newman Lake boat ramp closed for repairs

BOATING -- The public boat ramp at Newman Lake will be closed for repairs starting Wednesday (Oct. 5), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week. The public access remains open, but no boat launching will be possible. The agency does not yet…

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Brian Whitney of Manson with a 29lb+ Upper Columbia Chinook
 (Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service)

Latest salmon, steelhead fishing reports

FISHING -- Here are the latest salmon and steelhead reports from around the region: Yakima River Fall Salmon Fishery Report Sept. 26 - Oct. 2 (From WDFW): Angler effort and harvest for fall Chinook and coho continues to rise on the lower Yakima River. This…

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Climber's skills help him avoid aggressive grizzly 

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- “A bear coming at you is way more scary than an avalanche, thunderstorms, crevasses,” said Barry Blanchard, a top Canadian alpinist noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas. But last week…

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