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Relentless winter tests anglers’ mettle

The aftermath of a chilly fishing morning on the Columbia River near Kennewick on Feb. 7, 2017. (Tony Warren)
The aftermath of a chilly fishing morning on the Columbia River near Kennewick on Feb. 7, 2017. (Tony Warren)

FISHING --  Tony Warren's photo above showing iced up fishing gear after a morning of jigging on the Columbia River at the Tri Cities says a lot about the trials anglers have suffered this winter.

Ice fishermen are whistling a sweet tune with their numb lips.

But elsewhere it's been dicey with ice-glazed boat launching ramps, chunk ice flowing down rivers, slick shorelines, snow blocking access -- not to mention treacherous driving conditions.

But we do it anyway.

God help us.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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