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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011


THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

State lands parking pass a tough sell in WA

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington's budget crisis is leaving lawmakers with the grim prospect of having to close perhaps 100 of the state's parks plus access sites at some recreation areas managed by other state agencies. One of the solution's is a $30 Discover Pass user...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Dam reaches goal of 93 percent fish passage

FISHING -- Improvements in operating Rock Island Dam will allow survival of at least 93 percent of the young salmon and steelhead migrating downstream, according to the Chelan County PUD. The utility had to be able reach the 93-percent survival goal to meet federal criteria...

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MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

Fly fishers cast for brown trout along the stained rock-garden limestone cliffs that border central Montana's Smith River where special permits are required to float a 59-mile scenic stretch. (Rich Landers)

Smith River applications coming due

RIVERS -- Floaters and anglers have until Feb. 15 to apply for the coveted permits to float Montana's Smith River. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department holds a lottery to issue permits required to float the 59-mile section of river south of Great Falls between...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Banks Lake drawdown set for August

LAKES -- Anglers and campers will see new ground at Banks Lake this summer. Starting Aug. 1, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will lower Banks Lake by 30 feet to complete about $2 million worth of work at Dry Falls Dam and North Dam, according...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Fishing seminars featured at Boat Show

FISHING- Even without the boat displays, anglers can justify going to the Spokane National Boat Show just to sit in on the varied list of fishing seminars. The show is on today and running through Feb. 5 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Bass,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011


Fly-tying class geared to beginners

FLY FISHING -- Silver Bow Fly Shop is offering the last chance before spring to take a beginner fly-tying class. Learn to tie 6 reliable fly patterns with techniques that can be applied to many more. When: Feb. 7-8 Where: Silver Bow Fly Shop Instructor:...

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First salmon of season shows in Columbia

FISHING – It’s a harbinger of spring, or perhaps a harbinger of spring chinook salmon fishing. An 18-pound lower river stock spring chinook was picked up in the lower Columbia commercial sturgeon fishery on Wednesday. The fish, checked by Oregon fisheries officials, is the first...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011



Frank Whitney caught this 23-inch kokanee -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing Lake Roosevelt the weekend of Jan. 22-23, 2011, out of Keller. (Courtesy photo)

Why fish for kokanee at Roosevelt?

FISHING -- Frank Whitney holds up one of the reasons anglers might want to pursue kokanee at Lake Roosevelt Whitney caught this beefy 23-incher -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing over the weekend out of Keller. His friend, Eldon Wagner, wasn't quite...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

Sportsmen-related bills entered in Olympia

OLYMPIA -- Here' s a sampling of legislation of interest to sportsmen that's been introduced in the Washington Legislature and is up for major public hearings. It's a version reduced from a list being watched by the Fishing and Hunting Natural Resources Forum. SB 5201...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Hunting, fishing fee increase bill introduced

OLYLMPIA -- Legislation was introduced Thursday for the first across-the-board increase in Washington hunting and fishing license fees in 14 years, according to a report by Allen Thomas of the Vancouver Columbian. House Bill 1387 would result in an increase in revenue from hunting licenses...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011


Kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene should reach a healthy 12 inches this year.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Gear up for CdA kokanee fishing

FISHING -- Take it from the record number of bald eagles that gathered to feast on spawning salmon this winter: The kokanee have made a comeback at Lake Coeur d'Alene. The turn-around has been dramatic, Idaho Fish and Game fisheries biologists say in a just-released...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Felt waders could get the boot in Oregon

FISHING -- Felt-soled wading shoes — long used to give stream anglers traction on slippery river bottoms — could be off store shelves in Oregon next year and banned statewide in 2013, a casualty in the war against invasive aquatic species, according to the Mail...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

Hunter haunted by local shooting comment 

OUTDOOR ETHICS -- During a public meeting Tuesday in Spokane attended mostly by hunters and anglers, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Director Phil Anderson was asked why the state isn't more aggressive about killing wolves. Anderson explained the recent federal court ruling that returned the...

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Joe Hagengruber, 10, of Helena poses with shovelnose sturgeon. Joe loves fishing and has set a goal of catching all 86 fish species found in Montana. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

Kid inspires with his zest for fishing

FISHING -- Out of Montana comes a rare story of a youngster whose life revolves around something as age-old as fishing. Joe Hagengruber, a 10-year-old from Helena -- an angler who lets his fishing rod do most of the talking --means every word when he...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

Angler do-it-yourself on Yakima River

FLY FISHING -- Jeff Mayor knows the advantages of fishing with guides, especially in a drift boat on unfamiliar stretches of river. But he and two buddies had a great time recently fishing on their own in a rented drift boat on the Yakima River....

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011


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