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Go Fishing 2013

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region’s fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.

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2013 outdoors: Fishing highlights

The total 2013 count of about 953,225 adult fall chinook in the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam this year smashed the record of 610,244 set in 2003.  The chinook run surged to set several single-day record numbers, peaking with a Sept. 9 stampede of 63,870 over Bonneville.
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April Vokey sets hooks in mostly male sport of fly fishing

“You’re not going to write about the ‘being a woman in a male-dominated sport’ thing, are you?” she said politely near the end of our interview. “That’s old, boring and I’m tired of it.” But unless you are April Vokey, the theme is still compelling and evolving.
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Field reports: Missouri River brown trout grow in size

FISHING – Fly fishers have been reporting standout fishing for bigger brown trout on the Missouri River upstream from Great Falls this year, and there’s proof they weren’t telling fish tales. This year’s trout population was bigger in size and slightly lower in abundance than the past two years, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist Grant Grisak. That’s typical as the population reaches maximum size.

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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 aerator was switched on in October and will run until ice-off as a winter-kill insurance policy.
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Autumn surprise: Fall is becoming prime time for tuna

Sometime early next summer, probably late June, 60-degree subtropical ocean currents will push close to the chilly waters off the Northwest Coast. Albacore tuna and other fishes from far-flung southern latitudes and eastern longitudes will swim within 60 miles of most Oregon and Washington ocean ports. To the delight of charter and private boat operators targeting tuna, the fish will draw much nearer as summer progresses, nearer yet in fall.
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B-Run blues affect steelhead fishing derby

The Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will be held Nov. 23-30 despite the closure of a large section of the Clearwater River to harvest of steelhead more than 28 inches long. Officials with the steelhead derby committee at the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce are working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to ensure the annual fishing contest doesn’t unduly target fish that an emergency rule change is designed to protect.
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Anglers tapping record run of king salmon this season

Four lucky anglers found their way to the Ringold Springs boat launch in the pre-dawn darkness last week and used flashlights to find their fishing guide. They’d booked a salmon fishing trip in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River with a day’s notice only because another group of anglers had canceled with Reel Time Fishing guide Toby Wyatt. Normally a last-minute group cancellation is a direct $600-$1,500 blow to a guide’s bottom line.

Blog Posts

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Eastern Washington’s top trout lakes surveyed

FISHING -- Despite strong winds that picked up by late morning, Saturday's opener of Washington's lowland trout fishing season produced some excellent fishing throughout much of Eastern Washington. Click on the documents below to see the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's opening day survey results...
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A boy’s first fish: hooked on the moment

FISHING -- I feel sorry for parents who don't take their kids fishing. They don't know what they're missing. See a few hints about what they're missing in my Sunday story about Saturday's opening day of Washington's lowland trout season Please enjoy this short photo...
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First fish caught at 12:02 a.m. at Fishtrap

FISHING -- Eleven-year-old Cameron Earnshaw of Kennewick caught the first fish of the season off the docks at Fishtrap Lake Resort on Saturday -- two minutes after the season opened at midnight. Much more fun followed for the large family groups gathered for the annual...