Netting resumes at PDO
Rearchers will be setting deep-water trap nets in Lake Pend Oreille after the Labor Day weekend for the second year of a fish population study.
With the exception of a small percentage of fish sacrificed for age and maturity determination, all fish will be released alive, Idaho Fish and Game Department officials said.
The study will help biologists update lake trout population estimates to see if anglers are being effective at keeping the lake trout population from expanding. Whitefish also are being studied.
The nets are marked on the surface by buoys and will be removed from the lake by the end of April. Anglers with downriggers should avoid trolling between the buoys.
Fall salmon derby
Anglers targeting the big run of chinook salmon forecast to be heading to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River can cash in on a big fish if they enter the 10th annual Knights of Columbus/ Tri-Cities Prep Salmon Derby.
The Derby covers fishing on the Columbia and Yakima rivers.
Weekly prizes for the best fish are already being awarded. The main event with the top prize of $1,000 is scheduled for Oct. 1-2.
Of course most anglers consider it a prize in itself just to catch one of the Chinooks, some of which top 50 pounds.
Entry is $25, or $10 for kids under 13. Forms are available at Tri-Cities sporting goods stores. (one entry covers both the weekly and main events) and are available at sporting goods stores in the Tri-Cities and Desert Aire starting September 1. Entry for kids 12 and under is only $10.
Info: www.kc3307.org/ derby.htm or (509) 943-0723.
Katrina closes refuges
Sixteen federal wildlife refuges in three states have been temporarily closed until further notice due to the impact from Hurricane Katrina. Fourteen refuges are located in Louisiana and Mississippi, plus two in Alabama.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said all refuge staffers are safe. While some are doing inventories to assess damage to the refuges, others are assisting in humanitarian projects, officials said.
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