Local anglers are giving fishing seminars at the Spokane National Boat Show, which is on through next Sunday at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center.
Today’s seminars start at 10:30 a.m. with Jeff Smith on catching chinook salmon in Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Seth Burrill will take the stage at 11:45 to talk about northern pike followed at 2 p.m. by Chad Kaiser speaking on smallmouth bass. Burrill returns at 3:15 to focus on night-fishing for walleyes.
One seminar is set for each weekday evening at 6 p.m.:
Monday — Burrill: Big walleye, bass, pike.
Tuesday — Burrill: Lake Roosevelt trout.
Wednesday — Kaiser: Summer smallmouths.
Thursday — Burrill: Crappie.
Friday: — Bob Ploof: Spinner fishing for walleye.
A full schedule starts Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Smith on CdA salmon. At 11:45 a.m., Ploof on blade-baiting for walleye. At 2 p.m., Kaiser on fall bass. At 3:15 p.m., Burrill on winter walleye.
Next Sunday: 10:30 a.m., Smith on salmon; 11:45 a.m., Burrill on lake trout; 2 p.m., Kaiser on largemouths; 3:15 p.m., Burrill on spring salmon.
Travel planned on Nez Perce
The area open to motorized vehicles on the Nez Perce National Forest is sure to shrink, according to a draft plan that details where and when ORVs can be used on the 2.2 million-acre forest.
But by how much has yet to be decided.
Four alternatives would restrict motorized vehicles by varying degrees. Each alternative would end cross-country travel by motorized vehicles on the entire forest, with the exception of snowmobiles.
The nation-wide policy seeks to manage motorized recreation, which has increased tremendously in the past two decades. New plans being adopted by all national forests will ban motorized vehicles from all areas except those where they are specifically allowed.
Forest officials will hold a series of meetings on the draft plan this week, including one on Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater Region Headquarters in Lewiston.
Grim results for pygmy rabbits
A program to breed endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits likely will end this year.
Efforts in 2010 will shift from saving local genetics to building a population in the wild made up of crossbred and imported rabbits from Idaho, said Chris Warren, who oversees the pygmy rabbit recovery effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
No Basin pygmy rabbits are known to exist in the wild. The last purebred rabbit in captivity died last year.
Genetically speaking, Warren says the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is extinct.
The last-ditch attempt to save the federally protected rabbits from extinction has cost about $250,000 a year since it began in 2001.
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