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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Field reports: Badger Lake rehab proposal presented

FISHING – A proposal for using rotenone to restore Badger Lake into a standout trout-fishing lake will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Spokane County Public Library, 610 First St. in Cheney. The treatment would rid the lake of bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullheads and tench so that cutthroat and rainbow trout can be restored.

Badger Lake property owner fined $8,100 for illegal herbicide use

A neighbor’s quick action helped state officials nab a Badger Lake property owner for illegal application of aquatic herbicides at the lake south of Cheney. The neighbor noticed a strong chemical smell coming from Bruce Schwan’s dock area on the morning of April 7 and saw an empty, 10-pound box of Aquacide in Schwan’s trash can, which had been set out for garbage pickup.

A snapshot of opening day fishing

The opening day of Washington's lowland trout fishing season is a timeless tradition for many Inland Northwest families. The fishing action and camaraderie that lures anglers to area lakes on the fourth Saturday in April is the common denominator year after year. Outdoors editor Rich Landers has been covering opening day for more than 35 years. His photos from a recent season opener at Spokane area lakes captures the essence of the day.

Biologists make case for trout vs. bass at Badger Lake

A proposal to restore Badger Lake to its traditional status among the top trout fisheries in Washington got mixed reviews at a public meeting Wednesday in Cheney. The Spokane County lake is one of three Eastern Washington lakes proposed by state fisheries biologists to be treated with rotenone. The organic agent kills fish by preventing their gills from processing oxygen.

2011: Out & about

Badger Lake residents challenged and postponed an aquatic weed herbicide application proposed by other lake residents. Felt got the boot in Maryland, the first state to ban felt-soled boots for fishing to help reduce the spread of invasive species that threaten stream habitats and fish. A similar ban took effect a few weeks later in Vermont. Alaska is scheduled to ban felt-sole wading boots this year.

Neighbors dispute plan to use herbicides on lake’s vegetation

A plan to apply herbicides in the water has stirred up controversy at Badger Lake. One of Washington’s top trout fishing destinations, the Spokane County lake also is home to a few dozen people and a summer retreat to a few hundred more.