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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Field Reports: Priest Lake fish plan to be presented at meeting

FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing non-native lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public meeting Thursday in Priest River. Biologists will present an evaluation of the fisheries and the results of opinion surveys starting at 7 p.m. at Priest River Senior Center, 339 W. Jackson Center.

Out & About: Spokane native lands state-record mackinaw

OUTFISH – A 35-pound, 10-ounce state-record lake trout was caught Monday in Lake Chelan by Phil Colyar of Wenatchee. Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists measured the fish, which was officially weighed on the only certified scale in the area – the baby scale at Lake Chelan Community Hospital.

Out & About: Researchers to net mackinaw at Priest Lake

Lake trout studied at Priest Lake FISHING – Coinciding with a debate about future management of the Priest Lake mackinaw fishery, the Idaho Fish and Game Department is joining a comprehensive study of the lake’s trout population that will involve commercial-style gillnetting.

Lake Pend Oreille’s kokanee comeback

A once-popular Lake Pend Oreille angling season is making a comeback in 2013 after a multi-million-dollar decade of controversial efforts to revive fabled kokanee and trout fisheries from the brink of collapse. After kokanee -- landlocked sockeye salmon -- were washed downstream into Pend Oreille by a 1933 flood, they became a wildly popular fishery in numbers large enough to support commercial fisheries. Gerrard-strain rainbows were planted in the lake in 1941 and the trophy fish grew rapidly on the feast of kokanee. The world record rainbow was caught in Pend Oreille in 1947 and the world record bull trout (a native fish) in 1949. But kokanee began declining significantly the 1960s. Scientists say the leading causes are the fluctuating lake levels caused by winter power demands through Albeni Falls Dam (built in 1955) and the 1966-69 introduction of mysis shrimp, which biologists later learned compete with juvenile kokanee for nutrients. These photos help tell the story of fame, fall and revival.

In brief: Seminars, events for anglers

Catch up on 2011 fishing activities scheduled in the Inland Northwest in this collection of brief items, from fly fishing gear swaps and walleye tournaments to kid fishing events.