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Biologist says chumming won’t affect fisheries

Chumming –the practice of dumping bait of some sort in the water to attract fish so they can be caught, is generally prohibited in Washington. That could change if a …


Rich Landers: Anglers have gut reaction to proposed fishing rule changes

Only 18 anglers showed up on Tuesday night at Center Place in Spokane Valley for the meeting on proposals to simplify Washington’s fishing regulations. At first glance, the skimpy attendance …


Poor run may spawn steelheading restrictions

The forecast calling for a dismal return of B-run steelhead to Idaho this fall has fisheries managers up and down the Columbia and Snake rivers contemplating regulations designed to protect …


New, unpublished fishing rules apply to trout at Lake Roosevelt

Anglers have to go beyond the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet to be legal when fishing portions of Lake Roosevelt this spring.


Drought prompts fishing limits on 38 rivers in Washington

Reacting to reports of drought-related dead and stressed fish, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials are enacting fishing restrictions involving 38 rivers, including the Spokane River. The Kettle River near …


Rich Landers: Wild kokanee drive the limit at Lake Roosevelt

Thanks to Idaho, Anglers have been hooking a bumper crop of kokanee in Lake Roosevelt since last year. Unfortunately, they’ve had to release most of the delicious land-locked sockeyes. “Almost …


Lake Roosevelt bass escape new liberal limits

Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting April 1, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a …


Anglers beware: New rules start May 1

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted dozens of new fishing rules that take effect May 1. Those affecting local anglers will: • Open most resident trout streams to …


Walleye limits increase to help bring balance

Anglers can pretty much catch Lake Roosevelt walleyes to their heart’s content this year under liberalized regulations designed to bring their populations into balance. Since April 1, the walleye daily …


Barbless hooks required on Columbia

Washington officials have had an itch for years to shift to barbless hooks for salmon and steelhead sport fishing in the Columbia River. It’s been proposed — then postponed because …


Anglers back North Idaho trout release

Catch-and-release rules in North Idaho’s premier native cutthroat trout streams received a vote of confidence from anglers in public meetings and surveys conducted this spring. Jim Fredericks, Idaho Fish and …


Out & About: State accepting proposals for sportfishing rule changes

SPORTFISHING – Proposals for changing Washington sportfishing rules starting in 2013 are being accepted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife through June 15. The agency says it will …