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Newman Lake access closed June 24, 25 for treatment

In an ongoing effort to fight invasive weeds, public access to Newman Lake will be closed June 24 and 25.


Anglers get unexpected crack at Idaho spring chinook

In a surprise move, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission reopened spring chinook salmon fishing on a portion of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River east of Kooskia on …


Increased cutthroat survival shows value of pike suppression in Lake Coeur d’Alene

The killing of predatory northern pike in Lake Coeur d’Alene has started to pay dividends for cutthroat trout, according to fishery managers.


Ferry County outdoor festival aims to bring recreation, money to one of Washington’s poorest counties

Emily Burt knows the dollar value of sweaty and thirsty outdoor enthusiasts better than most. As the co-owner and founder of Republic Brewing, Burt is used to seeing trail weary …


Idaho spring chinook season comes to close

Idaho Fish and Game officials have closed spring chinook fishing on the lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, bringing an unexpected early end to the disappointing season.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Plan to expand hunting, fishing in wildlife refuges revealed

The Trump administration is announcing what it calls a major expansion of hunting and fishing in the nation’s protected wildlife refuges.


Poor Chinook run continues to baffle fishery biologists

Darren Ogden hefted the big Chinook salmon, meaty and lustrous, a rare and welcome sight in a bad year for returns of adult spring Chinook.


Chinook return ‘changing for the worse every day’

Fisheries managers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say the return of spring chinook to Clearwater River Hatcheries continues to slip and is projected to fall further behind …


The use of mothballs to ward off rodents from cars parked at Corn Creek Boat Launch may be effective, but it’s still illegal

A clever hack being used by river runners to protect their cars at the Corn Creek Boat Launch on the upper Salmon River has drawn the ire of officials on …


Chinook salmon fishing in Clearwater River basin closed

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed chinook salmon fishing in the Clearwater River basin because of low returns of adult chinook.


Prized non-native trout are getting the ouster from the Snake’s South Fork, and fishery administrators are asking for acceptance

Patrick Kennedy cradled a massive trout, the kind of fish an angler can remember forever.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

State budget scrimps on replacing salmon-blocking culverts

Washington faces a federal court order to fix under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish by 2030, but a budget passed by lawmakers puts the state at risk of missing the …


Anglers reel in derby trout during opening weekend

Washington anglers caught 142 derby trout last weekend during the opening days of the lowland lake season. In total 1,018 tagged trout were stocked across the state.


Wild and Scenic Film Festival lands in Spokane

Join the Spokane Riverkeeper and Mountain Gear at the Garland Theater (924 W. Garland Ave.) on May 2 for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


Washington hunting, angling fee increase fails; WDFW faces $7 million deficit

A bill that would have increased hunting and angling fees for the first time since 2011 was not approved by the Washington Legislature.


John Myers: How to safely catch, land, dehook and release

The email stood out among dozens waiting in the inbox on a Monday morning, and then a phone call came to rub it in.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 25

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 25


Meager numbers of returning chinook has state fishery managers wary

Spring chinook managers and anglers find themselves in a familiar position, wondering if the meager counts of fish passing Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River signal a late run, a …


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 4:51 p.m.

Kids cast their lines at city pool stocked with rainbow trout

The rainbow trout writhed in the water as 5-year-old Mason Lynch reeled it in. The drag on the reel was set low, but with his grandmother Lu Ann Glasser’s help, …


With goldfish gone, West Medical Lake stocked with trout, rainbows in advance of spring opener

After being overrun by goldfish, fish managers took the final step in restoring West Medical Lake’s trout fishery, last week.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 18

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 18


Yellowstone biologists making headway against lake trout

The war is still being waged against lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, but fisheries biologists are seeing new trends that offer optimism, and anglers hunting cutthroat trout are seeing more …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 11

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 11


Bye bye barbless? Anglers in Washington could soon have the choice to fish with barbed hooks while pursuing salmon, steelhead

Anglers in Washington could soon have the choice to fish with barbed hooks while pursuing salmon, steelhead and other species in much of the Columbia River Basin.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 4

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 4


State seeks input on proposed rules for fishing guides

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for public comments on proposed rules that would require fishing guides to report their activities.


Boise man set a ‘ludicrous goal’: fish 365 days in 2018. Here’s how he did it.

By his estimate, Stephen Veals spent more time fishing in 2018 than many anglers spend in a lifetime.


Studies: Done right, catch and release isn’t lethal

Separate inquiries find exposure of fish to air after being landed has little impact on their survival and reproductive odds.


Cod fishery plummets to least valuable year since 1960s

A fishery that was once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half …


Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting report for March 7

Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting report for March 7