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Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing Bob Jateff, WDFW district fish biologist from Omak, notes a few Okanogan County lakes open for catch-and-keep rainbow trout fishing on Tuesday. Rat Lake near Brewster, and Big …


Out & About

Beasts a burden for fisheries OUTLAW – While road hunters are an issue in modern days, anglers apparently have had their issues with mixing their sport with transportation.


Fishing & Hunting

Fly fishing Bead-head nymphs, streamers and the usual midge patterns are accounting for a lot of big trout at Rocky Ford. Sprague and Amber lakes have also been kind to …


Steelhead releases could be cut back

Is the bounty of hatchery steelhead moving up the Snake River too much of a good thing? Fishermen certainly don’t think so, and that’s why resentment is simmering on the …


As rush subsides, steelheaders revel in the wake of a record run

The Snake River’s record run of steelhead has been parading upstream and delivering pleasure and profit from the mouth of the Columbia upstream 800 miles to the Salmon, Idaho, area— …


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OUTSTANDING – Two rare white sightings came from Montana this fall: An albino black bear – 4 years old and 150 pounds – was captured by Montana Fish, Wildlife and …


Steelhead dream comes true at last

I’ve long nurtured the dream of catching the iconic symbol of the Northwest, the wily steelhead trout. Previously on these pages, I have chronicled my pathetic attempts to achieve this …


Animal lovers should stop sending money to zealots

I took a beating in the letters-to-the-editor pages a few weeks ago for pointing out the threat national-scale animal rights groups pose to the sports of hunting and fishing. Now …


Boasts help agents bag braggarts

A big ego is a poacher’s Achilles’ heel. Wildlife enforcement agents are well aware that the greediness that leads to illegally shooting a trophy animal usually is accompanied by a …


Tri-Cities teen is Junior World Bass Champ

Jake Cook, 18, caught nearly twice the amount of fish as his nearest competitor in the national competition.


Hunting + fishing

Salmon and steelhead If you haven’t planned a steelhead trip for this year, you’ll be kicking yourself come spring barbecue time as we’re not likely to see another run of …


Rig for a record run

Of all the steelhead fishing techniques, none is quite so simple as the cast-swing-step rhythm of fishing a fly. The fish-catching part isn’t always so easy, but the method is …


Poachers caught fishing near hatchery

Three Kennewick men caught fishing in closed waters have been charged in Franklin County District Court on several counts involving theft of salmon and steelhead from a state fish hatchery …


Shrimp bait color, scent are recipe for success

A trail of pink and purple stains runs along the floor of the Water’s Edge Tackle Shop in Clarkston. The handle on the front door is stained, as are the …


Easy does it, steelheader says

Steelhead fishing is best when it’s simple, says Orofino, Idaho-area fishing guide Kyle Jones. Like a growing number of anglers, Jones, who also works at Camp, Cabin and Home in …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Methow’s Miller Hole opened up on Wednesday. This is the easiest piece of the Methow to fish, and just about as close to a sure thing as …


Kennewick men accused of illegal fishing on Snake

Three Kennewick men are accused of stealing 22 fish, including three wild steelhead and two wild Chinook salmon, from a state fish hatchery collection site on the Snake River, officials …


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Fly fishers take on steelhead Lewiston fly-tier Leroy Hyatt and Spokane fishing guide Sean Visintainer will present a free program about steelheading on the Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers Wednesday, …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing Trout fishing on the main Salmon River in Idaho is giving many anglers a lot of fun. The section between Clayton and Stanley is fishing well. A hatch …


GAME ON!

This is shaping up to be a hallmark year for steelheaders, with the return of sea-run trout at near-record levels. Through Tuesday, 127,413 steelhead were counted at Lower Granite Dam, …


Out & About

18 hours bags Kettle Crest Trail Four hikers recently marched the entire 45-mile length of the Kettle Crest Trail and called it a day.


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing Amber Lake trout are holding deep, though there is a lot of evening activity on the surface. Try a gray Serendipity in front of the launch.


Steelheading opens Tuesday on Upper Columbia

A huge run of steelhead has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to open the Upper Columbia and five tributaries to steelhead fishing starting Tuesday.


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World-record bass caught in Japan OUTCAST – The world-record largemouth bass that trophy anglers have been stalking for decades from Florida to California apparently has been caught – by a …


Methow River fishing closes

Washington fisheries officials call an abrupt end to trout fishing in the Methow River to prevent incidental catches of steelhead that could prevent a steelhead season during this year’s huge …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing “The St. Joe is on fire,” said Andy Breneman of Silver Bow Fly Shop. “Spruce moths, mahoganies and a few October caddis are out and they’re still catching …


Nez Perce Tribe opens gill-netting season

LEWISTON — The Nez Perce Tribe has opened a commercial gill-net fishing season on the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing Inland Northwest streams and rivers are fishing well for trout. The Coeur d’Alene, the St. Joe and the Clark Fork are excellent. Start with Mahogany Duns, size 14-16. …


Grayling quest is arctic event

Finally, after years of trying, I have completed my Quest for the Holy Grayling. Catching the elusive arctic grayling has long been near the top of my life list of …


Steelhead surging upstream

Record steelhead counts over Bonneville Dam in mid-August could bode well for Deschutes River anglers over the next few weeks, Oregon biologists say. To reach the Deschutes and other upstream …