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Thursday, December 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Grayling surveyed in Idaho lakes

Inland Northwest hikers don’t have to travel any farther than North Idaho to make a cast for grayling. The Idaho Fish and Game Department has been stocking the import species …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima is prime for fly fishing. Brown caddis hatches are beginning to show along with blue wing olives and crane flies.


Salmon pour into region

It is game on right now for an estimated 5.1 million pink salmon that are flooding into Puget Sound. “The pinks are as thick as fleas, and there are clearly …


Field Reports: Drivers can boost parks

STATE PARKS – Washington drivers who renew their license tabs starting in September will be donating $5 to the operation of state parks unless they chose to “opt out.” The …


Tiger muskies offer the thrill of the catch

Todd Reis of Tacoma was almost giddy that his daughter was enrolling at Eastern Washington University. “This is sweet,” he said, casting a monster-size lure into Silver Lake. “She’s picked …


Out & About

Even ‘play dams’ are bad for fish OUTLAW – Rock dams built by kids and campers to create swimming areas in streams can be a death trap to migrating fish.


Mercury inescapable for fish in U.S. streams, study finds

WASHINGTON – No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 streams across the …


Bonneville Dam steelhead count surges

VANCOUVER, Wash. – When Joe Hymer first saw the figure, he thought it must have been a typo. The veteran fishery biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …


Sockeye reach Stanley Basin

The first two sockeye salmon of the season completed the marathon journey from the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia and Snake rivers to Little Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Stanley Basin …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing At Silver Bow Fly Shop, Jon Allen said he fished McDowell Lake recently, catching numerous 16- to 20-inch rainbow on a Bad-Ass Dragonfly Nymph. He also noted that …


Fishing with two poles allowed beginning Saturday

Beginning Saturday, anglers will have the option of using two fishing poles on most of Washington’s 8,000 lakes.


Economy had snag for area fishing icon

How bad has the economy been? Northwest fishing icon Buzz Ramsey has been out of work since January, but he leverages his fishing allowance by using “poor man’s ramps,” as …


Record rainbow caught in Idaho

FISHING – Michelle Larsen-Williams of Pingree, Idaho, broke a 61-year-old state record on July 29 when she landed a 20-pound rainbow trout on the Snake River just above American Falls …


Out & About

Experts make case for getting out


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The hopper action is still decent on rivers like the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe. Try the upper reaches to avoid some of the crowds. Fly anglers are …


Sockeye season opening at Lake Wenatchee

Special fishing season authorized so anglers can harvest some of more than 23,000 sockeye salmon headed into this central Washington lake.


Fishing follies make him butt of jokes on the water

Yes, that’s my butt in the photo. And yes, that’s a fishing lure hooked to both the back of my shirt and the seat of my pants. And yes, that’s …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing Clark Fork flows are good, but fishing over the last week has been spotty. There is good early-morning stuff with hopper/dropper rigs until 11 a.m. or so and …


Idaho poised for another big sockeye run

Fish biologists say this year’s migration of sockeye salmon to Idaho is on track to be the biggest in decades.


Hunting + fishing

Fly Fishing The Yakima River flows have increased slightly this past week for irrigation purposes. The water clarity is great, water temperatures are in the lower to middle 60’s and …


Winter rec committees stay busy in summer

While summer is in high gear, certain Washington agency committees are gathering recommendations this week that will affect winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, as well as the …


Ione man cited for killing loon

WILDLIFE – Working from a citizen’s tip, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officers have cited Charles I. Fraley, 22, of Ione for killing a protected common loon at Yocum Lake …


1 river, 320 miles

Drift boat anchors are destined to be the new heavy metals in the upper Clark Fork River. “Undoing 150 years of mining, smelting and agricultural abuse will not be fast …


The decade of river revivals

AUGUSTA, Maine — A backhoe took a bite out of the Edwards Dam 10 years ago, releasing the waters of the Kennebec River that had been held back for more …


Top trouting vacation is just one state away

Argentina, Alaska and other far-flung destinations can capture a trout angler’s imagination, but the Inland Northwest offers a world-class fly-fishing dream trip for the price of just two tanks of …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing WDFW Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Manager Juli Anderson reports fly fishers have recently caught trout measuring up to 17 inches long in Z Lake. Getting there requires some …


Rich Landers: Volunteers critical for public lands

I took my eye off Olympia to chase the tail end of the salmon fly hatches in Idaho and Montana intermittently during the past two weeks, and returned to the …


Colvilles to fund hatchery for year

The Colville Confederated Tribes will pay $108,000 to keep a state hatchery in northeast Washington open for the next 12 months. The Colville Fish Hatchery raises rainbow trout and kokanee …


Outdoors: What you need to know for the 4th

Conditions are ripe for heading outdoors during the holiday weekend, but be warned: Out-of-staters must have their boats inspected as they enter Idaho this year; low-clearance vehicles won’t get up …


Field Reports

FISHING – A banner season is expected for Washington salmon anglers, and the fish are already cruising the state’s saltwaters. A strong return of more than 1.2 million hatchery coho …