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Wednesday, September 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima River is unseasonably low at a little more than 2,000 cfs through Cle Elum. Large hopper-type patterns fished with movement are taking fish. Nymphing remains consistent …


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Gone fishing: Man in hot water


Field Reports

STATE PARKS —The road to the summit of Mount Spokane opened for vehicle traffic this weekend. The park road currently is open daily, but once road construction starts, probably after …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The best bet for fly anglers is the Coeur d’Alene River. It is already down to around 1,300 cfs and gin clear. At 4,290 cfs, the St. Joe …


Free angling this weekend in Wash., Idaho

OLYMPIA — Time to bait those hooks: this is free fishing weekend in Washington and free angling day in Idaho on Saturday.


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The upper stretches of the Coeur d’Alene River are pretty hot, but the lower end of the river still has a lot of runoff. Green drakes and golden …


Hunting and fishing

Mayflies are hatching at Williams Lake. A Stayner ducktail has been an effective pattern along the southeast bank, or try a Six Pack along the weeds. Rainbow are running to …


Fly fishers compete for USA Team

Lance Egan of Lehi, Utah, caught and released 42 fish over the two days of competition in Central Oregon last week to win the regional USA Team trails competition for …


Hunting and fishing

The region’s rivers went ballistic after last weekend’s heat wave and the subsequent rainstorms. Here’s some fodder for thought: Crab Creek’s Irby gauge shows the river was only marginally affected, …


Chinook forecast scaled down

Salmon managers in the Columbia River Basin say only about half the number of spring chinook originally predicted will return past Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River this year. Managers …


Venerable vessel

After years of floating loans as a banker, Jim Wheeler launched a business 15 years ago to float anglers. Simple, light and elegant, his Spring Creek Prams have gained a …


Lessons from Isaak’s Ranch

Set back by a cool start to spring, the best trout fishing of the season has finally begun to hatch in the region’s desert lakes. To see how good it …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Lenice and Nunnally are both producing the best fishing in years, with many large ’bows showing. Lenore is getting better each day.


Fees may not be taxes, but they’ll still cost you

Idaho’s Legislature is down on new taxes, but this year the lawmakers are fond of new or higher fees. Boaters, including rafters and paddlers, have new licensing requirements, and nonresidents …


Anglers’ opening day a whopping success

Mike Clark, a veteran angler from Post Falls, is old enough to be a grandfather, but he learned to leave his ego at home after traveling across the border for …


In brief: Mead boy captures state fishing title

Dakota Jones of Mead won the Washington Junior Bassmasters Washington state championship for the 11-14-year-old division last weekend in a tournament on the Columbia River. Jones, 14, an eighth-grader at …


Anglers’ opener a whopping success

Mike Clark, a veteran angler from Post Falls, is old enough to be a grandfather, but he learned to leave his ego at home after traveling across the border for …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The chironomid hatch under way at Sprague is unreal, and fly fishing has recently been better than bait fishing or trolling, said WDFW fish biologist Chris Donley.


Get set to digest new laws, regs

Washington sportsmen will have to apply earlier for permits, pay a little more for licenses and read the 2009 regulations carefully for many changes and new opportunities that will take …


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This TV show will raise your hackles

Spokane fly tier Carolyn Sells is teaming up with Lewiston fur-and-feather guru LeRoy Hyatt for another season of instructional programs on public television starting Saturday. Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Angling continues to be good on Dry Falls Lake for 14-inch yearling rainbow trout and carryover fish 16- to 20-plus inches. Brown and tiger trout have also been …


Spring chinook run feted from coast to Idaho

Spring chinook salmon are causing a stir among anglers. Idaho is gearing up, as forecasts call for about 130,000 spring chinook – the fourth-largest run since 1979 – making their …


Chopaka headliner among selective trout fisheries

Chopaka is back, and we’re not talking about a character in Star Wars. Okanogan County’s darling for Washington fly fishers was treated with rotenone in 2007 and should be getting …


Word is out on northern pike fishery

The burgeoning northern pike fishery in the Washington stretch of the Pend Oreille River has caught on beyond local fishermen. The first northern pike tournament in Box Canyon Reservoir is …