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Stories tagged: kokanee

Coeur d’Alene bald eagle numbers drop unexpectedly

The number of eagles flocking to Lake Coeur d’Alene unexpectedly dropped in the latest count.

Brakes temporarily put on proposed Wolf Lodge Bay development

A Kootenai County official temporarily put the brakes on a proposed commercial development on Wolf Lodge Bay.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

Reader photo: Eagle leftovers

The bald eagles that flock to Coeur d’Alene lake to feed on kokanee draw their fair share of praise and photos every year. The often-overlooked player in the entire drama? …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018

As salmon spawn, eagles return in numbers to Lake Coeur d’Alene

Every year, hundreds of bald eagles stop at the lake between November and February to catch spawning kokanee salmon as the birds migrate south.

Coeur d’Alene eagles continue to wow

Three-hundred and forty-three bald eagles were counted on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Tuesday.

Kokanee salvage season opens in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game approved a kokanee salvage season on the North Fork Clearwater River downstream of Dworshak Dam and in the Clearwater River downstream of the …

Eastern shore of Lake Pend Oreille offers easy, peaceful viewing of eagles

While eagles, and those who love watching them, may flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene this winter, there is another, quieter venue to observe the majestic birds of prey: the eastern …

Chapman Lake public access remains limited

Chapman Lake, a once-popular trout, bass and kokanee fishery south of Cheney, will remain closed to drive-in public access this season.

In brief: Glenrose recreation access topic of county meeting

Proposed plans for a trailhead parking area to serve the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area will be presented by Spokane County Parks and Recreation staff at

Bald eagle gathering nears record at Lake Coeur d’Alene

Despite difficult viewing conditions, a near-record count of bald eagles was tallied Wednesday in the weekly winter survey at Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Lake Pend Oreille fishermen posted productive year

Anglers last year enjoyed catching an average of 1.2 fish per hour – the highest overall catch rate on Lake Pend Oreille since 1953, according to the Idaho Fish and …

Bald eagle numbers up at Lake CdA

Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho’s two largest lakes and bald eagles are loving it.

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 …

Landers: Pend Oreille kokanee top ‘State of Lake’ review

Anglers responded with hooks, lines and the best success rates in decades to the recovery of kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille last year. The Idaho Fish and Game Department says …

Bald eagles crowd Lake Pend Oreille

Santa isn’t the only white-headed caller from way up north swooping down to delight holiday revelers. Bald eagles, passing through as they migrate south, have congregated in large numbers on …

Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing October is the final month to fish many of the region’s popular trout-stocked waters, but Rocky Ford Creek in Grant County offers great prospects throughout the year. The …

Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing The Upper Proper and Flatlands of the Yakima River have trout hitting size 16-18 Yellow Mays, as well as No. 10-12 Crane flies. Nymphing has produced the best …

Kokanee’s fall spawning run makes prime fishing for man and beast alike

Fall colors aren’t limited to trees. Some local creeks turn red this time of year as early kokanee runs make their way to upstream spawning grounds.

Adventures await with night fishing for kokanee

Nighttime kokanee fishing has been good to excellent at Loon Lake for most of the summer. With the generous limit of 10, I’ve caught enough of these landlocked sockeye for …

Deep drawdown: Lowering water levels test patience and ingenuity of local fishermen

Spokane anglers Jim Kujala and Dave Ross kicked butt on Lake Roosevelt rainbows all winter, catching their five-fish daily limits in as little as 20 minutes occasionally with the help …

441-foot-long megaloads bound for Montana through CdA

At the east end of Coeur d’Alene, bald eagles swoop and dive over the lake as excited onlookers snap pictures or watch with spotting scopes, and others stroll by on …

Kokanee won’t run Lake Pend Oreille dam level

Kokanee no longer pack enough influence to keep the U.S. Corps of Engineers from fluctuating water levels at Lake Pend Oreille during winter. Since 1996, the lake level behind Albeni …

Out & About: Lake Lenore fish poachers sentenced

OUTLAW – Four Western Washington men have been sentenced to fines and jail for illegally gillnetting trout at a prized sport fishing lake near Coulee City. Vitaliy Kachinskiy, 23, of …

Kokanee Kid has tips to share

Jeremy Jahn, aka the Kokanee Kid, has a website ( with a mission statement “to convert all fishermen into kokanee addicts.” Although he’s from Salem, Jahn believes some kokanee …

Field reports: North Idaho’s ‘year of the kokanee’ includes Hayden Lake

FISHING – Kokanee are either reviving or flourishing in one of the most encouraging seasons in years for the popular sport fish in North Idaho. Highlights include: • Lake Pend …

2013 is year of the kokanee for area anglers

Region-wide forecasts suggest 2013 will be “the year of the kokanee” in the Inland Northwest. Dworshak Reservoir in Idaho and Lake Koocanusa in Montana are providing their best fishing in …

Out & About: Researchers to net mackinaw at Priest Lake

Lake trout studied at Priest Lake FISHING – Coinciding with a debate about future management of the Priest Lake mackinaw fishery, the Idaho Fish and Game Department is joining a …

Landers: Lake Pend Oreille anglers hooked on bounties

Sport fishermen who base out of Hope, Idaho, during summer have made it their job to purge mackinaw from Lake Pend Oreille. Since 2006, the Idaho Fish and Game Department …

Landers: Lake Pend Oreille anglers hooked on bounties

Sport fishermen who base out of Hope, Idaho, during summer have made it their job to purge mackinaw from Lake Pend Oreille.

Expensive gamble offers salvation to Lake Pend Oreille fishing

A once-popular Lake Pend Oreille angling season is making a comeback after a multimillion-dollar decade of controversial efforts to revive fabled kokanee and trout fisheries from the brink of collapse. …