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Anglers thrill in the chill of winter fishing

There’s no off-season for serious anglers, and that includes winter. Numb fingers and lines iced in the rod guides are surmountable deterrents to anglers who recognize that winter delivers special …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 24

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 24


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 3

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 3


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Dec. 27

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Dec. 27


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Dec. 20

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Dec. 20


Cold firms up ice on winter fishing lakes

Fourth of July Lake south of Sprague was still skimpy on safe ice on Tuesday, but Hog Canyon Lake in the Fishtrap area was firming up nicely in this week’s …


Rainbows hefty for Nov. 25 fishing openers at Hog Canyon, Fourth of July lakes

Good fishing for rainbow trout will greet anglers at two winter fishing lakes poise to open Friday, according to fisheries biologists who sampled the lakes west of Spokane this week.


Recreating on frozen lakes requires safety-first approach

Lake ice can creak and groan, pop and tinkle. And when it opens up underneath you, it may not make a sound. That’s what Ryan Sokoloski learned on New Year’s …


Avondale Lake stocked with trout for winter fishing

Avondale Lake is being stocked with rainbow trout this season to give North Idaho anglers a new winter fishery.


Ice fishing parameters vary

The recent cold snap paved the way for ice fishing in the Inland Northwest, although this week’s thaw is cause for caution. Anglers in this region frequently cross borders to …


Ice fishing proves worthwhile endeavor for Inland Northwest winter anglers

One of my friends takes off for Arizona each winter about the time ice begins to form on area lakes. He refers to himself as a “snow bird.” I call …


Some simple methods to the cold, cold madness of ice fishing

Ice fishing can be as simple or as complicated as you care to make it. There is a lot of specialized gear available – fishing tents, ridiculously short rods, gas-powered …


Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 …


Great blue heron fits in with Inland Northwest ice anglers

Ice fishing can warm an angler’s heart when weather gets cold enough to freeze the surface of smaller Inland Northwest waters. A few resourceful great blue herons – normally shy …


Fishermen can’t reach abundant Spirit Lake kokanee

Ice anglers in North Idaho should have been cleaning up on the record number of mature kokanee in Spirit Lake this winter – except they couldn’t get to the fish. …


Ice-fishing event draws crowd

Last weekend’s free ice-fishing event at Hauser Lake, organized by Idaho Fish and Game, was a chilling success in luring people of all ages to try the sport. Although agency …


Frozen gourmets harvest fish through ice

Bryan Lepagnol trudged across Fernan Lake’s frozen surface Friday afternoon, pulling a sled filled with fishing supplies. The sky was blue overhead. The perch were biting. And the ice was …


Ice fishing requires faith

Winter fishing gods played a cruel joke on Glen Kivett last Sunday at Sprague Lake. The Spokane angler caught a bright, hefty 19-inch rainbow trout almost immediately after dropping a …