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CaughtOvgard: Reflections during another Pacific Northwest fire season

PROSPECT, Ore. – I was not prepared for it. The smoke was so thick that I couldn’t see across the small Oregon lake. Trees encroached upon the waterline, the soupy …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Rich Landers: COVID-19 is one thing fly fishing clubs don’t want to catch

While they haven’t stopped their pursuit of trout in 2020, members of local fly clubs say the restrictions brought on by COVID-19 have dried up much of the off-the-water social …


CaughtOvgard: Pursuit of suckers in Zion National Park

Alphabetically, Zion National Park is last on the list of our 62 national parks, but it’s certainly not least.


Managers work to control spread of northern pike at Lake Roosevelt

If you are out fishing on Lake Roosevelt you may see a few more boats than usual as fisheries staff are busy catching as many northern pike as possible to …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal habitat

The Columbia and Snake rivers have been providing sustenance throughout the northwest since man first inhabited the region – first directly via the salmon that swim through their waters, then …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

Ben Goldfarb: A visit with the grayling

The fish that hit my ant was small – palm-length, tops – and came to hand with a few gentle tugs. It was no trout.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 19, 2020

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

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


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 12, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 13

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 13.


Kershner: Filled with history, this fishing vest will never be history

I need, badly, to buy a new fishing vest. This thing is 40-plus years old. It smells faintly of insect repellent and strongly of old trout.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 6

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 6.


CaughtOvgard: Get over the rainbow

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Salmon anglers netting better returns of sockeye and chinook

Anglers in the Tri-Cities area set a harvest record for sockeye this month as the fish passed through en route to spawning areas in British Columbia. Upper Columbia anglers have …


UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 30

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 30.


UPDATED: Wed., July 22, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 23

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 23.


UPDATED: Mon., July 20, 2020

Caught Ovgard: Musky vs. Muskie in heat of New Jersey

You’ve probably heard of musky. The “Fish of 10,000 Casts” is on every North American anglers bucket list but usually just disappoints.


Hooked: Fly fishing on the St. Joe River teaches patience for soon-to-be father

Although I grew up in Spokane, the last thing I would consider myself is an outdoorsman.


In brief: Spokane River access at TJ Meenach is open

Briefs: Spokane River access at TJ Meenach opens; Allen Lebovitz named DNR fire liaison.


UPDATED: Wed., July 15, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 16

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 16.


Commentary: When the world gets too loud, it’s time to go fishing

You don’t really know how to fish, but for some reason you’ve been doing it a lot during the pandemic. Maybe it’s because there’s no contention in fishing. Because you …


Devil’s Creek Recreation Area lures hardy Fort Peck Reservoir travelers

Mapmakers cast a demonic spell over portions of the badlands southwest of Fort Peck Reservoir. The country’s rugged landscape must have conjured up hellish imagery. There’s Ghost Coulee, Deadman Coulee …


UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 9

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 9.


‘Ocean to Idaho’ follows migration of salmon from Pacific to central Idaho through immersive social media campaign

Outdoor journalist Kris Millgate spent a decade in TV news before starting her own production company, Tight Line Media, in 2006. Her latest project is an immersive experience which will …


CaughtOvgard: Anything goes on a private family farm pond

I love being the fun uncle. I really do. The chance to sit down and play whatever games a kid has cooked up in their imagination renews my spirit and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 2

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 2.


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 25

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 25.


Canyon Ferry walleye highlights family memorial for father

Sometimes a big fish means more than a trophy, a great memory or an unusual story. Occasionally, such an event carries an even deeper, spiritual meaning.


CaughtOvgard: Choose your character, but choose wisely

When it comes to fishing, stereotypes are very real. Make a mental tally next time you go fishing, and odds are, most everyone around you will fit into one of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 18

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Lake Pend Oreille sees highest kokanee density in two decades

Fisheries researchers estimated that over 2.5 million adult kokanee occupied Lake Pend Oreille in the fall of 2019, the highest count on record since the mid-1990’s. As summer heats up, …


UPDATED: Wed., June 10, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 11

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 11.