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2008 was exceptional for Inland anglers

2008 delivered a stream of fine fishing to Inland anglers. Oregon’s saltwater salmon fishing was closed for lack of fish and seasons were shortened off the Washington Coast. Yet big …


Success is just around corner

Spokane area anglers looking for fast action on the April 28 lowland trout season opener don’t have to travel far. Lakes in or near Spokane County routinely are among the …


Idaho satisfies all angler desires

North Idaho lakes have a little bit of everything, from perch to state-record tiger muskies, and from joy to sorrow. Bright spots include numerous lakes full of panfish eager to …


Family has history at favorite fisheries

Maxine Bayley Matney says that during her childhood in northeastern Washington, she went just about everywhere with her father. That means she was rarely far from fish.


Some northeast waters aren’t left behind

Considering that ice was still on lakes such as Curlew and the Little Pend Oreille chain on April 1, it’s no wonder that fishing in many Northeastern Washington lakes generally …


Only selective anglers fish these lakes

Quality not quantity is the prize for fishing Eastern Washington’s selective fishery lakes, where rules require anglers to use only artificial lures or flies with single, barbless hooks. Bait is …


Look ahead to June hot spots

Anglers willing to hit the road for fishing that peaks in late may and June should look at these hot destinations: Idaho


Fishermen get fill of walleye at Moses

“Peak” isn’t a common desert term, except at Moses Lake, a 6,800-acre splash among sand dunes where biologists have documented peak walleye populations, and the season’s peak walleye feeding activity …


First things first: Let’s get the rules straight

On May 1 – just three days after the opening of Washington’s general trout season – 38 new fishing rules will take effect statewide. One rule change involving fish landing …


Basin comfortable for early outings

Trout anglers fishing for fun in the sun head to the Columbia Basin. The desert-like landscape is ideal for early-season camping near dozens of fisheries where the angling action heats …


Anglers get into the flow on region’s varied rivers

Lake fishing isn’t for everybody. Some anglers aren’t home unless they’re drifting down a river or feeling the grip of flowing water around their waders. Eastern Washington has numerous stream-fishing …


Hunting for Hayden’s crappies

Lure fishermen don’t own Hayden Lake’s trophy-size crappies. Fly fishers enjoy catching them, too. In this April pre-spawn period, however, the fish can be hard to find.


Chewelah-area fly lakes aren’t up to par

Two fly-fishing-only lakes north of Chewelah on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are off their game this year but the future is promising. McDowell Lake (33 acres) received …


There’s hope for getting a halibut

Neah Bay is Washington’s hot spot for halibut. So hot, in fact, that anglers often catch the state’s May season quota in a few days. But the hunt for the …


Marry yourself to success for CdA kokes

June is the favorite month for Wedding Bands at Lake Coeur d’Alene among anglers looking to hook-up with kokanee. Rig the popular lure behind a No. 7 Hildebrandt flasher and …


These lakes have lures of their own

Some lakes in the region have special attractions for certain types of anglers. Bead Lake north of Newport, for example, has lake trout and a small kokanee fishery, but it’s …


Volunteers provide net profit for anglers

Fishing at several waters in the Spokane region gets a boost from area citizens who maintain net pens to raise and release trout supplied by the Washington Department of Fish …


State assumes last resort

Nine Mile Resort on Lake Spokane opened for the season Friday, a couple of weeks earlier than normal and under new management. Riverside State Park has signed a 30-year lease …


Cutthroat business in Bob Marshall Wilderness

Plans to poison thousands of fish in 21 Montana lakes then stock them with westslope cutthroat trout have final approval and the work, still disputed by some state commissioners, is …


It pays to always be prepared

A Spokane fly fisherman caught a once-in-a-lifetime North Idaho experience in Tepee Creek Monday, and we’re not talking about cutthroat trout. The angler asked to remain anonymous because … ahem …


Kids look like pros fishing for bass

At first, they barely resembled kids. Mostly they were all business and perfect young gentlemen tending to a writer’s curiosity about their passion for tournament fishing. Joey Nania, 14, of …


Volunteers Will Help Plant Trout In Cascade Lakes

Volunteers on foot and horseback will take to the Cascade Mountains in coming months to help state fisheries officials plant thousands of trout in alpine lakes. An estimated 36,000 trout …


Traveling Sedges Cause A Rainbow Feeding Frenzy

Billowing, dark clouds heralded another windy day as we moved from the shallow, marl-bottom flats toward the weed bed where we hoped that damselfly nymphs soon would be hatching. “There’s …


Spokanite Wins Derby At Pend Oreille

Jerry Wilhelm of Spokane caught a 30.4-pound mackinaw to win the $10,000 grand prize in the Spring K&K; challenge Derby at Lake Pend Oreille. Wilhelm caught the mack on April …


Washington’s Anglers Give Spiny-Rayed Species Their Due

Not even the most optimistic supporter of spiny-rayed species would have thought back in the 1960s that the state would eventually develop a program for raising and releasing millions of …


Access Improved For Disabled Anglers

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed special facilities for disabled anglers at several Eastern Washington sites, said spokesman Madonna Luers. The special facilities are at the following …


Waterfowl Hunting Input Wanted

Clashes between waterfowl hunting guides and other hunters on public lands in the Columbia Basin have prompted a meeting set for Thursday. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is calling …


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Outdoor Briefs

With a good dump of snow reviving the interest in skiing, the pre-registration deadline for the 10-kilometer Spokane Langlauf cross-country citizens race has been extended to Thursday. Entrants who pre-register …