Outdoors


Anglers are hoping for a chance to catch sockeye salmon at Lake Wenatchee this summer. Courtesy WDFW
Columbia River salmon derbies, the potential for a sockeye salmon fishery at Lake Wenatchee and the closure of public lands due to wildfire danger are covered in our outdoors roundup this week. Public Land Closures Drought, heat and wildfires have resulted in closures of huge swaths of land...

Josh Pearce and Captain Hunt Edwards with a 37-pound halibut. Courtesy John Kruse
The Washington Outdoors Report heads north to Alaska this week to report on the great adventure my daughter Faith and I enjoyed at Sportsman’s Cove Lodge on Prince of Wales Island. The journey started at SeaTac airport where a quick two-hour flight brought us to Ketchikan. After lunch in town, we...

Fishermen like this group with Adventure Guide Service from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, were on the Columbia River Sunday, July 4, for the summer chinook opener from the Highway 173 bridge in Brewster to Foster Creek just below Chief Joseph Dam in Bridgeport. Vehicles towing boat trailers filled much of the available parking around the Brewster boat launch. One angler reported good success on sockeye salmon but said the chinook bite was slow. Mike Maltais/QCH
 

Courtesy Caylun Peterson Caylun Peterson with his record Tiger Trout.
Records aren’t always broken in front of a roaring crowd in a stadium. Sometimes, they are broken casting the simplest of offerings off a dock on a summer morning. That’s exactly what happened on June 26th at Loon Lake in Stevens County, Washington. Loon Lake is a large body of water, covering...

Courtesy Okanogan Valley Bass Club The first-place team of Jeff and Mitch Taylor hooked the winning total of 20.16 pounds of bass in five fish.
BREWSTER – Sportfishermen were caught between the pincers of high heat and low water at the Okanogan Valley Bass Club’s (OVBC) second annual Lure Safe Open Bass Tournament June 26 but made the best of the unfavorable conditions with their angling skills to catch winning spiny rays. Tournament...

Courtesy John Kruse Elk are using the wildlife crossing near Snoqualmie Pass.
Snoqualmie Pass Wildlife Crossings – Those multi-million-dollar wildlife crossings under and over Interstate 90 (east of Snoqualmie Pass), are getting some good use by area wildlife and reducing traffic collisions. The Washington State Department of Transportation posted a tweet on their Snoqualmie...
OLYMPIA – On Friday, June 25, Hilary Franz, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands issue the follow statement concerning high temperatures forecasted for our area. “This weekend, our state will enter a period of record breaking heat. Temperatures are forecast to reach over 100 degrees for most of...

Courtesy John Kruse Chris Johnston pre-fishing at Lake Ray Roberts.
I was lucky enough to spend a week in Fort Worth, Texas this month covering the Bassmaster Classic, an annual event put on by B.A.S.S. called the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing”. This year’s three-day tournament took place at Lake Ray Roberts, a reservoir built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in...

Courtesy Chelan County PUD Download Chelan PUD’s Current App, a free app that provides six features -- including real-time information about river flows, boat launches and lake levels. Visit chelanpud.org/app for download information.
WENATCHEE – Optimism is waning for river levels once predicted to be above-average this summer. Chelan PUD is responding with careful management of its hydro projects to support salmon runs, recreation, and the rising need for energy in the West. In a report to commissioners Tuesday, staff said...

Courtesy John Kruse Russell Johnston caught this shad below the John Day Dam.
It’s primetime for shad fishing on the Columbia River! This year’s run is about a third less in size so far than the mammoth runs we’ve seen in recent years but with 40,000 plus shad crossing Bonneville Dam on June 2nd alone, the big push is definitely on and should continue into July. The...

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