Outdoors


Dave Kilhefner caught this nice trout on a snowy day. Courtesy John Kruse
TROUT FISHING  In recent years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has urged anglers to celebrate “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving not in the stores, but out on the water catching some of the jumbo trout they plant this time of year around the state. The vast majority of these fish...

CCT wildlife biologists, from left, Sam Rushing, Os Laspa, and Elizabeth Odell perform an overall checkup on a captured lynx. Courtesy Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife
INCHELIUM – Missing lynx are making a comeback on the Colville Reservation thanks to a cooperative trap and release project between Canadian and Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) wildlife staff. Ten Canada lynx were recently trapped in British Columbia, Canada, and relocated to their new home on...

Glenn May with a nice cold-water bass. Courtesy Glenn May
When it comes to catching bass between Thanksgiving and the end of February in the Pacific Northwest it would be fair to say, “The struggle is real”. As a matter of fact, my chances of catching a bass at this time of year are about the same as winning the lottery. I have simply not had success (in...
SEDRO WOOLLEY –The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today announced the initiation of a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to evaluate options for restoring and managing grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington, where the animals once thrived.    ...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold three meetings later this month to discuss coastal steelhead, spring bear policy, and the Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River, among other topics. On Nov. 17, the Commission’s Fish Committee will discuss the upcoming...

Rusty Johnston with three mallards. Courtesy John Kruse
WATERFOWL: The first wave of northern birds has arrived in the Columbia Basin. Checking out Stratford Lake this past week I saw an estimated 10,000 lesser Canada geese and approximately 1500 snow geese on the lake before sunrise. The first wave of mallards has shown up as well, along with wigeon....

A successful duck hunt. Courtesy John Kruse
If you are a duck hunter, it’s hard to beat November. The local ducks are joined this month by northern migrants who show up in big numbers. Usually the green-winged teal arrive first, followed by wigeon and gadwall, and after that, the big northern mallards and pintails. One of the advantages of...

Fall is the time of year you have the greatest chance of colliding with a big game animal on a road or highway near you. Courtesy John Kruse
It’s a wonderful time of year for a leisurely drive to take in the fall colors but fall is also the time of year you have the greatest chance of colliding with a big game animal on a road or highway near you. Every year, law enforcement agencies submit reports to the Washington State Department of...
  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hear updates on a wide range of topics at a hybrid meeting Oct. 27-29 in Colville, including a briefing and public hearing regarding shoreline armoring rule making, a briefing on an estuary restoration project, and land transactions...
NCW -  Fire restrictions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have been reduced from Stage 2 to Stage 1, effective immediately. This change allows forest users to resume having fires in the developed campgrounds that are still open, as well as to engage in recreational shooting on forest lands...

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