Outdoors

 Sedro Woolley – Effective Friday, September 25, the burn ban on all lands within North Cascades National Park Service Complex was  lifted. This includes all National Park Service lands and campgrounds in Stehekin, along State Route 20 and the Ross Lake area.    Campfires are allowed in...
WENATCHEE - Campfire restrictions have been lifted on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima and Okanogan Counties. This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in all locations where campfires are normally allowed on the Methow Valley, Tonasket, Chelan, Entiat,...
OLYMPIA–The Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which awards about $80 million biennially to projects to improve salmon habitat, will see a change in leadership. Jeff Breckel, 70, from Stevenson, is the new chair of the funding board. Breckel has more than 20 years of experience in salmon recovery,...

Brown trout close up. J. Kruse
I didn’t realize how much I missed catching brown trout until I hooked a 14-incher that immediately launched out of the water three feet into the air. Tough, hard fighting and beautifully colored, brown trout are a true treat to catch whether you hook them on the Jefferson River in Southwest...
PATEROS – A little plague and wildfire was insufficient to postpone the second annual Columbia Post 97 American Legion Golf Tournament held at noon last Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Alta Lake Golf Course.   A total of 16, four-player teams signed up for the event before the Cold Springs and...
WENTCHEE – The month of September brings many things--signs of the fall season with leaves turning color, cooler temperatures, and the closure of many national forest campgrounds.   For those new to recreating in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, be aware most national...
OLYMPIA – With salmon spawning season in full swing at many state hatcheries, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds the public that hatchery facilities remain closed statewide due to the continued spread of COVID-19. Many people visit hatcheries in late summer and early...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Friday meeting approved changes to rules governing hunting contests in the state and adopted revised language for its Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy. In its first agenda item of the day, the Commission voted 7-2 to adopt...

Courtesy John Kruse John Kruse caught this Chinook from the Deschutes River during Fish Camp.
Every September for 16 years I’ve driven down the hill from Goldendale, taken the turn left on a road that passes by Maryhill State Park, and pulled into a campsite fronting the Columbia River at the impeccably clean and well cared for Peach Beach RV Park. What brings me here? Fish Camp. It’s...

This lucky lady caught this tagged trout in the WDFW Trout Derby
A lot of fishing derbies and events have been cancelled this year thanks to Covid-19 but one that has gone on with relatively little fanfare but wide availability to the everyday angler since May is the annual trout fishing derby put on by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Running...

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