Outdoors


Bob Loomis and I caught these sockeye fishing the Columbia River near Brewster a few seasons back. Courtesy John Kruse
    Sockeye Salmon  Sockeye fishing opened on the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to the Highway 17 Bridge in Bridgeport on July 1 and with a two fish limit angler interest is high.  Some 200,000 sockeye had passed over Bonneville Dam as of July 1. This is indeed a...
OLYMPIA – With summer heating up, now’s a great time to get out on the water, and the 2020-2021 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet is your essential guide to fishing statewide. The new-look pamphlet is effective July 1 through June 30, 2021, and features rules and regulations for hundreds of...
Action: Opens Chinook seasons.   Effective date: One hour before official sunrise July 16 to one hour after official sunset on Oct. 15, 2020.   Species affected: Salmon.   Location: Chelan River: from the mouth (railroad bridge) Chelan County PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse and the...
OLYMPIA - Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some decisions about how to spend their time on the water.   This year’s bass week is July 6-12, where we’ll highlight some of the best bass waters in Washington, provide fishing tips, and answer all your bass...
Action: Opens Chinook seasons.   Effective date: One hour before official sunrise July 16 to one hour after official sunset on Oct. 15, 2020.   Species affected: Salmon.   Location: Chelan River: from the mouth (railroad bridge) Chelan County PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse and the ...
OLYMPIA – With summer heating up, now’s a great time to get out on the water, and the 2020-2021 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet is your essential guide to fishing statewide. The new-look pamphlet is effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, and features rules and regulations for...
NCW – Fire officials remind all those headed out to public lands this Fourth of July weekend to leave fireworks at home and take other precautions to prevent wildfire.   “National forest lands are a great place to celebrate, but please help us protect public lands this Independence Day and...

A northern pikeminnow caught out of the Columbia River. Courtesy J. Kruse
Looking for a unique summer job this year? Do you like to go fishing? If so, cast a line this summer in the Columbia and Snake Rivers for cash!  You’ll be fishing for the northern pikeminnow, formerly known as the squawfish. There is a sizeable population of these fish in both the Snake...

Ken Chaplin and teammate Rick Line, not pictured, were the tournament winners. Courtesy Mike Mauk
BREWSTER -- One of the first public events held in the Quad City area since the COVID-19 lockdown was the Lure Safe Open Bass Tournament hosted by the Okanogan Valley Bass Club (OVBC) and sponsored by Mauk Fishing Stuff on Saturday, June 20. Nearly two dozen boats turned out for the event despite...

Lily pads and basalt cliffs define the views at Downs Lake. Courtesy J. Kruse
Robin DeMario with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest sounded the alarm recently about crowded conditions on 8-Mile Road south of Leavenworth.  This road leads to two popular trailheads for 8-Mile Lake and to Stuart and Colchuck Lakes. The latter trailhead is a favored pathway into the...

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