Outdoors

OLYMPIA - With the spring turkey season set to begin April 15, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) urges new, prospective hunters to complete hunter education now to participate in 2021 hunting opportunities. “While other major hunting seasons don’t open until September, now...

Courtesy John Kruse Sportsman’s shows are back. The Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show went off without a hitch last week in Redmond.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW – The first sportsmen’s show in the Pacific Northwest went off without a hitch in Redmond, Oregon earlier this month and that sets the stage for what will be the largest sportsmen’s show in the nation to occur between March 24 and 28 at the Expo Center in...

Bass fishing near Maryhill State Park. Courtesy John Kruse
Curlew Lake State Park: Located north of Republic in Ferry County, this 87-acre State Park with a campground sits on Curlew Lake, a 5-½ mile long body of water known for good fishing. You can catch everything from trout and bass to perch and tiger muskies here. There’s also plenty of wildlife...

Courtesy John Kruse Moses Lake resident Alfonso Anavi caught this chunky trout in the Columbia Basin on March 2.
Preseason salmon forecasts, news from Washington State Parks, a new watercraft inspection station and fishing reports are all part of this week’s outdoors round-up.   Salmon The salmon forecasts are in from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Starting...

Photo by Dave Kilhefner The author with a nice early season rainbow trout.
March 1 is opening day for trout anglers at the Tucannon Lakes near Pomeroy in Southeast Washington and at the Quincy Lakes in the Columbia Basin. Here’s how things are shaping up:   Tucannon Lakes:    According to Jason Towery, the owner of the Last Resort RV near Pomeroy, the...
 Several fisheries are set to open in the weeks ahead, and the   year’s first general hunting season and one of the world’s greatest   bird migrations aren’t far behind.  With a new season of outdoor adventures about to begin,   Washingtonians might want to consider purchasing 2021-2022   ...

Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Goose Dam on the Snake River.
Its been on ongoing discussion for thirty years. Should we breach the four Lower Snake River dams to save dwindling runs of salmon and steelhead? The question has been repeatedly litigated in court as have efforts to mitigate dam operations to help smolt survive their journey downstream and...

Courtesy MarDon Resort These kids had a successful youth hunting day on Potholes Reservoir thanks to Levi Meseberg and Paul Wood.
NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON – Travis Dawson at Sportsman’s Warehouse in East Wenatchee says Fish Lake in Chelan County is giving up numerous perch under the ice and while they are not big there are a few nice sized trout being caught there as well. Lake Chelan is fishing well for Kokanee right now....

Courtesy John Kruse Sparrows at the backyard bird feeder.
Bird hunting season is over for the most part but bird watching season is in full swing with several opportunities and events taking place this month around Washington State.   No matter where you live you can participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Taking place between February...

Courtesy Michael Schroeder, WDFW Rick Hendrick was a consistent regular in the 24 previous Bridgeport CBC events and was voted Volunteer of the Year by the WDFW. In this photo he is installing one of many nest boxes he constructed and monitored.
BRIDGEPORT – A hardy group of bird observers took to the fields around Bridgeport last Dec. 16 to participate in the area’s 25 annual Christmas Bird Count in association with the National Audubon Society. Compilers Meredith Spencer and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Michael...

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