Outdoors

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) started a process to create new rules surrounding fish passage and screening improvement work. The public is invited to an online meeting on July 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. to learn more about the topic and provide input. No registration is...

Union Creek Falls near Chinook Pass / Courtesy J. Kruse
The heat of the summer has finally made an appearance making this a great time to hike a trail to a cold and refreshing waterfall. Looking for suggestions? Here’s a few: Rainbow Falls Rainbow Falls near Stehekin in the North Cascades National Park Complex is a must visit destination if you...
OKANOGAN COUNTY - Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000- acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.  Hunters can submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the Washington...
OKANOGAN COUNTY - Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000- acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.   Hunters can submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the Washington...

A grizzly sow and her cubs in Glacier National Park. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service
Back in 2017 the U.S. Department of Interior rolled out a draft Environmental Impact Statement to the public, seeking comment on the idea of physically reintroducing grizzly bears back into remote portions of the North Cascades in Washington State. Several meetings were held from 2017 through...

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 ...

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