Outdoors

Memorial Day weekend is heralded as the kick off to the summer camping season but the COVID-19 pandemic will change that this year.  In Washington, the majority of state parks (except for several in the Columbia River Gorge and along the Washington Coast) are open for day use but they will not...
OLYMPIA – The Columbia River is scheduled to open for an additional four days of spring Chinook salmon fishing beginning Friday, state fishery managers have announced. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) agreed Wednesday to...

The author with a nice rainbow trout caught out of one of the Rock Island Ponds in Douglas County. / Courtesy John Kruse
The April 25 lowland lakes trout opener didn’t go off as scheduled, but fish plants did all over Washington this spring and the weeks ahead should be very productive if you want to catch stocked trout of various sizes along with holdover fish from last year. The next question is, what’s the...
  CHELAN - The North Cascades Sportsman Club grounds reopened last Saturday, May 9. The rifle and pistol ranges will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day except on Wednesdays when the range is closed. The shotgun range will be open Sundays at 10 a.m. Under Phase 1 of the reopening, the...
  PORTLAND – The USDA Forest Service will maintain its alignment with state “Stay at Home” orders and the first phase of Washington state’s “Reopening of America” plan by conducting a comprehensive review of the agency’s developed recreation sites in Washington in the coming weeks. The agency...
  Clarifies which species may be retained in both spring Chinook and sockeye fisheries.  OLYMPIA – The Columbia River spring Chinook fishery is scheduled to open for four days through mid-May, state fishery managers announced Friday.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon...
  OLYMPIA - Today, May 5, some fishing, hiking, and hunting opportunities are reopening, and WDFW staff are working across the state to open gates and welcome you back to your public lands. It’s a very exciting day. With your attentiveness, I believe we can safely spend spring and summer in the...

Wendy Herrera with a nice walleye caught in the Columbia River Gorge. Courtesy John Kruse
Hunters and anglers are heading out to the water and into the woods again beginning May 5th following announcements by Governor Jay Inslee’s and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that these activities are once again legal. In Central and Eastern Washington, all seasons will open...

National Wildlife Refuge boundary sign – Courtesy John Kruse
On April 8, David Bernhardt, the Secretary of the Interior, announced his intention to open up more than 2.3 million acres across America for increased fishing and hunting opportunities. This would occur as early as this fall on 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries managed by...

Backyard house finch. Courtesy John Kruse
  Washington is the first and only state to outlaw recreational fishing and spring hunting in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  This was done to comply with Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate emphasizing social distancing and discouraging travel away from home...

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