Outdoors


The use of Personal Flotation Devices may become mandatory for anyone under 18 in a human powered boat in Washington – Nicole Lewis kayaking in the Columbia River near Bateman Island and Richland. / Courtesy John Kruse
The States of Washington and Oregon have taken a number of actions in the last week that will affect both our fish populations and those who fish for them.  Here’s a brief rundown of the four issues at the forefront this week: GILLNETS TO REMAIN IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN 2020:  The Directors of the...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Tuesday approved an application from Cooke Aquaculture to farm all-female, sterile (triploid) rainbow trout/steelhead in Puget Sound. The five-year permit applies to existing net pens in Puget Sound where Cooke holds valid aquatic...

Russell Johnston caught this winter walleye fishing the waters around Potholes State Park. Courtesy John Kruse
The new year marks the kick-off to sportsmen’s show season in the Pacific Northwest and there is no shortage of them in the Evergreen State. The shows have evolved over the years. It used to be crowds went there to book trips with the outfitters, guides, resorts and lodges who are exhibitors....

Christina Gibson takes her dog team on a training run. - Courtesy Emily Gibson
  CARLTON – When The Quad first profiled musher Christina Gibson in November 2017 the then 16-year-old was training to complete in Alaska’s Junior Iditarod for teenage racers and their dog teams. The Junior is the 150-mile version of the famous 1,000-mile Iditarod that runs from Anchorage to Nome,...
  There’s more than one way to put a turkey on your table for Thanksgiving. Rather than head to the grocery store, thousands of hunters plan to get their birds during the hunting season for wild turkey already underway in eastern Washington. Then again, who says turkey has to be the center of...

This 9.6-pound lake whitefish was caught this month during a pike netting survey at Lake Roosevelt. Pictured are Ashley Caldwell and Randy Osborne with WDFW. - Courtesy WDFW
    Call them the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the Pacific Northwest. The whitefish, whether it be the mountain whitefish found in streams or the lake whitefish found in Eastern Washington reservoirs and the Columbia River, are fish that like Rodney, “Don’t get no respect”. It’s a shame, because in the...
WENATCHEE - Forest visitors will be able to enjoy campfires in most areas of the national forest soon.  Stage 1 public use fire restrictions, namely restrictions on the use of campfires in dispersed recreation areas, that have been in effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be lifted...

Prescribed fire helps restore the forest and remove unhealthy woody fuel build-up near N acreshes, WA in 2016 on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
OKANOGAN/CHELAN COUNTIES - From the Canadian border to south of Yakima, firefighters in Central Washington are planning to burn thousands of acres this fall to increase forest health and protect nearby communities. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is...
OKANOGAN – The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are hosting a public meeting on the Draft North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS).  Meeting participants will have an opportunity, through a lottery...
OLYMPIA – Marine law enforcement agencies on Washington state’s marine and fresh waterways will conduct safety emphasis patrols over Labor Day weekend — specifically targeting stand up paddleboarders. The goal is to educate them about laws and safe practices. “Stand up paddleboarders need to know...

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