Outdoors


Maralee Moore from Moses Lake caught this monster walleye fishing at Potholes Reservoir last week – Photo courtesy MarDon Resort
On May 13 a regional news outlet reported the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued 17 fishing violations and three land use (trespassing) violations in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties during the month of April when fishing and access to state public lands were closed. I spoke with...
The April 25th 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 best...
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...
On April 8th, 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...
One of the best-known episodes from the classic television series, “The Twilight Zone”, was about a bespectacled bookworm named Henry Bemis.  All he wanted to do was read books undisturbed but life for this bank teller just got in the way.  That was, until he emerged from a lunch break in a bank...

Colorful basalt rock formations can be seen at Pacific Lake on BLM land in Lincoln County – J Kruse
Washington has enacted the strongest measures in the nation when it comes to limiting outdoor recreation.  Following Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” decree, agencies have closed access to all state public lands, boat launches and have even closed recreational fishing.  Several...

Horsethief Lake and Horsethief Butte at Columbia Hills State Park – J. Kruse
Last week’s edition outlined all of the public lands that were open in Washington State, albeit with several restrictions.  We edited that column several times, trying to keep up with the rapid changes coming at us as state and federal agencies revise rules while combating the coronavirus...

Spencer Spit State Park – J. Kruse
In this time of uncertainty, stress and social distancing one sure fire way to unwind and get your mind off the news about the coronavirus pandemic is to get outside.  Our public lands in Washington State are waiting for you though there are a few restrictions.  STATE PARKS:  There are 125 state...
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...
Fishing Reports: STEELHEAD:  Bob Kratzer with Anglers Guide Service in Forks reports steelhead fishing has picked up in several Olympic Peninsula streams.  The problem at this time of year is rain, especially heavy rain that blows out the rivers and makes them difficult to fish.  Your best bet (in...

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