Outdoors


The author with a nice early season rainbow trout – Photo by Dave Kilhefner
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 Tucannon...

These kids had a successful youth hunting day on Potholes Reservoir thanks to Levi Meseberg and Paul Wood – Photo courtesy MarDon Resort
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....
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...

A good number of bald eagles spend winters at Ocean Shores – John Kruse
Looking for somewhere to go this winter? If you are an outdoors enthusiast, the beach isn’t a bad call and one place in particular worth a visit is Ocean Shores. Covering 12.4 square miles on the Point Brown peninsula there is of course the beach and the ocean that attracts visitors. Right now,...

Russell Johnston with a nice carp caught last winter in the Columbia Basin – J. Kruse
Wondering what to do on the water this month? Due to the mild temperatures this winter many Eastern Washington lakes don’t have safe ice for hardwater fishing and most anglers have their boats put away until spring. Never fear, Carpe Diem, or “seize the day”, as they say and target carp in a lake...
A WARNING ABOUT BACKYARD BIRD FEEDERS    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a press release last week after receiving reports of sick and dead birds near backyard bird feeders in several Western Washington locations. According to WDFW veterinarian Kristin Mansfield, the die...

Whitewater rafting on the White Salmon River – Courtesy Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys
Call it the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic…People are discovering or rediscovering the great outdoors. This means the outdoors will likely be a crowded place in 2021 as well. This means now is the time to plan your outdoor adventures for the year. With that in mind, what will you resolve to...
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has enacted new rules, meant to help resident orca whales, that will impact commercial whale watching boat operations in Puget Sound.    The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) numbered as high as 98 in 1995 but declined to 74 orcas by...

Jill Roth with a Columbia River fall Chinook salmon – courtesy Team Takedown Guide Service
There is a lot of news to cover as we roll into the new year covering everything from salmon forecasts to adjusted sportsmen’s show schedules to winter recreation in our state parks.   COLUMBIA RIVER FISH FORECAST – The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife have issued their...

Christmas Bird Counts show Eurasian collard dove numbers are increasing in Eastern Washington – J. Kruse
It’s happened every year for 120 years and it will happen again in 2021, though the Covid-19 pandemic is making things a bit different this year. It’s the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and it takes place all over North America and other locales between December 14 and January 5. This is an annual...

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