Outdoors

This is the time of year when the landscapes of Central and Eastern Washington are so beautiful you would think they are Claude Monet paintings come to life. May and early June offer opportunities to enjoy splashes of yellow, white, pink and purple across the hills. But what flowers are they?...

A typical hatchery trout caught with a Mack’s Cripplure - J. Kruse
The lowland lake opener is generally the most popular day of the year for fishing. Thousands of anglers young, old and in between venturing to stocked lakes around the state hoping to catch a quick limit of stocked rainbow trout. While interest in fishing is at an all-time high, cool weather and...

Kokanee catches like these have been hard to come by this year at Lake Roosevelt – Photo (of Lake Washington Kokanee) courtesy Mike Carey, Northwest Fishing Reports
Lake Roosevelt Kokanee and More:   Several readers have recently contacted me about the lack of Kokanee at Lake Roosevelt so far this year. This prompted me to reach out to Chris Donley, the regional Fish Program Director for the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, to ask him about Kokanee...
The biggest bass tournament to hit the Pacific Northwest in a long time took place April 10 at Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin. The competition in question was the Berkley Big Bass Tournament and Ground Zero was MarDon Resort, a place that has hosted more than it’s share of fishing...
WENATCHEE – With temperatures hitting the 80s this weekend, Chelan PUD is preparing for what could be record-breaking day-use on local waterways this spring and summer. With so many recreationists converging on Lake Chelan and the Columbia River, preparation will be key to a safe and enjoyable trip...
WENATCHEE, WA- Ohme Gardens will kick off the 2021 season on Thursday, April 15 after being closed for the 2020 season. Last Spring after much deliberation, the Chelan County Commission along with Gardens Director, Jason Browning, cancelled the 2020 season in order to make renovations and...
WENATCHEE, WA- Ohme Gardens will kick off the 2021 season on Thursday, April 15 after being closed for the 2020 season. Last Spring after much deliberation, the Chelan County Commission along with Gardens Director, Jason Browning, cancelled the 2020 season in order to make renovations and...

The Goldendale Observatory – Photo courtesy Washington State Parks
Spring turkey hunting, a reopened state park observatory and hot fishing for non-salmon species in the Columbia River dominate the news this week.   PUBLIC LAND TURKEY HUNTING OPTIONS -The general opener for the spring turkey season is April 15. Traditionally, the best region to hunt is in...

These kids caught a nice stringer of trout while staying at Klink’s Resort at Williams Lake. – J. Kruse
Wondering where to go for the Lowland Lakes Trout Opener on April 24? There wasn’t an opening day last year thanks to the six-week spring fishing closure imposed by Washington State at the start of the Covid pandemic. However, we can get some pretty good ideas of where to go by looking at the top...

Ready to go kayak fishing – J. Kruse
You are never too old to eat a slice of humble pie, that’s for sure. My problem is, when it comes to recent fishing expeditions, I’ve been on a steady diet of this less than delicious dessert. If you would have asked me last October what I thought of myself as a fisherman, I would have shared so...

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