Outdoors

Columbia River salmon derbies, the potential for a sockeye salmon fishery at Lake Wenatchee and the closure of public lands due to wildfire danger are covered in our outdoors roundup this week. Public Land Closures Drought, heat and wildfires have resulted in closures of huge swaths of land...
The Washington Outdoors Report heads north to Alaska this week to report on the great adventure my daughter Faith and I enjoyed at Sportsman’s Cove Lodge on Prince of Wales Island. The journey started at SeaTac airport where a quick two-hour flight brought us to Ketchikan. After lunch in town, we...

Caylun Peterson with his record Tiger Trout – Courtesy Caylun Peterson
Records aren’t always broken in front of a roaring crowd in a stadium. Sometimes, they are broken casting the simplest of offerings off a dock on a summer morning. That’s exactly what happened on June 26th at Loon Lake in Stevens County, Washington. Loon Lake is a large body of water, covering some...

David Kruse caught and released this largemouth bass at Potholes Reservoir– J. Kruse
If you are an angler, there are few things more awesome than watching a bass erupt out of the water and smash your lure.  Topwater fishing is primarily a summertime affair and it’s the favorite style of fishing for many because of the shot of adrenaline that occurs every time you get a strike.  ...
I was lucky enough to spend a week in Fort Worth, Texas this month covering the Bassmaster Classic, an annual event put on by B.A.S.S. called the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing”. This year’s three-day tournament took place at Lake Ray Roberts, a reservoir built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in...
It’s primetime for shad fishing on the Columbia River! This year’s run is about a third less in size so far than the mammoth runs we’ve seen in recent years but with 40,000 plus shad crossing Bonneville Dam on June 2nd alone, the big push is definitely on and should continue into July. The American...

Anglers fishing for trout at Lake Easton State Park – J. Kruse
June offers lots of low-cost opportunities to fish and play on our public lands. Here’s a roundup of what’s available. FREE FISHING AND PARKS PLAY - June 12th and 13th are free fishing days in Washington State where no license is required to wet a line. These are also days where no Discover Pass is...
Cascade Medical Foundation (CMF) is proud to bring back the beloved 18th Annual Marson & Marson Cascade Golf Classic on June 21st after a year’s necessary hiatus. This marquee event brings together golfers from far and wide to compete on the greens and raise funds for CMF’s project. This year’s...
Wenatchee – The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proposing to raise fees and establish new fees at certain Forest Service recreation sites in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Tonasket Ranger District of the Colville National Forest and is soliciting...
There’s a lot of news to cover this week when it comes to the outdoors in our region so let’s get to it:    Fishers Breeding In Chelan County – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports the birth of first wild fishers in the North Cascades in a half century. Fishers are a house-...

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