Outdoors

Playing it Safe Outdoors The wilderness and waters here in Washington offer a wonderful playground for outdoors recreation but far too many people underestimate the dangers out there, turning a fun day of enjoying nature into a crisis or tragedy. In the past month there have been three accidents in...

Pictured are Piper and Hattie Timmermans viewing the smolt in the new circular tank viewing window. Photo by Lindsay Timmermans.
After 20 years in the making, the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery dedicated its newly completed Pilot Circular Tanks Project on Thursday, June 23 in a ceremony honoring the salmon and the land with a quorum of groups including tribal partners from the Yakama Tribal Council, Confederated Tribes...
Did you know there are multiple fishing and hunting shows produced right here in Washington State?  It’s true and if you want to see shows about waters you are likely to fish and places you can hunt in the Evergreen State, these shows are definitely worth checking out.  Better still, I know all of...

Photo Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Gray Wolf.
Four wolves were found dead in Stevens County this winter in Northeast Washington but officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are saying very little about the incident. The wolves were discovered by two Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies on February 18th while they were...
When it comes to fishing, most folks do it for fun, some for competition, and others for money. All three of these motivations were at play in May in the Columbia River Gorge. THE COMPETITORS From May 13th through the 20th anglers from the Wild West Bass Trail and Apex Pro Tour fished two multi-day...

Photo Courtesy Gorge Outfitters Supply. Fishing for catfish on the Lower John Day River
Rufus Catfish Derby Rufus may not be in Washington but it’s right across the Columbia River from there and purchasing a one or two-day non-resident fishing license could be worth your while if you want to participate in the annual Rufus Catfish Derby. This year’s event takes place on May 28th and...
FREE Lifetime Recreation Passes for veterans and Gold Star Families The America the Beautiful Pass allows you to enter National Parks, U.S. Forest Service Recreation Areas, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management properties and other federal lands requiring an entry fee. It’s available...

Photo Courtesy of Bob Loomis. Bob Loomis and Jeff Witkowski teamed up to catch a whole bunch of kokanee salmon out of Lake Chelan.
In recent years, anglers who love the taste of salmon have been frustrated at times by inconsistent returns of Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon in rivers and lakes across our state.  This has led to limited and at times, no opportunities, to harvest these fish.  In response, the Washington...
When I was a kid, I used to watch “The Wide World of Sports” on television and always remembered Jim McKay intoning during the intro, “The thrill of victory (as supporters carried a winning boxer on their shoulders) and the agony of defeat” (where an alpine skier crashed in a big way).  My best...

Photo submitted by John Kruse. A big channel catfish caught at the mouth of the Palouse River – Courtesy YJ Guide Service.
PALOUSE COUNTRY CATFISH – Channel catfish are not highly sought after in the Pacific Northwest but they should be.  As anyone from the South or Midwest will tell you, they can get big, fight well and taste great!  Spring is prime time to fish for them on the Lower Palouse River near the confluence...

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