Outdoors


The trout fishing was very good at North Elton Pond last week. Courtesy WDFW
WINTER TROUT OPENER: Staci Lehman, a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Eastern Washington, shared reports from the Winter Trout Opener that occurred on Black Friday, November 25, at several lakes in our region. In her words, “Fourth of July (Lake) fished pretty...

Dave Kilhefner caught this nice trout on a snowy day. Courtesy John Kruse
TROUT FISHING   In recent years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has urged anglers to celebrate “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving not in the stores, but out on the water catching some of the jumbo trout they plant this time of year around the state. The vast majority of these fish...

A volunteer crew works to clear a large, charred log that had fallen across the trail in the Entiat. Photo by Patrick Kern
ENTIAT - The Entiat Valley is a gem on the eastern flanks of the Cascades Mountains — it's high, wild and remote with an extensive network of trails to loop up and explore. The region has also suffered a number of wildfires over the last decade, and the damage from those burns is still being felt...

Courtesy Glenn May Glenn May with a nice cold-water bass.
When it comes to catching bass between Thanksgiving and the end of February in the Pacific Northwest it would be fair to say, “The struggle is real”. As a matter of fact, my chances of catching a bass at this time of year are about the same as winning the lottery. I have simply not had success (in...

Rusty Johnston with three mallards. Courtesy John Kruse
WATERFOWL: The first wave of northern birds has arrived in the Columbia Basin. Checking out Stratford Lake this past week I saw an estimated 10,000 lesser Canada geese and approximately 1500 snow geese on the lake before sunrise. The first wave of mallards has shown up as well, along with wigeon....

A successful duck hunt. Courtesy John Kruse
If you are a duck hunter, it’s hard to beat November. The local ducks are joined this month by northern migrants who show up in big numbers. Usually the green-winged teal arrive first, followed by wigeon and gadwall, and after that, the big northern mallards and pintails. One of the advantages of...
WENATCHEE, WA – October 24, 2022 – The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is getting ready to start prescribed fire projects when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality become favorable. Burning may begin as soon as this week if areas of planned burns receive enough rain. Pile burning may...

WDFW employee testing a harvested buck for Chronic Wasting Disease. Courtesy WDFW
THE DEER OPENER The modern firearm deer season opened on the October 15 and lots of hunters were in the woods hoping to tag out on a buck. In Northeast and Southeast Washington, a number of voluntary check stations were open with biologists taking samples from harvested deer to check for the...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hear updates on a wide range of topics at a hybrid meeting Oct. 27-29 in Colville, including a briefing and public hearing regarding shoreline armoring rule making, a briefing on an estuary restoration project, and land transactions...
NCW -  Fire restrictions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have been reduced from Stage 2 to Stage 1, effective immediately. This change allows forest users to resume having fires in the developed campgrounds that are still open, as well as to engage in recreational shooting on forest lands...

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