Outdoors

OLYMPIA -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind, and regional director Brock Hoenes, will host a North Central Region digital open house on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 6-7 p.m. to discuss regional fish and wildlife topics. The January open house is the last of six...

Winter fun at Lake Wenatchee State Park. Courtesy Washington State Parks
For our final edition of the year, we’ll share the projected forecasts for Columbia River salmon in 2022 as well as some opportunities to go on ranger led excursions on New Year’s Day at our state parks Columbia River  salmon forecasts During an online meeting held by the Northwest...

Winter fun at Lake Wenatchee State Park. Courtesy Washington State Parks
For our final edition of the year, we’ll share the projected forecasts for Columbia River salmon in 2022 as well as some opportunities to go on ranger led excursions on New Year’s Day at our state parks Columbia River  salmon forecasts During an online meeting held by the Northwest...

A young skier enjoying the groomed trails and blue skies at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area. Courtesy Paul Willard/USFS
CHELAN - Nordic grooming operations have begun at the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area on the Chelan Ranger District and the ski area will officially open Saturday December 18. Ski area personnel established a good snow base over the last week and grooming will continue this weekend as the area receives...
Dr. Fred Koontz, appointed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at the beginning of the year, abruptly tendered his resignation on December 13.  Koontz was a curious choice to fill this position by Governor Jay Inslee because his background was working at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and...

Fred Duzan with a trout caught in an alpine lake. Courtesy John Kruse
A cowboy I treasure traded his spurs for wings recently. Fred Duzan was a longtime wrangler for Icicle Outfitters, offering summertime day trips from Lake Wenatchee State Park, overnight trips into the Central Cascades and winter sleigh or wagon rides near the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. Chelan...

Rusty Johnston and John Kruse with their new boat. Courtesy John Kruse
Call it an early Christmas or a mid-life crisis dream come true.  Rusty Johnston is my best friend and fishing partner of 45 years.  The two of us have dreamed of fishing out of a tournament ready bass or walleye boat for much of that time.  We have fished several bass tournaments and we know how...

The day’s catch – Guide Steve Morris, Bob Schmidt, Justin Wolff and Eric Magnuson(kneeling) – Courtesy J. Kruse
I received a unique invitation last week to go trout fishing at a lake that doesn’t get a whole lot of press. The body of water in question is Long Lake, also known as Spokane Lake, an 18-mile reservoir northwest of Spokane bordered by Long Lake Dam and Nine Mile Falls Dam. The crew at Mack’s Lure...

Courtesy WDFW Razor Clams from the Washington Coast.
Razor Clams: Last year, between Covid-19 and unhealthy levels of a marine toxin called domoic acid, there was very little opportunity to harvest razor clams on the Southwest Washington coast. Last season’s loss is this year’s gain though in what is shaping up to be a banner year for razor clam...

Ted Beach caught this ten-pound walleye on the Lower Snake River near Lyons Ferry. Courtesy Ted Beach
The Columbia River from the Tri-Cities to Portland and the Snake River below Lower Goose Dam offer a world-class, trophy walleye fishery that draws anglers from all over the United States and Canada. These anglers are all hoping to catch a winter walleye that can weigh up to 20 pounds....

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