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Smelt season to be proposed

Washington and Oregon officials are expected to proposed limited sport and commercial fishing for smelt when the Columbia River Compact meets Wednesday. The session begins at 10 a.m. at the Clark […]

Outdoor events calendar

Feb. 5 — Vancouver Wildlife League, 7 p.m., Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd., Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator, discuss spring chinook fishing seasons. Feb. 5-9 — […]

Cross-country skiing update

There's very little snow in the woods so far this winter except at the higher elevations. On Sunday, I had to go to Teacup Lake, which is about 4,500 feet on […]

So many shad

With so many shad in the Columbia River each year, Brad Smith of Bellingham, vice chairman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, asked at Saturday’s meeting if the Department […]

The elusive walleye

For decades, I'd been trying to catch a walleye in the Columbia River. I'd netted them for my neighbor on the Oregon side of Government Island and on Ough Reef at […]

Guesses on cause of elk hoof rot

The hoof disease afflicting Southwest Washington elk most likely is caused by a bacteria, says the assistant director for wildlife of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Currently, our best […]

Merwin kokanee on Black Friday

ARIEL — Hearing there had been a decent kokanee bite at Merwin Reservoir recently, but not really believing it, I decided to check it out on Black Friday. Normally, I stop […]

Hunting camps photo contest

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for photographs of hunting camps for the cover of the 2014 big-game pamphlet. Submissions are due by March 1. Photos […]

How long for no sturgeon retention?

Sturgeon retention will not be allowed in the lower Columbia River in 2014. That's not news, but it begs the question: Is the non-retention rule a one-year deal? "It hasn't been discussed,'' […]

Swift Reservoir trout fishing

Saturday at Swift Reservoir most likely was closing day of the 2013 fishing season for me. I might try pulling Wiggle Warts for coho at Lady Island, or for steelhead […]

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