Progress slow on Columbia commercial fishing license buyback

By Allen Thomas January 29, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Columbia River reform policy calls for license reduction program, but agency director says it is "easier said than done''

Fishing report 1/29

By Allen Thomas January 29, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Six lakes stocked with trout to offer winter fishing opportunity; Bonneville pool sturgeon angling remains slow

States set spring chinook, smelt seasons

By Allen Thomas January 28, 2015 2:36 p.m.

Sport fishing in lower Columbia River projected to last until April 10 before early-season allocation is caught

Fishing report 1/22

By Allen Thomas January 22, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Sturgeon angling still slow in Bonneville pool of Columbia River; Merwin producing some kokanee

Commercial fishermen unhappy with Columbia River reforms

By Allen Thomas January 21, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Netters: Changes to benefit sportsmen waste salmon while hurting lower Columbia River economy

Columbia River fisheries reforms: A two-year report card

By Allen Thomas January 21, 2015 5:09 p.m.

State Fish and Wildlife Commission gets update on changes adopted in 2013 to prioritize sport fishing in the main river, boost off-channel opportunities for commercials

Fishing report 1/15

By Allen Thomas January 15, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Several Southwest Washington lakes stocked with rainbow trout to improve winter fishing opportunities

Lower Columbia Spring chinook allocation expected to last through April 10

By Allen Thomas January 14, 2015 8:31 p.m.

Salmon season downstream of Bonneville Dam anticipated to be similar to 2014

State optimistic about Columbia River smelt

By Allen Thomas January 14, 2015 8:23 p.m.

Washington, Oregon expected to adopt limited lower Cowlitz sport, lower Columbia commercial fishing seasons

Fishing report 1/8

By Allen Thomas January 8, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Sturgeon catches in Bonneville pool start slow; steelhead fishing good on Cowlitz River

Scarce backcountry snow limits winter recreation

By Allen Thomas January 2, 2015 5:47 p.m.

Rain beginning Sunday likely to make a bad situation worse for snowmobile riders, cross-country skiers and snowshoers in Southwest Washington

Fishing report 1/1

By Allen Thomas January 1, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Cold temperatures have local streams at low flow levels; Klineline Pond, Rowland Lake stocked with brood stock rainbow trout

A personal 'fun list' for 2015

By Allen Thomas December 31, 2014 5:47 p.m.

Here are a half dozen fishing, hunting, skiing and hiking outings that hopefully will be accomplished in the coming 12 months

Spring forecasts unveiled for Wind River, Drano Lake

By Allen Thomas December 31, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Mid-Columbia tributaries anticipated to get returns very similar to 2014's

Fall chinook, coho outlook encouraging for 2015

By Allen Thomas December 29, 2014 10:21 a.m.

General forecast calls for another huge fall chinook return in 2015, plus a decent year for coho

Fishing report 12/25

By Allen Thomas December 25, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Winter steelhead streams a bit high for fishing but likely to drop; trout stocked in Battle Ground Lake, Klineline Pond

States adopt winter sturgeon season for Bonneville pool

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 11:18 a.m.

Angling will be open daily Jan. 1 through March 1 or until catch guideline is filled, whichever comes first; winter success rates were poor in 2013, 2014

Spring chinook forecast: Mediocre outlook in Willamette, Cowlitz

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Kalama, Lewis rivers likely to have fishing restrictions again due to weak runs

Winter steelhead kelts make Swift Reservoir home

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Sportsmen occasionally catch fish which are attempting to recover and make another spawning run

Fishing report 12/18

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Coho count at Cowlitz Hatchery exceeds 100,000 for year; researchers capture handful of smelt in lower Cowlitz

Biologists optimistic about Columbia spring chinook run

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2014 7:01 p.m.

Forecast is for 232,500 spring salmon to enter Columbia headed for upstream of Bonneville Dam

Sturgeon population slowly improving in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2014 6:05 a.m.

State biologists estimate a 5 percent gain in 2014, the first year of no retention in sport or commercial fisheries between Bonneville Dam and the ocean

Fishing report 12/11

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Lacamas Lake stocked with 8,500 rainbow trout, while Klineline Pond got 3,100 trout

Washington eyes fishing license fee increases

By Allen Thomas December 9, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Some hunting costs might be reduced to encourage more participation, add revenue

Easy Christmas gift ideas for sportsmen

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Most of these suggestions are simple to find and won't drain your bank account

Fishing better than shopping on Black Friday

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Chunky trout in Klickitat County's Rowland Lake provide a nice conclusion to the angling year

Fishing report 12/04

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Researchers find a smattering of smelt in lower Cowlitz River this week

Mount Hood skiers mostly waiting on winter

By Allen Thomas November 27, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Ski areas on Oregon's tallest peak will be open for limited operations this weekend

Wish lists: Agencies seek state recreation grants

By Allen Thomas November 20, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Money would improve boat ramps, trail bridges and conserve wildlife habitat in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties

Fishing report 11/20

By Allen Thomas November 20, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake will reopen on Black Friday after being stocked by big rainbow trout

Fishing report 11/13

By Allen Thomas November 13, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Although it's getting deep into November, coho still biting well in Cowlitz, Lewis and Klickitat rivers

Columbia's coho bonanza stretched from coast to Idaho

By Allen Thomas November 6, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Sport catch in the lower Columbia River doubled the old record with a strong run likely next year again upstream of Bonneville Dam

Biologist: Land access fee bad for hunting, wildlife

By Allen Thomas November 6, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Weyerhaeuser's permit to use its lands in Southwest Washington undercuts the foundation of North American wildlife management

Fishing report 11/06

By Allen Thomas November 6, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Salmon action pretty much limited to Cowlitz, Lewis and Klickitat rivers

Not a typical elk season

By Allen Thomas October 30, 2014 6:06 a.m.

It is hard to predict how hunting in Southwest Washington will change with the debut of Weyerhaeuser's access fee to a big chunk of its local lands

Columbia River fishing report October 2014

By Allen Thomas October 30, 2014 6:05 a.m.

This year's strong coho salmon run has reached deep inland

Final commercial salmon fishing periods set

By Allen Thomas October 23, 2014 11:16 a.m.

Gillnet fleet will target on coho downstream of Woodland and chinook upstream as 2014 fishery draws to a close

Time spent in forest left many memories

By Allen Thomas October 23, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Vancouver man recalls working, living in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the mid-1950s, before many of the roads were built

Columbia River fishing report October 2014

By Allen Thomas October 23, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Coho still fueling decent catches in Cowlitz and North Fork Lewis rivers; Swift Reservoir slowing for trout but still producing limits

Local hatcheries to cut coho, steelhead releases

By Allen Thomas October 20, 2014 5:29 p.m.

Less federal money will result in fewer fish stocked in Kalama, Deep rivers, plus at Drano Lake

Columbia River fishing report October 2014

By Allen Thomas October 16, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Late-run coho providing action in a few locations in Columbia plus in Cowlitz River; Swift Reservoir still good for trout

A big year of Northwest fishing

By Allen Thomas October 16, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Ridgefield angler is out to see how many Northwest fish and shellfish species he can catch in 2014. His tally: 77 with two months remaining

Columbia River fishing report October 2014

By Allen Thomas October 9, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Coho offer late-season action at mouth of Cowlitz, Klickitat rivers; Swift Reservoir producing limits of trout

Mandatory hatchery steelhead retention proposed

By Allen Thomas October 9, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Regulation would apply to Southwest Washington tributaries

Pheasants losing ground in Eastern Washington

By Allen Thomas October 9, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Land-use changes over time have not been favorable for upland bird populations

Columbia coho run 26 percent larger than forecast

By Allen Thomas October 8, 2014 12:13 p.m.

Gillnetting for coho salmon downstream of Woodland starts on Thursday

Columbia River fishing report October 2014

By Allen Thomas October 2, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Coho fishing still so good at Buoy 10 that states increase daily limit to three adult fish

Shallow channel at Caterpillar Island slough challenges anglers

By Allen Thomas September 25, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Langsdorf Landing boat ramp to be closed Oct. 13-31 on Caterpillar Island slough to complete improvements to launch

Columbia River fishing report September 2014

By Allen Thomas September 25, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Chinook retention allowed again beginning Wednesday with arrival of Ocrtober

Out & About

By Allen Thomas September 25, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Items about volunteer trail work opportunities, the Vancouver Wildlife League meeting, Columbia River fishing proposals and a "free day'' at Washington state parks