Four suggestions for summer forest fun

By Allen Thomas July 2, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Spirit Lake, Council Bluff and Lewis River trails are superb hikes, while huckleberries are a tasty treat

Columbia River fishing report July 2015

By Allen Thomas July 2, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Columbia Gorge sturgeon anglers get final chance for a keeper this weekend; summer chinook season extended through July 31 with a wild fish added to daily bag limit

States extend Columbia summer chinook season

By Allen Thomas June 30, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Run will be at least 16 percent larger than initial forecast; wild chinook allowed in bag limit beginning Friday

Swift Reservoir boat ramp to be unusable soon

By Allen Thomas June 25, 2015 10:55 a.m.

Dropping reservoir levels on North Fork Lewis River has Beaver Bay ramp dry now, Swift by Fourth of July weekend

Gifford Pinchot forest's most scenic spot?

By Allen Thomas June 25, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Packwood Lake is a contender for the most beautiful location in Southwest Washington's national forest

Columbia River fishing report June 2015

By Allen Thomas June 25, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Bonneville pool sturgeon retention open again this weekend; Washington and Oregon to review summer chinook salmon fishery at meeting on Tuesday

Session Thursday to discuss changes to Kalama steelhead management

By Allen Thomas June 22, 2015 5:14 p.m.

A public meeting to explain changes designed to reduce the number of hatchery-origin summer steelhead in the upper Kalama River will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd.

Columbia River fishing report June 2015

By Allen Thomas June 18, 2015 6:03 a.m.

First of three sturgeon retention periods begins Friday in Bonneville pool of Columbia River

Spring chinook woes persist on North Fork Lewis River

By Allen Thomas June 18, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Weak salmon return will slow efforts to reestablish fish upstream of Swift Dam

Pikeminnow reward program reaches age 25

By Allen Thomas June 11, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Sportsmen paid bounty to catch predator of young salmon, steelhead in Columbia and Snake rivers

Top pikeminnow anglers fish seriously

By Allen Thomas June 11, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Earnings leaders pursue their quarry with the zeal of tournament fishermen

Columbia River fishing report June 2015

By Allen Thomas June 4, 2015 6:06 a.m.

Swift Reservoir opens Saturday; no fishing licenses required in Washington and Oregon this weekend

Trout battle: Anglers compete on Coldwater Lake

By Allen Thomas June 4, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Fishermen compare flies versus hardware to see who can catch the most fish from scenic lake north of Mount St. Helens

States liberalize Columbia River spring chinook limit

By Allen Thomas June 1, 2015 4:25 p.m.

Biologists upgrade run forecast to 271,000; allow two adult chinook in daily bag

North Lewis fish pond problem: Too much iron

By Allen Thomas May 28, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Muddy River spring chinook acclimation channel can't be used in salmon reintroduction effort

Boat fishing for chinook to open between Beacon Rock, Bonneville

By Allen Thomas May 26, 2015 3:42 p.m.

Spring salmon fishing also to reopen in mid-Columbia pools; netters to fish in lower Columbia on Wednesday night

Low-snow winter means early start to summer recreation season

By Allen Thomas May 21, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Most of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is free of snow, with campgrounds open and trails available for hiking

Columbia River fishing report May 2015

By Allen Thomas May 21, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Canyon Creek, Little White Salmon River open Saturday; kokanee bite begins at Yale Reservoir; spring chinook angling perks along in lower Columbia

Drought puts Lewis reservoir boat ramps at risk

By Allen Thomas May 20, 2015 6:41 p.m.

If water levels keep dropping, the ramps on Merwin, Yale and Swift reservoirs will be dry and boating will end

Salmon, steelhead recolonizing upper North Fork Lewis River

By Allen Thomas May 14, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Fish trucked and released into upper watershed seem to be homing in on a few favored spots instead of scattering widely

Columbia River fishing report May 14

By Allen Thomas May 14, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Spring chinook, summer steelhead retention reopens Saturday in lower Columbia; kokanee fishing good at Merwin Reservoir

Columbia River fishing report May 7

By Allen Thomas May 7, 2015 6:06 a.m.

Spring chinook salmon retention will be allowed Saturday in the lower Columbia River

Spring chinook fishing to be open Saturday in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas May 5, 2015 4:26 p.m.

States also extend salmon retention through Sunday between Bonneville Dam and Washington-Oregon border

Spring chinook season to reopen for weekend in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas April 30, 2015 2:28 p.m.

Sport fishermen will get to fish on Saturday and Sunday; commercials to net on Monday

Columbia River fishing report April 30

By Allen Thomas April 30, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Huge spring chinook counts at Bonneville Dam should bode well for anglers at Wind, Klickitat rivers plus Drano Lake; Goose Lake to be planted on Monday

New trails await in Columbia Gorge

By Allen Thomas April 29, 2015 4:39 p.m.

Slightly more than 6 miles ready for hikers, horsemen, bikers at Dalles Mountain Ranch in Columbia Hills State Park

Free events scheduled Saturday at Columbia Hills State Park

By Allen Thomas April 29, 2015 4:17 p.m.

Tours, guided hikes, horseback outing and more planned at park along Columbia River in Klickitat County

Columbia River fishing report April 23

By Allen Thomas April 23, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Barbed hooks will be allowed beginning Friday in the Wind River and Drano Lake

Full chinook season planned for Buoy 10

By Allen Thomas April 23, 2015 6:04 a.m.

States anticipate retention of any chinook will be allowed through Labor Day in popular fishery at mouth of Columbia River

Summer chinook fishing to open June 16 in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas April 23, 2015 6:03 a.m.

States reject request to allow retention of unmarked fish at start of season

Woodland man to begin Pacific Crest Trail journey on Friday

By Allen Thomas April 22, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Morgen Glessing, a BYU student, plans to average 25 miles per day and reach the Washington-Oregon border by early August

Five local waters stocked with trout for 'opener'

By Allen Thomas April 22, 2015 4:57 p.m.

Swift power canal, Kidney Lake in Skamania County; Rowland, Horsethief, Spearfish lakes in Klickitat County open on Saturday

Wildlife agency choices: Budget cuts or fee increases

By Allen Thomas April 16, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Department of Fish and Wildlife wrestling with how to deal with $10 million shortage in 2015-17 biennium

Columbia River fishing report April 16

By Allen Thomas April 16, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Spring chinook effort will shift to lower Willamette, Columbia Gorge after today's lower Columbia finale

Columbia River fishing report April 9

By Allen Thomas April 9, 2015 6:09 a.m.

Spring chinook salmon season open today, Friday, Saturday and April 16 in lower Columbia River, then closed until run size update

Hand-casting rule adopted for salmon bank fishermen in Bonneville pool

By Allen Thomas April 9, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Shore anglers near Drano Lake have been using floating devices to take their gear far out into Columbia River

Summer sturgeon retention dates set for Bonneville pool

By Allen Thomas April 9, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Sportsmen can keep legal-size fish for nine days in late June, early July

Commercials to fish Tuesday in lower Columbia River

By Allen Thomas April 6, 2015 2:12 p.m.

Each vessel will be limited to eight spring chinook salmon; decision due Wednesday on sport-fishing extension

Columbia River fishing report April 2

By Allen Thomas April 2, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Spring chinook season scheduled to close April 11, so it's time to hit the water hard now

Netters to fish lower Columbia River on Tuesday

By Allen Thomas March 30, 2015 4:08 p.m.

Commercial fleet to get seven hours between coast and Beacon Rock to catch prized spring chinook salmon

Back to barbed hooks at Wind River, Drano Lake?

By Allen Thomas March 26, 2015 6:05 a.m.

State considers reverting in proposed 2015-16 regulations; hand-casting from shore may be required in lower Bonneville pool

Columbia River fishing report 3/26

By Allen Thomas March 26, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Fishing interest builds for spring chinook salmon, but catch rate remains meager

Lower Columbia sturgeon retention not quite dead yet

By Allen Thomas March 19, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Washington prepares options for a limited season in mid-May to mid-June in estuary

Columbia River fishing report 3/19

By Allen Thomas March 19, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Spring chinook catches slowly improving, but Columbia downstream of Cowlitz River mouth is muddy

Columbia River fishing report 3/12

By Allen Thomas March 12, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Fishing effort is building for spring chinook salmon, but lower Columbia catch remain slow

Wildlife League seeks change in summer chinook fishing rules

By Allen Thomas March 12, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Local group wants to see retention of unclipped fish in late June fishery in lower Columbia River

No snow, gated roads provide unique forest cycling opportunities

By Allen Thomas March 11, 2015 6:14 p.m.

Several major Gifford Pinchot National Forest roads will remain off-limits to motor vehicles for three more weeks, allowing cyclist sto ride without concern about traffic

Fishing report 3/5

By Allen Thomas March 5, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Spring chinook run appears a bit earlier than normal; smelt dipping open Saturday in Sandy River; kokanee fishing poor at Merwin

Monster fall chinook return expected for Columbia River

By Allen Thomas March 4, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Third largest run on record expected back in 2015, however need to protect lower river fish might restrict seasons somewhat

North Lewis River smolt shortage prompts questions

By Allen Thomas February 25, 2015 10:33 p.m.

ARIEL — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife expects to be short about 55,000 young spring chinook for release in the North Fork of the Lewis River this fall and next spring.