Chinook retention at Buoy 10 closed starting Saturday

By Allen Thomas August 27, 2015 5:31 p.m.

Exceptional fishing has resulted in a sport catch well over the allocation for the popular season just inside the Columbia River

State to buy more land along Merrill Lake

By Allen Thomas August 26, 2015 11:12 p.m.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been awarded a $1.06 million grant to buy additional land along the north shore of Merrill Lake in Cowlitz County.

New rules await goose hunters

By Allen Thomas August 26, 2015 11:12 p.m.

There will be no dusky Canada goose season in Southwest Washington this year and check stations for goose hunters are being eliminated.

Wapiki Lake, Lemei Rock trail a climb, but worth the effort

By Allen Thomas August 20, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Route on east side of Indian Heaven Wilderness makes for a nice day trip or overnighter

Columbia River fishing report August 2015

By Allen Thomas August 20, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Buoy 10 anglers are doing well; interest in fall chinook picking up in lower Columbia

Upper North Lewis coho reintroduction scaled back a bit

By Allen Thomas August 20, 2015 6:01 a.m.

This fall, transport of adult fish upstream of Swift Dam will be cut from 9,000 to 7,500

State proposes no limits on lower Columbia bass, walleye catch

By Allen Thomas August 13, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Meeting scheduled Monday in Vancouver will take comment on eliminating size and bag limits for two popular warmwater species

States adopt lower Columbia seine salmon fisheries

By Allen Thomas August 11, 2015 3:08 p.m.

Six beach seiners and four purse seiners will begin fishing in late August with individual quotas and mandatory observers

Buoy 10 salmon frenzy ramping up

By Allen Thomas August 6, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Best tides for angling in Columbia River estuary this season fall on weekends

Columbia River fishing report August 2015

By Allen Thomas August 6, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Buoy 10 salmon season off to good start, particularly for coho; Drano Lake producing lots of wild steelhead

Columbia River's bass-fishing ranking slips

By Allen Thomas July 23, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Columbia Gorge goes from No. 14 in 2014 to No. 53 this year in Bassmaster.com national ratings

Columbia River fishing report July 2015

By Allen Thomas July 23, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Warm water, low streamflows making angling tough for salmon, steelhead in lower Columbia

States close all sturgeon fishing in Columbia upstream of Bonneville Dam

By Allen Thomas July 16, 2015 3:34 p.m.

Spawning-size fish found dead in Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day and McNary pools with water temperatures eight degrees warmer than normal

Columbia River fishing report July 2015

By Allen Thomas July 16, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Summer chinook counts at Bonneville Dam at record highs as fish finally move out of Columbia estuary

Swift Reservoir boat ramp expected to stay dry for months

By Allen Thomas July 15, 2015 5:05 p.m.

Water level is now 28 feet below full pool leaving ramp at Swift Forest Camp needing at least three feet before being usable again

Kalama River steelhead management in flux

By Allen Thomas July 9, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Recycling of hatchery-origin steelhead ends in lower river; state getting money to renovate adult fish-handling facilities

Columbia River fishing report July 2015

By Allen Thomas July 9, 2015 6:02 a.m.

High lakes on west side of Mount Adams stocked with rainbow trout; warm water temperatures slowing salmon, steelhead bite in lower Columbia

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