Chinook run in Columbia falls 17 percent short of forecast

By Allen Thomas September 18, 2014 4:51 p.m.

Additional gillnetting on hold until more data from this week's commercial catch analyzed

Columbia River fishing report September 2014

By Allen Thomas September 18, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Coho fishing remains very good at Buoy 10 still with anglers averaging more than two fish per rod on Tuesday

Memories from time spent in wilderness

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

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Wilderness Act, 30th anniversary of Washington state wilderness bill

Columbia chinook run big, but not a record

By Allen Thomas September 11, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Gillnetting resumes Sunday night between Woodland and Beacon Rock

Fishing report 9/11

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

Coho fishing at Buoy 10 has been good, weather permitting; chinook angling in lower Columbia improving

Fishing report 8/21

By Allen Thomas August 21, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Buoy 10 catch is improving, but expect long waits trying to launch a boat, especially this weekend

Allen Thomas: Website created to survey lower Columbia anglers

By Allen Thomas August 14, 2014 6 a.m.

A Vancouver angler has created a new website — — to survey sportsmen regarding their wishes for lower Columbia River fishing regulations.

Vancouver sportsman creates website to survey fishermen

By Allen Thomas August 9, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Online site asks questions regarding spring, summer, fall angling regulation preferences for the lower Columbia River

Fishing report 8/7

By Allen Thomas August 7, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Chinook catch off to a decent start at Buoy 10, but salmon angling slow elsewhere in the lower Columbia River

The reality of the Chinook trail

By Allen Thomas August 6, 2014 5:52 p.m.

Trio of long-distance hikers walk for 11 days encircling the Columbia River Gorge roughly following the concept of the Chinook Trail

Fishing report 7/31

By Allen Thomas July 31, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Steelhead clip rate still less than 50 percent in the lower Columbia River, according to Washington sampling data

Tribes air issues with non-Indian sport, commercial fisheries

By Allen Thomas July 31, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Treaty Indian representative criticizes several aspects of management in lower Columbia River

Reel thrills: Buoy 10 salmon season open

By Allen Thomas July 30, 2014 6:14 p.m.

Fall salmon fishing is expected to be very good as more than 2 million chinook and coho are forecast to enter the Columbia River

Fishing report 7/24

By Allen Thomas July 24, 2014 6:03 a.m.

One more week of steelhead fishing before the fall salmon rules apply on Aug. 1; Merwin Resevoir stocked with chunky trout

Money sought to rebuild Battle Ground Lake boat dock

By Allen Thomas July 24, 2014 6:02 a.m.

State parks agency hopes for $517,000 grant to make improvements

Out & About

By Allen Thomas July 24, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Items about a boating safety class on Saturday, a meeting on Tuesday to adopt commercial fishing periods and a proposed increase in the price of a federal duck stamp

Bluff Mountain trail: Big views, wildflowers galore

By Allen Thomas July 23, 2014 6:59 p.m.

The least-used of the major routes to Silver Star Mountain in Southwest Washington is the most spectacular

Fishing report 7/17

By Allen Thomas July 17, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Summer steelhead fishing improving in lower Columbia, but only 43 percent of catch last week was fin-clipped

Catching salmon the easy way

By Allen Thomas July 16, 2014 6:49 p.m.

Charter boats off Columbia River mouth having a good season as coho are plentiful this summer

Fishing report 7/10

By Allen Thomas July 10, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Anglers get a rare chance to keep a sturgeon Friday and Saturday in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River

Big lake, big loop: Coldwater Lake hike

By Allen Thomas July 10, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Three trails combine for a 10.1-mile hiker around Coldwater Lake on the north side of Mount St. Helens

Camping sites under consideration at Coldwater Lake

By Allen Thomas July 10, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Seven potential locations have been identified by the Forest Service near water's edge

Summer chinook season to reopen in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas July 9, 2014 4:04 p.m.

Anglers between Astoria Bridge and Bonneville Dam can resume fishing on Friday; two nights of gillnetting also approved

Fishing report 7/3

By Allen Thomas July 3, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Summer chinook anglers get four more days in lower Columbia; Council Lake near Mount Adams stocked with rainbow trout

Summer outings: Six fun tasks to accomplish by Labor Day

By Allen Thomas July 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Here's a bucket list to complete outdoors during the good weather of July and August

Summer chinook season extended in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas July 1, 2014 4:46 p.m.

Anglers can keep adult hatchery chinook from Thursday through Sunday; four more days of sturgeon retention approved for Bonneville pool

Fishing report 6/26

By Allen Thomas June 26, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Summer chinook mark rate only 40 percent; states meet Tuesday to consider salmon-fishing extension in Columbia

State offers new information for warm-water anglers

By Allen Thomas June 26, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Incidental catch data from pikeminnow program provides insight to Columbia, Snake locations with bass, panfish, walleye

State expects to euthanize crippled elk

By Allen Thomas June 25, 2014 4:32 p.m.

Elk in Southwest Washington showing severe symptoms of crippling hoof disease likely will be euthanized, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says.

Fishing report 6/19

By Allen Thomas June 19, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Anglers get final shot at Bonneville pool sturgeon; Swift Reservoir producing lots of trout

Finally, new trails for motorized recreation

By Allen Thomas June 12, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Seven years after planning began, new motorcycle, quad and four-wheel-drive routes are being built in the Yacolt Burn State Forest

Fishing report 6/12

By Allen Thomas June 12, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Anglers get unusual chance to retain a sturgeon as Bonneville pool is open on Friday and Saturday

Abandoned fawns are rarely orphans

By Allen Thomas June 12, 2014 6:02 a.m.

State wildlife police officer says helping young deer almost always is a mistake

Sportsmen feud over wild summer chinook release in Columbia

By Allen Thomas June 11, 2014 2:44 p.m.

Some anglers ask states to allow retention of wild salmon in season that opens Monday

Hundred hues of green

By Allen Thomas June 5, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Siouxon Creek trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest offers waterfalls, deep woods atmosphere yet is relatively close to the urban area

Fishing report: Swift Reservoir stocked with 50,000 rainbow

By Allen Thomas June 5, 2014 6:03 a.m.

State stocks 50,000 rainbow trout in Swift Reservoir for Saturday's opener

Out & About

By Allen Thomas June 5, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Items about fishing clinics for summer chinook and steelhead, registration for Merwin Special Kids Day and cross-country skiing this weekend at Mount Hood Meadows

Fishing report: Spring chinook success continues to wane

By Allen Thomas May 29, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Shad numbers building as spring chinook angling fades in lower Columbia River.

Out & About

By Allen Thomas May 29, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Items about National Get Outdoors Day on June 14, help needed to build trails in Southwest Washington and campground openings at Mount Rainier National Park

Spring chinook retention to reopen in Columbia Gorge

By Allen Thomas May 27, 2014 2:46 p.m.

States transfer surplus allocation from lower Columbia upstream to reopen fishing on Saturday between Bonneville Dam and Washington-Oregon border

State unveils plan to combat elk hoof disease

By Allen Thomas May 23, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Affliction started in Cowlitz River basin and has spread to Willapa Hills, Lewis County, Clark County

Spring trips in the Gifford Pinchot forest

By Allen Thomas May 22, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Here are a dozen suggested outings for Memorial Day weekend in the local national forest

Columbia Gorge makes top 100 bass list

By Allen Thomas May 15, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Bassmaster Magazine touts Hood River-to-The Dalles stretch, but good luck finding a day when the wind isn't blowing

Fishing report 5/15

By Allen Thomas May 15, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Chinook retention reopens today and should continue daily through June 30 in lower Columbia

Lower Columbia spring chinook angling reopens Thursday

By Allen Thomas May 13, 2014 12:37 p.m.

Retention will continue uninterrupted until late June; boat restriction lifted between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam

Where the Columbia spring chinook bit best

By Allen Thomas May 8, 2014 6:05 a.m.

State angler sampling shows some areas produce chinook much better than others

Fishing report 5/8

By Allen Thomas May 8, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Columbia River streamflow is up for Friday-Saturday spring chinook reopener

Lower Columbia reopens Friday, Saturday for spring chinook

By Allen Thomas May 6, 2014 1:53 p.m.

Anglers to get two more days, although boaters limited to downstream of Rooster Rock

Spring chinook, Columbia Gorge style

By Allen Thomas May 1, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Guide offers advice for anglers wanting to catch salmon at the mouth of Wind River or Drano Lake in Skamania County

Fishing report 5/1

By Allen Thomas May 1, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Success rates improve at Wind River and Drano Lake; Battle Ground Lake, Klineline Pond get more trout