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

States set more commercial fishing time in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas September 24, 2014 12:59 p.m.

Gillnetters to fish nine nights between Woodland and Beacon Rock, plus five days of tangle netting downstream of Warrior Rock

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 — www.theanglersvoice.com — 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