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.

Outdoorsman happy to take the lead

By Allen Thomas February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

By his very rough calculations, Lehman Holder is approaching 1,000 trips in his lifetime as an outings leader for the Sierra Club — about 400 of those in Southwest Washington during the past 15 years.

Klickitat rail-to-trail features winter eagles

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

Lower two miles of the route from Lyle to Fisher HIll Bridge a nice location to jumpstart the hiking season

Fishing report 2/19

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

Mild weather, early bite by kokanee results in lots of angling effort at Merwin Reservoir

Guide masters Merwin's kokanee in winter

By Allen Thomas February 12, 2015 6:10 a.m.

Tasty fish can be challenging to find and catch in winter and early spring months

Fishing report 2/12

By Allen Thomas February 12, 2015 6:06 a.m.

Cowlitz River open again for smelt dipping on Saturday morning; first spring chinook counted this week at Bonneville Dam

Volunteers sought to survey elk for hoof disease

By Allen Thomas February 11, 2015 4:13 p.m.

Citizen scientists will drive in March and April though 10 Southwest Washington counties to record the total number of elk and the ones showing signs of the crippling affliction

Another strong coho run forecast for Columbia

By Allen Thomas February 10, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Although not as many fish as 2014, coho should provide for good sport-fishing opportunities

Fishing report 2/5

By Allen Thomas February 5, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Dippers hope to have success Saturday, the first of two scheduled open days in the Cowlitz River

Summer chinook fishing proposals split anglers

By Allen Thomas February 5, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Bi-state Columbia River fishing advisers disagree over retention of unmarked salmon in late June, July

Vancouver Wildlife League tries new approach

By Allen Thomas February 4, 2015 7:05 p.m.

Local hunting, fishing, conservation group has a booth at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show for the first time this year

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