Spring chinook outlook encouraging for Wind, Drano Lake

By Allen Thomas January 23, 2014 6:08 a.m.

Salmon returns to Columbia Gorge tributaries expected to improve in 2014

Lower Columbia spring chinook fishing projected to stay open through April 7

By Allen Thomas January 23, 2014 6:08 a.m.

States will adopt angling regulations for Columbia downstream of Bonneville Dam on Wednesday in Vancouver

Cathlamet Channel net pens rearing spring chinook

By Allen Thomas January 23, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Channel at Puget Island to be tried as commercial salmon fishing location

Out & About

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

Items about the closure of Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls and a spring chinook salmon fishing derby on April 5

Fishing report 1/16

By Allen Thomas January 16, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Sturgeon retention closed beginning Monday in Bonneville pool of Columbia River

Anglers still lobbying for lower Columbia sturgeon retention

By Allen Thomas January 16, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Both Washington, Oregon fish and wildlife commissions being asked for a season similar to 2013

Forest cabin rentals caught in process limbo

By Allen Thomas January 16, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Popular guard stations, lookouts can't be made available for overnight stays until federal issues resolved

Out & About

By Allen Thomas January 16, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Items about boater safety classes in Vancouver, opening of Multorpor chairlift at Mount Hood Skibowl, a free winter steelhead fishing clinic and the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club meeting

Fishing report 1/9

By Allen Thomas January 9, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville pool of the mid-Columbia got off to the slow start

No consensus on Columbia spring chinook sharing

By Allen Thomas January 9, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Lower Columbia anglers not interested in shifting more catch to Columbia Gorge, lower Snake River

Out & About

By Allen Thomas January 9, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Items about reporting Washington hunting activity and Oregon's expanding parking fees to additional wildlife areas

Fishing report 1/2

By Allen Thomas January 2, 2014 6:15 a.m.

Winter steelhead angling is slow as hatchery returns lag; trout stocked in Lacamas, Icehouse and Little Ash lakes

Mount St. Helens, Willapa elk are homebodies

By Allen Thomas January 1, 2014 11:45 p.m.

Veteran state wildlife biologist says local herds do not migrate much

2013 in review: Year for gridiron greatness

By Paul Danzer , Erik Gundersen , Greg Jayne , Allen Thomas and Paul Valencia December 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey looked up at the scoreboard, saw the big lights, and it was all so real. The Papermakers were up by 13 points, late in the fourth quarter.

Anglers may lose portion of Buoy 10 area

By Allen Thomas December 26, 2013 6:08 a.m.

Proposal would close sport-fishing inside the green buoy line at Astoria between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15 to get chinook, coho through to commercial area in Youngs Bay

Fishing report 12/26

By Allen Thomas December 26, 2013 6:04 a.m.

Sturgeon retention opens Wednesday in Bonneville pool of Columbia River; steelhead catches best in Cowlitz, Washougal

Out & About

By Allen Thomas December 26, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Items about the Vancouver Wildlife League meeting, master hunter permit program, proposed federal duck stamp fee increase, elk decline in Idaho and a proposed hunting and fishing license fee increase in Idaho

Hope persists for shelter replacement

By Allen Thomas December 25, 2013 4:25 p.m.

Forest Service says it has not given up on a getting a new warming hut at Marble Mountain Sno-Park more than two years after fire destroyed popular structure

States eye allowing limited resumption of smelt fishing

By Allen Thomas December 19, 2013 6:08 a.m.

Goal would be to gather annual information about strength of lower Columbia return

So-so spring chinook forecast for Willamette

By Allen Thomas December 19, 2013 6:06 a.m.

Outlook not encouraging for Kalama or North Fork Lewis rivers in Southwest Washington

Fishing report 12/19

By Allen Thomas December 19, 2013 6:05 a.m.

State sampling shows boaters faring well for steelhead on Washougal River

Out & About

By Allen Thomas December 19, 2013 6:03 a.m.

Items about the Portland Boat Show, a state survey about wildlife issues and a warning about mice poisons killing wildlife

Fishing report 12/12

By Allen Thomas December 12, 2013 6:05 a.m.

Lacamas, Battle Ground lakes, plus Klineline Pond, stocked with rainbow trout

Split sturgeon season set for Bonneville pool

By Allen Thomas December 12, 2013 6:04 a.m.

Anglers will a chance to keep a fish in early to mid-January and again, briefly, in June

Out & About

By Allen Thomas December 12, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Items about a boater safety class, slides on Columbia Gorge trails, the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club meeting and night skiing at Mount Hood Meadows

State asked to relent on sturgeon retention ban

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2013 4:21 p.m.

Ilwaco charter operator seeks a repeat of the 2013 fishing season

State: Lower Columbia sturgeon "creeping back''

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2013 4:06 p.m.

Population estimate between ocean and Bonneville Dam up for the second year in a row

Steelhead gene bank on East Fork Lewis gets support

By Allen Thomas December 6, 2013 4:07 p.m.

Proposal to end hatchery releases in the popular Clark County stream to benefit wild fish gets warm response

Improved spring chinook run forecast for Columbia

By Allen Thomas December 5, 2013 4:47 p.m.

Biologists predict 227,000 spring salmon will enter the Columbia headed for mid- and upper Columbia, plus Snake, rivers

Group wants action on elk hoof disease

By Allen Thomas December 5, 2013 6:05 a.m.

Advisers tell Department of Fish and Wildlife that letting the affliction run its course in Southwest Washington is not acceptable

Fishing report 12/5

By Allen Thomas December 5, 2013 6:04 a.m.

Winter steelhead checked in Cowlitz, Kalama, Washougal rivers; Merwin Reservoir still yields a few kokanee

Out & About

By Allen Thomas December 5, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Items about ski conditions at Mount Hood resorts, state grants for fish and wildlife projects and a request for photographs of hunting camps

A steelhead biology lesson

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2013 8:33 p.m.

Winter fish generally outcompete summer-runs over evolutionary timescales

A bit more snow, please

By Allen Thomas November 28, 2013 6:06 a.m.

Mount Hood ski areas are open, but with limited operations this weekend

Fishing report 11/28

By Allen Thomas November 28, 2013 6:03 a.m.

Hatchery steelhead showing up in North Fork Lewis, Washougal rivers; several regulation changes coming on Monday

Gorge anglers anticipate metro influx for Bonneville pool sturgeon

By Allen Thomas November 27, 2013 3:11 p.m.

Reservoir upstream of Bonneville Dam will be open for sturgeon retention in January, while lower Columbia River stays closed

Fishing report 11/21

By Allen Thomas November 21, 2013 6:03 a.m.

Researchers in Columbia River near Kalama catch a very early-returning smelt

North Fork Lewis gets huge fall chinook return

By Allen Thomas November 21, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Spawning count will exceed 30,000 wild salmon

Out & About

By Allen Thomas November 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Items about sturgeon fishing in Bonneville pool, a boater safety class on Saturday, re-routing Cape Horn trail and a new segment of the scenic Columbia Gorge Highway in Oregon

Eagle Creek trail good for all seasons

By Allen Thomas November 20, 2013 5:50 p.m.

Hike in the Columbia River Gorge is great during the winter months, too

Seines may need sport-fishing closures in Columbia

By Allen Thomas November 20, 2013 4:17 p.m.

Fall angling may be shut down some days to avoid conflicts with commercials

Fishing report 11/14

By Allen Thomas November 14, 2013 6:04 a.m.

There's still some action at the mouth of the Klickitat River, plus in the North Fork Lewis and Cowlitz rivers for late-stock coho

Out & About

By Allen Thomas November 14, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Items about a winter steelhead fishing seminar, the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club meeting, the Ski and Snowboard Show, conifer sapling removal in the Sawtooth berryfields and a wilderness conference next spring in Trout Lake

States end Sno-Park reciprocity

By Allen Thomas November 13, 2013 5:47 p.m.

Washington, Oregon programs have grown different since initial agreement in 1978

Fishing report 11/07

By Allen Thomas November 7, 2013 6:03 a.m.

It's a bit of a slow time between fall salmon fishing and the arrival of winter steelhead

Out & About

By Allen Thomas November 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Items about a winter steelhead fishing seminar, Christmas tree permits for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and state acquisition of wildlife habitat in central Washington

Salmon Creek eyed for larger winter steelhead release

By Allen Thomas November 6, 2013 5:58 p.m.

Urban stream may be stocked with more fish if hatchery steelhead are eliminated from the East Fork of the Lewis River to benefit wild fish

Hoof rot in local elk thought likely to persist

By Allen Thomas October 30, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Hoof disease in Southwest Washington elk most likely is here to stay.

Elk hunting to open on Saturday

By Allen Thomas October 30, 2013 11:13 p.m.

An estimated 15,000 hunters will head to the woods on Saturday for the start of elk season in Southwest Washington, hoping to be part of the small percentage who bag a bull.

Fishing report 10/24

By Allen Thomas October 24, 2013 6:05 a.m.

Salmon still around in North Fork Lewis and at Klickitat mouth; Swift yields trout, resident salmon; coho run downgraded