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

Spring forecasts unveiled for Wind River, Drano Lake

By Allen Thomas December 31, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Mid-Columbia tributaries anticipated to get returns very similar to 2014's

Fall chinook, coho outlook encouraging for 2015

By Allen Thomas December 29, 2014 10:21 a.m.

General forecast calls for another huge fall chinook return in 2015, plus a decent year for coho

Fishing report 12/25

By Allen Thomas December 25, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Winter steelhead streams a bit high for fishing but likely to drop; trout stocked in Battle Ground Lake, Klineline Pond

States adopt winter sturgeon season for Bonneville pool

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 11:18 a.m.

Angling will be open daily Jan. 1 through March 1 or until catch guideline is filled, whichever comes first; winter success rates were poor in 2013, 2014

Spring chinook forecast: Mediocre outlook in Willamette, Cowlitz

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

Kalama, Lewis rivers likely to have fishing restrictions again due to weak runs

Winter steelhead kelts make Swift Reservoir home

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Sportsmen occasionally catch fish which are attempting to recover and make another spawning run

Fishing report 12/18

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Coho count at Cowlitz Hatchery exceeds 100,000 for year; researchers capture handful of smelt in lower Cowlitz

Biologists optimistic about Columbia spring chinook run

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2014 7:01 p.m.

Forecast is for 232,500 spring salmon to enter Columbia headed for upstream of Bonneville Dam

Sturgeon population slowly improving in lower Columbia

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

State biologists estimate a 5 percent gain in 2014, the first year of no retention in sport or commercial fisheries between Bonneville Dam and the ocean

Fishing report 12/11

By Allen Thomas December 11, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Lacamas Lake stocked with 8,500 rainbow trout, while Klineline Pond got 3,100 trout

Washington eyes fishing license fee increases

By Allen Thomas December 9, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Some hunting costs might be reduced to encourage more participation, add revenue

Easy Christmas gift ideas for sportsmen

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Most of these suggestions are simple to find and won't drain your bank account

Fishing better than shopping on Black Friday

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Chunky trout in Klickitat County's Rowland Lake provide a nice conclusion to the angling year

Fishing report 12/04

By Allen Thomas December 4, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Researchers find a smattering of smelt in lower Cowlitz River this week

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