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Fishing report: Jan. 14

January 13, 2021, 8:58pm Outdoors

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Jan. 12. Read story

A wild Idaho Salmon River steelhead is netted and released in the Salmon River in Idaho. A group convened by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to find consensus ways to bolster faltering salmon and steelhead has released a report encouraging habitat restoration and collaboration but steering clear of dam breaching.

Idaho group recommends ways to bolster salmon, steelhead

A wild Idaho Salmon River steelhead is netted and released in the Salmon River in Idaho. A group convened by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to find consensus ways to bolster faltering salmon and steelhead has released a report encouraging habitat restoration and collaboration but steering clear of dam breaching.

January 6, 2021, 6:00am Northwest

BOISE, Idaho — A group brought together by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to find ways to bolster faltering salmon and steelhead populations has agreed to encourage habitat restoration but avoided making a decision about breaching dams. Read story

Scenes along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge on March 22, 2016.

Eagle Creek Trail reopens more than 3 years after Columbia Gorge fire

Scenes along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge on March 22, 2016.

January 4, 2021, 9:12am Latest News

More than three years after the devastating Eagle Creek fire, the trail where the blaze began is now back open to hikers. Read story

Surfers and beachgoers take a path to Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.

Rise of the rookie hikers: The pandemic pushed a new wave of people outside, for better or worse

Surfers and beachgoers take a path to Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.

January 4, 2021, 6:00am Latest News

When it came to hiking, Jordan Bishop always wondered what the fuss was about. A Toronto native, he didn’t grow up with much nature close at hand, at least not as glorious and as alluring as the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Read story

Columbia River Gorge trails reopened after 2017 wildfire

January 1, 2021, 4:51pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — The new year has brought a new beginning for some of the most famous trails in the Columbia River Gorge. Read story

Lake Washington sockeye hit record low, another signature Seattle fish at brink of extinction

January 1, 2021, 9:31am Northwest

They are as Seattle as the Space Needle. But Lake Washington sockeye, once the largest run of sockeye in the Lower 48, are failing. Read story

Sturgeon retention seasons in the reservoir pools above Bonneville Dam open Friday, and will stay open until the quotas are met. Populations above the dam have not been as negatively affected by sea lion predation as the stocks in the lower Columbia River.

Stable sturgeon populations await anglers upstream of Bonneville Dam

Sturgeon retention seasons in the reservoir pools above Bonneville Dam open Friday, and will stay open until the quotas are met. Populations above the dam have not been as negatively affected by sea lion predation as the stocks in the lower Columbia River.

December 30, 2020, 6:18pm Outdoors

The first Columbia River sturgeon retention seasons of the year will open up in the reservoir pools above Bonneville Dam starting Friday. These fisheries take advantage of stable sturgeon populations that have not been decimated by sea lions, as is the case below Bonneville Dam. Read story

The view along the Icicle River Trail Nordic ski trail in Leavenworth.

5 options for cross-country skiing

The view along the Icicle River Trail Nordic ski trail in Leavenworth.

December 27, 2020, 4:03pm Northwest

SEATTLE — Whether you want to perfect your skating on the challenging trails at Cabin Creek or hone your classic technique on the valley floor of the Methow, Washington is a fantastic place to cross-country ski, with a ton of Nordic ski networks and centers offering groomed trails right off… Read story

Local anglers are gearing up for winter steelhead right now, and hoping for better returns than then the last few years. Indicators are mixed this year, but there are signs that salmon and steelhead runs are doing better overall.

Projections for winter steelhead prove elusive

Local anglers are gearing up for winter steelhead right now, and hoping for better returns than then the last few years. Indicators are mixed this year, but there are signs that salmon and steelhead runs are doing better overall.

December 23, 2020, 7:51pm Newsletter

Winter steelhead are beginning to move into local rivers, but it is difficult to say with any certainty what kind of winter run the local rivers will receive this year. Fisheries managers are hesitant to go out on a limb with projections. Read story

Snow covered Mount Hood, a volcano in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon popular for hiking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing, despite the risks of avalanche, crevasses and volatile weather on the peak.

Central Oregon Avalanche Center looks to expand

Snow covered Mount Hood, a volcano in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon popular for hiking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing, despite the risks of avalanche, crevasses and volatile weather on the peak.

December 21, 2020, 6:00am Entertainment

BEND, Ore. — A hefty early season snowpack in the Central Oregon Cascades has many skiers and snowboarders eager to explore the backcountry this winter. Read story