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Archives: Feb. 2013


Fishing report: Mixed reports on steelhead action

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will be appear in Saturday’s Sports section:


American: Anglers are reporting they have been catching smaller fish as of late. Power Eggs, in green or yellow, fished off the bottom is still the go-to method right now. People are using garlic and herring scents.

Offut: The action for the trout has been pretty consistent for this time of year. The rainbows have been measuring 14-20 inches with a good girth. Most people are using dough bait and worms fished off the bottom.

Spanaway: The fishing has been a little slow.

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Wenatchee angler lands potential record lake trout on Lake Chelan

Phil Colyar of Wenatchee has caught a potential state record for lake trout, landing a 35 pound, 10 ounce fish on Lake Chelan Feb. 4.

The current record was a 35 pound, 7 ounce fish caught by John G. Hossack Dec. 31, 2001 on Lake Chelan.

Colyar was fishing above the narrows and when the fish hit a purple Worden Lures U2 Flatfish with a chartreuse bill in about 270 feet of water, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

The lunker measured 44 ½ inches long with a 28-inch girth.

The fish has qualified for the

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Fat bikes might be the next big thing in the Methow Valley

Check out The News Tribune and Olympian’s Adventure sections on Sunday for a look at fat bikes. No, you don’t have to be fat to ride these bikes. It’s the bike tires that are fat – about twice the size of the largest mountain bike tires – allowing cyclists to ride over snow almost as if they are floating.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Also here’s a short promotional video shot by Steven Foreman while we were fat biking Big Valley late last month.


State shortens clam dig season at Dosewallips State Park, Port Whitney Tidelands

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced it will shorten the sport clam season at Dosewallips State Park.

The clam fishing season at the park will be open April 1- Aug. 15.

State shellfish officials said the recreational effort increased significantly in 2012, and the state clam share was overharvested, requiring the department to shorten the season by 3 ½ months in 2013. Oysters remain open year-round on this beach.

The park is located in Jefferson County near Brinnon.

It is a similar situation at nearby Port Whitney Tidelands.

There, the sport clam fishing season will be March

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North Cascades National Park interpretation chief Charles Beall selected Bevinetto Fellow.

A statement released today by the National Park Service:

William “Gordy” Kito and Charles Beall were selected in December as the National Park Service’s Bevinetto Fellows for 2013-2014.

Their first year will be spent working as congressional staff – Gordy will work for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. Senate, Charles for the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the second year of their fellowship, they will work in the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and an office of the NPS Directorate.

Gordy has been a concessions specialist for

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Fishing report: Record catch at Roche Harbor salmon derby

Here are some of the highlights from the fishing report that will appear in the Sports section of Wednesday’s paper:


Cowlitz: The fishing has been slow. A state creel check of six bank anglers showed they released two steelhead and one cutthroat. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered just 23 winter-run steelhead, eight coho adults and two jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been fair, in terms of numbers of fish, but good in terms of the size of fish. Water levels are down and the water clear,

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Short film about Tacoma adventure rowers premiers tonight at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

OAR Northwest, the adventure rowing team that got its start in Tacoma, is the subject of a short film that debuts tonight at the Vancouver (B.C.) International Mountain Film Festival.

The film “Salish Oars” is directed by team member Markus Pukonen and tells the story of last year’s expedition to row around Vancouver Island. The journey was a training exercise for their current transatlantic expedition. The crew is currently fighting challenging currents and weather as it attempts to row from Africa to Miami in an expedition sponsored by Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Greg Spooner, a team member from the

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The Adventure Guys route at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb launched a new self-guided skiing tour program this year called Wonder Routes. The routes are fun and you can probably knock most of them out in a weekend if you are an advanced skier.


We’ve spent a great deal of time skiing these mountains and thought we’d offer The Adventure Guys route.



Starting from mid-mountain on WhistlerMountain take the peak chair to the summit to take a few pictures of the Black Tusk before dropping into Whistler Bowl. Make your away across the bowl to the narrow ridge that leads to sometimes overlooked run

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