A blizzard of snow geese

Seattle Times reader Jim Zaikoski’s photo of flying waterfowl on a rural island near Portland.

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Bill Hayes Hot Plug’s Blackmouth Derby on Camano Island is Saturday

The Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby is Saturday (March 1) on Camano Island, anglers are limited to fishing in Marine Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2 only. This is an all weather derby, and everyone in the boat must be entered to be eligible for prizes. Prizes are:  First place is 50 percent of total...

Snow play? No way, says Rainier National Park

OK, they're calling it: No snow play at Paradise this year. This announcement Wednesday from Mount Rainier National Park: "With the continuation of mild weather, low snowfall at the Paradise elevation of the mountain, and little snowfall projected for the foreseeable future, park Superintendent Randy King advises that the Paradise snow-play area will not open...

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill offers perspective on early eastside trout opener

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: Trout fishing has opened on several lakes in the Quincy Wildlife Area, but the big crowds of anglers will be arriving this weekend. Most of them will be headed for Burke Lake to join the fun of the 5th...

State Fish and Wildlife northern Olympic Coast steelhead checks

Bogachiel/Quillayute River Dates No. of Anglers Interviewed Wild Steelhead Hatchery Steelhead Total Hours Fished Comments Kept Released Kept Released Dec.4-7 184 0 1 66 4 993.0 98 bank anglers and 86 boat anglers interviewed. Dec.9-11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 High water. Dec.12-14 101 0 1 14 3 495.5 66 bank anglers and 35...

More spring chinook counted at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River

More spring chinook were counted at Bonneville Dam, and brings the inseason count to 11 through March 1 compared to the recent 10-year average of three fish. The recent numbers this week showed on Feb. 26, one spring chinook was tallied at the dam's fish counter; on Feb. 27, five more showed up; on Feb....

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead March 15 is the last day to fish on Abernathy, Cedar (Clark Co.), Germany, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Rock (Skamania Co.), and Salmon (Clark Co.) creeks and on the Coweeman, Elochoman, Grays, East Fork Lewis, South Fork Toutle, and Washougal rivers. Cowlitz River – 12 boat anglers kept 8 steelhead.  21 bank anglers kept 3...