Into the woods, at Golden Gardens

Reader's Lens: Seattle Times reader Yoshiki Nakamura’s photo of golden winter light through a beachfront grove

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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORTS Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Steelhead angling was fair in the John Day pool last week. Effective Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville Pool. The catch guideline for Bonneville Pool is 1,100 legal white sturgeon. Anglers are catching a few legals. Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon...

Coastal razor clam digs approved to begin Monday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors

The next coastal razor clam digs are set to begin Monday through Thursday (March 2-5) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. "Clam digging was very good during the previous digs (Feb. 15-22), and we saw a decent turnout," said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. Digging is open from noon...

Readers say no to hunting in state parks

About 61 percent of Seattle Times readers responding to a 24-hour online poll said hunting should not be allowed in Washington's state parks. The poll is now closed. Just over 1,500 people participated in the poll, which represents a slice of opinion, open to all, but is not a random, scientific sampling of broad public...

Changes looming for Eastern Washington steelhead fisheries

Some changes for steelhead fishing are happening on Eastern Washington rivers. Fishing opportunities have been expanded on Wenatchee River above Leavenworth from the Icicle River Road Bridge to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam. State Fish and Wildlife indicates the expansion will not affect protection of wild fish of concern, and will boost catches of hatchery...

Open state parks to hunting? (Poll is now closed)

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering opening some Washington state parks to hunters. A bill sailed through the House Environment Committee recently. (Details here.) Some hunters say hooray -- citing diminishing open space in our state and the high fees charged for hunting on private forest lands. Some park lovers are outraged, saying the park system's...