Outdoors and Recreation


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Flying high

Cowboys ride tough on bulls and broncs

Francis Marchand of Omak finished second in saddle bronc riding at the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo on Friday and Saturday.

Chad Cleveland claims rifle match's top score

Friends of the NRA event coming Aug. 2

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Bartelson drags home fastest Super Pro trophy

Hiebert cuts a perfect .500 on the lights

Kids Fishing Derby on tap for Colville

Youth fishing and educational activities planned for June 7 at Princess Pines 4-H Camp

Salmon fishing opens Friday on Icicle River

Rule change allows for salmon fishing on Icicle River through July 31

Colbert Arena barrel results announced

Ralston sets fast time on her horse, Vegas

Modern rifles used in Saturday match

Flowers scores best of 468

Plenty of fish greet anglers

Water levels were up a bit and crowds were down for the opening day of fishing Saturday on local lakes.

Run blossoms brightly

Inaugural event draws 200 runners

The idea of running among blooming fruit trees with snow-covered mountains in the distance came to fruition Saturday with the inaugural Omak Orchards in Bloom half marathon and 10K races.

Nespelem rodeo kicks up dust

McMillan captures senior boys crown

Caleb McMillan of Soap Lake edged Chase Nigg of Oroville for the senior boys all-around title at the 37th annual Nespelem Junior Rodeo last weekend, April 26-27.

Okanogan County produces big rainbows on opener

Jorge Jimenez claims first in Conconully Fish Derby

Disabled-accessible fishing pier added at Steamboat Rock State Park

State to dedicate pier Monday on Banks Lake

San Poil takes team title in bowling tournament

Foursome wins Pat Morin Sr. Invitational

Voters say yes to levies, no to recreation district, bond

Preliminary special election tally shows voter overwhelmingly rejecting a ballot measure to create a Methow Valley Recreation District

Lots of fish expected for opening day

Alta, Conconully, Pearrygin hold planted triploids

Anglers can expect to find lots of rainbows in Okanogan and Ferry counties willing to jump on their hooks during the state general fishing-opener this weekend. Anglers can compete in a derby, try a newly opened stretch of Rufus Woods Lake or dip a line in the 67 lowland lakes managed in Okanogan County (representing 18 percent of the state’s managed lakes) or the many more ice-free lakes in Ferry County. If you can’t wait until this weekend to haul in a fish, the Colville Confederated Tribes’ general fishing season is under way, having opened April 12. A tribal license is required. Later this summer, Okanogan County boots out fish in 110 alpine lakes above 4,500 feet. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife planted nearly 16.5 million trout and kokanee statewide, with 2.3 million being catchable trout and nearly 115,000 being jumbo trout that weigh up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 1.5 pounds each. “The lowland lakes season-opener is the biggest fishing day of the year,” said Phil Anderson, director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Lakes in every county are well-stocked, so there should be good fishing opportunities close to home.” Triploid trout planted in Okanogan County include Alta Lake (571) near Pateros, Conconully Lake (357) and Pearrygin Lake (357) near Winthrop. Millions of carry-over trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state. A thorough review of the region’s lakes, from Okanogan to Ferry counties plus the reservation, appeared in The Chronicle’s Fishrapper last week. It’s available at the newspaper office, online or from participating businesses. Those fishing the Conconully lakes can enter a derby with prizes to the Top 3 in the adult division, youth prizes and $50 for a mystery weight. There is a charge to register at the Conconully General Store, 201 N. Main St. The contest is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. A section of Rufus Woods Lake downstream of Grand Coulee Dam to the state Highway 155 bridge recently reopened for recreational fishing. The stretch has been closed since Sept. 11, 2001, for security reasons. Public access has been restored recently and the state and tribe will now permit recreational fishing. Fishing rules and license requirements in effect downstream of the bridge apply to the newly opened section.