Al Thomas, The Columbian

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The Columbian

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Past articles by Al:

Retirement means more time to fish

The Columbian's longtime outdoor writer calls it a career after 43 years at the newspaper → Read More

Columbia Gorge a walleye bonanza this year

Angling has been very good since spring in The Dalles and John pools → Read More

Fishing report 6/22

Summer chinook, steelhead, sockeye season gets off to a typical start in the lower Columbia River despite high streamflows → Read More

Legislation would extend Columbia River fishing fee

Salmon-steelhead charge of $8.75 slated to expire at the end of June unless renewed by Legislature → Read More

Fishing report 6/15

Summer chinook, sockeye and steelhead seasons in Columbia River begin on Friday → Read More

PacifiCorp buys land for Mount St. Helens’ elk

Utility acquires another 1,880 acres in Marble Mountain area north of Swift Reservoir to manage as wildlife habitat → Read More

Goose Lake open now in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Snow has melted enough to reach popular lake, campground from east and south, but not yet from Carson side → Read More

Steelhead fishing restrictions begin June 16

Anglers in Columbia, Cowlitz, Lewis, Wind, White Salmon rivers, plus Drano Lake, will be cut back to conserve poorest run in 37 years → Read More

Hooking mortality study starts on Cowlitz River

Research results on chinook, coho and steelhead likely to be applied to a variety of Northwest recreational fisheries → Read More

Fishing report 6/8

Sturgeon retention will be open on Saturday both in the Columbia estuary, plus in Bonneville pool; trout fishing opened strong at Swift Reservoir and Yale Reservoir yielding kokanee → Read More

Overhaul coming for winter steelhead streams

Local hatcheries to change stocks to comply with federal requirements to protect wild fish → Read More

Fishing report 6/1

Trout season opens Saturday in Swift Reservoir with 45,000 rainbow trout stocked for anglers → Read More

Columbia sturgeon retention to resume Monday

Washington, Oregon approve six days of fishing in the estuary, with seasons upstream anticipated in fall → Read More

Sturgeon retention opener mulled for lower Columbia

Anglers would get a chance to keep a sturgeon in the lower river for the first time since 2013 if season is adopted → Read More

Spring starting snow in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Most spots above 3,000 feet elevation remain inaccessible by vehicle for Memorial Day weekend → Read More

Fishing report 5/25

Road closure prevents trout stocking for opening day at Canyon Creek → Read More

North Lewis River spring chinook bounce back

Salmon return to long-suffering stream expected to double forecast → Read More

Fishing report 5/18

Columbia River spring chinook forecast cut in half → Read More

Lower Columbia steelhead season opening postponed

Washington, Oregon to start delay of angling for hatchery steelhead and jack chinook downstream of Interstate 5 due to low count at Bonneville Dam → Read More

Columbia spring chinook run remains a puzzle

High streamflow may be delaying passage at Bonneville Dam or run just might be smaller than anticipated → Read More