This weekend

Free fishing weekend is on. You will need no license to fish, but follow all rules and regulations. Trout have been dropped in waters across the state; see wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.

Kiwanis Kids Free Fishing Derby is tomorrow, at Fiorito Lake, 9 to Noon for ages 14 and under, with lots of prizes and fun.

Cascade Field and Stream Kids Fishing Derby is also tomorrow. Still for 14 and under, it is sponsored by Cle Elum Ranger District and the Upper County Cascade Field and Stream Club. Registration starts at 6 a.m. at Lavender Lake, exit 74. Prizes in several age groups for the largest fish.

Kiwanis Pond (once the first Hanson Pond across I-90 from Cle Elum, south of exit 84) has been stocked with fish and is open to kids and disabled fishers only.

Fishing

The river has its moments, as water bug activity rises. Caddis, PED’s, baetis, summer stones and some hoppers out now, too. Current conditions at www.theeveninghatch.com or 509-962-5959.

Upper County ponds are hot early morning and in the evenings on worms or PowerBait.

Favorite brook trout stream in your book? Check it out now.

The Fioritos, Mattoon, Easton Ponds, and Myron have trout stocked for free fishing weekend.

Kachess, Keechelus, and Cle Elum all continue to produce kokanees. Most fishers are trolling corn or fishing maggots. Bumping Lake is hot, and Rimrock is good right now, too.

Potholes is producing everything. Full info at www.mardonresort.com.

Sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt are on. Info from DFW Fish Pro Chris Donley (509-892-1001, ext. 307).

Free reports, maps and plenty of info about fishing at www.northwestfishingreports.com.

Get your free “Fish Washington” app: wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/mobile_app.html.

Salmon, anyone?

Lower Yakima River spring hatchery chinook fishing may yet open — waiting on numbers — on the Yakima (to below Roza Dam). Standby. DFW’s Yakima fish pro Marc Divens may have info at 509-457-9301.

Westport, Ilwaco, La Push and Neah Bay will soon be producing salmon. Info on available fishing at www.oceansportfishing.com or www.pacificsalmoncharters.com.

Great info and coaching for salmon across the state from www.salmonuniversity.com.

Wildlife and family fun

As berries come on, so do chances for a bear, cougar or other potentially dangerous encounter. Check out “Living with wildlife” at wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/living. Call the DFW emergency incident hotline, 1-800-477-6224, with problems.

Butterflies are showing up. Watch flowers and moist areas. For tips and tools to attract them or find them, check out wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/backyard/butterflies.htm. Pick up a butterfly guide.

Hummingbirds are on those flowers, too.

Wildlife babies are bolder and more visible. Expect hikers and fishers to be seeing ducklings, goslings, beaver kits and a bear cub. Lots of grouse, quail, and pheasant chicks, along with elk calves, bighorn lambs, and deer fawns.

High country trails are mostly open. Check local trail conditions and other forest opportunities with Forest Service at www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/.

WildWatch Cams are not funded by DFW, but you will find a huge variety of live wildlife cameras — and great family viewing by googling “wildlife baby cameras.” Check it out.

Hunting?

Special permit results available (or will be soon), just login to your account at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/#/login. Should receive your permit by mid-July. (You did draw one, right?)

Trevin Roletto’s two hunter safety classes start on June 17 and on July 8 in Cle Elum. Supervised live fire at the course end. Register on the DFW hunter ed web page.

Get out now — you will need this memory in January. Teach a kid fire safety, and a survival skill. Get a picnic, some people of various ages and start storing up warm season memories for winter.

JH

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