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Sprin g Adam Hendrick, 8, shows his 1.5pound rainbow trout he caught during the Omak-Okanogan Rotary Club Fishing Derby in Conconully in May 2011.
s the snow melts away from the mountains, spring fever strikes Okanogan Country and the outdoor recreational season begins. With water rushing in rivers and streams, and opening up on area lakes, eager anglers rush for their favorite poles and fishing holes to catch the big one. Starting from Day One of the fishing opener April 28, 2012, until the season ends, anglers show their prowess in derbies and other competitions. Conconully hosts a derby each year, along with specially tagged fish for a big prize (beside the prize of a tasty meal of fresh fish). Later in the season, salmon derbies are the delight. Not into fishing? Spring is also a great time to strike out on an Okanogan Country hiking, biking or horseback riding trail. Want something faster? The countryside is marked by ATV trails, as well. Some cities – such as Conconully and Okanogan – keep their streets open to ATV use, in case you need to grab a snack or gas at a friendly neighborhood store before your trek. The newest trail is the Similkameen Trail, along the Similkameen River west of Oroville. Hikers maneuver through a working vineyard, over an old railroad bridge and finally land with a view of the Similkameen Falls at historic Enloe Dam. In case you want to make that hike a longer one, the backcountry is full of camping areas for those who want to rough it.
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A double rainbow hovers above Lake Pateros in May 2011 after a rainstorm.
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