Eastern Washington: This is the time of year to fish early in the morning or late in the evening when both air and water temperatures may be lower.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Northeast District Fish Biologist Bill Baker says kokanee fishing should be productive in August at Loon Lake in southern Stevens County. Most anglers there are fishing during the nighttime hours with glow hooks and other gear, he said. But trolling with downriggers during day-time hours should also be good.
Baker notes that kokanee can also be had in a few other northeast district waters including Bead, Sullivan, and Davis lakes in Pend Oreille County and Pierre and Deep lakes in Stevens County.
Ive also heard anglers are catching some kokanee in the lower portion of Lake Roosevelt, Baker said. Walleye fishing has been pretty good, but fish are scattered now that Lake Roosevelt is at full pool, so anglers will have to cover more water to find them.
Baker suggests fishing for trout (rainbow, cutthroat, brook and tiger) in higher elevation lakes on U.S.Forest Service property. Davis, Ellen, Empire, and Ferry lakes are good bets in Ferry County. In Stevens County, Black, Little Twin, and Summit lakes should be good producers. In Pend Oreille County, anglers should fare well at Carls, Frater, Halfmoon, Mystic, North and South Skookum, Petit, and Yokum lakes.
Randy Osborne, WDFW central district fish biologist in Spokane, says mixed species waters are a good bet. Catches of yellow perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and crappie, along with some trout, can usually be made at Coffeepot Lake in Lincoln County, Downs Lakes in southwest Spokane County, Newman, Silver, and Liberty lakes in eastern Spokane County, Eloika Lake in north Spokane County, and the Spokane River reservoir of Long Lake (or Lake Spokane). Anglers are also doing well on both rainbows and largemouth bass at Sprague Lake.
Osborne says some of the best rainbow and cutthroat trout lakes close to Spokane are Amber, Clear, Williams, and West Medical lakes in Spokane County, and Fishtrap Lake in Lincoln County. The lower Spokane River has nice rainbows and browns, but river anglers need to be aware of catch limits, gear restrictions, and other rules listed in the fishing pamphlet.
Steelhead numbers are increasing this month at the Snake River dams. Although the best Snake River steelheading will be this fall, anglers can retain up to three hatchery-marked steelhead daily now.
Anglers should note that there could be another Snake River fall chinook salmon fishery scheduled in the coming weeks. Anglers should keep checking the departments website for an announcement.