Eastern Washington: Warmwater/Mixed species: Randy Osborne, WDFW central district fish biologist, says anglers are benefitting from this year's moderate summer, with both trout and warmwater fish species remaining active and biting.
Lakes managed for warmwater fish species, such as Newman and Silver lakes in eastern Spokane County, are producing decent catches of yellow perch, crappie, and largemouth bass. Mixed species waters, including Coffeepot Lake in Lincoln County, Downs Lake in southwest Spokane County, and the Spokane River reservoir of Long Lake (Lake Spokane) are also providing decent catches of those species and rainbow trout. Anglers are also doing well for both rainbows and largemouth bass at Sprague Lake on the Lincoln-Adams county line.
Bill Baker, WDFW northeast district fish biologist, also reports lots of opportunity for warmwater species such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and crappie across the district. Smallmouth bass fishing, in particular, has been very good on the Pend Oreille River.
Trout: Anglers can also find some action at area trout lakes, Osborne says, but early morning and late evening fishing will produce the best results. These lakes include Clear, Badger, Williams, and West Medical lakes in Spokane County. Anglers are also catching good numbers of brown trout and rainbows at Whitman County's Rock Lake.
Baker said trout fishing seems to be holding up through the summer months with many northeast lakes fishing well. He suggests anglers consider focusing on some of the higher elevation lakes. "Many of our cutthroat-stocked waters in the district are good bets at this time of year," Baker said. "For example, Yocum Lake in Pend Oreille County is fishing great, producing cutthroat between 11 and 14 inches with occasional larger fish."
In the south end of the region, the Tucannon River impoundments or man-made lakes on the Wooten Wildlife Area continue to produce hatchery-stocked rainbow trout, thanks to mild temperatures this summer. WDFW area manager Kari Dingman reports fish are remaining active even at this late time of summer and anglers are still making catches.
Kokanee: Kokanee fishing in Loon and Deep lakes in Stevens County is good, according to Baker. Night fishing on Loon Lake is producing the 10-fish limits of kokanee. "I fished Deep Lake recently and caught a limit of five kokanee in about an hour and a half," Baker said. "They're not large, ranging between 10 and12 inches, but they are plentiful, and perfect for the smoker."
Bakers says Pierre Lake in Stevens County is also producing some even nicer kokanee up to 16 inches, although most fish are between 10 and 12 inches.
"I'm also still hearing good things about kokanee fishing in the lower portions of Lake Roosevelt, " Baker said. "Those fish are amazing, with many over 20 inches."
Fire precautions: Restrictions on campfires, smoking outside of vehicles, and other activities on WDFW lands east of the Cascade Range remain in effect to prevent wildfires. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also imposed fire restrictions in eastern Washington. For more information, see DNR's fire danger webpage.