Eastern Washington: Trout anglers will have an opportunity to have tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving in the eastern region for the first time this year. Four winter-only-season rainbow trout-stocked lakes that normally open Dec. 1 will open on Black Friday, Nov. 27, for special holiday catches.
Fourth of July Lake on the Lincoln-Adams county line just south of the town of Sprague, and Hog Canyon Lake in Spokane County, 10 miles northeast of Sprague, will open for fishing four days ahead of the traditional opener. Lots of catchable size rainbow trout should be available since Fourth of July received 59,450 rainbow trout fry last year and 20,000 young rainbows this year, and Hog Canyon received 10,000 fry last year and 10,000 young rainbows this year.
In Stevens County, Hatch Lake, five miles south of Colville, and Williams Lake, 14 miles north of Colville, also open on Nov. 27 this year. Last year Hatch was stocked with 7,000 triploid rainbow trout fry and Williams was stocked with 12,000 rainbow fry, all which should be catchable size for the new opener.
WDFW Central District Fish Biologist Randy Osborne reminds anglers that southwest Spokane Countys Amber Lakeremains open through the end of November for catch-and-release, selective-gear fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout.
Osborne also notes that other lake fishing in the region continues this month at several year-round open waters. Good rainbow trout fishing is available now at Long Lake (Lake Spokane) and should get even better through the fall. Rainbow trout fishing is also good at Sprague Lake on the Lincoln/Adams county line. Osborne reminds anglers that Spragues five-trout daily catch limit includes a rule that only two trout over 20 inches may be retained.
Lake Roosevelt, the Columbia River reservoir off Grand Coulee Dam, provides some of the best year-round trout fishing for anglers willing to brave late fall/early winter conditions.
Waitts Lake in Stevens County is open through February and provides rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, and yellow perch.
Steelhead fishing is picking up on the Snake and Grande Ronde rivers with cooler and wetter weather in the southeast district of the region. Late November is traditionally one of the best times for good steelhead action.