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Date 02-Nov-17
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Conditions : Eastern Washington: Trout: WDFW Central District Fish Biologist Randy Osborne of Spokane reminds anglers that southwest Spokane County’s Amber Lake remains open through the end of November for catch-and-release, selective-gear fishing fo rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Osborne also notes that other lake fishing in the region continues this month at several waters that are open year-round. Good rainbow trout fishing is available now at Lake Spokane (Long Lake) 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 Sprague’s five-trout daily catch limit includes the 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.

In the southeast district, while most of the Tucannon River impoundments on the Wooten Wildlife Area closed to fishing Oct. 31, Blue and Spring lakes remain open year-round. Both were just stocked with catchable rainbows in mid-October that should provide catches through the month and beyond.

For those who would rather be fishing than shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, two winter-only-season rainbow trout-stocked lakes open on “Black Friday,” Nov. 24, for special holiday catches. Fourth of July Lake on the Lincoln-Adams county line just south of the town of Sprague, has lots of catchable size rainbow trout available. This spring, Fourth of July received 60,000 rainbow trout fry and 20,000 rainbows that were two to 10 pounds at stocking and have grown to catchable size now. In Stevens County, Hatch Lake, five miles south of Colville, also opens on Nov. 24. This spring, Hatch was stocked with 10,000 rainbow fry that are now catchable size.

Anglers should note that both Hog Canyon Lake, which is 10 miles northeast of Sprague in Spokane County, and Williams Lake, which is 14 miles north of Colville in Stevens County – will not have a trout fishery this season, but will be re-stocked with trout next spring and provide fishing in the fall and winter of 2018-19. These lakes were treated with rotenone in October to remove species ranging from bass and bullhead to stunted panfish.

Mixed species: Waitts Lake in Stevens County is open through February and provides rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, and yellow perch.

Eloika Lake in north Spokane County is open year-round for largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie and some brown trout

Newman Lake in eastern Spokane County, and Silver Lake in southwest Spokane County, are also open year-round for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, plus an occasional tiger muskie or eastern brook trout.

Steelhead: Due to extremely low returns of hatchery steelhead this year, most of the Snake River (from the mouth near the Tri-Cities to the Washington-Idaho state line at Clarkston) is open only to catch-and-release steelhead fishing. The stretch from Clarkston upstream to the Couse Creek boat ramp is open to daily retention of up to two hatchery steelhead less than 28 inches. The stretch from Couse Creek upstream to the Idaho-Oregon state line is open to daily retention of up to two hatchery steelhead of any size. See the rule change from mid-October for all details.

On the Grand Ronde and Tucannon rivers (Snake River tributaries) and on the Walla Walla and Touchet rivers (Columbia River tributaries), the daily catch limit is two hatchery steelhead.

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