North Central Washington: Trout/mixed species: Roses Lake in Chelan County recently received about 16,000 catchable-size rainbow trout that WDFW district fish biologistTravis Maitland says should provide a consistent winter trout fishery. Fish Lake, also in Chelan County, has nice yellow perch. Both lakes are open year-round and provide good ice-fishing.
Three lakes in Okanogan County open for "catch and keep" trout fishing Dec. 1 -- Rat Lake near Brewster and Upper and Lower Green lakes near Omak will have a five-trout daily catch limit. These fisheries provide good angling throughout the winter months, either as open water as they mostly are now, or iced-over later in the month or season. Usually catches of rainbow trout in the 10- to 12-inch range are made on a variety of bait, lures, and flies.
Maitland reminds anglers who fish through the ice on any waterway to check out WDFW's ice fishing safety information.
WDFW fish biologist Michael Schmuck says Moses Lake in Grant County is a great choice right now for walleye, black crappie and yellow perch. The outlet of Moses Lake, where the lake flows into Potholes Reservoir, is a good choice for walleye.
Schmuck also notes anglers are catching black crappie at Mardon Resort on Potholes Reservoir. "This is a great fall/winter fishing opportunity," Schmuck said. "The staff at Mardon Resort are available to answer questions about gear choices for anglers wishing to fish from the docks."
Columbia River reservoirs Lake Roosevelt and Rufus Woods Lake are good choices for rainbow trout this month, with catches of kokanee, burbot, and walleye through the winter.
Whitefish: WDFW fish biologist Michael Schmuck says Banks Lake is a great choice for anglers in search of lake whitefish. "These fish are in the pre-spawn mode and this is a great time of year to target them," he said. "There's no size limit, you can take up to 15 whitefish daily, and they're great smoked or fried."