Eastern Washington: Warmwater/Mixed Species: Most of the region's warmwater fish species are actively biting this month in waters where trout can still be caught in early morning or late evening hours.
WDFW central district fish biologist Randy Osborne of Spokane says Spokane County's Newman, Bonnie and Eloika lakes are good bets for largemouth bass, yellow perch, and black crappie. Anglers can also find lots of bass and perch in Spokane County's Silver Lake.
Anglers at Liberty and Clear lakes in Spokane County are catching rainbow and brown trout, perch, crappie and bass. Downs and Sprague lakes should also produce catches of bass and rainbow trout.
"Fishing at Long Lake, also known as Lake Spokane, is really good right now for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass," Osborne said. "It's also still producing catches of the rainbow trout that we and Avista have stocked for the last three years. This year's stocked trout are still fairly small, running 8 to 10 inches, but the fish remaining from last year's plant run about 16 inches."
With air temperatures in the 90-degree range predicted throughout the region, anglers fishing the early morning and late evening hours should continue to find active fish in the region's lowland trout lakes, including Badger, Williams, Fish, and West Medical. Osborne notes that as the heat persists and water temperatures rise, even the warmwater fish species will be more likely to bite early and late.
Morning and evening fishing is also productive on many northeast district waters, according to WDFW district fish biologist Bill Baker of Colville. Even lakes at high elevation, like the Little Pend Oreille chain of lakes in Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, provide more opportunities early and late.
Lake Roosevelt, the Columbia River reservoir off Grand Coulee Dam, is usually good in July for walleye and smallmouth bass, Baker says. And several other mixed-species waters should also provide catches, including Deer Lake in southern Stevens County for smallmouth and largemouth bass, Curlew Lake in Ferry County for largemouth bass and yellow perch, Diamond Lake near Newport in Pend Oreille County for yellow perch, and Waitts Lake in southern Stevens County for yellow perch. WDFW southeast district fish biologist Jeremy Trump says the Snake and Palouse rivers are usually good this month for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and black crappie. The Grande Ronde River in Asotin County and the Tucannon River in Columbia and Garfield counties can also provide fair fishing in July for bass, trout and other species, but water levels are dropping with warmer weather. Anglers and others recreating in the area are reminded to not place rocks in streams to create pools because the rock dams block fish movement.
Fire precautions: With the summer recreation season now in full swing, WDFW and other public landowners are urging campers, anglers, and others visiting the lands they manage to take precautions against sparking a wildfire.