Eastern Washington: Rivers and streams: June is the month when river and stream fishing throughout the region really takes off. Many of those waters where trout spawn don't open until the first Saturday of June to allow reproduction, although others have been open since the Saturday before Memorial Day or even year-round.
Opening June 4 are Asotin and Pataha creeks and the Touchet, Tucannon and the upper Walla Walla and Grand Ronde rivers in the southeast district. Also opening June 4 is the upper section of the Spokane River in Spokane County (between Upriver Dam and the Idaho State line), and Harvey Creek in Pend Oreille County.
Trout lakes: Randy Osborne, WDFW central district fish biologist, reports that many of the region's trout lakes that opened in late April continue to produce good catches through June, including Spokane County's Clear, Fish and West Medical lakes. Anglers should also take note that Badger and Williams lakes, which were both rehabbed last fall, are fishing really well right now.
In the northeast district, many good trout waters are near public campgrounds so they make for great family outings during this first month of summer. In Stevens County, the Little Pend Oreille chain of lakes Gillette, Heritage, Sherry, and Thomas and Cedar, Mudgett, Rocky, Starvation, and Waitts lakes are providing catches. In Pend Oreille County, Diamond Lake is a good bet, as are higher elevation waters like Skookum and Yokum lakes. Ferry County's Curlew Lake, on a state park, and Ellen Lake, on the Colville National Forest, are good destinations.
In the south end of the region, the Tucannon River impoundments Big Four, Blue, Curl, Deer, Rainbow, Spring and Watson lakes continue to be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout and should provide lots of catches through June.
Lake Spokane or Long Lake, the Spokane River reservoir just west of the city of Spokane, continues to produce good catches of rainbow trout running between 13-18 inches that were stocked the last couple years. Osborne explains these stocked trout are sterile so they cannot reproduce with native fish in the river system, and they're marked with clipped adipose fins for ease of monitoring harvest through creel surveys. In addition to the trout, Lake Spokane has also been producing decent catches of largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and black crappie.
Anglers should note that the public access area at year-round Newman Lake in eastern Spokane County will be closed June 7-9 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic invasive weeds. Swimming is restricted and boating is discouraged during the treatment.
Warmwater species: June is a great month to fish Downs Lake on the Lincoln/Spokane County line, and Bonnie Lake on the Spokane/Whitman County line. Osborne says both lakes should offer anglers good opportunity for crappie and perch. Eloika Lake in north Spokane County, and Liberty Lake southeast of Spokane Valley also offer anglers good opportunity to fish for crappie, perch, bass, as well as brown trout.
Free Fishing Weekend: June 11-12 no license is required to fish in any waters open to fishing statewide. No vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by WDFW. This is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce friends or family to this outdoor activity, or for those who used to fish to get back into the sport.