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Anglers flock to Dry Falls for April 1 opener


Dry Falls, near Grand Coulee and Sun Lakes State Park in central Washington state, once was cascading with water that helped carve out  parts of the  state thousands of years ago. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Dry Falls, near Grand Coulee and Sun Lakes State Park in central Washington state, once was cascading with water that helped carve out parts of the state thousands of years ago. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

FISHING -- With April 1 falling on a Monday, the opening day for fishing at many of the Columbia Basin's trout lakes didn't reel in a lot of effort in some areas.

Dry Falls Lake was an exception.

The selective gear lake, a darling for fly fishers had a good turnout, with 45-50 float tubes and pontoons on the water when Washington Fish and Wildlife Deparment district biologist Chad Jackson checked it out.

Fishing overall was good with several anglers having double digit catches of trout, Jackson said. "However, individual angler success was highly variable, that is, some with over 20 fish, some with less than10, and others with 2-3 or less," he said. 

"Anglers who fished chironomids were the most successful. 

"Trout size was excellent ranging from 12-20” and with most around 15-16."

Fishing effort wasn’t very high at the “production” lakes (Upper and Lower Hampton lakes, North and South Teal lakes), but those who did fish Monday morning had gorgeous weather and reasonably good success, Jackson said.

Anglers averaged about two trout each, and those harvested were 13-16 inches. 




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