Bass anglers organizing to chart Lake Spokane, update maps

FISHING -- Navionics and members of the Spokane Bass Club are teaming on Saturday to create a better HD bathymetric (topographical) map of Lake Spokane/Long Lake. Anglers who have boats outfitted with sonar units can join the effort by emailing Tyler Brinks, tylerbrinks@yahoo.com. The group...


State park provides boat access to Lake Spokane

BOATING -- With the bass and panfish season underway at Lake Spokane -- and today's news that 155,000 trout are being stocked -- anglers with boats will be zeroing in on the Spokane River reservoir behind Long Lake Dam. Here's how to get onto the...

State, Avista join to stock trout in Lake Spokane

FISHING -- About 155,000 catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked into Lake Spokane in the first season of a 10-year agreement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Avista Utilities. Lake Spokane, sometimes called Long Lake, is the Spokane River reservoir west of...


Lake Spokane water levels to drop tonight

BOATING -- Avista Utilities will start lowering the water level of Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) today by an additional one and one-half feet to facilitate work downstream of the company’s Long Lake Dam, the company has just announced. By Thursday morning, May 1, the...

THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Lake Spokane drawdown to begin Monday

RESERVOIRS -- The annual drawdown of Lake Spokane, the Spokane River reservoir also known as Long Lake, is set to begin on Monday (Jan. 6), Avista Utilities announced today in a media release. In 2013, the drawdown started on Jan. 23. Once the drawdown begins,...


Northern pike on bite at Long Lake

FISHING -- Anglers have been hooking up with big bass at Long Lake this week, but the biggest fish Peter Roundy landed was a plump northern pike (above). On his Facebook page, Roundy said he caught the pike pictured "across from Willow Bay near the...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Avista begins drawdown of Lake Spokane

RIVERS – The annual drawdown of Lake Spokane, the Spokane River reservoir also known as Long Lake, has begun, Avista Utilities announced today in a media release. Starting today, operators expect to lower the reservoir up to one foot a day for two or three...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Lake Spokane winter drawdown starts Friday

RESERVOIRS -- Avista Utilities will start to draw down the water level at Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) on Friday (Dec. 23).Operators expect to lower the reservoir up to a foot a day for two or three weeks until it reaches its winter elevation of...

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Lake Spokane DNR boat ramp open; state park ramps, too

BOATING -- The Lake Spokane (Long Lake) Campground boat launch is temporarily open this weekend through Sunday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Department of Natural Resources officials announced this afternoon. The facility is 18 miles northeast of Reardan off U.S. Highway 291. But for some reason the...

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