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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

Three reasons to go fishing at Sprague Lake

FISHING -- Here are three graphic reminders (above) of why some anglers prefer fishing at 1,876-acre Sprague Lake, which straddles the Lincoln-Adams county line. The photos were snapped last week by Scott Haugen of Four Seasons Campground and Resort. May and June are considered prime...

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Can Sprague Lake steelhead windfall result in trout?

FISHING -- We'll know by fall if the attempt to salvage court-settlement-doomed steelhead smolts by stocking them in Sprague Lake will be good for fishermen -- or whether the 369,000 million smolts being stocked will simply be dying and feeding bass, gulls, cormorants and pelicans....

THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Ice sailors get wild, sketchy ride on Sprague Lake

WINTER SPORTS -- Take this as an ice fishing report or an ice sailing report. Either way, Sprague Lake is pretty much off limits until the next good freeze. Dave Farmer of Revival Lighting has been bummed to have such great ice conditions recently with...

MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

Sprague Lake surface shines for ice sailors

WINTER SPORTS -- Sprague Lake set up some perfectly slick, shiny, hard, clear ice for skaters and the area's rarest breed of sailors. Dave Farmer of Revival Lighting is an ice sailor who rallied up catsailing partner Frank Caccavo and declared Saturday "opening day" of...

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Warm water no deterrent to catching Sprague Lake bass

FISHING -- Justin Davis of Richland landed this largemouth bass -- 3.6 pounds, 17.5 inches long -- on Saturday while fishing at Sprague Lake. Scott Haugen of Four Seasons Campground said Davis caught the lunker in 5 feet of 75-degree water at 10 a.m. using...

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

Angler wins Sprague Lake derby with 6-pound rainbow

FISHING -- Josh Williams of Spokane won $500 in gift cards and merchandise with the 6-pound 1-ounce rainbow he caught Saturday during the Sprague Lake Trout Derby. The fish measured 24.5 inches long. Second, $250: Randy Williams of Spokane with a trout weighing 4 pounds...

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

Recent outdoor stories in The Spokesman-Review

State Parks centennial celebration June 8 at Riverside State Park Out & About: Free fishing offered in Idaho, Washington ... US Team shooters at youth clinic in Colville ... Trout derby at Sprague Lake ... Bird dog clinic, fun hunt set Mixed results for Spokane...

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Sprague trout, bass bending rods as free fishing day looms

FISHING -- Reports of good catches of largemouth bass at Sprague Lake keep coming in, and some lunker rainbows also are showing to provide incentive for the June 8 Sprague Lake Trout Derby. The photos posted here from Four Seasons Campground and Resort show a...

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

Sprague Lake Trout Derby has $900 in prizes

FISHING -- More than $900 in prizes is waiting for anglers who catch the biggest fish and luck out in the raffles at the 2013 Sprague Lake Trout Derby on June 8. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 17. No fishing...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

Ice fishing conditions as good as they get

FISHING -- Anglers who thrive on cutting a hole in the ice to drop a line were in a golden moment today. The ice was a half-foot thick at Silver and Sprague Lakes today as I cruised around; winds were calm and the sunshine was...

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012

Sprague Lake lunker shows too late for derby

FISHING -- Todd Young of Spokane used PowerBait to catch this 27-inch rainbow weighing 6.8 pounds at Sprague Lake on Saturday. Had Young caught the fish one week earlier, he would have easily won $500 in prizes offered for the biggest fish in the Sprague...

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Big is the word for Saturday’s Sprague Lake Trout Derby

FISHING -- A prize totaling $500 awaits the angler who catches the biggest trout Saturday (June 9) during the first Sprague Lake Trout Derby. Fishermen have boated some huge rainbows out of the 1,840-acre lake since it was rehabilitated in 2007. The derby gives them...

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Sprague Lake booting out fat rainbows

FISHING -- Some anglers know they don't have to wait for the "opening day" at many of the region's lowland trout lakes. Sprague Lake is one of many lakes open for fishing year round. You'll travel a long way to find fish that are any...

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Rig heavy or get thrashed by Sprague Lake trout

FISHING -- How huge are the trout at Sprague Lake? I witnessed three violent breakoffs on 10 pound leader on Wednesday, including one fish that ripped off the trailing hook on a fly rig. Here's the toll after Jim Kujala and Dave Ross finished a...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Sprague Lake thawing; a few coots survived

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The weekend eagle feast of coots at Sprague Lake has subsided as more of the lake has become ice-free in the last few days. Here's a Tuesday report from birdwatcher Greg Falco of Sprague: Today Sprague Lake had more open water, about...

SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

Eagles terrorize Sprague Lake coots

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The winter ice cap was almost gone from Sprague Lake a few days ago, but this week's cold snap has reversed the trend -- and that's bad news for the coots that had taken up residence in the open waters. Here's the...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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