TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014


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...

FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 2013

Popularity hasn’t dampened Missouri River brown trout numbers

FLY FISHING -- A friend of mine taunted me while I was at elk camp in October with text messages raving about the fly fishing fun he was having for bigger-than-average brown trout in the Missouri River near Craig, Mont. Surveys recently released by the...


MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Idaho’s largest rainbow won’t be official record

FISHING -- A monster trout caught below Dworshak Dam in July has been deemed a rainbow following DNA analysis. That makes the 28-pound, 9-ounce fish the largest rainbow trout legally caught in Idaho, according to a story by Eric Barker of the Lewiston Morning Tribune....


Badger Lake trout rehab proposal isn’t a slam dunk

FISHING – Opposition appears to be brewing against the proposal to keep Badger Lake in the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's trout management program. The Spokane County lake, one of th state's top trout producers for many decades, is among three lakes in Eastern Washington...

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Badger, Spectacle among lakes cited for rotenone treatment

FISHING – Badger Lake in Spokane County is among three lakes in Eastern Washington proposed by state fisheries biologists to be treated with rotenone, ridding the waters of various undesirable species so the lakes can be restocked with trout. The Fish and Wildlife Department has...


Spokane River is fly fisher’s local ace in the hole

FLY FISHING -- It's summer and anglers are making and executing all sorts of travel plans related to the pursuit of fish. But savvy fly fishers don't consider it down time to be here in Spokane. Here's a report from Mike Berube of the Spokane...


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...

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

Fly fisher hooks brown trout of your dreams

FLY FISHING -- When everyone else hit the Missouri to "catch fish", Ben Hahn floated upper Rock Creek east of Missoula and dredged a streamer. It paid off with the brown trout of a lifetime, according to the MoldyChum "served fresh daily" blog.

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...

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

May16: Another great day at Cutthroat Creek

FISHING -- Rain, moose, bushwhacking, scattered yellow stoneflies, a half-hour hatch of March Browns, 47-degree water, one hook imbeddd in thumb requiring cord-jerk extraction (worked slick) and more cutthroats than you could shake a (fishing) stick at.... It was another great day at Cutthroat Creek,...

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

Anglers have plenty of fishing options in Washington

FISHING -- Get an update on fishing action in the Inland Northwest with our weekly Hunting-Fishing Report by Alan Liere. Also, click "continue reading" to check out the wide range of fishing updates from saltwater to freshwater in the latest Washington Department of Fish and...

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013


NY Times explores source of behemoth cutthroats

FISHING -- After my post on a Spokane Fly Fishers outing to catch large Lahontan cutthroat trout at Omak Lake, I received an email from an angler who was surprised. "When I lived in Omak in 1965-67, we waterskied there and as I remember the...


Anglers flock to Dry Falls for April 1 opener

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...

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

Fly fishers find large rainbows at Coffeepot Lake

FLY FISHING -- The first group outing of the year for the Spokane Fly Fishers -- Saturday at Coffeepot Lake west of Harrington -- was a BIG occasion for some of the anglers - with rainbow trout up to 21 inches long. Read on for...

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Will art prevail in state fisheries logo choice?

FISHING -- Holy heresy! The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is considering the image of a bass for a logo in its statewide “Fish Washington” campaign. Actually, that decision already has been made. Instead of taking a stand, the state fisheries managers chose to have...

TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013

King of the soft hackle speaks to Fly Fishers Wednesday

FLY FISHING -- Davy Wotton, a fly-fishing entrepreneur and professional since the 1960s, will present a program of the history, development and fishing of the soft hackle fly in a program sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers Wednesday, 7 p.m. at St. Francis School, 1104...

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