Posts tagged: trout
FLY FISHING — July is a major period of transition for fly fishing in the Inland Northwest, as you'll read in my outdoors feature story coming Sunday at www.spokesman.com/outdoors.
Hear the latest news from the water, connect with guides and get tips on the fly patterns and techniques that are working NOW from the area's great selection of fly shops:
Spokane-area fly shops and guides
101 N. Cabela Way, Post Falls; (208) 777-6300.
1114 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene; (208) 765-3133.
2171 N. Main, Coeur d’Alene; (208) 667-2707.
13210 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, (509) 924-9998.
1611 N. Ash St., Spokane; (509) 323-0500.
1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, (509) 838-0252.
FLY FISHING — A few lucky kids who sign up early will get special attention during the International Fly Fishing Fair coming to Spokane in July.
The 47th annual Federation of Fly Fishers extravaganza – which roams to venues such as West Yellowstone, Mont. – is coming to the Spokane Convention Center July 12-14.
One of the many offerings is a chance for Inland Northwest youths ages 8-17 to enjoy a full immersion in the sport.
Up to 25 kids will be enrolled each day for the Youth Camp sessions July 13 and 14.
Members of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club and other anglers will host the camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at a private facility near Coeur d’Alene.
Instruction starts with a topic kids get into: entomology – bugs – the foundation of the sport.
Youths also will learn about fly tying, equipment and accessories, the balanced system, angler ethics, fishing safety, abeyance to regulations, catch and release, fly casting and, finally, FISHING!
Youths 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In addition, youth activities will be offered during the main venue at Spokane Convention Center.
The Kid’s Fishin’ Corner will include fish and insect identification games, casting instruction, fish printing, fly tying and a scavenger hunt.
The FFF Fair is attracting anglers from across the United States to Spokane for a long list of casting, tying and other instructional clinics and programs taught by certified masters.
Many anglers consider this the premier event dedicated to the art and sport of fly fishing.
Online registration is open to 4 p.m. on July 2:
FISHING — Cool, wet weather has kept area lake fisheries alive into summer for local anglers.
While some fishermen give up on area fishing lakes in spring after the first few fast-action weeks of the season, others are finding more at the lakes than just the peace and quiet.
Luke Marcellus, 5, shares a little bit of his weekend action in this photo. Check out the quality of that cutthroat from Badger Lake. It measured 22.5 inches long, and it's fat as a corn-fed sow!
“There were three of us bottom fishing at Badger Lake,” said Jared Marcellus, who spoke so proudly of the fishing day, it was clear without asking that he's Luke's dad.
“It took 3 hours, but we limited; mostly small rainbows with one larger rainbow and the big cutthroat pictured with Luke.”
“He is quite the fisherman for a 5 year old! I probably wouldn't have gone Saturday without his request.”
We should all be so lucky as to have that motivation.
RIVERS — Two conservation groups and three phosphate mining companies in eastern Idaho have formed a partnership intended to improve water quality in the Blackfoot River in eastern Idaho.
JR Simplot Company, Monsanto and Agrium/Nu-West Industries have joined with the Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited to form the Upper Blackfoot River Initiative for Conservation.
The announcement came after a study revealed mutated trout in Idaho streams, possibly related to mining pollution. The study had been highligted on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (above) as well as the New York Times, as featured in this blog post.
Meanwhile, here's another interesting angle on the story, giving Simplot some credit, by Idaho Statesman columnist Rocky Barker.
In the latest story, the Idaho Statesman reports the conservation initiative group had compiled data on fish populations throughout the Upper Blackfoot and completed an assessment of fish passage obstacles and habitat conditions in February.
Monsanto, Boise-based J.R. Simplot Co., and Agrium/Nu-West Industries have mines in the so-called phosphate patch near the Idaho-Wyoming border.
Environmental groups have been concerned about selenium pollution from phosphate mining that’s killed livestock and aquatic life in eastern Idaho waterways.
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 Lake Trout Derby, reports Scott Haugen at Four Seasons Campground and Resort.
The 202 anglers entered in the derby weighed in a bunch of fish in the 4-pound range, and the three top fish were separated by only 1 ounce, with the winner coming in at 4 pounds 9 ounces
I mean, who would believe anything in the New York Times.
Maybe there's no involvement with the giant agribusiness and the silence on the research by Idaho politicians who've married into the Simplot family.
But this special video report by Jon Stewart's reporter Aasif Mandvi on The Daily Show last night sure makes an angler think about the possibilities, and have a good laugh about how things operate.
Mutated fish: another good reason for catch-and-release.
Meanwhile, here's another interesting angle on the story, giving Simplot some credit, by Idaho Statesman columnist Rocky Barker.
FISHING — A mere ounce separated the top three rainbows caught Saturday in the first Sprague Lake Trout Derby.
Despite a nasty day of wind and rain, 202 anglers participated. Many anglers went home with fish, but the one with the largest trout also bagged prizes and gift cards totaling $500.
While KHQ TV weatherman Dave Law didn't win, he should at least get a prize for knowing how to present a 4-pound 5-ounce rainbow to the camera (above).
Meanwhile, the winners are pictured at left:
“We weighed in a lot of fish in the 4-pound range,” said Dave Broxson, derby organizer with the Sprague Lake User Group.
The wind was so bad on the 1,840-acre lake, the Sheriff's marine patrol pulled off the water at noon because they couldn't make any contacts with boaters on the lake, said Scott Haugen at Four Season's Campground Resort.
“But people just kept fishing,” he said, noting that he snapped Law's photo as the weatherman tied up his boat briefly at the resort docks as he fished up the lake. “Most of the rainbows were in the 3- to 4-pound range. I weighed in one over 5 pounds before the derby. I also had a fisherman who caught a largemouth bass over 17 inches long.”
“We had a wonderful turnout and hope it can get better next year,” Broxson said.
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 a chance to cash in on their luck.
It's scheduled for Washington's Free Fishing Weekend, so NO FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED.
And don't forget to fuel up at the Fishermen's Breakfast by the Sprague Volunteer Fire Department (details below).
Bonus: Nine rainbows were tagged and released in Sprague Lake in March as part of Cabela's “Wanna Catch a Million” fishing contest. Most of the bass state biologists caught while electroshocking to caputre the fish for tagging were in the no-kill slot size. So they chose to put all the tags allotted for Sprague Lake into rainbows.
All Sprague Lake Trout Derby participants will be eligible for prize drawings, and kids especially will have a chance to win fishing rods, said Dave Broxson, co-organizer.
The angler weighing in the second largest fish caught between 6 a.m. and the 6 p.m. weigh-in will win $100 in gift cards and merchandise provided by Cabela’s and Wholesale Sports.
Third place gets goodies totaling $50.
Tickets will be available the day of the derby at the two resorts on the lake:
The Main Derby Station and weigh-in site will be situated just outside Sprague Lake Resort.
Both resorts offer camping, boat rentals, boat launching, docks and tackle.
To participate, anglers must purchase a derby ticket, $7 for adults, $5 for youths 16 and under.
Read on for more details about the derby and the Fishermen's Breakfast.
Spokane-area fly fishers have lured the 2012 International Fly Fishing Fair to Spokane on July 12-14, offering a packed conference featuring fly tying and fly casting workshops, programs, expert speakers and a screening of flicks compiled from the International Fly Fishing Film Festival.
The event will be based out of the Spokane Convention Center, with many of the activities branching out to the Spokane River and beyond.
Pre-registration is open. Entry for daily events costs $5 but extra fees are charged for limited space in some of the workships, including fly fishing instruction especially for kids and a special session for women.
Check out the Fair website, their Facebook page and Twitter account, and pay extra special attention to the Fly Fishing Film Festival website so you can mark your calendar for this great part of the event.
Also, the Spokane Falls Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a benefit for Spokane River redband trout on July 12 featuring a lot of fishing talk plus local brews, wine and spirits fro Dry Fly Distillery. The event is set for July 12, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Rick Singer Photography, 415 1/2 W. Main. Info: 838-3333.
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 more robhust.
Tom Shellenberger, Mike Barnett, and Mike Shellenberger, pictured above, trolled plugs on Sunday for a nice stringer of fat rainbows running 18-20 inches.
“It's going to be anothe great season,” said Scott Haugen, operator of Four Seasons Campground, which opened for customers last week on Sprague's northwest shore.
FISHING — This archive video has been making the rounds for a few years, but it's worth bringing up for a little fishing camp banter now that the fishing for Lahontan cutthroats is picking up at Lake Lenore.
The 1947 newsreel shows the U.S. War Assets Administration using Lake Lenore as a disposal site for drums of sodium into the lake.
Lake Lenore is in Grant County south of Coulee City, Wash. At the time of this newsreel, it was thought to be too alkaline to support fish.
Decades later, Washington fisheries biologists imported Lahontan cutthroat trout stock originating from the alkaline waters of Pyramid Lake, Nev. The fish thrived in Lenore — as well as farther north in Douglas County's Grimes Lake — to provide a popular selective fishery for anglers.
New flavors of Pautzke baits work, he said.
“Mallow Balls O’ Fire, American Wildfire, Atomic Garlic and Garlic Wildfire all got woofed when the bite was on,” he said, noting that they continued to get fish when the faster bite had turned off.
“Refine your old slip sinker bait fishing techniques for better success at Rufus,” he said.
FISHING — Here's the latest fishing report from Lake Rufus Woods on the Columbia River downstream from Grande Coulee Dam.
It comes from Anton Jones (above with a 9-pound triploid rainbow) of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service.
This is a great time to fish Rufus Woods for triploid rainbows. The numbers aren’t what they were a couple of months ago, but the average size is better.
Troll smile blade flies just under the surface or cast one quarter ounce black roostertails to catch fish around the lower three net pens. If that isn’t happening, move up to the lower pens and fish green or red Pautzke’s fire bait off the bottom with a slip sinker rig.
If the current is pushing good, add a Mack’s smile blade in front of the bait to attract those fat boys.
FLY FISHING — From the looks of the photo above, Joe Roope of Castaway Fly Shop in Coeur d'Alene had a good time last week living large with the fat rainbows on Argentina's Jurassic Lake.
FISHING — While many river anglers are in a deep funk over the unusually high water, fishermen focused on Lake Rufus Woods been coming home with huge smiles — and even bigger fish — for several weeks.
Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of fish released from commercial net pens have been feeding a fantastic fishery in the reservoir downstream from Grand Coulee Dam.
I've been asking successful anglers to report their top methods, and the answers have been interesting in that there's been no single way to catch the notoriously portly fish. Almost every reasonable presentation seems to have been working. Here are two examples.
“Bouncing weighted jigs on the bottom with power bait. With anise scent on the plug. We drifted around the pins. There were six of us that went and we limited out in an hour. Super fantastic fish. I attached a picture of them, pay attention to the pop can in the middle to see how big these suckers were. Couldn't have asked for a better day.”
FISHING — Despite the extremely low water level of 121 feet below full pool and only 3 ramps accessible for anglers, 373 contestants in 192 boats competed in the 9th annual Trout and Salmon Derby out of Lake Koocanusa Resort last weekend.
Doug Florey of Bonners Ferry won the event’s top Trout Division prize of $2,088 with 11 pounds of fish.
Second Place, $1,492, went to Max Schnader of Troy, Mont., with 9.4 pounds.
Very few Kokanee were caught, owing to the cool weather and layr development of nutrients in the lake, according to Randie and Randy Burch, the resort’s owners and contest sponsors.
The competition, however, was incredibly close.
Bobby George of Priest River won first place prize of $746 in the Salmon Division with 20 kokanee weighing 3.8 pounds.
Second place, $448, went to Neil Norman of Kellogg with 3.6 pounds. Third place, $299, went to Vern Gregg of Potlatch with 3.5 pounds.