Posts tagged: walleye
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FISHING — New fishing regulations with more liberal limits take effect Monday, April 1, on Lake Roosevelt, and the lower reaches of the San Poil and Spokane Rivers.
Here are the details from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Action: The daily walleye bag limit for Lake Roosevelt, the lower San Poil River, and the lower Spokane River will increase to 16 fish with no size restriction. In addition, the lower Spokane River from mouth (SR 25 Bridge) upstream to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam will open for walleye fishing April 1.
Effective Date: April 1 at 12:01 a.m. until further notice
Species affected: Walleye
Reason for action: In early March, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved new fishing regulations designed to increase harvest on an overabundant walleye populations in Lake Roosevelt and the lower Spokane River. Besides providing additional fishing opportunities for anglers, these changes will help to reduce walleye predation on native fish populations as well as the number of small walleye in those waters. The permanent regulations approved by the Commission will take effect May 1, 2013.
The emergency regulations will effectively initiate these changes April 1, 2013, a month sooner, to expedite the goals of the Commission's permanent rules for Lake Roosevelt and the lower Spokane River. In addition, they apply the 16-fish daily limit for walleye to the lower San Poil River, which also has an overabundance of the species.
Other information: All other WDFW fishing regulations for Lake Roosevelt, Spokane River, and San Poil River remain in effect.
Recreational fishing in Lake Roosevelt, and in the San Poil River between Boundary A to Boundary C, requires a Washington State freshwater license and compliance with established State fishing regulations. The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) have established non-tribal recreational fishing regulations which differ from State regulations in this area. Be advised that anglers fishing in this area may be checked by tribal enforcement officers for a tribal license.
All waters upstream of Boundary C (above the 1310 mean sea elevation) and within the CCT Reservation boundary are under the regulatory authority of the CCT. For CCT fishing information call (509) 634-2110.
FISHING — Word is out around the Big Horn Show that the Spokane Tribe has issued a bounty on walleyes payable to tribal members who bring in spawning-season fish from Lake Roosevelt, apparently from the Spokane Arm.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials confirm the tribe has some sort of bounty in place, but the regional fisheries manager with the details has not been available.
The Spokane Tribe has not yet returned a called made this afternoon.
While I'm awaiting word from official sources, Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman magazine has a little more on the issue.
FISHING Walleye, — It's official! The Idaho Fish and Game Department has confirmed a state record walleye was caught Saturday in Oakley Reservoir by Damon Rush of Pocatello.
The fish weighted 17 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 34.5 inches long and 21.875 inches in girth.
The fish reportedly hit a Rapala fished on 14-pound test line in the reservoir southeast of Twin Falls. In outweighed the previous record — also caught in Oakley — by 2 ounces.
COLUMBIA RIVER — The level of Lake Roosevelt continues to rise significantly every day and a few anglers — very few at this point — are finding more boat launches open — and the fishing isn't bad, either.
The water temperature in the Spokane Arm was 57 degrees today. We caught walleye and smallmouth bass.
Thanks to my fishing partners, Jim Kujala and Dave Ross, I know that there are some pretty good size walleye and smallmouth bass in the water.
And if it weren't for them seeding my fish bag a little, I wouldn't be able to tell you that there's roughly twice as much meat on a 14-inch walleye as there is on a 12-incher.
FLY FISHING — A friend just back from fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the Missouri near Craig, Mont., said all of his action was on nymphs. (Uh, remember we're talking about fishing.)
“One 20-inch fish, sporadic pods so lots of time without fish,” he said.
“The owner of Headhunters (Fly Shop in Craig) and one of his guides were fishing on their own, not trout but buggering for walleye at the dam, getting big ones. They said they had to fish the patterns verly slowly and they could barely feel the hits.”