Posts tagged: West Medical Lake
FISHING — It's no fish story that Spokane angler Tanner Grant, his fishing buddy Branden Carter and their boys had a great time Saturday for the fishing season opener at West Medical Lake.
They have this short broadcast-quality video to prove it.
Grant shot the footage in and out of the water with his Go-Pro camera and edited the clips to perfection. Add the perfect song and it's a first-class documentary on why many of us feel sorry for parents who've never taken their kids fishing.
P.S. Notice the boys eating in the background as they watch before applying the skills they've learned from observation and a peanut-butter high. A cooler with appropriate food is an essential item for successful kid fishing trips.
FISHING — The opening day of the lowland lake fishing season is a good opportunity for sheriff deputies to contact a large number of boaters to be sure their vessels are up to snuff.
Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jay Bailey was checking boaters before they launched at West Medical Lake on Saturday.
He said about half of the boaters he checked were missing one or more of the state or county boating requirements.
High on the list of oversights was the requirement to have an onboard sounding devise — a boat horn, air horn or whistle.
Other requirements include:
FISHING — Despite a cold start, anglers warmed up to the idea of catching tons of trout on Saturday, the opening day of Washington's lowland trout fishing season.
Top producing lakes in Spokane County were Fishtrap (4.3 fish per angler) followed by Williams (despite wind and high water issues) and Badger lakes with 3.5 fish per angler.
The opening day crowd was down 40-50 percent, according the Chris Donley, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department district fisheries biologist. Unseasonably cold spring weather may have had something to do with it, he said.
West Medical Lake offered good news and bad news. On the bright side, anglers were doing quite well at catching hefty rainbows in the 15-20 inch range. However, they didn't seem to be catching many of the younger age class of fish. Donley said he was disappointed with the 2.2 fish per angler average, but that could change with warmer water.
Top lakes in northeastern Washington were Starvation (3.8 fish per angler), Rocky (3.6 fish), and Cedar (3.6 fish).
Waitts Lake also fished very well, according to Bill Baker, district fish biologist in Colville.
Lake Ellen performed poorly, partly because of cold water and partly because of a re-infestation with green sunfish and largemouth bass.
“Diamond Lake kind of fizzled, likely due mainly to water temperature — low 40 degree range,” Baker said.
Big Meadow Lake was mostly inaccessible due to snow and 95 percent ice coverage. “no one even attempted to fish it,” Baker said.
“It was a long winter, and it’s still winter in many higher elevation areas within this district.”
FISHING — The season isn't open yet, but the fishing has been good this week for Chris Donley, Washington Fish and Wildlfie Department Spokane district fisheries biologist.
On Tuesday he pulled survey gillnets that had been soaking overnight in West Medical and Fishtrap Lakes and found an exceptionally healthy crop of fat, rainbow trout.
“The fry plants from last year are enormous,” he said, pointing a cold,wet finger on a blustery day to one of the specimens coming into the boat at West Medical. “They're almost too big. Makes me wonder if cormorants or something thinned out the fry plant. I can't say for sure.
“But one thing I CAN say is that anglers are going to be very happy on opening day.”
Although many of the mixed species lakes and selective fishery waters already are open, Fishtrap, West Medical, Williams, Badger and other lowland trout fisheries won't open until April 30 — the latest possible opening date under the “last Saturday in April” rule.