The Mark’s Marine spring seminar series is winding down tonight with Jeff Smith of Fins and Feathers tackle shop presenting a program on Pike Fishing Local Waters starting at 6:30 p.m. at 14355 N. Government Way in Hayden.
• Fly Fishing Gear Swap, May 14-15, Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley, 924-9998.
• K&K Spring Derby on Lake Pend Oreille, April 23-May 1; payout for the top five places for rainbow and mackinaw. Tickets $40 for adults, no charge for youth, available at most fishing and boating stores, including Wholesale Sports, White Elephant and Mark’s Marine. Organized by Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club, (208) 448-1365.
Kids’ Fish-In sign-up due
April 18 is the deadline to register for the May 7 Spokane Kid’s Fishing Event for youths age 5-14.
The $10 per child fee includes a T-shirt, rod and reel, plus help in catching and cleaning up to three trout.
Kids are assigned to 45-minute slots at the Fairchild AFB access site on Clear Lake.
Registration forms are available at the WDFW office in Spokane Valley, or can be downloaded at tinyurl.com/wdfwKids.
Upcoming trout/salmon fishing derbies include:
• Lester B. Smith Memorial Pike Tournament, April 30-May 1; a two-person team event on the Coeur d’Alene system launching out of Harrison. Entry: $50 per team.
Contact: Fins and Feathers in Coeur d’Alene, (208) 667-9304.
• Lake Roosevelt Two Rivers Spring Fishing Derby, April 16-17; pays the top four places for both largest rainbow and largest kokanee. Entry $25; forms available at White Elephant, Tobler Marina and Two Rivers RV Park.
Info: (800) 722-4031.
Fishing for dollars
The 2011 Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Season, which pays anglers a bounty of up to $8 a fish, will run May 1-Sept. 30 on the Columbia River from the mouth to the Tri-Cities and up the Snake to Lewiston.
Earn a bonus of $500 for catching a tagged fish. A few anglers have earned more than $40,000 a season.
Boyer Park on the Snake River has been tops among the 17 check stations for collecting pikeminnows from anglers in recent years.
Details: (800) 858-9015; pikeminnow.org/
Free fishing days set in June
Anglers can get cheap thrills in June during “free-fishing days” in Idaho and Washington.
• Idaho will waive the basic fishing license requirement for residents and non-residents alike on June 11.
• Washington drops the license requirement on June 11-12.
Anglers must check fishing regulations for waters they intend to fish, since all other catch limits and rules apply.
Fish consumption guidelines offered
Advisories for how much fish should be consumed from area waters that may be affected by mercury, PCBs or other contaminants are available in:
These advisories are especially important for children and pregnant women.
Walleye series tournaments set
The 2011 Washington State Walleye Circuit includes five tournaments with cash prizes, coordinated by NorthWest Walleyes (northwestwalleye.com/):
• May 7-8: Rod Meseberg Spring Walleye Classic at Potholes Reservoir.
• May 21-22: Big Wally’s/Valley Marine Spring Walleye Classic at Banks Lake.
• June 4-5: Moses Lake Walleye Classic.
• June 25-26: Washington Governor’s Cup at Lake Roosevelt, based in Kettle Falls.
• July 30-31: Washington State Walleye Championship at Lake Roosevelt, based in Kettle Falls.
Derby targets Flathead macks
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have pooled up to $150,000 in cash prizes for this year’s Flathead Lake Spring Mack Days fishing tournament in an effort to entice more anglers and reduce the lake trout population.
The competition runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March 11 through May 22.
Preregister online: mackdays.com.
Info: (406) 883-2888 ex. 7289.
CdA kokanee fatten chinooks
The kokanee recovery in Lake Coeur d’Alene has been a boon for the lake’s chinook salmon fishery.
“Chinook have taken advantage of the abundant prey and are growing better than they have in several years,” said Jim Fredericks, regional fisheries manager.
“Anglers have been finding 18-20 pound fish, which for this time of year is outstanding.”
Fly fishing tip
Some fly fishers tie their small-diameter fluorocarbon tippets to a stretchy monofilament leader to get the best of both worlds from the two different materials: invisible strength of the fluorocarbon (about 50 percent less visible and 10 times stronger than mono) plus shock absorption.