Go Fishing 2011

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region’s fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.


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  • Biologists ponder options for PDO River pike boom

    The northern pike explosion in the Pend Oreille River in the past seven years has spawned excitement for fishermen and a major headache for biologists. The Washington Department of Fish …


  • Landers: Fishing report includes plenty of positives

    Some people just assume fish will be teeming in the rivers and lakes when they get the urge to pick up a fishing rod, just as they were last year …


  • Area lowland fisheries prime

    The season isn’t open yet, but the fishing has been good the past two weeks for Chris Donley, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Spokane district fisheries biologist. Recently he pulled …


  • Late April for springers

    Although a decision isn’t likely until the end of this week, a spring chinook salmon season is likely to open in phases on the Washington portion of the Snake River …


  • Opening day not same everywhere

    There’s no single opening day for fishing in Washington. Fishing seasons open throughout the year, including major waters that open on March 1, April 1 and, of course, the popular …


  • Take your limit, please

    Smallmouth bass are becoming one of the region’s most abundant fisheries, and fish managers say anglers should make a point to take home limits of smallmouths whenever they can from …


  • Year-round fishing a success

    Opening day is a thing of the past for anglers in the Idaho Panhandle. “People will be getting used to our new rules this year as we’ve pretty much gone …


  • Something for everyone

    Eastern Washington has hundreds of fishing waters with various mixes of fish species to suit the taste of any freshwater angler. Trout priority lakes, such as Badger, Fishtrap, West Medical …


  • Angler offers gourmet approach to baiting hook

    Mick Palanuk of Grand Coulee offered this recipe for success after hearing other anglers vent their frustration in foiled quests to harvest trout. 1. Put a handful of miniature marshmallows …


  • In brief: Seminars, events for anglers

    Catch up on 2011 fishing activities scheduled in the Inland Northwest in this collection of brief items, from fly fishing gear swaps and walleye tournaments to kid fishing events.


  • Idaho opens more boat inspection stations

    Idaho has increased the number of mandatory watercraft inspection stations that are open in the Panhandle to three with two more opening in May. All boats will be inspected for …


  • ‘Take me fishing’ trailer aimed at kids

    Idaho Fish and Game will be wheeling out “Take Me Fishing Trailers” packed with fishing rods and tackle for Idaho Panhandle kids to use free at trout-stocked ponds in June. …


  • Kokanee are back at CDA

    Take it from the record number of bald eagles that gathered to feast on spawning salmon this winter: Kokanee have made a comeback at Lake Coeur d’Alene. The turn-around has …


  • Net-pen fisheries superb

    Residents and anglers around several Eastern Washington lakes take great pride in boosting the trout fishing by tending net pens of trout to be released for anglers. The top net …


  • Good news, bad news for pike fishing

    Pend Oreille River northern pike are Washington’s big boom fishey. But fish managers say they’re headed for a bust if something isn’t done. Fishing for pike into the 20-pound range …


  • Lead tackle restricted at 13 northern Washington lakes

    Starting this season, certain lead fishing tackle will not be allowed for fishing at 13 northern Washington lakes to help protect nesting loons. The Eastern Washington lakes are:


  • Anglers reel in details on quality fishing lakes

    Some people just assume fish will be teeming in the rivers and lakes when they get the urge to pick up a fishing rod, just as they were last year …


  • 2011 Inland Northwest Fishing Map

    Download the map of Inland Northwest fishing waters from The Spokesman-Review’s 2011 fishing guide. Page 1 is the map, and pages 2 and 3 list lakes, rivers and creeks with license and fee information and a key to what kind of fish you can expect to find in each waterway. Use your PDF viewer’s zoom function to see the map and legend in greater detail.


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