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Go Fishing 2012

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.

Derby taps free-fishing

A prize totaling $500 awaits the angler who catches the biggest trout on 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.

In brief: Vehicle passes required at fishing access sites

Vehicles parking at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing access sites must display a Vehicle Access Pass or a Discover Pass. Both passes are transferable to two vehicles starting this season. The Vehicle Access Pass comes free with the purchase of a season fishing license.

License fees up, down

Washington changed its fishing license fees in 2011, but not until September, after most anglers had purchased their licenses. That leaves some anglers in for surprises when they purchase licenses for the 2012-13 seasons – and not all of them are unpleasant.

Trailer invites families to fish

Idaho Fish and Game will be wheeling out a“Take Me Fishing Trailer” packed with fishing rods and tackle for Idaho Panhandle kids to use free at trout-stocked ponds starting in May. The trailer, which debuted last year and made a couple of recent appearances for ice fishing, will make its first appearance of spring on May 3, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Fernan Lake.