Go Fishing 2013

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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  • 2013 outdoors: Fishing highlights

    The total 2013 count of about 953,225 adult fall chinook in the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam this year smashed the record of 610,244 set in 2003. The chinook run …

  • Field reports: Missouri River brown trout grow in size

    FISHING – Fly fishers have been reporting standout fishing for bigger brown trout on the Missouri River upstream from Great Falls this year, and there’s proof they weren’t telling fish …

  • April Vokey sets hooks in mostly male sport of fly fishing

    “You’re not going to write about the ‘being a woman in a male-dominated sport’ thing, are you?” she said politely near the end of our interview. “That’s old, boring and …

  • Landers: Aerator should solve fish problem

    West Medical Lake is churning with the promise of great fishing when the 2014 season opens on the fourth Saturday of April. Thanks to local fly fishing clubs, a new …

  • Out & About: Idaho hooks kids on steelheading

    OUTFISH – A youth steelhead clinic held on the Snake River recently accomplished its goal by netting more than just fish.

  • Autumn surprise: Fall is becoming prime time for tuna

    Sometime early next summer, probably late June, 60-degree subtropical ocean currents will push close to the chilly waters off the Northwest Coast. Albacore tuna and other fishes from far-flung southern …

  • B-Run blues affect steelhead fishing derby

    The Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will be held Nov. 23-30 despite the closure of a large section of the Clearwater River to harvest of steelhead more than 28 inches long. …

  • Anglers tapping record run of king salmon this season

    Four lucky anglers found their way to the Ringold Springs boat launch in the pre-dawn darkness last week and used flashlights to find their fishing guide. They’d booked a salmon …

  • Landers: Chinook too young to be mammoth

    Two hot fishing topics emerged this week: • Where are the behemoths in the Columbia River’s record run of chinook salmon?

  • Out & About: Record salmon run threat to dogs

    OUTFISH – For dog owners, there is a downside to this year’s record-breaking return of fall chinook in the Snake River basin. Anglers are catching many of those fish and …

  • Limit intake of river fish, states say

    SALEM – Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile …

  • Some Seven Devils lakes stocked with trout

    Trout are stocked in about two dozen named lakes and a few unnamed waters in the Seven Devils Mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness, but some lakes are not stocked …

  • Father, son steelheaders have method to their madness

    In a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein, it’s said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, you might …

  • Steelhead counts down but salmon numbers up in Snake River

    The annual return of A-run steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries, normally the most reliable of Idaho’s anadromous fish runs, won’t tickle the record books this year. Just …

  • Field reports: Washington proposes fishing rule changes

    FISHING – Sportfishing rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be explained in a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the …

  • Field reports: Pink salmon flood into Puget Sound

    FISHING – More than 6.2 million pink salmon are surging into Puget Sound this month in their return that occurs on odd-numbered years, according to the Washington Department of Fish …

  • Lunker trout a record of sorts

    A monster trout legally harvested by a Lapwai man would crush the existing Idaho state record providing the fish is determined to be a pure rainbow trout. But even if …

  • Kokanee Kid has tips to share

    Jeremy Jahn, aka the Kokanee Kid, has a website ( kokaneekidfishing.com) with a mission statement “to convert all fishermen into kokanee addicts.” Although he’s from Salem, Jahn believes some kokanee …

  • Colvilles celebrate $50 million hatchery

    BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Cheers went up when Colville tribal fisherman Mylan Williams hauled a 20-pound chinook out of the Columbia River with a dip net. Then hats came off in …

  • Field reports: North Idaho’s ‘year of the kokanee’ includes Hayden Lake

    FISHING – Kokanee are either reviving or flourishing in one of the most encouraging seasons in years for the popular sport fish in North Idaho. Highlights include: • Lake Pend …

  • Eastern Washington’s top trout lakes surveyed

    FISHING — Despite strong winds that picked up by late morning, Saturday’s opener of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season produced some excellent fishing throughout much of Eastern Washington. Click on …

  • A boy’s first fish: hooked on the moment

    FISHING — I feel sorry for parents who don’t take their kids fishing. They don’t know what they’re missing. See a few hints about what they’re missing in my Sunday …

  • First fish caught at 12:02 a.m. at Fishtrap

    FISHING — Eleven-year-old Cameron Earnshaw of Kennewick caught the first fish of the season off the docks at Fishtrap Lake Resort on Saturday — two minutes after the season opened …

  • NE Wash. opening day fishing report

    Washington Fish and Wildlife Department April 28, 2013, opening day fishing survey results and comments of local biologists on the top lakes in Spokane, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

  • Okanogan County opening day fishing report

    Washington Fish and Wildlife Department April 28, 2013, opening day fishing survey results and comments of local biologists on the top lakes in Okanogan County.

  • Grant County opening day fishing report

    Washington Fish and Wildlife Department April 28, 2013, opening day fishing survey results and comments of local biologists on the top lakes in Grant County.

  • 2013 Inland Northwest Fishing Map

    Regional map of fishing spots in the Inland Northwest.

  • A boy’s first fish

    After considerable effort and a few near misses at Williams Lake, Quinn Connacher, 6, of Spokane caught his first fish. Once the trout was netted, the boy got a huge high five before he pranced and danced in celebration on the Bunker’s Resort dock. He didn’t care about the five-fish limit. As soon as his stepfather gathered their minimal gear, the boy made a beeline up to the campground to show off his prize. The rainbow may have grown a little larger by the time he finished telling the story.



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