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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  • Reel Time Fishing guide migrates to tap peak runs

    Angling is in Toby Wyatt’s blood. At 39, the Clarkston-based guide handles a fishing rod with the grace of an artist swishing a paint brush.


  • Lake Roosevelt bass escape new liberal limits

    Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting April 1, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a …


  • Field reports: Requirements enacted for fishing guides

    FISHING – Washington sport-fishing guides will have to meet basic requirements for first aid training, boat and business licensing and insurance under a law that takes effect July 28. Gov. …


  • Idaho Fish and Game Commission approves chinook seasons

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a four-day-a-week spring chinook fishing season Tuesday on short stretches of the Clearwater River and weeklong fishing on the lower Salmon, Little Salmon …


  • Anglers young and old turn out for season’s opening day

    The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families. From across the state they rendezvous at designated lakes in advance, claiming campsites, often unleashing kids in …


  • Out & About: Region’s anglers cash in on casts

    OUTPROFIT – Why should a fisherman work when there are so many opportunities to angle for dollars? Among them: • Mack Days, March 15-May 19 at Flathead Lake, with up …


  • Opening day for fishing draws families

    The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families.


  • Landers: Region a hotbed for rental fishing boats

    The Spokane region is a hotbed for rental fishing boats, relatively speaking. Anglers heading out Satuday for the opening of Washington’s lowland lake trout fishing season can choose from two …


  • Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

    Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and …


  • Steelhead run better, but still not stellar

    Steelhead anglers in the Washington-Idaho regions of the Snake River can expect decent fishing this season, although the early forecasts are a mixed bag. Fisheries managers are predicting a return …


  • 2013 is year of the kokanee for area anglers

    Region-wide forecasts suggest 2013 will be “the year of the kokanee” in the Inland Northwest. Dworshak Reservoir in Idaho and Lake Koocanusa in Montana are providing their best fishing in …


  • Northeastern trout lakes have nice variety

    Northeastern Washington trout lakes have something for everyone, especially this year. Here are the headliners for 2013, according to Bill Baker, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist


  • Anglers beware: New rules start May 1

    The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted dozens of new fishing rules that take effect May 1. Those affecting local anglers will: • Open most resident trout streams to …


  • Bluegills arrive at Sprague Lake

    Sprague Lake is in a transition this year as it’s weaned from a lunker trout fishery and emerging as a hot spot for bass and panfish. Bluegills that were in …


  • Guidebook packed with information

    Fishing Washington ($23, moon.com), an staggering compilation of fishing information for virtually all significant fishing waters, was released in a revised seventh edition last year. Terry Rudnick, who’s been fishing …


  • Walleye limits increase to help bring balance

    Anglers can pretty much catch Lake Roosevelt walleyes to their heart’s content this year under liberalized regulations designed to bring their populations into balance. Since April 1, the walleye daily …


  • Opener could be big day

    Dozens of Eastern Washington lakes managed for trout will open to fishing on April 27, and one of the standouts will be a Spokane County lake that was totally fishless …


  • Fly fishers relish various flows on cutthroat streams

    Near average snowpack reports indicate Inland Northwest trout streams this season should settle into the sweet spot between prolonged runoff and low flows dangerous to trout survival. “It should be …


  • Blast and cast all in a day

    A spring cast-and-blast trip might spell the ultimate weekend for the all-around sportsman, combining wild turkey hunting with the best time of year to catch trout in the region’s lakes. …


  • Don’t forget boat rules

    An angler’s boat needs even more attention than his tackle box in preparation for opening day. Boats that don’t meet basic requirements are subject to a fine, which would taint …


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