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Go Fishing 2014

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest.

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  • Thu., May 1, 2014

    Photo: Millennia later, dregs of an Ice Age

    Reader photo: Dry Falls Lake, Wash, shown about 13,000 years after the Ice Age Floods.

  • Sun., April 27, 2014

    Taking a shine to spring chinook

    Inland Northwest spring chinook anglers tend to wait for the most oil-rich of salmon to come to them. Indeed, action during short upriver seasons can be frantic when water conditions …

  • Sun., April 27, 2014

    Bass Club welcomes boatless anglers aboard

    No boat? That’s not a problem for anglers who want to compete in Inland Northwest bass fishing tournaments. The Spokane Bass Club features eight club tournaments a year, from March …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014, 6:07 a.m.

    Rich Landers: Timelessness of cutthroats lures all anglers

    The westslope cutthroat trout is like chicken soup for the fly fisher’s soul. Angling for this native of the mountain streams in Idaho and Montana has been passed down through …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Fishing Opening Day traditions run generations deep

    It’s no secret that Saturday is the opening day of Washington’s lowland lake trout fishing season. Some families have opening day perpetually marked on their calendar, as they have for …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Angling for dollars

    Why should a fisherman work when there are so many opportunities to angle for dollars? Among them: K&K Spring Derby, April 26-May 4 at Lake Pend Oreille, with a $15,000 …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Sturdy rainbow a favored fish

    Rainbow trout are the species of choice for raising at the region’s fish hatcheries and stocking in Eastern Washington lakes. They have the best combination of qualities, said Chris Donley, …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Fly film festival in Sandpoint

    Fly casting champion Tim Rajeff is coming to North Idaho this weekend and he’s just one part of the celebrity action during the two-day Sandpoint Fly Fishing Film Festival. The …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Northeastern lakes heat up early: ice-off ahead of schedule for fishermen

    A few northeastern Washington lakes are known for pumping out some of the state’s top catch rates during the opening week of the lowland lake fishing season. Even more lakes …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Know before you go: fishing regulations

    Eastern Washington has hundreds of fishing lakes with various mixes of fish species to suit the taste of any freshwater angler. The waters also have different fishing seasons and many …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Where to rent fishing boats

    Northeastern Washington has a wealth of family resorts that cater to anglers – including those who need to rent a boat. Area lakes with resorts that have been renting small …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Trout and kokanee Anglers planning to fish the put-and-take lakes in Spokane County on opening day can expect good fishing, says regional fish biologist, Randy Osborne. Clear Lake, he says, …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    A palatable quest for panfish

    Panfish – perch, bluegills and crappie – are among the tastiest morsels naturally reproducing in the region’s lakes. The Spokane region’s perch lakes include panfishing lakes include Eloika, Bonnie, Downs, …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    In Brief: Spring chinook season kicks off

    SALMON – Two sections of the Snake River in Washington below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon today for what biologists are predicting …

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    Gauging smallmouth

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

  • Thu., April 24, 2014

    History awaits anglers

    Some anglers already have proven this year that record-size fish continue to ply the region’s waters. Sometimes blind luck plays a role in catching a state-record fish. But in many …


Photo galleries

  • A snapshot of opening day fishing

    The opening day of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season is a timeless tradition for many Inland Northwest families. The fishing action and camaraderie that lures anglers to area lakes on the fourth Saturday in April is the common denominator year after year. Outdoors editor Rich Landers has been covering opening day for more than 35 years. His photos from a recent season opener at Spokane area lakes captures the essence of the day.