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Go Fishing 2014

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

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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 allow, but anglers determined to get their fair share of the run have been traveling to lower Columbia River for the earlier fisheries.  Once again, fisheries managers from Washington and Oregon have allocated 75 percent of the total 2014 sportfishing harvest to fisheries below Bonneville, where there are more anglers.
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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 through November, in which participants draw their partner for the event. Boaters are paired with non-boaters.

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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 generations. It’s a go-to species for anglers whether they’re on top of their game or down on their luck.
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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, will have “decent numbers” of rainbow trout 10-11 inches, triploids running about 16 inches and brood fish of about 19 inches. There will also be a good population of brown trout from 8-20 inches.
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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 payout including $2,500 for the top rainbow and $1,200 for the top mackinaw plus daily awards and a kokanee division thanks to the 13-year effort to revive the kokanee fishery from the brink of collapse. Derby is shortened to nine days this year.
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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, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife inland lakes manager.
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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 event features the eight films edited for the Fly Fishing Film Tour to be shown at the Panada Theater on Friday night followed by the four films in the International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Saturday night.
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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 will be in good conditions for Saturday’s opener. “The ice came off some of the lakes sooner this spring,” said Bill Baker, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist.
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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 generations. They know the table will be set.

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Free fishing events Saturday at north Idaho ponds

FISHING -- Saturday, June 14, is free fishing day in Idaho – no license required – and the state is boosting the attraction by offering fishing events geared to kids and novices. All other rules and catch limits apply on Saturday, but anyone, including nonresidents,...
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Free fishing event for kids at Post Falls

FISHING -- A "Just for Kids Fishing Derby" for kids ages 5-14 is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 14 at Falls Park, 305 W. 4th Ave. in Post Falls. Awards will be given for fun competitions. Participants should bring their own fishing rod...
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Women’s Fly fishing clinic set at private stocked pond

FISHING -- Spokane members of Trout Unlimited are organizing a women-only fly fishing clinic at a private lake stocked with trout on June 21. The all-day event is geared to beginners, complete with materials, but ladies and girls who have experience and simply want to...

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Free fishing days coming up; no license required

FISHING – Washington and Idaho are among the many states offering free fishing – no fishing license required – on designated days in June. Washington will allow anglers to fish without a license Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. Idaho has a single Free Fishing Day...
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Enter contest for week of Los Cabos tuna fishing

FISHING -- Anglers who long for a reel-screaming tug on their lines should take a minute to put their names in the hat of a contest for $7,500 expense-paid slots on a team in the Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot. Of course,...
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Washington’s new fishing regulation pamphlet published

FISHING -- Washington's new 2014-15 fishing regulations pamphlet, with rules that go into effect on Thursday, May 1, is available at license dealers and online. While this isn't a major year for fishing rule changes, be sure to check the regs for seasons and rules...
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Loon Lake provides worthy opening day alternative

FISHING -- A few -- very few -- area anglers bucked the trend to fish the popular Washington put-and-take trout lakes on last weekend's lowland lake opener. They were pleased with the results at Loon Lake north of Spokane, which is known for lake trout...
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Opening day angler makes play out of bait fishing

FISHING -- Play-Doh or Powerbait? I always learn something by making rounds on the opening day of Washington lowland lake fishing seasons, and Saturday was no exception. Two mature women were fishing from the dock at Fishtrap Lake Resort, as they have many times, working...
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Inland Northwest fishing clubs listed

FISHING -- Join the group! Here's a list of Inland Northwest fishing-related clubs: Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club Inland Empire Bass Club Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club Inland Northwest Wildlife Council North Idaho Pike Association Kelly Creek Fly Casters North Idaho Fly Casters Panhandle Bass...
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Results from opening day fishing lakes

FISHING -- A mixed bag of weather couldn't keep anglers from reaping a fine harvest of trout Saturday and Sunday during the opening weekend of Washington's lowland lake fishing season. Check out these results from Washington Fish and Wildlife Department creel checks for a hint...
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Weather can’t chill opening day fishing success

FISHING -- Anglers got a chilly start to the lowland lakes fishing season today, but in the end, it was thousands of fish that were hooked, landed and iced. Five-fish daily limits were common among anglers who dressed warmly enough to endure temperatures that were...
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Washington Fly Fishing Fair in Ellensburg

FISHING – The annual Washington Fly Fishing Fair is expanding in 2014 far beyond a fly-tying gathering to a two-day event packed with casting workshops, a nine-hole casting course and a slate of more than a dozen seminars. The programs cover fishing tactics for waters...
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Anglers: Rainy morning prime for hunting nightcrawlers

FISHING -- Get your lard outta bed! Fishing season opens Saturday, but this morning is a prime opportunity to stock up on nightcrawlers. Rain has forced them out of the ground and onto the street where they're easy pickin's. Robins are on the prowl, but...
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Accessible fishing pier built at Steamboat Rock State Park

FISHING -- A new ADA-accessible fishing pier has been installed at Steamboat Rock State Park near Electric City. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the boat launch on Banks Lake, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission says. The...
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Mar Don Resort lures anglers with special deal

FISHING -- With the spotlight this week shining on the lowland trout fishing season that opens Saturday, lakes that are open to fishing year-round are temporarily in the shadows. MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir has a plan to capture some attention to its fine facilities...
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It’s the buzz: fishing season opens Saturday

FISHING -- I just got off the air with KXLY radio host Bud Namek to discus Saturday's opening of Washington's lowland trout lake fishing season -- and the special advance coverage we'll be publishing Thursday in S-R Outdoors. See a preview of what "opening day"...
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IFG says Pend Oreille kokanee limits could be raised

FISHING -- They were cautious at first, allowing a daily limit of just six kokanee last year for the first kokanee fishing season since 1999 at Lake Pend Oreille. But Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say surveys continue to show the fishery has recovered...
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Snake River spring chinook fishing opens April 27

FISHING – Two sections of the Snake River below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon Thursday, April 24. Two other sections of the river below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam will open April...
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Two Rivers spring fishing derby postponed on Roosevelt

FISHING -- Trout Derby reset by Roosevelt levels OUTFISH – The annual Two Rivers Spring Trout Derby at Lake Roosevelt has been postponed because of this year’s deep drawdown of Lake Roosevelt, said organizer Dan Kieffer. The event, originally set for next weekend, April 26-27,...
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Video: Early-season fly fishing on North Idaho streams

FISHING -- Sean Visintainer of Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley has produced a series of informational fly fishing videos that take the mystery out of rigging up and presenting flies to trout in the pre-runoff shoulder season. This one's titled: Fly Fishing NF...
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Video: Pre-runoff fly fishing tactics for cutthroat streams

FISHING -- Sean Visintainer of Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley has produced a series of informational fly fishing videos that take the mystery out of rigging up and presenting flies to trout in the pre-runoff shoulder season. This one's titled: Pre-Runoff Fly Fishing...
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Video: Pre-runoff streamer fishing tips for St. Joe River

FISHING - Put on an extra layer of fleece and get ready to fly fish the pre-runoff period on area rivers -- as well as the post-runoff period before prime flows return. How do you fish these "shoulder" seasons? FISHING -- Sean Visintainer of Silver...