Heather Hodson is on a mission to remind fly fishers about an often-neglected angle to the sport. “It’s really fun,” she said.
A state-record trout is swimming in Jim Moore Pond in southeast Idaho. Last week, 3,600 catchable-sized tiger trout were stocked in the tiny impoundment near Roberts by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department’s “Take Me Fishing” trailers have geared up and scheduled 16 days of equipping novice anglers for fishing fun at Idaho Panhandle lakes. Stocked with fishing tackle, the trailers travel to local fishing spots to promote fishing.
FISHING – Washington’s 2015 salmon fishing seasons were approved this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, with some Puget Sound fisheries constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. For coastal waters, a recreational chinook catch quota of 64,000 fish was set, an increase of 4,900 fish from 2014’s quota.
Fly fishing can sometimes be just like any other method for hooking a trout. Sometimes fly fishers get their jollies casting a weighted Woolly Bugger and stripping it back as fast as possible to trigger strikes – much like casting a Rooster Tail spinner.
Saturday’s opening of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season was blustery, wet and cold, but anglers who toughed out the conditions were handsomely rewarded. Overall, Spokane-region lakes produced some of the best opening day fishing in years, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife surveys.
While trout are the most popular species sought by freshwater fishermen in the region, according to agency surveys, many anglers were hooked into the sport by panfish. Perch, bluegills and crappie can offer lots of action and tasty white-flesh table fare.
Fly fishing Because of consistent insect hatches in April and May, West Medical Lake would be an excellent choice for fly fishermen on the Saturday opener.
The one-time bounty of steelhead stocked in Sprague Lake last year is catching on with anglers. “They’re doing really well and are certainly contributing to the fishery,” said Randall Osborne, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist.
Chapman Lake, a once-popular trout and kokanee fishery south of Cheney, will remain closed to drive-in public access this season. After decades of providing sportsman access, owners of the former Chapman Lake Resort locked the gates in 2011 on the only road access to the lake.