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Go Fishing 2016

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Trout may change game for anglers at Lake Spokane

While traditional lowland trout lakes are in the spotlight this week following the season opener on Saturday, the Spokane River reservoir behind Long Lake Dam also is the region’s newest trout fishing destination.

Halibut success curtails 2016 seasons

Washington anglers have become so efficient at hooking halibut, state fish managers say they'll keep the same catch quota but add more restrictions this year to maintain a season and prevent overharvesting the prized fishery.

Variety of small vessels usher anglers to more fish

While many fish are caught from shore or wading, an angler with a boat can access far more water. Anglers effectively use boats ranging from little more than boards to huge boats. There’s something to fit every angler’s budget and storage limitations.

Washington tags trout for derby prizes

Some of the rainbow trout stocked in Washington lakes that open for fishing on Saturday are wearing tags that could make even an average fish the catch of the day. About 700 rainbow trout stocked in 105 of the lakes statewide have tags near their dorsal fins worth a total of $20,000 in prizes.

Idaho has low-key approach to trout lakes

Fishing in the Idaho Panhandle is a year-round activity with no big general-season opening days on most waters. However, special rules can apply to individual lakes. Anglers must always check the rules when heading to unfamiliar waters.

Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for April 21

Because they’re so strong, chemically or surgically sharpened modern hooks will retain their edge a long time. If they do become dull, however, trying to sharpen them will chip the edges and make things worse. You’re better off to replace them.

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