Those small blotchy-sided rainbow trout that enthusiastically greet fly fishers’ dry flies on Idaho’s famous cutthroat streams are a bit of a mystery even to biologists.
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.
Trout fishing in Washington lakes reaches shifts into another gear on Saturday when several hundred lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish open for a six-month season.
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.
Wildfires that scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in 2015 have left some northeastern Washington fishing waters inaccessible at least for the start of the 2016 fishing season.
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.
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.
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.
One of the busiest days of the year is coming up for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Marine Unit – opening day of the state’s general fishing season.
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.