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It May Be Cold, But Area Lakes Feature Hot Fishing

Winter weather hasn’t put a chill on all fishing activity in the region.

Tyler Pinkerton of Spokane was with his father, Scott, when they hooked a 20-inch monster rainbow recently at Hog Canyon Lake. The Pinkertons were fishing in open water near the launch. Hog Canyon and nearby Fourth of July Lakes are open for fishing through March 31.

Meanwhile, anglers should be pleased that recent cold weather has slowed flows that were at flood stage two weeks ago. The water has clearned in the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.

“In spring, the best time to steelhead fish is right after a high-water period,” said Larry Barrett, Idaho Fish and Game department biologist.

With only 2,000 B-run steelhead expected to enter Dworshak Hatchery this year, he said the spring forecast is for generally slow fishing. “But there will be hot periods,” he said.

Also, Priest Lake Guide Service has resumed fishing for mackinaw. Blustery weather might deter some anglers, said operator Gary Brookshire. “But the fish don’t know the difference.”