Some lakes in the region have special attractions for certain types of anglers.
Bead Lake north of Newport, for example, has lake trout and a small kokanee fishery, but it’s prized by anglers willing to put in considerable time to fish deep for freshwater ling.
Known as burbot, these fish are unusual looking but excellent on the table. The Washington state-record 17.37-pound burbot was caught here in 2004.
The public access to the lake is managed by the Colville National Forest rangers in Newport, (509) 447- 7300.
Kids and people with disabilities can have the fishing at Bear Lake all to themselves.
The Spokane County Park lake off U.S. Highway 2 is open year-round for bass, perch and catfish, and it’s stocked each spring with trout. It has a dock to make fishing easier for this special clientele. Adults must have a fishing license if they plan on doing any “assisting” with the kids’ fishing rods.