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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Nov. 2

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 1:10 p.m.

Fly fishing

The annual SFF Fly Auction will be held Nov. 15 at the St. Francis School on Heroy with bidding beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 for check-in and viewing.

The Spokane River continues to fish well. Bwos are getting a lot of attention. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene is also good below Prichard in the slower pools, and St. Joe cutthroat are still taking dry flies.

Wayne Jordan from Silver Bow Fly Shop fished Amber Lake recently and said fishing was excellent. There was some surface action with chironomids in the afternoon. Best fishing was with chironomids or balanced leeches in the shallows along the banks. He also reported water boatman were working well.

Steelhead and salmon

The Grande Ronde is fishing well again for steelhead, the Clearwater has been fair, and the Snake a little better than that.

Trout and kokanee

All the small planted trout in Rock Lake seem to have migrated to the north end, so if you are targeting larger ’bows and browns, stay about a mile south of the inlet creek along the eastern shoreline. Trollers dragging an assortment of lures and flies are finding fish running 12-16 inches. Launching a boat at Rock – particularly one over 14 feet – can be an ordeal. Be careful not to get the trailer tires over the drop-off on the gravel “ramp.” At best, launching at Rock is a two-man job, and one of them should be wearing hip boots.

Sprague Lake trollers did not do as well this week as the still fishermen who plunked Power Bait or worm and marshmallow “sandwiches” near Sprague Lake Resort or between the island and Four Seasons Resort. The trout caught ranged from 9 inches and up to 6 pounds.

Trout fishing on Lake Roosevelt has ranged from fair to excellent, with some of the better reports coming from Hawk Creek at about 20 feet. Most of the fish are 12-18 inches, but anglers who went deeper were finding larger trout as well as an occasional kokanee – the first heard of in a couple of months.

Rufus Woods can provide great trout fishing if the water is right. This week, though, it wasn’t – with low water and no current. Anglers there who moved their efforts over to Banks Lake did no better on trout.

Non-fly fishing friends who fished Amber Lake recently said they caught some small trout trolling small single-hook barbless Fire Tiger size 60 Hotshots to the far end, but had their most success with 3.5-inch white tube jigs in the rocks. They said the smallest was 15 inches and the largest was 22 inches.

Kokanee are biting at Lake Chelan, with most of the fish coming from the vicinity of the blue roofed condominiums. Most of the fish are deep – near the 100-foot mark, and running about 13 inches.

Omak Lake is the place to be this fall for large Lahontan cutthroat. Spoons trolled along the shorelines have taken numerous fish over 5 pounds.

Antilon Lake, just outside of Manson, Washington, is loaded with brown trout of 12 inches and better. Casting Roostertails or Kastmasters is popular there, but fly fishermen have also made good catches recently.

Lake Coeur d’Alene in the vicinity of Higgins Point remains good for kokanee – both spawners and young fish. Most of them are down around 50 feet. Coeur d’Alene kokes spawn later than in a lot of Washington lakes, and the flesh is still good.

Spiny ray

Few walleye reports have come in lately, but one angler said he did well near Kettle Falls on fish running 13-17 inches.

Crappie are still hitting under the I-90 Bridge over Moses Lake. They aren’t big, however, and it takes a lot of sorting to catch a limit of the 9-inch keepers. The crappie at Potholes Reservoir are generally larger, and fishing from the MarDon dock has been excellent at times.

Other species

Razor clam digs have recently been approved for evening digs during low tides on the following beaches:

  • Thursday, 6:03 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Copalis
  • Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

WDFW has also tentatively scheduled another dig for Dec. 1-4, pending results of future toxin tests.


WDFW is accepting letters of interest through Dec. 31 for membership on its Master Hunter Advisory Group. Applicants for membership must already be a certified master hunter and must submit a letter of interest explaining: 1) why they want to be a member of the Master Hunter Advisory Group, 2) what qualifies them to be a member, and 3) how they can help the group achieve its goals. The letters must include contact information (phone number, email address, mailing address, county of residence) and permission for WDFW to conduct a criminal background check. Send to Kris Thorson at

Washington pheasant hunters report better hunting this year in the Palouse than in the last five years. A friend hunting near Lamont said he walked into a flock of roughly 30 birds and collected two roosters.

Late season general whitetail buck season runs Nov. 11-19 in select units. Seniors, youth and disabled may shoot a doe or a buck in Deer Area 1050, and antlerless only in Deer Areas 1060, 1070 and 1080.

Waterfowl hunters are waiting for the northern migrations to begin. Hunters in the scablands southwest of Spokane say they have never seen so much standing water in the area, and are hoping the birds get there before ice forms.

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