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Mar Don Resort lures anglers with special deal

FISHING — With the spotlight this week shining on the lowland trout fishing season that opens Saturday, lakes that are open to fishing year-round are temporarily in the shadows.

MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir has a plan to capture some attention to its fine facilities and area fisheries that are already open and producing action.  Here's the scoop:

The Central Washington Fish Advisory Committee has purchased 800 rainbow trout 9"-11" and 256 Triploid Trout 9"-11" from Trout Lodge to be stocked in Corrall Lake before the April 26-27 weekend. 

MarDon Resort will be offering camping specials for a tent or RV site, stay Friday get Saturday 1/2 off.  Must request at time of booking.  You must have a valid fishing license and either the WDFW Car Pass that comes with a seasonal fishing license or a Discover Pass to drive to this lake, which is just across the street from MarDon Resort.

This lake is one of potholes "seep lakes" that opened to the public for fishing on March 1.

Info: (509) 346-2651. 

Sekiu fishing resort marks 80th anniversary

FISHING – Olson’s Resort at Sekiu, Wash., well-known for harboring salmon anglers venturing out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is celebrating it’s 80th anniversary this weekend.

How?  With a July 6 fishing derby, of course.

Sprague trout, bass bending rods as free fishing day looms


FISHING — Reports of good catches of largemouth bass at Sprague Lake keep coming in, and some lunker rainbows also are showing to provide incentive for the June 8 Sprague Lake Trout Derby.

The photos posted here from Four Seasons Campground and Resort show a 5.3-pound rainbow caught off the resort dock and a 5.8-pound largemouth caught with a Rapala cast to shore from a boat over the holiday weekend.

Remember, the June 8 Sprague Lake derby falls on Free Fishing Weekend in Washington: No fishing licenses required.

Idaho has a single Free Fishing Day set for June 8.

Montana's Free Fishing Weekend is set for June 15-15, including Father's Day.

Clear Lake angler proves whopper trout still lurking

FISHING — This 14.5 rainbow was caught over the holiday weekend off the Sun Cove Resort (509-535-7310) fishing pier at Clear Lake by Mike — he prefers to go only by his first name — one of the regulars who "catch fish like crazy," said resort owner Brent Roundtree.

The fish was 31 inches long, caught on on a plain nightcrawlers, 6 pound mono line with no weights.

"There are 4 friends that come every Sunday and sit on the left side of the dock," Roundtree said. "They catch so many fish that it frustrates, and baffles, everyone else. The fish can be completely turned off for 10 other people on the same dock… and they will get their limit every time. They grew up around here and know how to catch em. Week after week they do this."

Snake Pit owner, Joe Peak, dies

RIVERS — Joe Peak, owner of the Enaville Resort, a.k.a. the Snake Pit, on the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River, has died at 66.