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Wednesday, April 1, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Loon Lake provides worthy opening day alternative

Loon Lake rainbow.
Loon Lake rainbow.

FISHING -- A few -- very few -- area anglers bucked the trend to fish the popular Washington put-and-take trout lakes on last weekend's lowland lake opener. They were pleased with the results at Loon Lake north of Spokane, which is known for lake trout and especially for kokanee in the summer.

But Loon also holds rainbow trout, as John Petrofski points out in this message:

Three of us went to Loon, fishing the north end of the lake. No more than 10 trailers in the parking lot. It seemed we were all trolling in the same spot.

We had 3 fellows trolling 3 different color little hot shots with 1/8 oz. keel weights (we were not fishing deep). We had 4 outta 5 fish limits by 9:30 a.m.  We threw fish back till 10:15 (barbless hooks from Amber Lake fishing) and were done by 10:30.

New fisherman, Igor, got a 4 1/2 lb., 22” rainbow.

Most others were 18+.

 It was a fine, uncrowded day, little overcast. The flask of Jamesons helped with the 34 degree chill. 


Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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