FISHING -- There's a big difference this week between Medical Lake and West Medical Lake near the Cheney.
Fishing will open at West Medical with the general lowland lake season opener on Saturday, April 25. The daily limit will be five trout. Use of bait and powerboats will be allowed.
Medical Lake, however, already is open for fishing under "selective fishery" rules, which prohibit the use of bait and. In the case of Medical Lake, no motors are allowed. Single barbless hooks are required and the limit is restrictive -- most anglers who fish here catch and release.
Lanney Martin already has been enjoying the difference between the two lakes with his fishing partner Dick Thiel. The pair boated several very healthy rainbows in the 17- to 19-inch range last week.
Thiel said they hooked their fish at depths of 18-20 feet.
"Strongest, deepest rainbow I have encountered in Washington," Thiel said. "Lost two that jumped up to five times like a bass to shake the hook."