FISHING -- Fishermen are finding PLENTY of water at the region's lakes that are open so far this season, with more Eastern Washington trout lakes to open April 22.
Coffeepot Lake's water level is well above the boat ramp, in stark contrast to last year when anglers had to launch and then portage their pontoons or canoes over dry if they wanted to fish at the west end of the lake.
This year it's clear sailing end to end.
"Kurt Tempel and I had a great day trout fishing at Coffeepot Thursday," reports Mike Berube of the Spokane Fly Fishers.
"Trolling streamers/leaches/woolly buggers was the ticket. I had never been all the way through the narrows to the end of the lake. We went back there and caught a couple of bass."