Panfish – perch, bluegills and crappie – are among the tastiest morsels naturally reproducing in the region’s lakes. The Spokane region’s perch lakes include panfishing lakes include Eloika, Bonnie, Downs, Liberty, Newman and Bear Lake, which is off Highway 2 and open only to youth and disabled anglers.
Eastern Washington has hundreds of fishing lakes with various mixes of fish species to suit the taste of any freshwater angler. The waters also have different fishing seasons and many have rules that vary from the norm. Carry a current state fishing regulations pamphlet and refer to it, especially when exploring new waters.
SALMON – Two sections of the Snake River in Washington below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon today for what biologists are predicting to be an excellent run of fish up the river and into Idaho. Two other sections of the river below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam will open Sunday.
Some anglers already have proven this year that record-size fish continue to ply the region’s waters. Sometimes blind luck plays a role in catching a state-record fish. But in many cases, anglers focus their efforts in the waters and best time periods for making the books.
Northeastern Washington has a wealth of family resorts that cater to anglers – including those who need to rent a boat. Area lakes with resorts that have been renting small fishing boats include:
Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting last year, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a day with no size restrictions to help reduce the overpopulated fishery.