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Thursday, October 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Graduate student focuses study on smallmouth bass

Tyler McCroskey, a part-time fly-fishing guide, smiled as he delivered the unsettling briefing to the 20 anglers he’d invited to float the upper Spokane River. “I have my fisheries scientist hat on today, so you can’t lie about the size of your fish,” he said, clarifying the main difference between fishing for fun and fishing for research.

Working vacation for fishing guide

The Grande Ronde River in June offers the rare pleasure of hot fishing and no crowds – a treat that’s savored as much by a fishing guide as it is by the average angler. “This is the most relaxing guiding I do all year,” said Clarkston-based outfitter Toby Wyatt as he stashed an arsenal of spinning and fly-fishing rods along the gunnels of his drift boat.

Lake Roosevelt bass escape new liberal limits

Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting April 1, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a day with no size restrictions.

July big month of transitions for Inland Northwest fly fishing

The Spokane region caters to eclectic angling persuasions. Within a few    minutes or a few hours of driving are standout fly-fishing attractions for    several trout species plus panfish, bass and steelhead. The trick is timing. What’s hot and what’s not is particularly important in July, a month of major transitions in runoff, water quality and weather. As fly fishers ease into the Spokane area next week for the International Fly Fishing Fair:

Take your limit, please

Smallmouth bass are becoming one of the region’s most abundant fisheries, and fish managers say anglers should make a point to take home limits of smallmouths whenever they can from Lake Coeur d’Alene to Lake Roosevelt. “We simply have too many smallmouths,” said Jim Fredericks, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager.

Anglers could improve fisheries by developing taste for smallmouth bass

The Inland Northwest has a love-hate relationship with smallmouth bass. The feisty imports are multiplying like weeds, taking a firm hold in Priest Lake and displacing native species from habitat in some areas – redband rainbows in the Spokane River, for instance.

Help yourself to smallmouth bass

Forget the catch-and-release ethic when it comes to smallmouth bass. The non-native fish are sporty on rod and reel, and fisheries managers in North Idaho and Washington encourage anglers to put some in their coolers.

Redband fighting for survival

The fish thrashed in Jason McLellan’s grip, its olive-green body a blur. Distinctive scarlet bands – visible in flashes – ran down its sides. “Relax, relax,” said McLellan, a fisheries biologist, as he measured and weighed the trophy-size redband trout. “You’re too feisty.”