Alan Liere’s fishing report for December 29

Alan Liere's fishing report for December 29

open water fishing

Trout fishing in Lake Roosevelt continues to be superb for trawlers and shore fishermen. Boaters suggest including a bag of sand for launches that may get ridiculously slippery. For the burbot, attempt the inexperienced or orange plastics on the underside. Taste with a nightcrawler or a chunk of northern pikeminnow.

Rock Lake will be relied upon for winter trout motion. Trolled Rapalas in a perch sample constantly get browns and rainbows, with a lot bigger fish of each species, most of them beneath 16 inches. The Previous Goat bait with a perch sample and the Apex with a perch sample had been chargeable for many strikes for a pal fishing within the lake the day after Christmas.

Trout fishing in Lake Pend Oreille has been advantageous for the previous two weeks, however the fish have moved down the water column. They aren’t deep, however they aren’t on the floor both. In Lake Coeur d’Alene, there was a good quantity of chinook bites for small fish from the deep.

fly fishing

The Spokane Fly Fishers Fly Fishing Faculty begins February 16 and consists of various program hosts who will train each indoor and outside courses. Lounge classes happen at 6116 North Market Road within the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council Constructing from 6:00 pm to approx. 8:30 p.m. There might be three outside casting courses at Franklin Park in North Spokane. The ultimate lecture is Saturday, April 1 at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. Present Spokane Fly Fishers members pay simply $130. The non-membership price is $150 for these aged 18 and over and $80 for these aged 12-17. (The non-membership price consists of membership membership till Might 2024.) If , join by way of the Fly Faculty hyperlink on the web site at: or contact Claude Kistler at or on 747 2268.

Silver Bow Fly Store has this to say about winter fishing: “The Spokane River has grow to be a winter fishing choice over the previous few days. Trout speys or streamers caught deep with sink ends have been productive. Being productive within the winter means: (A) you left the home to fish (B) you did not freeze to demise (C) you did not fall. When you’re fortunate sufficient to catch 1 or extra fish then it is a awful winter day within the water.”

metal head

With the climate warming up, Snake River might be a steelhead choice, however Grande Ronde is rising quick and Clearwater is rising too, although not as quick. Shelf ice can nonetheless be an issue within the ‘Ronde’.

ice fishing

Final week, some lakes appropriate for ice fishing broke down. For instance, at Mirror Lake in Idaho, a Christmas Day fisherman reported 10 inches of snow above 2 inches of frozen mud and 4 inches of moist snow beneath that. There was solely 2 inches of fine ice beneath all of it – not sufficient for me. The kokanee is about 8 inches lengthy.

Sadly, harmful ice situations might be comparable for any variety of lakes in Idaho and Washington. The paucity of reviews of ice fishing since Christmas means that fishing lovers have discovered different outside pursuits (like tackling ice dams and collapsed metallic sheds… so am I). Nonetheless, one other Idaho ice fisherman stated the ice at Lake Hauser was “fairly good,” and the sleet wasn’t as dangerous as he feared. He caught two dozen perch in a short while. He stated they had been stacked in about 20-25 ft of water. A lot of the lakes within the Coeur d’Alene Chain had ice fishing final week, however this week nobody can guess.

There’s sleet on Lake Fernan however the trout are biting and the ice is fairly good close to the buoy. Spirit Lake has maybe 4 inches of arduous ice with 8 inches of slush on prime. Higher Twin was higher with simply 3 inches of slush over 8 inches of ice. However fishing was not superb.

Hardwater anglers in japanese Washington can nonetheless discover some good ice. Lakes like Hog Canyon, Sacheen, Bounce-Off-Joe, Waitts, Eloika, Thomas, and Curlew had good ice cowl earlier than the nice meltdown. Gillette Lake has ok ice for ice fishing. The trout chunk there may be higher than the bass chunk. The Curlew Lake perch motion in State Park remains to be good, however the melting snow has made it sloppy. Wherever you go, take it sluggish; watch out.


Final week with a pal I went to Spokane and St. Even our canine had been as depressing as ice balls on their ft, and belly-level drags dampened their typical enthusiasm. Once I lastly acquired dwelling, I entered my driveway, the place 12 pheasants had been digging gravel alongside a 15-bird quail flock. No, I am not tempted.

Goose hunters within the Columbia Basin weren’t as affected by the ice as duck hunters, as most of their capturing was within the fields. Because the climate warms up, geese will usually search for meals that are not as “heat” as grains and can largely want grasses and winter wheat.

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