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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 5

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The annual Spokane Fly Fishers picnic is scheduled for August 21 at 2 p.m. at Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, near the highway and the Spokane River. A count is required before Tuesday, even if it has been submitted previously. RSVP to: [email protected] or call 290-0734 or 838-4314.

Silver Bow Fly Shop said the dry / dropper platforms are a great way to fish the Spokane River during low water. Ground season is all over the West, so mix up a few hoppers in your fly box.

The Okanogan area’s many small tributaries have fallen into easy fording levels for enjoyable fly fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, and brook trout. Leave your waders at home and put on an old pair of tennis shoes and float your flies in the cool water. The fish are usually not big, but they are numerous and aggressive. The icicle has mostly rainbows; Entiat offers a good number of cutthroats and brookies as well as rainbows; and the Methow, has a big cut-throat. The Yakima River is good too, as are the Naches. North of Spokane is the Kettle River with rainbows and browns.

Steelhead and salmon

Based on the current analysis of sockeye passage, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife predicts that a total of 29,000 sockeye are destined for Lake Wenatchee. This provides about 6,000 sockeye salmon available for harvest, which is open. This fishery will be closely monitored and may close at short notice depending on fishermen’s participation and harvest rates. Currently there is a daily limit of two sockeye salmon. Selective gear rules are in effect (up to three barbless single point hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required).

Two sons and I fished Marine Areas 4, 5 and 6 with a friend in Seiku three days this week, bringing home lots of sous vide groundfish, two coho and lots of pink salmon. We found that working freelance in salt water was as much about interpreting fishing regulations and identifying what we had as it was about catching fish. In zone 4, for example, wild or hatchery chinook could be kept, as well as hatchery coho, but chinook had to be at least 24 inches and coho at least 16 … or was it 18? We’ve never caught a legal one… I think so. Anyway, we’ve all taken them out. In Marine Zone 6, only coho or hatchery chinook salmon could be kept, but with two exceptions, most of the fish caught were wild and those that were not were too small to keep. We caught a lot of “shakers” of both species. The pink salmon was plentiful and beautiful without the hatchery / wild or length factors, and we kept limits on two days. They were easier to identify than other species due to the prominent oval spots on both tail lobes. It was the first time I saw roses before they started their spawning transition.

Fishing for buoy 10 opened on Sunday. Until Tuesday, only hatchery chinook and coho salmon can be kept. Beginning Wednesday, anglers will be able to conserve wild or hatchery chinook and hatchery coho. Chinook detention closes September 7. See the buoy 10 creel sampling results at to see where other anglers are catching fish. This website also includes data on catches from previous years, which can be useful in deciding where to start fishing.

The retention of chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) was suspended on Wednesday. Starting Thursday, Marine Area 2 will be open seven days a week for salmon fishing until September 15 with a daily limit of two, one of which can only be a chinook. Release the wild coho.

Trout and kokanee

Local lakes don’t get much attention from fishermen in hot, smoky weather. The best bets for trout and / or kokanee are Loon, Horseshoe and Badger.

Fishtrap, Williams, and Clear have decent trout fishing before 10am. I passed Sprague Lake twice this week and noted only one boat each time. In the Okanagan, kokanee still fish well in Patterson, Alta and Spectacle Lakes.

Thorny skate

Fishing at Potholes Reservoir and Moses Lake has been good for bass, but the walleye bite is extinct. Fishing for crappie, perch and bluegill was good in the potholes around the mouth of crab creek. The bars of Lake Eloika still love their spinnerbaits. The same goes for the large mouth of Lac Long.

Roses Lake in Chelan County continues to produce rainbow trout, catfish and bluegill.

In Okanogan County, try Leader Lake for bluegill and crappie, Whitestone Lake for catfish and black crappie, and Palmer Lake for bass.

Other species

The Roosevelt Lake sturgeon fishery is still open from the Grand Coulee Dam upstream to the China Bend boat launch and catches appear to be resuming. The daily limit is one sturgeon, with an annual limit of two. It is legal to keep sturgeon between 50 inches and 63 inches in fork length. The length of the crotch is measured from the end of the muzzle to the middle of the crotch in the tail.

Sturgeon release fishing continues on portions of the Columbia River from the Priest Rapids Dam to the Rock Island Dam.

WDFW Chelan / Douglas District Fish Biologist Travis Maitland reports that sturgeons are still caught in the Priest and Wanapum Basins, with the best fishing just downstream of the Rock Island Dam in the Wanapum Basin.


After suspending in-person classes in the spring of 2020 due to COVID and going online, Idaho Fish and Game recently began gradually reopening in-person classes. They are back in full swing.

The cost to register for instructor-led courses is just $ 9.75. To see a list of scheduled instructor-led classes, go to

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