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Ice Fishing in Washington State
Whether you're an old hand at ice fishing or just interested in trying the sport, ice fishing in Washington can be a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and bringing home some tasty fish is always a bonus. The ice fishing season usually starts in mid-December and lasts until early March. The best ice fishing lakes are east of the Cascade Mountains, or what is called "The Basin," or the Colombian Plateau. Here the temperature will consistently get down to about 10 degrees, which is ide...
Category: Lakes  Date: 1/29/2015  Author: mmichelsen
Ice Fishing Condition Update
NCW Nickel Ads for Week of January 8th Although the weather has been chilly to greet the New Year here in Eastern Washington, there is a trend for warmer temperatures and that is good and bad news. It is good news for those who like to get out and fish the various waters available to us here, but bad news for those who enjoy ice fishing on lakes in our region. I beat the warming trend and spend my first day of the New Year fishing for steelhead below Wells Dam. I was invited to join...
Category: Lakes  Date: 1/4/2015  Author: Dave Graybill
Green Lake WDFW Steelhead Bonus Plants
This year WDFW lost a significant case regarding steelhead hatcheries and plants of early winter hatchery smolt in various Washington Rivers. Because of this court ruling, over 340,000 steelhead smolt that were to be planted in our rivers were instead planted in various lakes throughout Washington. WDFW decided to rear these smolt to catchable size fish. What became a loss of opportunity for river anglers became a gift out of nowhere for lake anglers. Several lakes have had their limits bumped ...
Category: Lakes  Date: 12/3/2014  Author: Mike Carey
High Mountain Lakes
Fall is in the air and with it anglers are flooding to the saltwater and rivers for salmon. Meanwhile, largely unnoticed, some of the finest recreational fishing opportunities in our State are just a day hike away. Imagine having a beautiful lake totally to yourself to fish, no shoulder to shoulder fisherman casting and crossing your lines, fighting for your spot. It's just you, the fish, and a whole lot of breath-taking scenery. Sounds good? It should. It’s the end of summer and the Alpine Lak...
Category: Lakes  Date: 9/26/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Lake Pateros - Brewster - Sockeye!
Like many of you, I’d read about this year’s banner return of sockeye to the Columbia River system, over 650,000 fish strong. New records of fish and generous limits awaited those traveling to Central Washington. The two primary locations to fish Central Washington for sockeye are Lake Wenatchee and Brewster, at the mouth of the Okanogan river. Each fishery has a generous limit of sockeye, but Brewster also offers a bonus – chinook salmon. Yup, while you’re fishing sockeye if you hook into a cl...
Category: Lakes  Date: 8/5/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Moses Lake Spring Walleye
Our featured lake for this month is Moses Lake, specifically Moses Lake and walleyes. Marble Eyes, AKA one of the best freshwater fish you can eat. While the Potholes gets most of the fishing reports and attention (rightfully so), Moses Lake has a fine walleye fishery and for those in the know can put out some numbers and quality fish.One thing that likely confuses/intimidates anglers new to this lake is the odd shape. Shaped more like a river than a lake, it can be kind of confusing to som...
Category: Lakes  Date: 5/23/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Opening Day Run-Down 2014
Our 5 Star Fishing Reports came in at a steady pace this year. Here’s some of the Hot Lakes being reported on: Blue in Grant – callplatinum had a golden day getting limits and doing lots of fun C&R.Steel in King – FishinMarine got limits of 10-12” stockers in a matter of a few hours.Mineral in Lewis – Nwrookie got limits of 15-16” bows, Dancpu did equally well.Cottage in King – Bobberdownchromer reports another great Opening Day on this popular lake. Fishing pier was full.P...
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/28/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Coeur D'Alene Spring Salmon
Growing up around the Chinook salmon fishery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho you see just how tough it can be to catch stubborn black mouths year round with consistency. As a youth, when the fish were introduced, I just didn't have the patience. In those years, (the early 80's) the Chinook were planted to control the Kokanee population. The fish thrived with many 30's and a few 40 plus lbs. caught.People complained that you had to put in your 100 hours for the Big One and many anglers began to form...
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/28/2014  Author: Roger Blackstone
Lake Stevens Spring Kokanee Fishery
May means one thing to local kokanee anglers – time to hit Lake Stevens for kokanee! And as an added reason, every year the Lake Stevens kokanee May derby takes place. This derby allows local anglers and guides to aim for “bragging rights” on this wonderful kokanee lake. As with all kokanee lakes, some years are better than others, and average fish sizes will vary from year to year. That said, Lake Stevens gets a steady planting from WDFW and is a consistent producer for west side anglers. Let’...
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/28/2014  Author: Mike Carey
Buffalo Lake
It was fun with families this past week. First, it was myself and my wife Eileen treating her sister to a fishing trip to Buffalo Lake, and then It was the Rock Island Free Kids Fishing Day at Rock Island. There were some real lunkers caught at Buffalo Lake, and at the Pitt Pond in Rock Island. My wife Eileen’s sister Karen was visiting from Anaconda, Montana last fall and we took her steelhead fishing on the upper Columbia at Bridgeport. She caught her first steelhead and was thrilled....
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/23/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
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