The best fishing for the larger rainbows has been the deeper pools and seams of the Spokane River. Dry fly models like the Chernobyl and Gypsy King, caught on day one or late afternoon, have been effective. Lakes like Roosevelt, Amber, Fishtrap, Medical and Clear, fished with Swede’s Electric Bugger and Olive Willy and a fast sinking line, should be productive.
Fishing in some of Okanogan County’s selective gear lakes is resuming. Big Twin near Winthrop and Blue near Sinlahekin are good bets for the Big Rainbow, as is Chopaka above Loomis Town.
The North Fork Clearwater and Kelly Creek were good in the Idaho Panhandle. Provide terrestrial and small attractors, but do not neglect small dry ones or nymphs.
Good summer dry / drip fishing has been reported on the Yakima River. The Kootenai River is also a good summer option. Silver Bow Fly Shop recommends Caddis, PMDs, Hoppers and Chernobyls.
Trout and kokanee
Badger Lake is teeming with rainbow trout and cutthroat trout and has a good number of kokanee up to 17 inches. Clear Lake was good for brown trout as well as for largemouth bass and a few large crappies.
It has been written that the Colville Indian Reservation may be the best fishing destination in Washington where most Washington anglers have never set a line. It has nearly 35 exploitable lakes open to non-tribal fishermen and fishing ranging from good to exceptional. Buffalo Lake is one of the most remarkable. A friend who fished there this week said he had sailed several kokanee that stretched over 17 inches. He said most of his fish came at a depth of 40 feet.
Fernan Lake will be stocked this month with 6,000 fishable rainbow trout. A popular fishing spot 10 minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene, anglers of all skill levels can fish from floating docks, miles of shore, or boats.
Steelhead and salmon
Earlier than expected, Buoy 10 was closed to chinook retention, but remains open with a two hatchery coho limit and is expected to increase to three hatchery coho on Tuesday. Chinook fishing remains open upstream of the Rocky Point / Tongue Point line as outlined in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules brochure 2021-22.
The cool weather made bass, crappie and perch more active. Big crappies came from Potholes Reservoir, Long Lake and Newman Lake this week. Largemouth bass fishing was excellent in these same waters as well as at Silver Lake west of Four Lakes and Twin Lakes near Inchelium. Curlew Lake has been a constant producer of perch all summer.
Many other local mixed species lakes offer good pan fishing. Bonnie and Downs are two more, and Rock Lake in Whitman County has a nice big mouth.
Smallmouth bass are abundant around the rocky shores and submerged islands of Idaho and Washington state. Banks Lake has been good for surface water smallmouth fishing and a few large perch are starting to arrive. There have been some excellent smallmouth fisheries on the Pend Oreille River.
Fishing for bluegill at night isn’t the normal way to find these delicious sunfish, but anglers who light up the water in Loon and Deer Lakes after dark say the water almost boils with it. fish attracted by the insects that the lights bring. They aren’t huge, but a palm-sized sunfish makes for good food and fun with light gear.
Bear Lake, just north of Spokane on Hwy 2, can be a great spot for perch and bass. Young people aged 15 and under accompanied by an adult as well as disabled anglers may find success fishing on this often overlooked small lake.
The WDFW has announced 62 tentative dates for knife searches on beaches along the Washington coast from mid-September until the end of the year. This year’s season is shaping up well. Preseason indications suggest high razor clam populations on most coastal beaches. All open beaches (Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, and Copalis) will also have increased limits until the end of the year, with diggers being allowed to keep 20 clams instead of the usual 15, but Kalaloch Beach n ‘will not open due to continued issues with depressed populations of exploitable clams. Licenses are available on the WDFW licensing website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/login, and from hundreds of license vendors statewide. More information can be found on the WDFW Clam web page at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams.
The early Canada goose hunt in eastern Washington will take place Saturday and Sunday in ERGs 4 and 5.
Idaho’s archery hunters hit the field starting Monday, and depending on the hunt unit or elk area, most seasons will remain open until September. To see which areas are open to archery hunting, check out the 2021 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules. Deer and elk hunters can see what to expect for the season in the outlook big game.
A variety of small game and highland bird hunting seasons await Idaho hunters in September. Hunters only need a valid hunting license to hunt most small game and upland birds, but tags are required for turkeys and – new for 2021 – Greater Sage-Grouse. The number of Sage-Grouse tags is limited and limited to certain areas, so hunters who wish to hunt them should purchase them immediately. The sage grouse season runs from September 18 to October 31
Hunting seasons in Idaho have already started for wood grouse, red squirrel, cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, and fall turkeys in general. (Certain general seasons in eastern Idaho open September 15. See page 22 of the Upland, Turkey and Furbearer game rules.) The Chukar and Gray Partridge seasons run from September 18 to January 31. The daily bag limit is eight chukar and eight. gray partridge. The quail season runs from September 18 to January 31. Hunters are reminded that there is no season for Gambel’s quail or mountain quail.
The opening of dove season in Washington on Wednesday saw many hunters head south for their birds. Fields harvested at Yakima, Sunnyside, the Tri-Cities, Lake Moses and above the Snake River breaks appeared to contain the most birds a week before opening.
Turkey’s first opening game in Washington kicked off on Wednesday in units 101-154 and 162-186. If you want to buy the tags, you can legally take two hairless birds and two of both sexes.
Filling them shouldn’t be too much of a problem as large herds have been noticed in recent times almost everywhere you look, especially on the edges of harvested grain fields.
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