The North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene is disrupted by warm weather and rain. It’s on the decline but probably won’t be an option this week. The Saint Joe River has similar conditions but may be somewhat breakable by the end of the week. The area’s lakes fish well, but the fishing-only Bayley Lake, in Little Bend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, is one of the best. Rainbow to 20 inches is fairly common.
Trout and Kukani
Wapato Lake, two miles north of Manson, Washington, churns out some beautiful 16 to 18 inch koki for fishermen slowly cruising about 20 feet along the south shore. Wapato also has good trout fishing.
Diamond Lake is a good bet for trout. Hunting and fishing are still effective near public access in about 40 feet of water. Lake Williams still gives up decent catches of rainbow trout, some tiger trout and some brooke are caught in the lake’s fish
Fishing in other fishing lakes around Spokane has begun to improve. West Medical, Fishtrap, Badger, Waitts and Jumpoff Joe have been suitable for trout, and a few 10-inch kokanee have been reported by Loon Lake trolls. The trolls in deer lake were catching some decent makinaw.
Long Lake remains a consistent source of quality trout fishing. Trolls do well just about anywhere on the lake, but most efforts come from Willow Bay through the Tum Tum area.
salmon and steel
The Clearwater River is supposed to see somewhere around 5,000 servings of spring harvest this year. The season is set to seven days a week with a limit of one fish and with luck it will last at least three weeks. Reel Time Fishing is said to expect breakable numbers to start appearing around Sunday.
The spring season in Columbia Gorge has been good and will continue through May. Bait trolling and flashes were more effective.
WDFW lowered the daily limit for adult salmon in Drano Lake earlier this year to help ensure that spawning flocks are collected at Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery in 2022. The return of the adult vernal bird to the hatchery has been good and the spawning goal has recently been accomplished, So the fisheries can reopen under permanent rules.
Two areas of the Yakima River will be opened for hatchery spring chinook salmon fishing. Zone A (open through June 15) from the Highway 240 bridge in Richland upstream to the State Route 241 (Sunnyside-Mapton) bridge. Zone B (open Tuesday through June 30) from Highway 82 at Union Gap to BNSF Rail Bridge approximately 600 feet from Rosa Dam.
Icicle River in Chelan County will be open to hold spring hatcheries Monday, to one hour after the official sunset on June 30 with a daily limit of two chinook, adult or jack.
May and June are the most popular peak times for fishing for Hells Canyon and Smallmouth Bass. Both fisheries caught fire in the past week.
The Dworshak Reservoir Smallmouth bass is at the time of its initial spawn and some huge fish have been taken.
Bass Smallmouth started biting all over Washington and Idaho. The Lower Yakima River was fine, as were Banks Lake, Moses Lake, Snake Rivers, and the Grand Ronde. Lake Roosevelt did well, and the launch options became more numerous as the lake rapidly rose. However, the popular off-the-shelf launches are China Bend, Jones Bay and Hawk Creek.
Guardianship in Lake Pend Oreille centered around spawning sites in the lake and nearby rivers throughout April. The greatest concentration of light gray was in the Interstate 95 Long Bridge/Railway Bridge area near Sandpoint. This area and the southern shoreline towards the point of competition may be good areas to experiment with as the waters warm up and the fish after mating seem to start feeding more aggressively.
Fisherman’s Island and the Sunnyside area at the northern end of the lake were another light gray hot spot, such as the Clark Fork Delta and the lower section of the Clark Fork River. These fish are still in the breeding stage and will likely remain in the river until mating is over.
Walleye fishing catches in the digging tank. When the fish have finished spawning, they move to the humps and dunes to recover and feed. Fish from the island upstream over M Road at Lind Coulee in 15-25 feet of water with a Slow Death and a night crawler on the bottom treadmill.
A friend reported excellent success at Long Lake and said he also hunts some great crappie. Most of his catch is located near Willow Bay. Lake Downs have given up some of the larger crappie and bass, and Newman, Sachin, Fernan, and Haydn lakes are also beginning to heat up for crappie. Eloika Lake crappie has been biting for nearly a month now, getting close to shore.
Curlew lake perch springs from eggs and can be found in shallower waters than this winter. May and June are excellent times to catch buckets of delicious fish.
The annual Pikeminnow Derby of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce runs Friday through Sunday at Crescent Bar on the Columbia River where launch, camping, and RV runs offer easy access and comfortable accommodation. Generous cash rewards and prizes will be provided by local sponsors.
Get the derby rules and register for the event online by googling Quincy Pikeminnow Derby.
The application period in Idaho for fall 2022 for deer, elk, antlers, black bear and turkey-controlled hunting runs through June 5. Hunters can also apply for their first Super Hunt hunt through May 31. Anglers with a valid 2022 Idaho fishing license may apply for a controlled fishing license to any fishing license vendor, fish and game bureau, or with an online credit card at lic.gooutdoorsidaho.com or by calling 1-800-554-8685 . There is an additional fee for online and phone orders.
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