Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report of July 22
Nothing has changed much on the local rivers. Mornings of fishing in classic summer rapids and fast slots. The North Fork Clearwater and Kelly Creek are good summer options. Dry ones, with or without a dropper, will find bite. Goldens, Pmds, caddis and Yellow Sallies are all on the menu. The Lochsa and Selway rivers fished pretty well for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Looking for cooler water? Try the Kootenai River
Judging by the number of nightly climbs, fly fishermen should do well at Fishtrap Lake. It might also be worth checking out other take-out lakes south of Spokane. For catch and release fishing, the tiny Starvation and Bayley Lakes southeast of Colville have some pretty decent rainbow trout fishing. Although the catch has slowed down in warm weather, mornings and evenings are still a good bet.
If you’re heading to Montana, check out the restrictions on owls at https://fwp.mt.gov/news/current-closures-restrictions/waterbody-closures, as other restrictions went into effect on Wednesday, including the complete closure of the fishery. on all of the Jefferson and Madison rivers and portions of the Big Hole, Gallatin Beaverhead, Missouri, Yellowstone and Stillwater rivers. The “booing” restrictions prevent fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight.
Trout and kokanee
Loon Lake kokanee trollers find their fish in the south of the island about 35 feet away. The best trolling speed is between 1.2 and 1.4 mph, and the bite usually ends abruptly around 10:30 a.m. Most fish are now around 11 inches tall.
Pend Oreille Lake is teeming with species of fish, including small macks and large rainbows. The macks of Priest Lake bite the bottom near the islands.
Trout action has slowed down considerably on most lowland lakes, although a very good report came this week from an angler drifting green miniature worms and marshmallows at the southern end of Fishtrap Lake. .
On Lake Chelan, troll early along Minneapolis Beach and near the Yacht Club. Target water 100 to 170 feet deep. A few large fish have been landed recently.
Steelhead and salmon
Sockeye salmon are now closed on the Columbia River from I-182 Bridge in Richland to Chief Joseph Dam. The summer chinook salmon fishery remains open in the Hanford Section and above the Priest Rapids Dam.
It was a bad week for the fishing gear on my boat – two broken rods, one in Silver Lake and one in Loon. If you’re interested in a lot of little crappie, it would be hard not to catch a mess at Silver near the sticks in front of the launch. There were so many that it was impossible to catch the bait down to the perch I was hoping to catch. In Loon the bluegill is bigger, and during the night fishing for kokanee there were dozens of them both trying to intercept my Glo Hook and my maggot on the way down. A quick drop, however, went through them and kokanee fishing was excellent in the bay to the south of the island.
Long Lake has been productive for both large and smallmouth bass. Some successful anglers put their boats in thick patches of weeds and debris and throw Berkley Gulp Minnows straight into the pockets.
Large catches of nice-sized Loon Lake perch have been reported recently, most coming from about 25 feet of water off the seagrass along the east side. The bite is pretty much an all-day affair. Fan, Diamond and Sacheen lakes all produced a nice big mouth as well as perch and crappie.
Weed edges along the flat across from the mouth of Spokane Arm downstream to Seven Bays have been good for lesser walleye on Roosevelt Lake. Lower bouncers and spinner blades work. The Spokane Arm itself provides anglers with limits of eaters on pulled spinners or near weed beds. In the Kettle Falls area, the water in front of Bradbury Beach and below the bridge was also good for walleye.
The bite of the walleye from Potholes Reservoir is difficult at this time. With the drop in the water level and the high water temperature, the eyes have moved from the sand dunes and onto the bumps on the face of the dunes. Troll # 7 Flicker Shads or # 7 Rapala Shad Raps over bumps in 15 to 25 feet of water where large sunfish and sunfish are also caught.
The small mouths of Priest Lake are plentiful in rocky areas with 7 to 15 feet of water. Several fishermen have said that the catch can be “ridiculously easy”.
The white sturgeon fishery on Roosevelt Lake has attracted a lot of attention. Anglers are successful around Kettle Falls, and in August the area above China Bend will be open for fishing.
The mouth of the Palouse River is always a good place for canal cats up to around 6 pounds. There is also a lot of bullhead.
Sage-Grouse hunters in Idaho will need to purchase designated tags for 12 areas for the 2021 season. A total of 1,960 badges will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting August 1. Hunters must choose a single area to hunt, but the season has been extended by more than a month in some areas. Each hunter can purchase up to two beacons depending on the area, but eight areas are limited to one beacon per hunter. Sage-Grouse tags cost $ 22.75 each for residents and $ 74.25 for non-residents.
The Idaho Fish and Game commissioners have approved a delayed five-day opening of the pheasant season for non-resident hunters during the general pheasant season 2021. In Zone 1, the resident season will run from October 9 to December 31st and non-residents can start October 14th. In zones 2 and 3, the resident season begins on October 16 and also ends on December 31. the season begins October 21. The delayed opening will not apply to the young pheasant season.
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