Alan Lear Hunting and Fishing Report dated February 22, 2024

Alan Lear Hunting and Fishing Report dated February 22, 2024

Fly fishing

Besides Rocky Ford, anglers can find some rainbows in Crab Creek. The Clark Fork in Montana is also a good option and is a good bet for some big mountain whitefish.

No matter where you fly fish, you’ll still need to get down deep, whether with nymphs or streamers. Stones, San Juan worms and hot nymph species are all on the menu, Silver Bow Fly Shop said.

Lakes popular with anglers that will open March 1 in Grant County are Dusty, Lyness, Nunnally, Lenore and Dry Falls.

Ice fishing

In Idaho, Lake Kelso still has 4 inches of ice. Kelso Lake, a multi-species lake in Bonner County, is known for its perch and rainbow trout. The lake has been stocked five times in 2023 with a catchable triple rainbow.

Cool nights help retain ice in Sachin, Diamond and Corlu lakes. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of trout and perch, mostly perch.

Trout and kokanee

Rock Lake, especially the south side, produces good fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Orange is a good color for plugs or flies. Jerk baits are also effective.

Lake Roosevelt trout fishing has been good with fish measuring 16 inches or larger. The Spring Canyon and Keller areas were wagon producers. Both Federal Park in Keller and Spring Canyon can be convenient for those who choose to fish from shore. All launches are usable with the tank at approximately 1,287 feet above sea level.

Billy Clapp Lake has also been good for catching rainbow trout from the shore at the boat launch. Anglers fishing there with Power Bait or shrimp and marshmallows have caught many rainbows ranging from 3 to 5 pounds as well as smaller 15-inchers.

Lake Chelan anglers set out from the state park or Mill Bay and run up Mitchell Creek to find kokanee up to 14 inches long.

Coral Lake, located a short distance from Bootholes Reservoir, produces great catches of trout from the bank by anglers casting Rooster Tails.

Salmon and steelhead

Winter chinook fishing in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton area) and Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) is open four days a week – Wednesday through Saturday only – beginning March 1. The daily limit is two salmon including no more than one Chinook. . Hunters must release wild chum and chinook, and the minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. All other salmon species have no minimum size.

Spinal ray

Two friends cast blade baits near the mouth of the Kettle River this week, catching walleye of 7.7 pounds and 6.6 pounds, as well as a fair number of fish in the 15- to 19-inch range. Walleye anglers have not fared well on the rap in Porcupine Bay.

The drilling reservoir is ice-free except for the sand dunes. All boat launches are ice free and operable.

Anglers are jigging blade baits and producing nice catches of walleye and trout. Jig in 25-35 feet of water across the face of the dune.

Other types

Subsequent excavations will continue during low tides in the afternoon and evening (noon to midnight only) as scheduled after marine toxin results showed razor clams to be safe to eat: More information on current levels can be found at Ocean Beaches, On WDFW’s domoic acid web page.

• Thursday 5:33 p.m. 0.1 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrox

• Friday, 6:05 p.m.; 0.1 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Saturday 6:34 p.m. 0.2 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Sunday, 7:02 p.m.; 0.4 ft; Long Beach, Mocrox

The clam, clam and mussel season at Penrose Point State Park in Pierce County is closed in 2023 due to construction in the park’s day use area. This beach will return to the March-April oyster, oyster and mussel season beginning March 1, continuing until April 30 with the exception of the portion of Mayo Cove within the commercially prohibited growth zone which is closed year-round.

Burbot fishing on Lake Roosevelt is said to be good near two rivers. Many fish are being caught in water up to 180 feet deep using cut bait. Burbot fishing has also been good at the mouth of the Colville River or Hawk Creek and the water is not very deep. Some anglers anchor near the seine pens or up the Spokane Arm near Buoy 5. It is best to fish early in the morning or at night.

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