Eastern Washington Fishing Report

Lake fishing takes second place to river fishing in most of the West, but in eastern Washington that may not be the case. That’s because eastern Washington, and especially north-central Washington, abounds with quality lake fishing options. Rainbows, browns, and the unique Lahontan cutthroat, which may grow to 15 pounds or more on some waters, slam flies on a regular basis. That said, don’t forget your river options here—you’ll find steelhead on the Okanagan, Similkameen and Methow rivers, and big cutthroats and ‘bows on other area streams. If you’re headed to north-central Washington we have advice—pack a variety of rods because you’ll need them.

    Old man winter has been fickle this year. Two weeks ago, we enjoyed 57-degree days only to see temperatures dip below 0 degrees this week. So, it goes without saying, fishing has been put on hold in our area.

    Not only is the temperature down, but there are days when the wind picks up and makes going outside a slightly unbearable experience, if not downright dangerous. If you tie your own flies, now would be a good time to start loading your boxes for the upcoming spring thaw.

    The only ray of hope I can give right now is this: The 10-day forecast shows a warm up into the high 30's and low 40's. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

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