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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 17, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Fishing opportunities growing east of the Cascades

Dave Graybill, longtime north central Washington angler and radio host for Outdoor Line, is gracious to provide me with his Eastern Washington fishing reports so here is the lowdown from his neck of the woods.

Graybill says the big Trout Derby at Burke and Quincy lakes in the Quincy Wildlife Area is March 5, which happens right after the March 1 Eastern Washington Seeps Lakes early trout season opener.

There are going to be three trout planted in these two lakes that are worth a total of $5,000 to the anglers that catch them. They will be tagged and released just before the derby.

If these lakes are more than 50 percent covered with ice on March 5, the derby will be postponed until April 2. They want as many anglers as possible to be able to get a shot at these big-money rainbow.

In other fishing news, Graybill reports the long run up to the net pens on Rufus Woods Reservoir should be a little easier to take with the warmer weather.

“I am hearing that the trip can be worth it, too,” Graybill said. “There are decent catches of triploids coming from the area just below the lower pens and some fish are being taken at the upper pens, too. Most of the fish are the 2- to 3-pounders that the Colville Tribe has been planting, but there are some bigger fish being taken as well.”

The good fishing for big kokanee and rainbow trout continues at Lake Roosevelt, with some good catches of rainbow coming from the shore near the Keller Ferry.

There are some walleye being taken on the Spokane River, including a 9 pound whopper caught by Gordon Steinmetz. He caught the fish just above the first islands on the way up the Spokane River.

Roses Lake can be excellent when the ice comes off, and it probably won’t be long before anglers will be able to give this a try.

Lastly Graybill says, things are looking up for steelhead on the Wenatchee River. Although the water level is still pretty high for this time of year, there are some anglers catching some fish. Good news for anglers that have been fishing the mouth of the Entiat. The water temperature has warmed significantly, so the steelhead fishing should improve there now.

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