Here is the Eastern Washington reports by Dave Graybill, longtime north central Washington angler and outdoors radio personality.
“Good news for anglers that have been looking forward to the new Trout Derby in the Quincy Wildlife Area on Saturday, March 5th,” Graybill said.
The Quincy Valley Tourism has decided to proceed with the derby, with some adjustment.
They are confident that Burke Lake will be ice-free enough to conduct the derby, but Quincy Lake is iffy. In order to comply with the regulations on derbies from state Fish and Wildlife, they will be planting two tagged fish in Burke Lake for the derby.
One fish will have a value of $3,000 and the other a value of $1,000. If Quincy Lake is in fact more than 50 percent ice-free, they will put tagged fish in there, too, and conduct the Derby as originally planned.
Anglers that plan to fish the lakes that open March 1 in the Quincy Wildlife Area and Martha Lake and the Caliche lakes near George, will be interested to learn the forecast provided by state Fish and Wildlife.
Burke Lake will be the first choice (and) was the lake planted with 18,000 catchables last spring and fall.
Quincy Lake was planted with 15,500 catchables last spring and fall, and received very little pressure. Martha Lake will also be a good choice as the department planted the lake with 7,500 catchables in early winter, and fish should be good size.
The Caliche lakes, however were not planted, due to ice cover, and might only get 3,000 small catchables prior to the weekend.
For fans of fishing Dusty Lake, it should be good. The main lake is ice-free and although the trout may be lethargic due to cold water, there are good numbers of large trout here.