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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Very good ice fishing in northeast Washington

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

Those who enjoy ice fishing and like to catch quality trout should consider a couple of lakes in Okanogan County.

One is very much overlooked, and I suppose the reason is that it is a winter lake, that is it is managed to open in the late fall and close in the early spring.

That’s Davis Lake, near Twisp.

The lake is open to catch and release fishing from April 1 through August 31, but is open to catch and keep fishing from September 1 through March 31.

As a result the rainbow in Davis Lake average 12 to 14 inches, which is larger than the trout available in most other lakes in the winter. Due to these special regulations the lake gets very little pressure and should be high on the list of prospects for ice anglers.

Also open to catch and release fishing only from April 1 through November 30 is Rat Lake, near Brewster. It opens to catch and keep fishing on December 1 through March 31.

Fishing has been very good at Rat Lake this winter and rainbow are averaging a fat 11 to 12 inches. You can plan on getting limit numbers of rainbow from these lakes this winter.

For details or to get Graybill’s weekly report visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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