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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Some eastside lakes open for trout fishing on April Fools’ Day

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There’s “no fooling” when it comes to Monday’s (April 1) trout fishing opener in more than 30 fishing holes around the Columbia Basin where action some be heating up just like the spring weather.

The majority of these waters — of which more than half have been planted with spring or fall trout fry — are within or adjacent to the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge located south of Potholes Reservoir.

The Upper and Lower Hampton lakes in Grant County year in and out generate good opening day fishing for trout 12 to 14 inches.

North and South Teal Lakes in Grant County have only produced fair trout action in the past couple of years.

The Pillar-Widgeon lake chain can be worth a try in Widgeon, Pillar, Snipe, Gadwall, Shoveler, Cattail, Poacher, Lemna, Hourglass and Sago.

Those looking for some warm water species to catch should head to Hutchinson Lake in Adams County for crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass. Other warm water fish options are Coyote and Bobcat lakes.

Dry Falls Lake, located southwest of Coulee City in Grant County is a popular spot with selective gear rules and a one-trout daily limit.

With the much warmer temperatures, anglers should be on the lookout for rattlesnakes that usually pop out earlier and in larger numbers.

Spectacle Lake in Okanogan County opens Monday, April 1, and fishing should be fair to good for rainbow trout in the 10- to 13-inch range along with some carry-overs up to 15 inches.

Many Okanogan County lakes switch to catch-and-release trout fishing on April 1 like Rat near Brewster and Green near Omak, and Davis and Campbell near Winthrop. Selective gear rules for all these lakes, and the use of boats with internal combustion engines is prohibited. Anglers must also use a knotless net to land fish.

 

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