Spokane & Lewiston Area Fishing Reports

Spokane Area Rivers

CDA/North Fork: Good – Fishing traffic is starting to slow down during the middle of the week but is picking back up on the weekends. Mid-day fishing will still be slow during the summer but that all depends on the weather. Early morning or late evenings are the best times to hit the water. Best way to find fish is to look at areas that you normally wouldn’t fish. Chubby Chernobyl, Caddis, and BWO’s have been the best to get fish to surface with nymphs or Stoneflies working later in the day.

Clark Fork: Good – With clear sunny days in the forecast for the next couple weeks will make for some good fishing. Fishing has been good all day with a lot of fish taking flies off the surface. Angler say to use Caddis, BWO and PMD’s in early mornings and switching to nymphs or stoneflies later in the day.

Clearwater River: Fall Chinook Salmon Season has opened on the Clearwater River. Salmon season is open from the mouth of the Clearwater upstream to the Memorial Bridge. Fishermen have been catching Salmon trolling e chip flashers with Brad’s super baits. Some fishermen have been successful using Short Bus Flashers and cut plug herring as well. Catch and keep Steelhead season is open from the mouth of the Clearwater River upstream to the Memorial Bridge. Fishermen have been trolling lighted lures at night and have been successful. Anglers have been using bobbers and jigs tipped with shrimp and catching fish as well. If you plan on fly fishing for Steelhead I suggest that you use a good locater fly such as a bomber in size 4 and then follow up with an Alaska Mary Ann, Green Butt Skunk, Assassin, or Freight Train flies would be a great choice right now. Come in and see us and we will get you geared up for success.

Columbia : Good – Having colds days for the last week has made fishing pretty good. Anglers have notice that fish are Stacking up in certain holes are getting more aggressive. White Bluffs seems to be the place all the guys are going to catch some big salmon. Guys have been using all sorts of baits, the most popular baits being used are bard’s super baits and cut plug with either tuna or herring scent.

Grand Ronde: This is a gem of a river! If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this fishery I urge you to give it a try. As previously stated I would suggest using tube jigs or curl tail jigs in green pumpkin or smoke and ashes color. Certain parts of this river are subject to selective gear regulations so I would advise that you read the regulations pamphlet issued by the state to be sure that the area of river is open to fishing.

Spokane River: Good– With cold weather in the forecast could make for some difficult fishing. If fishing is tough moving is the key, keep moving until you locate a group of fish. With fish taking a wide range of different flies Chubby Chernobyl, caddis and hoppers have been producing the most fish in the morning with streamers like muddler minnows working later in the day.

Little Spokane: Fair – If you have any information on how the fishing is please share so that we can pass it on to fellow anglers.

Snake River: Steelhead season has opened on the Snake River. Fishermen have had success recently trolling lighted lures at night. Bobber fishing for them has been good as of late as well. Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass and Channel Catfish have been caught out of the Snake River too. If Sturgeon is what you want to catch I would suggest using sturgeon candy squid and herring combo. This combo has proved effective year after year. If Smallmouth Bass is what you are chasing I suggest using soft plastics such as 3.5 inch tube jigs or curl tail jigs in smoke and ashes or green pumpkin with black flake. Texas and wacky rigged senkos have been very effective as of late and will continue to be through the summer months. The drop shot technique can be effective to catch bass that may be staging in deeper sections of the river and robo worms are a good choice as a drop shot plastic. Crankbaits can be very effective to catch post spawn Smallmouth Bass. Choices of crankbaits vary depending upon the depth of water you are fishing. For example, I would suggest using a Rapala JSR 5 in a crawdad pattern if you are fishing depths up to 7-8 feet. If Channel Catfish are the species your after I would suggest using cut bait such as Catfish treats that we sell here. I have seen quite a few pictures of some nice catfish that have been caught lately.

St. Joe River: Good – Still producing good number fish this is still the place to be since it doesn’t get as much fishing pressure. Fishing has been great in the mornings with it fading later in the day. Dry Flies like caddis, BWO’s and PMD’s working in morning. Look for small eddies, pockets, and inside bends but you can pretty much catch fish anywhere you look.

Yakima: Good – Water temps on the rise, fish activity has picked up. Reports say that they’re catching fish early in the morning until about noon then it dies later in the afternoon. March browns and drakes seem to be the fly of choice right now. Fish are averaging 16 to 18 inches and are holding in slack water and in ambush areas.

Rocky Ford: Good– Having cold weather over the last couple weeks has made fishing a little difficult. Anglers have notice that fish are holding in deep pools and aren’t very aggressive. A lot of fish have been only been taking nymph, midges, and egg patterns sine you can work them deeper. Not many fish are taking dry flies but hoppers have been working later in the evening. Look for slack water and small eddies, they seem to be holding the most fish.


Spokane Area Lakes

Amber: Good – Fishing has died down since the warm cold is upon us. Hopefully soon the fish will become more aggressive as water temps cool down. Any flies that you can get deep are working the best according to some anglers. Beaded San Juan worms, nymphs, and leaches have been the best flies to use.where you look.

Badger/Williams: Good- with the cold weather over the last week has made the fish move shallower according to a majority of the anglers we have talked to. Reports say that fish seem to holding in about 15 feet of water and that you have to troll extremely slow since they don’t seem to be very active. Trolling flies and wedding rings have seemed to be the lures of choice.

Banks: Good – Walleye fishing has continued to be slow with fish spreading out throughout the whole lake. Anglers have noticed that it has been difficult to locate a school of active fish. Fish have been seen setting up on deep ledges and rock points. Crankbaits have been the best at catching bigger fish with some crawler harnesses work as well. Bass are starting to set up on rocky points or deep rocky ledges feeding mainly on bait fish. Right now will be slow since they have they just came off beds.

Clear: Having clear blue sky’s in the forecast will making fishing a little difficult. You’ll still see a lot of fish cruising looking for food but a lot of fish will be seeking shade. Target thick or deep weed cover or dock will more than likely hold the most fish. Senko’s, jigs, and frogs have seem to best way to produce big fish. Trout fishing has been on as well. A lot of guys have been trolling along steeper banks use wedding rings and small spoons.

Coeur d'Alene: Good – Early morning or late evening have been the best time to get out on the water. With summer in full swing there is a ton of boat traffic in the middle of the day making it hard to fish unless you can find a secluded. Trout Fishing has been slowing down but anglers are still catching fish. Bass has been good up the St Joe arm of the lake and will stay strong for the next couple weeks. A lot anglers have notice that the smallmouth are starting to set up on points in the main lake.

Hauser: Good – Tiger muskies have been going crazy with the changing weather. Anglers have notice an increase in top water explosions and swimbaits along deeper weed edges. Bass fishing has been slow but will hopefully pick up soon. Right now look for shade areas like docks or thick weed cover. Kokanee fishing has been picking up later in the day and at night.

Long: Good – Having cold weather hitting us has made fishing difficult. According to anglers bass have moved out shallower rocky or weed edges looking for food. Trout fishing has leveled off too some anglers with limits still being caught within a couple hours. Guys have started to troll deeper and have notice that they are picking up more fish than being closer to the surface. As of Oct 1st the lake level will be dropped 2-3 feet according to Avista.

Loon: Good- Kokanee fishing is starting to be great throughout the whole day since the changing weather is cooling the water. Night fish has been slow and probably won’t pick up since the cold weather has hit. Bass fishing has been good with a lot of 2 pounders being caught all day. Look for shallow feeding areas or weeds have been best place to pick up fish. A lot of bigger fish have been seen cruising but aren’t very activate.

Medical: Fair- With cold weather hitting the area fish has been difficult. Anglers have noticed that fish are getting shallower and aren’t very active. Guys haven’t been lucky to catch a limit with any size to them. Fish seem to spread out and are grouped up. When you find a group will usually catch a couple very quick.

Newman: Good – Bass fishing has continued to be slow with the cold weather. Fish are moving into the fall areas and are looking for food. Best places to find fish are any shallow areas or weeds. Trout fishing has been ok, a lot of angler are trolling in the middle of the lake and has seemed to be producing the most fish.

Pend Oreille: Good – Lake trout fishing has picked up with the cold weather. Fish are still deep but will be moving up with the water temps getting colder again. Trolling has produced a few fish but you’ll have to find an active school.

Roosevelt: Good – Trout and kokanee have been shallow since the colder weather has hit and are getting tougher to catch a limit. Guys have notice that fish are spreading out and that you might have to fish a few different areas to get a limit. Anglers have been fishing about 20 feet deep long rock shore line’s trolling wedding rings, apexs, and small flies. Walleye angler have also notice that fish are getting deeper and are setting up on their fall pattern. They’ve also have observed that the fish are following bait fish a lot more this year than other years. Bottom bouncers and Crankbaits are still the preferred method of choice.

Silver: Good – Bass fishing has picked up a little. Guys are picking up fish along deeper weed edges or thick weeds. Top water and swimbaits have been the most affective since you can fish them fast. Covering water is the key on this lake right now, the water you can cover the more fish you’ll put in the boat.

Sprague Lake: Good – Trout fishing has picked up since the colder weather has hit. Anglers have still noticed that fish are holding around areas of lake that are spring feed cause of the water temp change. Trolling slow and using small lure have been working the best. Guys say to use small spoons or wedding with a piece of corn or worm on it.


Lewiston Area Rivers

Clearwater River: Fall Chinook Salmon Season has opened on the Clearwater River. Salmon season is open from the mouth of the Clearwater upstream to the Memorial Bridge. Fishermen have been catching Salmon trolling e chip flashers with Brad’s super baits. Some fishermen have been successful using Short Bus Flashers and cut plug herring as well. Catch and keep Steelhead season is open from the mouth of the Clearwater River upstream to the Memorial Bridge. Fishermen have been trolling lighted lures at night and have been successful. Anglers have been using bobbers and jigs tipped with shrimp and catching fish as well. If you plan on fly fishing for Steelhead I suggest that you use a good locater fly such as a bomber in size 4 and then follow up with an Alaska Mary Ann, Green Butt Skunk, Assassin, or Freight Train flies would be a great choice right now. Come in and see us and we will get you geared up for success.

Grande Ronde: This is a gem of a river! If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this fishery I urge you to give it a try. As previously stated I would suggest using tube jigs or curl tail jigs in green pumpkin or smoke and ashes color. Certain parts of this river are subject to selective gear regulations so I would advise that you read the regulations pamphlet issued by the state to be sure that the area of river is open to fishing.

Salmon River: Steelhead season is starting to wind down but there are still fish in the system. A few anglers have been productive as of late. Float fishing with a jig and shrimp can be productive right now. Drifting corkies, roe, or just a yarn ball should work just fine as well. Anglers have reported catching steelhead trolling or back trolling Wiggle Warts and Mag Lip 3.5’s too.

Snake River: Steelhead season has opened on the Snake River. Fishermen have had success recently trolling lighted lures at night. Bobber fishing for them has been good as of late as well. Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass and Channel Catfish have been caught out of the Snake River too. If Sturgeon is what you want to catch I would suggest using sturgeon candy squid and herring combo. This combo has proved effective year after year. If Smallmouth Bass is what you are chasing I suggest using soft plastics such as 3.5 inch tube jigs or curl tail jigs in smoke and ashes or green pumpkin with black flake. Texas and wacky rigged senkos have been very effective as of late and will continue to be through the summer months. The drop shot technique can be effective to catch bass that may be staging in deeper sections of the river and robo worms are a good choice as a drop shot plastic. Crankbaits can be very effective to catch post spawn Smallmouth Bass. Choices of crankbaits vary depending upon the depth of water you are fishing. For example, I would suggest using a Rapala JSR 5 in a crawdad pattern if you are fishing depths up to 7-8 feet. If Channel Catfish are the species your after I would suggest using cut bait such as Catfish treats that we sell here. I have seen quite a few pictures of some nice catfish that have been caught lately.

Lewiston Area Lakes

Winchester Lake: Anglers reported they have been catching some Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Catfish and Perch as of late. To target Largemouth Bass I would suggest using soft plastics such as Senko worms, Yamamoto Kreature Baits, or Berkley power worms. I would suggest using glitter Powerbait Power Eggs to catch Rainbow Trout. This choice of bait has been effective as of late. Anglers have reported catching some really nice trout lately. Cut bait such as D&G Catfish Treats will work to catch catfish out of this lake. Colder Fall temperatures will cause all warm water species to become less active but anglers have still been catching some nice Largemouth Bass.it fish a lot more this year than other years. Bottom bouncers and Crankbaits are still the preferred method of choice.


Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events: We plan on hosting a Steelhead Fly Fishing Seminar in October. Date and time TBA. The Seminar will be posted on our website as soon as the date and time is established. http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/ under the events tab.

Please contact Shaun Walburn, Lewiston’s Fishing Manager with any questions regarding locations; what’s hot and what’s not. Shaun is a seasoned veteran of the fisheries in and around the Lewiston area and is willing to share the knowledge he has gained over the years.br />
His email is: 226-Fishing@sportsmanswarehouse.com



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