Spokane & Lewiston Area Fishing Reports
Spokane Area Rivers
CDA/North Fork: Good – With the water flow being a little high for this time of the year fishing has been a little tough. If you look for small eddies, pockets, and inside bends you can find enough water to fish for the day. The best time to fish is in morning until about noon then it seems to slow down. Stripping Streamers and drifting nymphs through the pockets seem to produce the most fish.
Clark Fork: Good – With rain cold weather over the last week has made this river unpredictable. Anglers have said that the fish are grouping up and feeding one day but the next you won’t find a single one in the same area. Nymphs and streamers have been working early in the day with dry flies coming alive in the afternoon. Small parachutes, bwo’s, mahogany duns, purple haze and adam’s have been the most productive dry flies to use.
Clearwater River: Good - Bank fisherman as well as boat anglers have been successfully catching Steelhead. If you plan on fishing from a boat during the day try trolling Brad’s Wigglers, Storm Wiggle Warts or Mag Lips 3.5 and at night try using Brad’s Lighted Lures. Float fishing with Aero jigs or Rock Dancer buck tail jigs tipped with cured Coon Stripe Shrimp has been productive as of late. Some anglers have been using just a hook and shrimp under a float with success as well. If you plan on fishing from the bank try using the same float fishing techniques as previously stated. Float fishing can be effective whether you choose to fish during the day or night. I have seen a few fish weighing in the high teens as of late…B run steelhead are running. Get ready for a great fight because the Steelhead are real acrobats this time of year. It will be a classic tug o’ war!
Columbia :Good – Walleye fishing has slowed down to weeks before but you are still seeing some nice size fish being caught below McNairy Dam. With the winter pattern coming into effect, anglers are noticing that fish are grouping on down river points and eddies. Minnow presentations have been working the best. Some day you will need to move slower than other to pick up bigger fish.
Grand Ronde: Good - Steelhead anglers have reported catching Steelhead on this jewel of a river. Anglers have been using bobbers and jigs, drifting corky and yarn and Blue Fox spinners and spoons with success. If you have never tried using HEVI BEADS to catch Steelhead then I suggest that you try it. Come see me at the Lewiston store and we will get you set up and ready for success using this bead system. If fly fishing for Steelhead is your passion then you definitely want to fish in this gem of a river. These fish are acrobatic and ready to do battle! This river is a selective gear fishery, single pointed barbless hooks only.
Spokane River: Good– With cold cloudy skies over the last week has made the Spokane River slow at producing any. Swing is still the best way at producing fish during this time of the year. Soft hackle bugs are very productive in the morning and caddis coming on strong later in the evening. Also Hooper droppers have been producing some good numbers of fish with a lot of them coming off the dropper.
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: The Steelhead run is not as good as previous years but there are still fish to catch. Similar to the Clearwater, boat anglers have had success trolling lighted lures or float fishing for Steelhead at night using a marabou or buck tail jig tipped with Coon Stripe Shrimp. Popular choice of Brad’s lighted lure as of late has been orange w/glitter; clear w/red herring bone, and laser rainbow. If you plan on trolling for Steelhead during the day it would be tough to beat a metallic green w/black back Brad’s wiggler or a purple Hot Lips plug. If you haven’t tried Mag Lips 3.5’s I would suggest that you do as these baits are very effective at catching Steelhead.
St. Joe River: Good – This river is producing quality size fish compared to other rivers in the area. Fishing has been good all day with streamers working all day and Dry Flies like caddis, BWO’s and PMD’s working better later in the day. Look for small eddies, pockets, and inside bends but you can pretty much catch fish anywhere you look.pan style='mso-spacerun:yes'>
Yakima: Good – Having the colder days in the forecast will only make the river better. 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– With the changing weather rolling in and out of the area has made fishing good some days and bad on others. Reports say that the fish are holding in slow current, small eddies and deep pools. Egg patterns, Nymphs, midges, and streamers seem to be the flies of choice.
Spokane Area Lakes
Amber: Good – Is still catch & release only until November 30th. If you want to catch some nice size trout this is the lake to be on. Fishing has been extremely good according to some reports. Fish are averaging 14” to 20” with a lot being caught close to the shore. Egg patterns, nymphs, and leaches have been the best flies to use.
Badger/Williams: Closed for the season.
Banks: Good – Walleye fishing is slow compared to Lake Roosevelt or Rufus woods. It’s been difficult to find schools that are turned on and wanting to feed. Fish that are being caught are coming out of 45 feet of water only taking any crawdad presentation. Reports say that whitefish fishing is starting to pick up on the north end of the lake, they say to troll small spoons or small spinners.
Clear:Closed for season
Coeur d'Alene: Good – Northern Pike have been making a boom in this last week. Anglers say that some decent size fish are being caught up in the St. Joe Arm in about 5 to 10 feet of water using Spinnerbaits or Top water. Trout fishing is holding strong and limits are being caught within a couple hours. Reports fish are suspended in 15 to 20 feet of water along rocky shore lines, Small Rapalas and small spoons seem to be the most affective at this time. Kokanee have been making an appearance at the north end of the lake and are ranging about 9-10 inches.
Hauser:Good – Anglers have notice a little decrease in the activity on this lake. Tiger Muskies and pike are still on the hunt for food but are slowing down on how much they eat. Bass fishing has been slow and will continue to decrease with the cold weather. Trout have been going pretty good according to some reports and will continue to pick up as the weather gets colder.
Long:Good- The Lake is down about 13 feet making it impossible to launch a boat. Shore fishing has been pretty good if you’re looking to rainbows or walleye.
Loon: closed for season
Medical: closed for the season
Newman: Good – Trout fishing has started to pick up compared to weeks before. Fishing will continue to increase with cold weather approaching. Anglers are catching fish in about 15 feet of water using small spinners and spoons. 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.
Pend OreilleGood – Lake trout fishing is still picking up and is looking to be good for couple weeks. The fish seem to on the rise since the warmer weather reports say that fish are holding in 20 to 30 feet of water. Reports still say that they are catching fish on baits the resemble kokanee. Trolling seems to be the preferred method. Trout fishing has been good according to some reports and that fish are holding in about 40 feet of water.
Roosevelt:Good – Trout and kokanee are still going strong with lots of fish being caught. Trout fishing seems to be better on the upper part of the lake from Two Rivers up to Hunter’s while the kokanee fishing seems to better on the lower end by Keller Ferry. Limits are being caught within a couple of hours. Bank fishing has been slow but is still good. Walleye fishing has picked up since spawning season is closing in. Fish being caught are in 30 feet of water using blade baits or jigs.
Silver: Good – Bass fishing has pretty much died off now that the water temps have drop below 45 degrees. Anglers have been still catching a few but it is pretty slow going. The key right now is to either cover water using slow moving reaction baits or to stay in one area and work over every square inch with a slow presentation like drop shot or a tube.
Sprague Lake: Good – Trout fishing has picked up since the colder has moved in to the area and will only get better if it stays cold People have already noticed that fish are getting shallower and getting pickier on what they want to eat. The lake is still producing good limits within a couple hours with fish averaging 12” to 16”. A lot of guys are still trolling small flies, spoons or wedding rings.
Lewiston Area Rivers
Clearwater River: Fishermen and anglers have been successfully catching Steelhead as of late. If you plan on fishing from a boat during the day try trolling Brad’s Wigglers or Storm Wiggle Warts and at night try using Brad’s Lighted Lures. Float fishing with Aero jigs or Rock Dancer buck tail jigs tipped with cured Coon Stripe Shrimp has been productive as of late. Some anglers have been using just a hook and shrimp under a float with success as well. If you plan on fishing from the bank try using the same float fishing techniques as previously stated. Float fishing can be effective whether you choose to fish during the day or night. Drifting yarn balls or corkies with or without roe is a good choice.
If you plan on going after Steelhead with a fly rod make sure you have a good supply of Green Butt Skunks, Purple Comets, Purple Perils, Signal Light, Undertaker, Skykomish Sunrise and Alaska Mary-Ann’s just to name a few. A Bomber fly is a great locater fly for steelhead as well. I would suggest you give this fly a try. Get ready for a great fight because the Steelhead are real acrobats this time of year. It will be a classic tug o’ war!
Grande Ronde:Steelhead anglers have reported catching a few fish already on this jewel of a river. Anglers have been using bobbers and jigs, drifting corky and yarn and Blue Fox spinners and spoons with success. If fly fishing for Steelhead is your passion then you definitely want to swing some flies in this river. These fish are acrobatic and ready to do battle! Ensure that you have an adequate supply of Green Butt Skunks, Purple Comets, and Purple Perils in your bag of tricks. This river is a selective gear fishery, single pointed barbless hooks only.
Salmon River: We haven’t received very many fishing reports about the mouth of the Salmon River. Water temps are dropping so the Steelhead are starting to stage up in the mouth of the Salmon River. Substantial numbers of fish haven’t made it to the Riggins area just yet but they are on their way.
Snake River: Similar to the Clearwater, boat anglers have had success trolling lighted lures or float fishing for Steelhead at night using a marabou or buck tail jig tipped with Coon Stripe Shrimp. Popular choice of Brad’s lighted lure as of late has been orange w/glitter; clear w/red herring bone, and laser rainbow. If you plan on trolling for Steelhead during the day it would be tough to beat a metallic green w/black back Brad’s wiggler or a purple Hot Lips plug. Float fisherman have had success using the same techniques as stated for the Clearwater River. Salmon anglers fishing the Snake River have been successful using the same techniques as anglers fishing on the Clearwater River.
The Smallmouth Bass bite is still going on if warm water species are what you are targeting. The Bass sense the change of the seasons and are willing to bite right now. If you have been chasing that monster Smallie all season and haven’t found it yet, well now is the time to do so! Try using a top water lure such as a Rebel Pop R or a Zara Spook. Top water baits like the two listed above are better early in the morning or late in the evening. Don’t forget about tube jigs, wacky rigged Senkos, and crankbaits as they are a good choice all season long. A wacky rigged senko can be very effective this time of year as well. With fall approaching Smallmouth Bass are ready to do battle!
Lewiston Area Lakes
Winchester Lake: I received some reports recently that the fishing is still good in this lake. There are a few species of fish in this lake. There are Tiger Musky, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Crappie, Bluegill, and HUGE Catfish. Anglers are catching some big trout right now. Try using powerbait or just the old faithful nightcrawler for trout. Nightcrawlers are the best bait to use if you want to catch Perch, or Bluegill. D&G Catfish treats is a good choice of bait if Catfish are what you are chasing. Try using Spinnerbaits or Senkos if Largemouth Bass are what you are looking for. Tiger Musky are freshwater version of a barracuda and will strike almost anything. Try using swimbaits that resemble trout or a red skirt spinnerbait. If Crappie is what you want to catch then try a small Crappie tube jig tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles under a float. If you are lucky enough to hook one of these freshwater barracudas hold on tight because the fight will be on! Fishing should be good here for the next couple of weeks. With that being said fish are still being caught out of this gem of a lake.
Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events: Our very own Will Godfrey and I will be hosting a Steelhead Fly Fishing Seminar on Thursday November 9th at 6 pm here in our Lewiston Idaho store. The seminar is free to the public. See you all there! Date and time TBA and will be posted on our website www.sportsmanswarehouse.com under the events tab. 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 that he has gained over the years.
His email is: 226-Fishing@sportsmanswarehouse.com
Lewiston Sportsman’s Warehouse-226
2002 Thain Grade
Lewiston, ID 83501
208-743-2000 ext. 2
Sportsman's Warehouse - Spokane
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