Sprague Lake

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  1. Long Rodder

    Long Rodder New Member

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    Anybody know how Sprague Lake is fishing these days? I used to fish it a lot while I was in college, and it was a good panfish, bass, and walleye lake. Used to do well there. But I haven't fished it in 20 yrs, and never with a fly rod. When I drive by it, I don't see near as many boats there as I used to.

    Any info?
     
  2. jwg

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    Sprague lake was rehabbed and planted with trout about 2007 - 2008. Those trout grow fast and the lake was said to be pretty good, but I have not heard anything specific about this year. I also don't know if the warm water fish have come back.

    Jay
     
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    Here is some more info I found

    Sprague Lake timeline
    • Fall 2007: Treated with rotenone to kill all fish species.

    • Spring 2008: Stocked with quick-growing rainbow trout to jumpstart fishery, plus bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish broodstock and fry.

    • 2009: Ice anglers say trout are so big, they’re difficult to get up through their holes. More trout planted, including Lahontan cutthroats, to maintain sport fishing while warmwater species expand.

    • 2010: More trout stocked, as age groups of warmwater species develop and spawn multiple times during summer. Remaining 2007 trout exceed 24 inches long.

    • 2011: More trout stocking planned; bass in 1- to 2-pound range will be available.

    • 2012: Trout stocking likely to be tapered, bass fishing should be good, panfish starting to show.

    • 2013: Trout fishing opportunity will continue, with anticipated decline in catch rates. Bass fishing should be good and panfishing for bluegill and crappie should be excellent.
     
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    Wow. Thanks for the info. My BIL wants me to go fishing with him there; sounds interesting. Might take him up on the offer, even though its a bit of a drive.
     
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    Fish it 10 times this year lots of big bows some 7to 8 pounds.
     
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    Why was it poisoned out. I remember something about carp, but not positive
     
  7. jwg

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    Spokesman review

    "In a massive project, Fish and Wildlife Department workers treated the 1,800-surface-acre lake with rotenone to kill the existing fishery, which was terribly out of balance with carp, stunted panfish and uncooperative walleyes that few anglers could hook"

    Jay
     

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