A Little Help.... Please

#1
Hello,

I'm looking for a little info. I'll be traveling on business the second week of April on both sides of the state. Can anyone tell me what rivers / area's I should be targeting in April? Salmon, Steelhead, Trout ?

Thank in advance,

Brad Horton
 

Scott Salzer

previously micro brew
#3
Kind of depends on what you are looking for. Rivers / stillwater? Do you have a floating device or is it a wading thing? You also have an option for the salt. Both sides of the state - what areas?

MB
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#4
I don't believe that any skinny water will be open except the Yakima and Rocky Ford Creek. Of course most lakes will be open if they are ice free at that time.
 
#5
April is usually prime time for central and eastern washington lakes-the early openers and selective fisheries.. or you can head to Montana for some pre-run off too!
 
#6
Western Washington in April is pretty dead-whatever steelhead rivers that are supposed to be open will 99% sure be closed for lack of escapement.
 
#8
Thanks Guys. I have a tradeshow in Tocoma and customers to visit in Eastern WA. I'll be wading and have a 5 wt single hand and a 7 wt switch. I was hoping to fish rivers. Sounds like the Yakima will be my focus. Any thoughts on areas, lines and bugs to fish.

Thanks again
 
#9
Hortuna,

Not sure where in E. Washington you'll be, but you might also check out Crab Creek (with the easily accessible sections basically North of Ritzville, WA). It's a great creek with a lot of bank access. There are sections that have regulated access where there are bigger fish, but the publicly accessible sections have a lot of fish in the 6 to 12 in. range with some up to 16-18 in. You might also contact Swede's fly shop in Spokane and talk to the owner about other options. http://www.swedesflyshop.com/

Good luck and enjoy your trip.