Spokane River

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  1. rattlesnakeflyguy

    rattlesnakeflyguy Harrison

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    Troutcatcher 6 - I will take you up on the Spokane River offer next year in the fall. It sounds like a fun body of water to fish. Jon at SB always talks good things about that river.
     
  2. troutcatcher6

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    Idk if I can rattle... I got a lot of work to do in fall... maybe. The entire river is not year round. Most of it is closed from March 15 to June 1. Look in the Regs book for specifics. This is a good thing that it is open in winter too because winter can produce really well!! :D
     
  3. Jerry White

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    FYI: the Spokane River is closed from the State Line to Upriver Dam between March 15 and the 1st Saturday in June, open year around from Upriver Dam down to Monroe Street, closed between Monroe street and Plese Flats, march 15 until June 1.
    The deal is that these are native fish on redds in March April and May and WDFW is trying to give em a break.

    Here is a link to the regs:
    http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/2009/09_regs_4.pdf

    Not trying to kill your buzz, just want to let you all know your poaching if your on the river at the wrong time in the wrong place... I encourage folks to get out and enjoy the Kan, support it with the numerous conservation efforts that are going on for it and I would ask that you please not post any specific info about angling locations you've enjoyed. Let folks figure it out on their own if they are motivated enough... Its more fun that way :thumb:and we can avoid hammering the crap out of what's becoming a weaker fishery with each passing year.
    Thanks!
    JW
    PS no redband migration from lower to up river (falls) but it looks like there is genetic recruitment from the upper river down to the lower.
     
  4. troutcatcher6

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    Oh yeah forgot that. I never fish the river from March to June anyway because the runoff is so high. So never mind.
     
  5. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    Good on ya Jerry for saying what we are all thinking. I am also not trying to be net jerk....but holly hell Troutcatcher, your original post said you caught one fish last year out of the Spokane. Dude, I will be happy to show you where to catch far more than that if you are a tad bit more discrete about broadcasting info on the Spokane.

    Good on ya for being excited about what we have at our back door
     
  6. troutcatcher6

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    Okie Dokie Jmills!! lol ptyd

    OH AND BTW.. Jmills, you said I only caught one fish last year. I said one fish this year on easter infront of the powerhouse in the year round waters. I've only been there. But I could use some info on some better spots. My fav. spots weren't very productive last year lol.
     
  7. troutcatcher6

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    PLEASE READ ALL...

    I have recently opened a social group called THE SPOKANE RIVER FLY GROUP. Anyone who fishes the SPOKANE RIVER frequently, often, or is interested in fishing the river should join. I think this is a good idea because we could have small get togethers on the river, and meet some nice fly fishers who fish in the Spokane backyard. So if you fish the river FREQUENTLY, OFTEN, OR ARE INTERESTED IN FISHING THE RIVER, YOU SHOULD JOIN.

    Thank you.
     
  8. Panhandle

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    Easy guys. We're talking about the Spokane River here, not silver creek or the Henry's Fork. It is one of my favorite rivers as well, and is a wonderful fishery. It is what it is though---a river with porn and syringes mingling with 20+ inch trout. It will never be a destination fishery. On top of that, the fish don't come easy. To catch fish consistently you have to know what you're doing, that eliminates 90% of the flyfishing community. In other words, I don't think the Spoke's precious radioactive rainbows are in any jeopardy of being fished out, especially when we have other pristine rivers to attract people. I agree not to spill the beans, but I'll throw anyone a bone who wants to get going on this river, sorry.:( My feeling is that if you turn someone on, it will only improve the chances of the Spoke being managed better. Thanks for the regs clarification, Jerry.
     
  9. FlyMeARiver

    FlyMeARiver Da Mailman! Making sure you get yours!

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    Ha! Great points, I especially like the part about porn, syringes, and 20+ inch trout! Too true. It doesn't have to be a destination fishery, as long as I keep catching nice fish, which is usually quite possible, and as long as I live 5 minutes from it, it will remain one of my top destinations! Not to say I don't wish it was cleaner and less toxic and so on! :thumb:
     
  10. troutcatcher6

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    Who doesn't want the river to be less toxic! :clown:

    There are a lot of nice 20+ er's in there. Nice 5 minute walk from my house. I seriously walk down about 3 blocks, then down a hill about 3 blocks. SIMPLE!! lol :rofl:

    The river is also overpopulated with smallmouth. How could we get the population down a bit? To much bass, and that could be harmful to the trout. I seriously have talked to people who have fished the river for years. They used to limit out on trout. Soon, they started to catch a mix of trout and bass. Now, they mainly catch bass. What can we do???

    REMEMBER, I AM TALKING ABOUT THE UPPER RIVER...

    Please do your part and pick up trash while you are down there. Thank you.

    Troutcatcher :cool:
     
  11. Dustin Bise

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    not much other then fish for bass i suppose, or fish the lower. Last summer on my bike rides there would be pods of fish raising all around the centential trail bride at gonzaga. I always saw bait fishers fishing off the brige and i would stop and watch them catch nice trout. Im gonna climb the underside of the bridge one of these days and flsh 360 degress from the the center bride pylon base. I hope you guys dont mind me givin that spot away :p
     
  12. troutcatcher6

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    Hey Dustin.

    You know that soon, the bass will make it through to the lower portion and will take over the whole river right? At Plese Flats once, I saw a big, about 8 lbs, Largemouth Bass swimming out from under a willow, and behind it about a 5 Lb Largemouth, and had a lot of smallmouth rising to flys. The bass might have already taken over the river!! :eek:
     
  13. Jerry White

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    First of all, trout catcher, I appreciate your enthusiasm for the river! It is a fun place to fish and I'm glad your fired up about it.
    Pan, point taken! Certainly catch and release angling isn't going to "hammer" any more trout than the smallies, pollution and poachers are now killing. I guess my over reaction comes from a general aversion I have to annnouncing fishing locations of any fishery on the WWW. Certainly PM's between anglers is a different matter... that's not a "all call", and I actually agree with you. The more law abiding folks on the water, C & Ring, picking up a little litter, writing a letter now and again on behalf of the kan and calling in the poachers... well its good for the place.
    I guess my thing about the Spokane is that I've spent so many hours fishing aroung the trash, the hobo camps, the syringes, the condoms, the man-shite only to have some really fine angling/wildlife moments. As a result, I've gained a kind of grudging respect and affection for this dirty old river. It's given a lot to me over the years.
    And reading Troutcatchers posts (and others) it sounds as if I'm not the only one.

    What I hope everyone remembers, is that those fish are the last remnants of the native steel that used to come and go from the Pacific... We should be a bit reverant w/every redband we catch... OK, hows that for sappy:eek:
    As for the smallies, I am predicting catastrophe for the upper and the lower if we don't start managing those critters... WDFW says there are now only about 600 trout between Spokane and the Stateline... in the 1980s there were hundreds of trout per river mile...
    Some folks feel that as goes the upper river so will go the lower river. No one is sure yet.
     
  14. FLGator

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    Jerry,
    Talking to Shawn at the Silver Bow after this year's survey on the upper river the number is well less than 600. He mentioned they shocked something like 37 trout between Harvard Rd and State Line.
     
  15. Dustin Bise

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