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I will be going up to the Lake Curlew area in the near future with my father and was wondering if anyone had any advise as to fishing options either on the lake it self or other places in the area. I will have access to a boat and also have a float tube. I have never fished up in that area so I do not know where to go or even what is good to fish for. If you have any insight or advise I would appreciate it greatly. -Nick :dunno
 

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Look up what river runs through Curlew. My bet is that you'll have a great experience.. For info., contact the Republic Sports Shop. He'll provide you with some info.

There are quite few smaller lakes throughout the area in the woods that are fly fishing only. Get to the ranger station in Republic and they'll sell you a map of the area.

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Nick,
I've fished Curlew before. It's a tough lake to figure out, but when you do, you'll find out that Curlew's 2 pound rainbows, fight like any other lake's 5 pounders. There is a small "pond" if you will at the far north end. It contains Largemouth Bass. There is a small "lake" connected to the south end, called Lake Roberta. It also holds Largemouth Bass. My wife and I were in there one summer and saw a beaver with a head the size of a German Shephard's head. The main lake is probably too big for a tube, but a 12-14 foot hard boat can handle it well. The small waters I mentioned and the north and south ends would be great for a tube.
If you go far enough north of the lake to run into the Kettle River, maybe 10 or 15 miles, you'll find one of the best flyfishing rivers in northeast Washington. Shallow riffles, undercut banks, and sweepers, are great places to try nymphing or dries. If you catch anything there it will probably be a rainbow, maybe a whitefish. If you can find some of the deep holes, you may stumble into a 3 to 5 pound german brown. I would stay away from the main lake with fly fishing gear, and would work the north and south waters of the main lake, and the Kettle River for sure. Wish I was going with you.
Lotech Joe:thumb
 
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Joe, What part of the Kettle do you fish? And have you fished it in the last couple of years? I always hear that it is good water so I went over last summer and drove around a lot. The water was so low that any decent fish would have to lay on his side just to keep wet! What am I missing about the Kettle? I have been streamfishing since 1951 and usually I can spot holding water in a heartbeat but that river just doesn't look very 'fishy' to me. Ive
 

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Maybe the river has changed since I fished it last. It's been maybe ten years. My wife and I fish it some 4 or 5 miles west of the town of Curlew. It was never more than about knee deep, but there were occaisional holes to beware of if you didn't watch where you were going. I hope I haven't miss-informed anyone.
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