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Name: craiger Date: April 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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We launched at Spring Canyon around 0900. We started trolling immediately, heading across to the north side and up toward Swawilla Basin. The three of us have 2-pole endorsements, so we were gearing up for six lines. Before we could get all our lines out, we had a nice rainbow in the boat, soon followed by another. We were flat-lining off planer boards and also pulling 1 to 4 colors of leaded line, using Rapalas, #7 and #9, in various colors. Also had a big hookup on a Kekeda fly, perch pattern, on leaded line -- it snapped my 8# leader. As the day progressed we stayed in the Swawilla Basin, picking up rainbows as well as 4 nice Kokanee. Nearly all fish were caught on the north side of the basin in water from 15 to 100 feet deep. At one point we had 6 fish on at one time! Five of them made it into the fish box, and we called it a day at 3:30, with 15 trout and 4 Kokanee, together totaling 32 pounds. It was an outstanding day.
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Name: CCTMark Date: April 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went out Porcupine Bay with Glenn and Nate in Glenn's Lund. The launch will be closed tomorrow due to low water but we were able to launch on Saturday. The lake is down about 43 ft so if you go upriver from Porky you better know where your going. We saw one boat run aground and it sounded expensive. Your GPS may show you the center of the river channel but that isn't necessarily the deepest part of the channel so be careful. We worked the river from Porky up to buoy 5 targeting any back eddies we could find, the current is all river from buoy 2 up so the main current is hard to fish. We caught most of our fish shallow so don't be afraid to pitch a jig into 5 ft of water. Red or black jig heads with a 5 inch worm worked best, we had to vary colors throughout the day as no one color worked best. The tally for the day was 40 eyes and 7 smallies. The largest eye was 30 inches and 10 lbs, I caught her jigging in 22 ft of water just down river from a small hump. Hopefully she has a good spawn this year that will help thwart the plans of the knuckleheads who want to rid the river of the eyes. We will probably try getting back up river next weekend if Glenn isn't too afraid of the shallow water. We talked with a few other fishermen when we pulled out and most of them went down river from the launch with very little luck. The spawn is near so the big girls are going upriver, good luck but watch your depth.

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Name: rwiley Date: April 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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We launched at Seven Bays because Fort Spokane was closed. Weather was beautiful initially however the wind came up and we fought it the rest of the day. We trolled and tried jig fishing for walleye with no luck. We went up the Spokane arm trying to avoid some wind with no avail. We also fished Hawk creek. Not even one descent bite. Lots of fisherman out there however we didn't see anyone catch anything. The water temp in the main river was 43 and in the Spokane Arm in some of the bays 47.
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Name: kevinbe Date: April 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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Brother in Law and I got to Spring Canyon at 7:10 and had lines in the water at 7:30. There was one other boat in the water just before us, and one launched just after.

We had 2 leaded line set ups out the sides, and 1 longline setup out the back. Both he and I have a two pull endorsement. We were getting bumped consistently on all three setups. About 1/20min. Consistently, our strikes would not result in a hookup. Most often, the fish would short strike our trolling flies, and just bite the tip of our worm off. Many times, we would get a hookup, only to have it come unbuttoned halfway, or 10 feet from the boat. We trolled out in the deep early, but mainly stayed on the launch side of shore and trolled in 30-80 feet of water just off of the shore heading upriver.

We boated 4 decent Rainbows by noon, and made 1 final troll across the lake before deciding to pitch swirly tailed jigs in the bays on the other side of the lake. We hadn't gotten a bump in about 1 hour trolling, so we made the right call there.

Immediately after throwing jigs into shore and swimming them towards the boat, we caught 3 trout and missed as many in a 30 minute time frame around 1:00. We continued along the shore and into other bays, but the bite seemed to slow up. We made our way back upriver and began pulling a jig behind the boat and jigging the bottom w/ a worm and picked up 2 more around 4:00. It seemed to take forever to limit out that last hour, but we got #10 at just before 5, swimming the jig. Chartreuse jig head and olive green combo were the hot jig color with or without worm.

I rated the day a 4 because we did get our limit, but we really had to get after them. We caught 10 fish, all but 2 in the 16-18 inch range. 1 was a 14" cookie cutter, and 1 was a beautiful 20" native. Trolling is fun, but there's nothing like having those big bows slam your light gear as you fish for them like a bass in the shallows. Many of them had crawdads in their stomachs from picking them off the rocks.

Most bites came when there was a consistent wind to break up the water, both trolling and jigging.
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Name: moocherman Date: April 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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We launched at Spring Canyon, the Lake is sure getting down, it is a long way to the water now. A report In the "Spokesman Review" stated that the draw down may go to below 1230'. The weather was great, lots of sun with a little wind in the am /pm. We were on the water from about 9am till around 4pm each day. A total count of 23 trout up to 3.3# and 1 small kokanee during our 4 day stay. We had one very good day, limits for both us us within 4 hours. The other 3 days was a lot tougher finding fish. Pretty much stayed in the Grant Coulee Dam area. We tried fishing up river on one day, as far up stream as Keller Ferry. The fish seemed to be holding shallow as usual, leaded line worked best, with jointed Rapala's 130-200' back and a trolling speed of around 2 mph. We did see some really nice Kokanee coming out but it was not our turn this trip. It is a real shame that with the draw down some very nice fish will be ground up in the turbines.
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Name: widebear Date: April 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Launched at Keller today and headed up river to Hanson Harbor. Lines in the water by 9am and had 5 bows 16 to 18" by 11. Picked up and headed down to Spring Canyon and got 3 more bows and not one Kok. Quit at 4pm with the 8 bows and all were caught at 15 to 18 feet on pink hootchies. Tried a lot of Kok gear but no luck. Very nice day today, air temp got up to 60 and water temp went from 40.4 to 42.
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Name: zaskar Date: April 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Targeted walleye all day on the 6th. Weather was calm and sunny, water temp 45-47F. Tried jigging and pulling worm harness rigs. The worm harness setups caught most of the fish. Best depth for catching was 18-30' with 1.5 or 2 oz bottom bouncer. Best speeds were 0.8-1.2 mph. Put 14 fish in the boat with largest being 23".
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Name: YJ Guide Service Date: April 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had a chance to run out past Lincoln with my mom and dad in their new boat. We fished Rainbows for about an hour with only one fish for our efforts. We did however find a big herd of Bighorn Sheep. Fishing on the river is a lot slower but their are still fish to be caught.

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We fish for Pike, Tiger Muskie, Walleye, catfish and Bass Locations include the Snake, Palouse, Pend Oreille Rivers, Newman Lake, Silver Lake, Curlew Lake, and Lake Roosevelt.Turkey hunting trips also avaialbe!
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Name: wishing4walleye Date: March 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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After reading several post on good fishing we decided to Fish the weekend out of Spring Canyon with friends and family. We read that fishing was good within sight of the boat launch (lol). That is true, although you can see the boat launch all the way from the dam to several miles up river. I guess what that means is, we experienced pretty good fishing anywhere we went. Some areas were better than others, but pretty much we trolled the north side of the lake (within sight of the boat launch). Got one kokanee, and a lot of bows, which to my surprise taste REALLY good. Don't waste your money like we did and buy all kinds of gear like leaded line and line counters. We tied a "gold fish" rapala directly to the line and that was the only thing that worked. If you couldn't get a bite, let out more lines. Kinda fun fishing with a bunch of Disney land poles and reels with these hard fighters.

My buddy cooked some up the first day, and I was very surprised of the bright red meat, firmness and quality taste that the triploids provide. We will probably start making this our annual spring break trip.
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Name: troc Date: March 29, 2014 Rating:
 
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Lake Roosevelt continues to produce some nice fat rainbows but you have to work for them a bit harder these days. We trolled J-9 orange belly Rapalas with 3 colors of leaded line and mono down 20 feet on the downrigger. We were going 1.4 to 2.0 mph 30 yards from shore with a serpentine trolling pattern. Most of the fish were landed at split rock with the limit finished off just down river from 7 bays. The fish are still there but the days of limits in 2 hours seem to have past.
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