Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for December 2

Fly fishing

Fly fishing lessons taught by the fly fishermen of Spokane will resume in early January. All lessons must be booked and paid for on the secure SFF site. To register, simply go to, which is open to members and non-members. Fly fishing school usually starts at the end of February, although the official date is yet to be determined. All classes have a maximum class size and high demand, so register early to secure your spot.

Fly fishermen were doing well at Fourth of July Lake with a plethora of designs on the Black Friday opening. Those with pontoon boats were successful just north of the first pass. Some rainbows were over 20 inches tall.

The warm weather has kept the region’s rivers relatively productive. Double nymph platforms or streamers keep finding fish.

Trout and kokanee

Large crowds fished in the “winter only” lakes of eastern Washington, finding no wind, rain, ice or snow. July 4th was particularly productive with the first narrow passages on the eastern shore producing nice 10-16 inch rainbow catches for shore anglers when the fishing got hot after sunrise. Everything – bait or artificial – worked. Williams and Hatch Lakes had few anglers on opening day. Both have lots of small thorny rays.

Trollers hitting the Split Rock area since Fort Spokane launched with Kekeda flies have caught rainbows ranging from 15 inches to over 20 inches. Fish are high in the water column and do not show up well on the fish finder. The mouth of Hunter Creek has also been good for trollers.

Salmon and rainbow trout

Idaho’s Steelhead rules have been changed for the spring 2022 seasons, but they will not be reflected in the printed 2022-2024 Seasons and Fishing Rules booklet, although the changes are reflected online. The 2022-24 Seasons and Rules brochure will be available online (digitally) and as printed booklets at Fish and Game regional offices and license vendors in late January.

Thorny skate

At MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir, Pete Fisher said crappie and bluegill are caught on the face of sand dunes and around the mouth of Crab Creek. He suggests dragging a # 5 Flicker Shad or using electronics to mark the fish and the vertical jig. “The shit is there,” he said. “You just need to find them. “

Long Lake walleye fishermen find a mouthful of hot walleye by throwing blade bait near Tum Tum. They also catch a lot of small mouths of 2 pounds or more.

Huge little mouths (up to 8 pounds reported) are bending stems this fall at Dworshak Reservoir in Idaho. Normally the best time for the Big Little Mouth out there is early spring.

Anglers who spend sufficient time on Spokane Inlet looking for fish will sometimes find a school of walleye or burbot working on a school of baitfish. This is when the fun begins. The China Bend area in Roosevelt is reported to have a good walleye bite in 80 feet or more of water.

Other species

Nighttime clam digging continues through December 9 at several Washington beaches. Not all beaches are open with every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before setting out.

“The weather hasn’t always been cooperative in recent weeks, but there are still plenty of opportunities to go to the beach and dig for knives,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shell manager at the Washington Department of Fish and Fish. Wildlife. “I hope December brings clearer winter days for people to get out and enjoy this incredible resource. “

Anglers fishing from the shore at night at the mouth of the Kettle River below the bridge report rapid limits of burbot at 60 feet of water.


The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has authorized the director of the Fish and Game to establish emergency hunts for increased sampling for chronic wasting disease in GNU 14 and 15. The goal of emergency hunts is to obtain a valid number of samples to determine the extent of the disease may be in the area. Hunts will be restricted to Idaho residents and tags may be surrendered. After sampling, Fish and Game will have a better idea of ​​the extent of CWD and the percentage of the deer population infected. Fish and Game will later announce the framework for emergency hunts, including dates, how hunters can obtain tags, and the special rules that will apply to these hunts.

Non-Idaho non-resident hunting, fishing and combination licenses for 2022 went on sale on Wednesday. Tags of non-resident deer and elk were also put up for sale that day. Licenses and tags can be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-554-8685, from a license vendor, or at Fish and Game regional offices during regular business hours. The number of tags available for each deer hunting unit and elk area can be found at

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will provide a new trial opportunity for mountain lion hunting with scent hounds in the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. From Thursday, dog hunters will have the opportunity to collect a key allowing them to access routes behind locked doors. These roads are normally closed to protect wintering big game and other wildlife. During mountain lion hunting season (Thursday – March 31), dog hunters can view a key to any of the five routes on Craig Mountain WMA (map below).

Cards can also be picked up at the Lewiston regional office. For more information on this program, contact the front desk at (208) 799-5010 or contact Andrew Mackey (WMA Manager) for more information.

There are now more ducks in the Moses Lake area – a good variety with a few more mallards. There have been a lot of snow geese recently.

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