I’ll never pass up the chance to venture beyond fishing for bass; fishing is fishing. Even though I prefer the largemouth and smallmouth, trout fishing is exciting and continues to gain enormous interest. State fisheries, especially in Washington State, have regained control of the species to levels not seen since the 1990s. A big hats-off to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for their hard work and dedication.
There are several lakes within 30 miles that are very popular trout lakes, which are stocked each year around the Spokane area.The most well known lakes are Williams, Badger, Medical and Clear Lake. While you can most definitely catch your limit within hours, my Dad and I decided to hit Rock Lake in Whitman County. Rock Lake is a 7.5 mile lake that was named taboo by early Native Americans due to the strange behavior of drownings and large sea creatures. Since the 1800s, mysteries continue to arise such as unfound remains of a train wreck in the early 1900s that dumped a load of brand new Model-Ts into the water; the weird thing is that they still haven’t been found?
We tied on several lures from wedding rings, to rooster tails, to crankbaits. It was a very slow day, but the weather was near perfect, and the very large lake was surprisingly calm. With the water being fairly clear for this time of the year, I surprisingly hooked up with a 4-pound-even german brown trout just a couple feet under the surface on a River2Sea suspending jerkbait. While it was our only catch of the day, it sure did bring a couple of smiles to our faces; memories that will last a lifetime.
I urge you to get out and go against the grain. Find bodies of water that aren’t part of your regular routine. You never know, maybe your next personal best is waiting for you at a place that you haven’t considered. Good luck fishing, and don’t forget to share your successful tips with others!