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Name: Tony1263 Date: February 24, 2017 Rating:
 
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We launched at Ft.Spokane (finally) at 7:30 with air temp of 14 degrees. Fished the arm for 2 hours with nothing to show. The water clarity was is getting muddy. We moved up the main lake to Outhouse flats, begin to pick up a few fish pulling smile blades, fish were scattered from 32-55 ft. Finished the day with 12 Walleye 16-18 inches with the largest being a skinny 21 incher. Great day to be on the water.

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Name: CCTMark Date: February 19, 2017 Rating:
 
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Headed out from Spokane at the crack of dawn with my buddy Glenn; the ride to Ft Spokane was pretty nerve racking for Glenn as we encountered rain, snow, sleet and grapple, not good weather conditions for towing a boat.

We arrived at Ft. Spokane and drove over the bridge to see the condition of the Arm. It is still frozen over with very slushy ice all the way to just past two rivers boat mooring area. We also checked the launch and found a 1-2 foot snow/ice berm blocking both lanes, either a lousy plowing job or it is left over from the falling of Roosevelt. So on to Seven Bays we went where the launch is just fine.

We were on the water by about 0730 and immediately headed across the river from the launch to a point and had 2 eyes on in the first 5 minutes, unfortunately we lost both at the boat with one going about 16 inches and the one I lost 22-23 inches. After another ten minutes without a bite and a run in with a guy who apparently thinks you can reserve an entire football field sized area of the river based on how long you have lived in the area, we headed up river to outhouse flats. It took hours but we caught 20 keeper size eyes from 15-19 inches. All were caught jigging in 35-45 FOW with a black head and an avocado grub working the best. We had to jig extremely slow and we were only lifting our jigs 6-8 inches off of the bottom. The current was moving from .2 to .4 mph most of the time which was almost an ideal speed for jigging. Overall the weather wasn't bad, a few sprinkles here and there until 1230 when it rained hard for a solid hour but then let up just as quick. The water temp was 36.1 and the air temp was close to the same. There were only a few small chunks of ice floating down the river but lots of wood, up to entire trees as a matter of fact.

The Arm can't thaw out fast enough, hopefully before the water lever drops much further.

Mark

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Name: First Light Date: February 13, 2017 Rating:
 
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Headed south to the points around Gifford & Daisy area. Tried to fish the mouth of the Colville but there was too much ice, see photo. Went out to the point for an hour then went south for the afternoon. Next stop was below Daisy, and over the bank I went. After I hooked a nice rainbow I realized I left the camera in the truck, as well as the net! Oops! Pretty much a cookie cutter trout. I caught 2 more fish just like it in four hours of casting using my Panther Martin. All fish were released for another day!

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Name: Lambojac Date: January 28, 2017 Rating:
 
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Went out fishing Saturday morning with my Dad, Brother, and Girlfriend to try and catch some trout. A week ago we had slammed some rainbows down past the Sanpoil on Lake Roosevelt so we needed to check and see how well they were biting up north near Gifford.

We got down to the beach at 7:15 just after sunrise. About 10 minutes into fishing I was already getting hits on my poles. Had a hard time hooking 'em though. After re-baiting my hooks I finally landed the first fish. Out of the 4 of us down there the fish seemed to only pay attention to my fishing poles for the first hour and half because no one else was getting any bites. Sometimes the fish just like to give you special attention. Once I had 2 fish on the stringer the bite slowed down a little bit so I decided to reel in my poles and started walking around casting a spoon to try and stir the fish around and hopefully get them to bite my fishing compadres poles. First cast...I had another fish on. 3 fish on the stringer, all of them mine. LOL.

Things turned around however as my GF landed #4. Dad landed #5 and #6. Then I landed #7. My brother still didn't get the skunk out of his bag though. Turns out he didn't have anything to float his worm off the bottom like the rest of us had! If we had known that sooner we would've geared him up accordingly. It was around 11 O'clock when we learned this and only had a half hour of fishing left before we had to leave. So we set him up with the proper tackle to try and get him to at least catch 1 before we left. Sure enough, at 11:15 he landed #8 and the last fish of the morning.

We probably would've limited out if we had hooked up on every fish that bit but sometimes they are finicky. The bite was pretty darn consistent for us though. They seemed to like the nightcrawler with an orange corky float bobber about 2' off the bottom the best. Corn powerbait was also producing results but I swear they bite harder on the worm. I must've missed 6-7 bites on the powerbait and they didn't seem to hold on to it for very long. With the worm they'd play with it a lot more which made hook-ups much easier. In the end it was a very successful and fun morning of fishing!

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Name: outtheresomewhere Date: January 23, 2017 Rating:
 
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Got there just after 6:30AM, temp 29F, cloudy/foggy, water temp bone chilling cold - not quite frozen, two others
already there. Left 2:00PM, temp 35F, partly cloudy. Lake level went up about 6" during the day, don't think the
water temp warmed any. 17 others fished too, only saw four caught in 7 hours - there were 28 poles in the water.
I was lucky, got one - I'm sure there have to be better days coming. Spokane arm frozen bank to bank above the
25 bridge as far as one can see. Yellow and orange seemed to be the color. No hits on worms - most hits on the
little yellow gulp balls - fish seemed to just noodle the bait, no strong hits - has to be the cold water temp, which
won't be going away for at least the next 10-12 days according to the latest forecasts. Best clean and oil reels
and get ready for some Koke action when the ramps open up.

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Name: Ohana1013 Date: January 21, 2017 Rating:
 
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Fished at the bridge at fort spokane. Arrived around 10 left around 2. Caught 2 rainbows between noon & 1.... just raimbow power bait and light colored marshmallows. .

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Name: Lambojac Date: January 13, 2017 Rating:
 
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Decided to brave the frigid temperatures and go fishing Friday afternoon. Headed out to my spot around noon between Daisy and Gifford but my trip got sidetracked when I got to Rice. Had an unfortunate old man flag me down who seemed to have run out of gas. Weather is much too cold to leave someone stranded so I decided to give him a lift back to town to grab a gas can. About 2 hours later, he and his grandson were back on the road headed home while I continued back to fishing. (They were very nice and grateful people)

Got to my spot around 3PM and threw one line out with a ball of garlic powerbait and used my other pole to cast and retrieve a spoon. About a half hour later I had a trout come just inches off the bank following my spoon. He never swiped at it but I quickly threw it back out about 10 feet. Sure enough he bit it and I landed the 1 fish for the day.

I fished till about sunset when I decided to call it quits. Overall it was a decent afternoon and I was happy to have not got skunked. Felt good helping out someone in need as well and the fish gods made sure to compensate me for that.

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Name: buc Date: January 08, 2017 Rating:
 
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40 ft caught 37 biggest 4lbs blade baits and mr twister
Grubs . Two people six hours . Confluence area.
First winter trip roads and launch where scetchy
At best...

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Name: Lambojac Date: January 06, 2017 Rating:
 
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Decided to try and go for some Burbot fishing Friday night for the first time this year. Last year was my first time ever trying to target these fish. Was slow for most of the winter trips and I had more success during the early spring months. Friday night seemed to produce similar results as last year with only 1 Burbot in about 5 hours. A little disappointing but it was kind of expected. The girlfriend and I had a decent fire to keep us warm and plenty of beer to keep us somewhat entertained so it was a successful trip in that regard.

We called it quits around 8PM when we started getting low on firewood. We started fishing around 2 that afternoon and landed the one fish at about 5:30 so we gave it a solid shot. The neatest part of the night was when I gutted the fish before heading out. This dang fish had 3 crawdad, a little 6" baby burbot, and decided to eat my bait as well! Was a hungry fish for sure!

I've been wanting to make a trip up to Sullivan Lake to try ice fishing for the Burbot up there. I've been asking around at work about locations to fish and tips to use for fishing up there but I haven't made the decision to drive up there yet. Anyone have any input?

Even though the fishing was slow I'm still dedicated to catching these delicious tasting fish. I plan on heading out again this Friday to try at it again. Wish me luck!

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Name: Oregon Date: December 26, 2016 Rating:
 
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Finally made it back to Lake Roosevelt. In the water @ Hunters around 8:00 am. Couple other empty trailers in the lot and a few bank fisher's. Weather was 25* and water was calm/slight chop. Thought it was going to be a Killer day. Long time fishing buddy Backsplash said it was a#1 on the calendar, not thinking to much bout that comment, we got the cold motors functioning and started trolling. It wasn't long before the # 1 came up again. After 45 min. our first hit and miss. another hour, hit and in the boat, first Bow. It went that way all day till 3:45 when we head for the launch.
It can only get better on L. Rose.... Silvers will be hitting soon too!!!!!

Ended up with 6 bows in the box and lost 6 with 4-5 pole shakers that didn't hook.. We drug plug, Kekeda flies, muddlers and homemade wedding rings. The homemade wedding had the most hits and in the boat success. The ole Go-To out preformed the latest craze in fly patterns. Not to say that today would be in favor of the infamous Kekeda fly. I will be back soon to try both with abandon. Also, hopefully another one of my long time FB. Capt. Steelie will be able to attend to work his magic. We will work the North end of this water to no end. It has done us well in the past years with R-bows and Very nice Silvers. To my brothers in OR & ID. time to get your butts up here!!!

Get out there, Oregon

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