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Name: E-10 Date: March 19, 2017 Rating:
 
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We got on the Spokane arm of Roosevelt at Porcupine about 8:00 am, there were already about eight trucks with trailers in the parking lot. The river is really muddy and visibility is horrible. There is also a lot of debris in the water, logs, branches, weeds, etc.

We headed down river, toward McCoy's and fished the south side in some really deep water where we managed to boat 4 really nice Burbot. The bite died down pretty quick there and we decided to make our way up the narrows toward buoy 5.

Once there we started a drift and threw everything in both tackle boxes at the eyes, the thing that seemed to work the best was a black jighead with a black and silver flake sassy shad. We ended the day with 14 eyes in the boat.

The weather was great, sunny in the low 40s and not much wind.

We think we'll put in at Fort Spokane next week to see if we can pick off a few more as it looks like the Burbot are headed back to deeper water in the Columbia.

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Name: E-10 Date: March 12, 2017 Rating:
 
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We got on the water about 7:30 am. We would have been on sooner but there was a glacier and a lot of sand on the ramp we and the two other trucks and trailers were trying to traverse at Porcupine to get to the water. Wow the water is down! The ramp and dock at Porcupine have been ignored or forgotten this year, unlike years before where the dock has been lowered with the water level.

Once on we headed upriver to see if we could find some Burbot. We made it above buoy 5 and started jigging with worms and shark meat, but alas, no Burbots were to be found. My friend Markopath boated a nice eye and shortly after I boated a really nice wild brown. The brown went back after returning my lure and posing for a quick picture.
Markopath boated another big eye and we decided to drift downriver after a quick beach break.

On our beach break, we found a boat someone left behind/lost above buoy 5 sometime around 2001. (we didn't see that there this time last year)

During our drift Back we had lots of bites and a couple of good takedowns but couldn't seem to set a hook. There were only two other boats above Porcupine that we saw, and things looked slow for them as well.

While we were pulling the boat out and getting things cleaned up, Markopath talked to the guys from YJ Guide Service, and they said the Burbot just didn't seem to be there this year.

I gave this trip a rating of 4 even though the bite wasn't constant because we had a great time, caught some really quality fish, it was great to be back on the Spokane Arm after all that hard water had kept us off, and the weather was great.

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Name: Lambojac Date: March 05, 2017 Rating:
 
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Tried to fish at the mouth of the Kettle River yesterday to see if any Burbot, Walleye, or Pike would bite. Casted one pole with a hook and sinker with a worm to sit on the bottom and with the other pole I was casting a retrieving a couple different spoons and crankbaits. Never got a hit on either one. Only fished for about an hour and a half but it was enough time to realize that it's a bit too early to catch any fish down there. The river hasn't lowered quite enough and the current coming out of the mouth is not near strong enough either. It was fun to get out and at least try though. Sure beats wasting an afternoon sitting in the apartment WONDERING if the fish are biting instead of KNOWING. Lol.

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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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