19 - Spokane Confluence to Lake Roosevelt North End Fishing Report

Launched out of Ft. Spokane with my buddy Glenn. The launch was very icy; backing a trailer was definitely not for the faint of heart. The right side (as you look at it) has quite a bit of sand; the left side was just ice. It would help if people would hesitate for 30 seconds after launching with the trailer at the waters edge; this would limit the amount of water splashed onto the ramp. Back to fishing. We headed up the Columbia and worked outhouse flats. We picked up a couple of eyes and Glenn caught a Pike. We then hit casino flats. Same thing a couple of eyes. We then headed up the Arm and hit both the first and second islands. Picked up a couple more eyes at each spot and then called it a day. We kept 9 eyes between 16-19 inches and released one 13 inch dink. The Pike was about 23 inches. We caught everything on jigs in 35-50 FOW. Black jig head with a green red/gold flake grub produced all of our fish. We had to fight white caps on the main river so that forced us up the Arm.

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1/3/2019 2:26 PM

Man you sure know how to dress up a yellow bucket. Thanks for the report.

1/3/2019 3:14 PM

I think they've got a 10$ bounty on those hammer handles on the Columbia anyway. Another month left of duck season before i'll see you out on the water.

Good luck!

1/3/2019 5:47 PM

I agree with the 30 seconds of hesitation at launch and retrieve. Well said. Thanks. Andy

1/4/2019 6:48 AM

Nice haul and pike are great table fare! Agree with the stop and drain at water's edge, I drop motors too so I don't leave an ice slick at top of ramp.

1/6/2019 12:00 PM
Glad to see you got some "eyes" Mark. Thanks for the report. I too like to pause and let the trailer drain when pulling out of the water launching or retrieving. Sure makes a big difference on the amount of ice on the ramp! Studded tires don't hurt either...Alan