T-minus 10 days and counting until our hometown fishery opens back up. The Spokane River fishing season runs the Saturday before Memorial Day through March 15th from the Idaho Stateline to Nine Mile Falls Dam.
The season closes for the spring window to help protect Redband trout spawning. Native to the Spokane River and other Columbia River tributaries, populations of Redband rainbows are not what they used to be, but still have strongholds in certain drainages. They are all catch and release.
Snowpack conditions this past winter were average, yet spring has been very dry so opening weekend will look favorable for anglers looking to hit the fishery first thing. When I say favorable that does mean high and fishable. Currently the river is running in the 10,000cfs range so spots will be SUPER limited and people should exercise caution. Often during opening week the river can be in excess of 13,000cfs of flows so this seasons starting point will be a little less volume.
Luckily at the higher levels there will be zero need to step foot in the water, most fishing should and can be done from standing on dry rocks along the banks and fishing the first 5' +/- of water near the shore. Fish will be tucked into the nooks and crannies in brush piles and behind large boulders.
Caddis hatches have already kicked off pretty strong as I noted last weekend when driving on Sullivan Rd in the Valley, caddis could be found all the way across the freeway!
Stay tuned for an opening weekend report from the crew!