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Spokane River Season Closed

Sean Visintainer - 03/16/21

Kenyon Pitts slipping a beautiful native Redband trout back into the Spokane River.

Let 'em spawn.

It's time to hang up the rods on the Washington side of the Spokane River from the Idaho Stateline to the Nine Mile Falls Dams.

The season closed yesterday, March 15th, 2021 and will reopen the Saturday before Memorial Day which will be May 29th this 2021 year.

In order to protect native Redband trout populations the river is closed during this time to help protect spawning. While our river doesn't have the huge populations of trout that other fisheries like the Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, or more famous rainbow fisheries like the Madison, it does have a sustaining population of native trout.

The late winter/early spring season is a short one here on the Spokane River. Fishing can be productive in the winter when compared to the nearby Idaho streams which are often ice choked December - February. The last couple weeks as air temps have heated up the fishing on the 'Kan' was getting hot as well, some days our crew would have outings of double digit numbers. Though that isn't the case everyday.

Between now and the reopening there will be plenty of options to keep you entertained. We have a plethora of lakes, some of which just opened (Coffeepot, Amber, Medical) plus the usual suspects like the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, and St. Joe Rivers. Plus don't forget the Clark Fork River!

Enjoy some other water and we will be back on the Spokane before you know it!


Spokane River Redband Trout