The Hub

Sean Visintainer - 07/07/17

Spokane River Brown Trout.

Like variety? Spokane's got it

I've never thought of Spokane as a destination. To me it's more like a hub. People aren't flying from all around the world to come fish the Spokane area. I wish they were, but that is reality. Unless we add a few more world class rivers we are stuck with what we got. But that's okay, I actually think we got some great stuff going on around here.

So the reason I have always called Spokane a "hub" for angling is of the amount of variety we have within a few hours of here. We have trout, steelhead, bass, salmon, lakes, rivers, creeks, high alpine lakes, tailwaters, etc. The list goes on.

Think about it... want to fish dries for cutthroat? Sure thing, just hop the boarder into Idaho and you have the North Fork Coeur d'Alene, St Joe, NF Clearwater and Kelly Creek all within 1-3hrs and all excellent fisheries.

Want brown trout or rainbows? Look no further than our backyard. The Spokane has all three plus more. Cutthroat, redbands, browns, and even smallmouth. Throw in a wild card like a jack chinook salmon that has spilled over from Lake Coeur d'Alene. You just never know. The Clark Fork River is the same deal. A plethora of species. Tributaries to the Clark Fork as well!

Hot temps got you bothered? The Kootenai and Upper Columbia are massive tailwaters within 2.5hours of here. Cold and full of water all summer long. When other rivers in Montana shut down you can count on those. They never will. Mainly redband fisheries, they both have a little mix bag of cutts and browns. The Kootenai even has some bull trout.

Prefer to drift rivers? Sure, tons of options. Like to wade fish? Some of the best wade access I've ever seen is in our area.

Like stillwater? Well shit we got 75 lakes within an hour of Spokane. Trout, bass, walleye, carp, pike, tiger muskie. You get the idea. Too many to list!

The tug is the drug? World famous steelhead and salmon rivers are just south of here like the Grande Ronde, The Snake River, and Clearwater. Endless swing water from late July through the spring. Both A and B runs. Desert canyons and hot fish.

I think this paints a pretty good picture of fishing around the Spokane area. While this may not be Bozeman, Missoula, Bend or some other world famous angling hotspot, what we do have is one hell of a variety of water. We have something for everyone and the water is never that crowded. I know I never seem to get bored of our area. Earlier I called Spokane a hub for all types of angling, but on second thought, it's a destination.

  • Grande Ronde Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Grande Ronde Steelhead
  • North Idaho Cutthroat Trout
  • North Idaho Cutthroat Trout
  • Idaho Bull Trout
  • Ronde Steelhead
  • North Idaho Cutthroat Trout
  • Spokane Redband Trout
  • Ronde Smallmouth Bass
  • Steelhead
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Brook Trout