2018 Fishing Guide

34 OkanoganCountry.com 888.431.3080 LAKE ROOSEVELT (Franklin Roosevelt Lake) This big reservoir above Grand Coulee Dam has been known for excellent fishing for Kokanee, Rainbow Trout, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass for years. The Kokanee state record is from Lake Roosevelt, at over 6 pounds, and anglers expect to set a new record every year. In the winter months there are boats scattered from just above the dam up to Keller Ferry looking for these big Kokan- ee. Although the limit is just two, wild fish anglers flock to Roosevelt to get them. Not only are they exceptional fighting fish on light tackle, they are at the top of the list for table fare. In the winter these fish are found in the top of the water column and are caught on side planers or on downriggers set at less than 15 feet. Anglers put their baits 100 feet or more behind the boat when the Kokanee are this shallow. Lures like Rapalas or Flicker Shads are run out on the side planers and Kokabow spinners and blades, or hoochie style Kokanee lures, are run behind dodgers on the downriggers. The spinners and hoochies are always tipped with a kernel of white shoe peg corn. Anglers will fish deeper and deeper as the water warms in the spring and summer. Rainbow Trout are planted at a rate of 750,000 each year. These are triploided and grow fast. It is not unusual to catch Trout weighing 3 pounds, while fishing for Kokanee. The Rainbow Trout limit on Lake Roosevelt is 5 fish. Walleye numbers are also astounding on Lake Roosevelt. Fishing along the shore, particularly on shallower flats, can be amazing. COLUMBIA RIVER REGION 151 MILES YEAR ROUND