2018 Fishing Guide

6 OkanoganCountry.com 888.431.3080 THE METHOW REGION ALTA LAKE » PATEROS I have early childhood memories of fishing Alta Lake on the opening day of fishing season, and it has been a family favorite for decades. This scenic, deep lake is just a couple of miles from Pateros and is the first Trout lake encountered as you enter the Methow Valley. Be prepared to catch some fat Rainbow Trout of exception- al size and maybe some Kokanee, too. Trolling lures or spinners baited with worms are popular here and there is very good shore access. There is a State Park, and there is a boat launch on the north shore, and another at the opposite end at Whistlin’ Pine Ranch. BIG TWIN LAKE » WINTHROP As you get near Winthrop as you travel up the Methow Valley you will find Big Twin Lake. The lake receives plants of Rainbow each year to assure anglers that fish- ing will be good for Rainbow of 10 to 18 inches. It is particularly popular with fly anglers, as it has selective fishing rules, no bait and barbless hooks only. It is also popular with standard gear anglers who follow these rules. It is best fished in the early spring and in the fall. Expect lots of company on the opening weekend, but very few fish it in the fall. There is a private resort with a boat launch on the lake. 219 ACRES 65 ACRES MAY–SEPT APR–OCT