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Fishing licenses required in both states Lowland lake fishing season officially opens in Washington Saturday, April 27. Fishing in Idaho is open year round, though licenses are required in both states at all times. Pend Oreille and west Bonner counties offer some of the region’s best fishing opportunities. Check out the fishing prospects, starting on page 3, for a review of most lakes in Pend Oreille County. In Bonner County, the Pend Oreille River, Priest Lake, the Priest River and their tributaries offer great fishing opportunities for an abundance of species. Read about them below.

Want to fish in Idaho? Idaho has some of the best fishing in the West, including Chinook salmon and Steelhead trout. Here’s what you need:

• An Idaho fishing license valid for the year you want to fish. Different licenses are issued to residents and nonresidents. • A special resident permit is needed to fish for salmon or steelhead. Nonresidents can purchase a three-day nonresident permit, which includes a fishing license. • A two-pole permit is available for resident anglers who want to fish with two poles. Nonresidents can buy a permit to fish with two poles as well. For information about where, what and when to go on your next fishing trip, visit www.fishandgame.idaho. gov. Check the fish stocking section for Idaho waters where Fish and Game has stocked fish. Priest Lake offers fishing opportunities for cutthroat trout, kokanee, lake trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth

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bass and yellow perch. Bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout are also known to be in the lake. Bull trout are a protected species in Idaho. If you catch a bull trout, it must be released immediately, unharmed, back in the water. The Priest River is recommended for brook trout, cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and smallmouth bass. The Pend Oreille River on the Idaho side, is known to have bluegill/pumpkinseed/sunfish, brown trout, bullhead catfish, crappie, cutthroat trout, lake trout, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye.

Fishing in Washington In Washington, a fishing license is required for all individuals 15 years of age and over, unless fishing for common carp, crawfish, bullfrogs, smelt or unclassified marine invertebrates. A resident fishing license is $29.50 for the entire year. Non-residents pay $84.50, and resident seniors, age 70 and older, pay $7.50. One-day, two-day, and three-day fishing licenses are also available, with discounts for seniors and active duty military.

Pike removal continues USK – For the second year, there’s a large-scale effort to remove northern pike from the Pend Oreille River. The non-native fish make anglers happy, but the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is worried about what they’re doing to native fish populations. From early March through April, WDFW worked with the Kalispel Natural Resource Department to set up gill nets throughout the river and pull in as many pike as possible. The netting efforts went on four days a week. As of April 17, they had harvested 4,740 pike. KNRD fish biologist Nick Bean said they used more equipment this year, setting 30 nets a day, and they started earlier to avoid some of the by catch such as perch and other panfish species that show up later in the spring. The annual spring survey to estimate the pike population in the river is set for May 6-10. That will determine if they’ll go for another round of gill netting. Last year through the gill netting project, a total 5,808 pike were harvested from the river. Bean said the fish were larger last year. The small fish typically slip through the nets. This year they’re seeing the 1- to 3-year-old fish they missed last year.

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Washington fishing prospects NEWPORT – Opening day for freshwater fishing in Washington is Saturday, April 27. Following are the fish conditions in lakes throughout Pend Oreille County. The information is provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Bead Lake Lake Acreage: 718.0 - Eight miles north of Newport, in Kaniksu National Forest and year round open fishing season, Bead Lake is not stocked by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but contains self-reproducing populations of kokanee, lake trout, burbot, plus numerous northern pikeminnows. Fishing at this lake should provide a unique experience. A U.S. Forest Service boat launch and parking area at the south end of the lake can accommodate six boats and trailers, but may not be available by April due to snow conditions. Check with the USFS Newport Ranger District office at 509-447-7300 for more information. Fishing Prospects: Burbot, Excellent; Kokanee, Good; Lake trout, Excellent; Other species you might catch: Northern pikeminnow

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Boundary Reservoir Lake Acreage: 53.5 - An impoundment of the Pend Oreille River, which lies directly downstream of Box Canyon Reservoir. Year-round open season. This reservoir has good numbers of smallmouth bass. Northern pike can also be caught here. In addition, other species such as crappie, perch, and a few brown trout are found throughout the river. Access is available at several points. Fishing Prospects: Brook trout, Fair; Brown bullhead, Good; Brown trout, Good; Mountain whitefish, Good; Rainbow trout, Fair; Smallmouth bass, Good; Westslope cutthroat, Fair; Yellow perch, Fair; Other species you might catch: Black crappie, Crawfish, Largemouth bass, Largescale sucker, Northern pikeminnow, Peamouth, Pumpkinseed, Tench, Walleye

Box Canyon Reservoir Lake Acreage: 1,579.3 - Box Canyon Reservoir is located on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington, and is listed in the regulations under “Pend Oreille River.” It stretches from Albeni Falls Dam, near the Idaho border, to Box Canyon Dam near

Ione. This reservoir offers good largemouth bass and northern pike fishing. Efforts are currently underway to reduce the northern pike population in order to reduce inreservoir and downstream impacts to other fish species.  In addition to these species, this reservoir has abundant panfish and some large brown trout. Fishing Prospects: Black crappie, Fair; Brown bullhead, Good; Brown trout, Fair; Largemouth bass, Good; Mountain whitefish, Fair; Pumpkinseed, Good; Rainbow rout, Fair; Smallmouth bass, Good; Westslope cutthroat, Poor; Yellow perch, Fair; Other species you might catch: Brook trout, Bull trout, Crawfish, Grass pickerel, Largescale sucker, Northern pikeminnow, Peamouth, Tench, Walleye

Browns Lake Lake Acreage: 87.3 - About eight and a half miles northeast of Cusick, in Kaniksu National Forest. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Fly-fishing only, all motors are prohibited. NOTE: Browns Creek, which previously was on the same open season as the lake, is now on a standard stream season (the first Saturday in June through Oct. 31), and is also fly-fishing only. Spring and fall provide the best action for fry-planed cutthroat trout running about eight to nine inches, with winter carry-over at 10 inches or better. Check the current regulations pamphlet for

catch and size limits. To find this high-elevation lake (3,450 feet), cross the Pend Oreille River at Usk, head north for five miles on LeClerc Creek Road, then northeast on Browns Creek Road, FR-1921 and FR-128 to the south shore of the lake. There you’ll find a USFS campground and boat launch. See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility information. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Excellent; Rainbow cutthroat, Excellent; Westslope cutthroat, Excellent

Caldwell Lake Lake Acreage: 17.1 - Located about 7.25 miles as the crow flies southeast of Ione, at 2,560 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. This lake receives annual plants of eastern brook trout, providing good fishing. Minimum size is 12 inches, and daily limit 2 fish. Internal combustion motors are prohibited. Fishing Prospects: Brook trout, Good

Carls Lake (aka Browns Lake) Lake Acreage: 8.0 - About two miles as the crow flies southwest of Tiger, at 3,150 feet elevation in Kaniksu National Forest. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 SEE PROSPECTS, 5

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Northern pike vs. tiger muskie – Know the difference Washington state now has both northern pike and tiger muskies inhabiting public waters. Both fish are “esocids,” which means they are members of the esocidae family. Other members of that family include muskellunge (true muskie) and pickerel. All share a similar, long body shape, oval in cross-section (hence the name “pike,” meaning spear or lanceshaped) and have a large duck-bill mouth with big teeth and a dorsal fin located near the tail fin. Northern pike in Washington are the result of downstream movement of illegally stocked fish in other states (the Pend Oreille River from the Clark Fork and Flathead River systems in Montana and the Spokane River from Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho) or direct illegal stocking into a lake (Newman and Liberty lakes in Spokane County). Tiger muskies in Washington are brought into the state by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as a unique game fish opportunity. Unlike northern pike, which are prolific spawners, tiger muskies are the sterile result of a cross between a true muskie and a northern pike. Because northern pike are prolific spawners, their numbers cannot be controlled in a predictable manner, but

because tiger muskies are functionally sterile, their numbers and density in the waters in which they are stocked, can be precisely controlled. The WDFW stocks tiger muskies into seven lakes in the state: Mayfield Lake (Lewis County), Merwin Reservoir (Cowlitz County), Lake Tapps (Pierce County), Evergreen Reservoir (Grant County), Silver Lake and Newman Lake (Spokane County) and Curlew Lake (Ferry County). Tiger muskies are managed as a game fish and have a minimum size limit of 50 inches and a daily bag limit of one fish. Northern pike are classified as a prohibited species and have non-minimum size limit or daily bag limit. Prohibited species must be dead before leaving the water in which they were caught. They may be returned alive only into the water in which they were caught. It is always illegal to transport any live fish without a fish transport permit or to move live fish from one public or private water to another. Illegal stocking causes both biological and economic damage and costs the state hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in taxpayer money to remove illegally stocked fish. The current known distribution of northern pike in Washington is:

• The Pend Oreille River (including Box Canyon Reservoir and Boundary Reservoir) from the Idaho state line to the confluence with the Columbia River and downstream in the main stem of the Columbia River to just upstream of Kettle Falls; • The Spokane River from the Idaho state line into Long Lake, aka Lake Spo-

kane; • Newman Lake in Spokane County; • and Liberty Lake in Spokane County. If you capture a northern pike in any other water in Washington, the state asks that you kill it and take an identifying picture if you have a camera. After that, contact the nearest WDFW office and ask for the area or district fish biologist.

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Tiger muskie display irregular shaped dark colored vertical markings on a light background. Sides sometimes have alternating patterns of bars and spots on a light background but patterns never resemble the spots of a northern pike.

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Northern pike display horizontal rows of light-colored round to oval spots on a dark background.

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Second pike derby in the works kane County, weighing 34.06 pounds. There are no entry fees, but anglers must have a current fishing license, USK – The Kalispel Tribe will sponsor and a Kalispel Tribal fishing license is another Pike Palooza derby this year, required to fish Calispel Slough by nonset for one weekend only, May 17-19. tribal members. Plans are to offer registration and Tribal licenses are available for purcheck-in at the Cusick boat launch, but chase for $10 at the Panther Pit Stop in the entire Box Canyon Reservoir and Cusick. the Boundary Dam area Register for the The state record will be open for fishing. derby online at www. northern pike was Northern pike caught kalispeltribe.com/ in Idaho will be ineligible. caught in 2004 at Long northern-pike by 5 The following prizes are Wednesday, May Lake in Spokane County, p.m. up for grabs: 15. Onsite registration weighing 34.06 pounds. will be available at the • Most fish category: First place $1,400, seccheck-in station. ond place $700, third place $350, Check in at the Cusick boat launch • Longest individual fish: $700, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Sat• Smallest fish: $350, urday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. • Tagged fish: Between $50 and Last year the tribe sponsored two $1,000, derbies, one in late June yielded 81 • Raffle drawings: Every fish caught pike, while the derby in early August will enter one ticket into a raffle for drew 35 participants who nabbed 152 prizes, fish. • State record: Free professional repRick Lippencott caught the most fish lica mount. – 21 total – for the top prize. The largThe state record northern pike was est fish of the weekend went to Randy caught in 2004 at Long Lake in SpoHolter’s 36.2-inch pike. BY JANELLE ATYEO OF THE MINER

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open season. This lake was also formerly called Browns Lake, and is still identified as such on some maps. Rainbow trout fry and catchable plants at this rich lake produce yearlings nine to 11 inches and carryovers up to 14 inches. Winterkill conditions can limit the success of this fishery. Access can be rough (which contributes to the good fishing!), since it is four miles from the community of Tiger on the Tiger-Colville Road, and south on an unimproved road. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Conger Ponds Lake Acreage: 3.5 and 4 - 5 miles northwest of Cusick. Open season runs from 4th Saturday in April through Oct. 31. These ponds receive annual plants of rainbow trout. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Cooks Lake Lake Acreage: 7.2 - Only about three miles northwest of Bead Lake, in Kaniksu National Forest at 3,075 feet elevation. Year round open season. Catchable-size rainbow trout will be planted again this year, plus a few broodstock rainbows. To get there, find Forest Road 5015 off of Boswell Road. A USFS campground is located at this lake. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Lake Acreage: 20.4 - Nine miles north of Metaline Falls, adjacent to the west side of Highway SR-31 about a mile south of the Canadian border. Open season runs from the 4th Saturday in April through Oct. 31. This lake receives annual plantings of rainbow trout fry, and should provide 10-12 inch fish by the opener. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Davis Lake Lake Acreage: 147.8 - Located five and a half miles south of Usk, along the west side of Highway SR-211. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. This lake receives plantings of rainbow trout catchables. Early and late season fishing for sunfish, largemouth bass, kokanee, rainbow trout, and eastern brook trout can be good here. Public access with boat launch can be found on the north end of the lake. See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility information. Fishing Prospects: Black crappie, Fair; Brown bullhead, Fair; Crawfish, Good; Kokanee, Good; Largemouth bass, Good; Pumpkinseed, Fair; Rainbow trout, Good; Yellow perch, Fair

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Fan Lake Lake Acreage: 73.4 - About eight miles northeast of Deer Park, two and a half miles west of Highway SR-195, and less than a mile north of the Spokane County line. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. Annual plants of rainbow trout catchables should provide only fair fishing, with too many competing species in the lake. Public access is available. See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility information. Fishing Prospects: Black crappie, Fair; Brook trout,

Lake Acreage: 13.6 - About 6½ miles southwest of Ione on the north side of Highway SR-20 in Colville National Forest. Elevation is 3200 feet. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Cutthhroat and rainbow trout fishing should be good this year. Northernmost of the Little Pend Oreille chain of lakes, it’s the only lake in the chain without a perennial surface-water link to the others. There is no boat launch, but car-toppers can be launched from shore. See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility  information. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good; Westslope cutthroat, Fair

Halfmoon Lake Lake Acreage: 12.6 - This small alpine lake is in the Kaniksu National Forest, 7½ miles northeast of Usk at 3250 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Halfmoon is planted with cutthroat trout fry, but eastern brook trout are present and they negatively affect the cutthroat. Fishing Prospects: Brook trout, Good; Westslope cutthroat, Good

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Lake Leo Lake Acreage: 32.2 - Seven miles southwest of Ione and several yards southeast of Highway SR-29 at 3165 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Tiger and rainbow trout are available from fry plants. Numerous small crappie are also available. There is a Forest Service campground and launch on the north end. Fishing Prospects: Black crappie, Fair; Brook trout, Fair; Largemouth bass, Fair; Pumpkinseed, Fair; Rainbow trout, Good; Yellow perch, Fair. Other species you might catch: Tench

Leadbetter Lake Lake Acreage: 22.8 - Also called Loon Lake and Ledbetter Lake. In Colville National Forest, about four miles north of Metaline Falls at 2628 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Rainbow trout fry plants provide the action here. Fishing Prospects:

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Marshall Lake Lake Acreage: 190.3 - Located 6½ miles northwest of Newport, across the Pend Oreille River. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. This beautiful lake receives annual plants of cutthroat trout fry. Public access and a resort are located at this lake. Fishing Prospects: Cutthroat trout, Excellent; Westslope cutthroat, Excellent

Muskegon Lake Lake Acreage: 5.1 - Sixteen miles southeast of Metaline Falls in Kaniksu National Forest and about four hundred yards from the Idaho border. Elevation is 3,441 feet. Also known locally as Moss Keg Lake. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Selective gear rules are in effect, and the daily limit is two trout. Cutthroat trout fry plants make for good carryovers in this small lake. Fishing Prospects: Westslope cutthroat, Excellent

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“The Pend Oreille River has been the location of numerous Inland Empire Bass Club tournaments and also hosts our very popular, Annual Invitational Tournament. Not only does the Pend Oreille offer some of the best bass fishing to be found in Washington, it is also a showcase for beautiful panoramas and numerous and varied wildlife. The bass population is healthy and vigorous, and each slough presents its own unique environment for those who like variety.”

Pend Oreille County

Public Utility District Providing Responsible Stewardship of our Natural Resources


PROSPECTS | FROM PAGE 8

of Usk, and a mile north of Bead Lake in Kaniksu National Forest. Elevation is 2967 feet. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Cutthroat trout fry plants grow slowly in the low-nutrient water here, with 8- to 9-inch yearlings and 11-inch carryovers. The Forest Service campground gets lots of use. Fishing Prospects: Westslope cutthroat, Good

Nile Lake Lake Acreage: 22.2 - Located 6½ miles southwest of Ione, about 300 yards east of Highway SR-20 in the Colville National Forest at 3190 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Wild eastern brook trout here reach 8 inches as yearlings with a few attaining 14 inches. Fry-planted rainbow trout are also available. Competing pumpkinseed sunfish cause problems with trout growth and availability. Small boats can be launched from shore. Fishing Prospects: Black crappie, Fair; Brook trout, Good; Brown bullhead, Fair; Largemouth bass, Fair; Pumpkinseed, Fair; Rainbow trout, Good; Yellow perch, Fair

No Name Lake Lake Acreage: 17.5 - Six miles east of Usk in Kaniksu National Forest just west of Bead Lake at 2,801 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open

season. Cutthroat trout fry plants produce 8-inch yearlings and 11-14 inch carryovers here. A Forest Service campground is available. Fishing Prospects: Westslope cutthroat, Excellent

Petit Lake Lake Acreage: 18.2 - Located on the northwest side of Diamond Peak, up LeClerc Creek Road from Ruby, in Kaniksu National Forest. Elevation is 3911 feet. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Internal combustion engines are prohibited. Fry planted cutthroat trout are the attraction at this small lake. Fishing Prospects: Westslope cutthroat, Excellent

Power Lake Lake Acreage: 56.9 - This reservoir in the Calispel Creek drainage is planted annually with rainbow trout. Year-round open season. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Sacheen Lake Lake Acreage: 310.3 - Eleven miles southwest of Newport along Highway SR-211. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. Hefty plants of catchable-size rainbow trout are scheduled here, plus tiger trout fry and eastern brook trout. Sacheen has public access on the northeast shore. Fishing Prospects: Brook trout, Good; Brown bullhead, Fair; Green sunfish, Fair; Largemouth bass, Good; Rainbow trout, Good; Tiger trout, Good; Yellow perch, Fair

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South and North Skookum Lakes Lake Acreage: 28.9, 42.0 Located six miles northwest of Usk in Kaniksu National Forest. The Skookum lakes are at 3,529 feet elevation. Open 4th Saturday in April through Oct. 31. Rainbow trout fry plants provide some nice catches. Carryovers run 10 to 11 inches. This lake has a Forest Service campground and boat ramp. Eastern brook trout are numerous in North Skookum Lake which has a state owned campground and resort. To protect breeding common loons, it is unlawful to use lead weights or lead jigs that measure 1.5 inches or less along the longest axis in South Skookum. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Sullivan Lake Lake Acreage: 1283.0 - Located approximately four miles southeast of Metaline Falls in Colville National Forest. This lake has a year-round open season. Kokanee will likely average 9-10 inches this year and occasional rainbow, tiger trout, and cutthroat are also available. Burbot are popular, and winter ice fishing for them provides a temporary cure for cabin fever. The adjacent Forest Service campground has boat access. Remember to check the Fishing in Washington Regulations pamphlet prior to fishing. See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility information. Fishing Prospects: Brown trout, Fair; Burbot, Excellent; Kokanee, Good; Mountain whitefish, Good; Rainbow trout, Fair; Westslope cutthroat, Fair.

Other species you might catch: Pygmy whitefish, Redside shiner, Sculpin, Tench

Upper Lead King Lake Lake Acreage: 4.3 - Located 5.6 miles north of Metaline Falls, and about 2575 feet elevation. Fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31 open season. This lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout. Fishing Prospects: Rainbow trout, Good

Yokum Lake Lake Acreage: 43.7 Six miles north of Ruby, across the Pend Oreille River, and up LeClerc Creek Road. This lake lies partly within the Colville National Forest. The lake season starts the 4th Saturday in April and runs through Oct. 31st. Cutthroat trout fry plants produce nice catches. Road access to the south end of the lake is not available until after May 30 due to road protection efforts by Simpson Lumber Company. It will open June 1 depending on moisture and road conditions but may be closed at any time due to road damage caused by vehicles, and closes on November 1, in any case. A Forest Service road to the north end of the lake provides an alternative route, but it is not suitable for trailers. An unimproved campground is available. To protect breeding common loons, it is unlawful to use lead weights or lead jigs that measure 1.5 inches or less along the longest axis. Fishing Prospects: Westslope cutthroat, Excellent

Little Diamond Lake KOA! Offering the best in RV camping New RV Pullthru’s w/water & 50 amp Tent Sites • Spacious Family Lodge • Swimming Pool (Seasonal) Hot Tub • Park Fishing Permit Required

Lake Open to all overnight guests for fishing and recreation

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through October 14, 2013 Directions Spokane: From Division St “Y” on north end of town, travel about 27 miles on US 2. Turn left onto Northshore-Diamond Lake Road. Follow signs for 4 miles Turn left onto McGowen Road. Follow for 1 mile to KOA. Newport: Take US 2 S for about 6 miles. Turn right onto SouthshoreDiamond Lake Road. Follow for 2 miles to Diamond Lake. Turn right onto Northshore Road. Follow for 2 miles Turn right onto McGowen Road, follow for 1 mile to KOA.

800-562-4788 or reserve online @ KOA.com Just 10 miles South of Newport 2013 FISHING GUIDE- 9


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LAKES EAST SIDE OF RIVER Boundary

No Fish

No

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No public access or services.

Crescent 2 21 Shore Rainbow No No No No

Launch small boats from shore. Day use only, three picnic sites. 446-7500

Mill Pond 3 63 Shore

Cutthroat, Rainbow, Yes No No No Brown, Kokanee

Forest Service fee campground, 10 sites; water, toilets, small craft, 5 hp. limit. Electric motors only. 446-7500

Sullivan Lake Group 4 1,290 Yes Kokanee Yes No No No East Sullivan Campground* A - Yes Large Browns - Yes No No No State Record West Sullivan Campground* B - No Some Rainbow, Cutthroat Yes No No No Noisy Creek Campground* C - Yes Burbot (Ling) Yes No No No Nosiy Creek Group Campground - Reservable group campround - limit 50 people

Reservable group campground. Limit 40 people. Forest Service fee campground, vehicles up to 40 feet, 38 sites, water, toilets, launch, nice dock, air strip, hosts, day use fee, season pass available. 446-7500 Forest Service fee campground, 10 sites; limited to smaller RVs, water, toilets, air strip, hosts, picnic shelter. Day use fee required, season pass available, 446-7500 Forest Service fee campground, 19 sites; water, toilets, day use fee, launch, hosts. Season pass available, 446-7500.

Bunchgrass 5 18 No Cutthroat, Eastern Brook Yes No No No

Walk-in, rough and rocky road, pickup or Jeep only, good fishing, camping. Fishing opens June 1. 446-7500

Yocum

Forest Service unimproved camp site. Electric motors only.

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Cutthroat, Rainbow

Yes

No

No

No

Petit 7 10 Shore Cutthroat, Rainbow No No No No

Primitive camping, motorboats prohibited. Fragile area. WA license. 208-443-2512. Pend Oreille County has boat ramp on south end of the lake.

Browns 8 84 Yes Cutthroat, Rainbow - Yes No No No

Forest Service fee campground, 18 sites. Day use fee; season pass available, boat ramp, one of the state’s better “fly fishing only” lakes. Motors prohibited. Trail, toilets, no water. 447-7300

North Skookum 9 38

Yes Eastern Brook, Rainbow Yes No No No Public & Private

Privately leased “rustic” campground, 32 sites; boat launch, water, modern restrooms, showers, boat rentals.

South Skookum 10 33 Yes Eastern Brook, Rainbow Yes No No No

Forest Service fee campground, 25 sites, water, day use fee, season pass available toilet, boat ramp, trail. Two fishing docks, one is handicap accessible. 447-7300

Mystic Cooks Lake No Name

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17

No

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18

No

Cutthroat, Rainbow - Cutthroat, Rainbow

Yes

No

No

No

Undeveloped campsites, toilet. 447-7300

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Undeveloped campsites, toilet. 447-7300

Yes

No

No

No

Bead* 14 722 Yes Mackinaw, Kokanee, Ling No No No No Free for following passes: Golden Age/Golden Access Passport holders Interagency Senior, Access and annual passes Marshall 15 194 Halfmoon

No camping. Day use only. Toilet. 447-7300 Open April 15th - Oct. 31, weather permitting. 7 days per week. Toilet, garbage, hosts, camping NOT allowed at launch. No swimming or picnicking either. Walk-in permitted from Nov. 1 - April 14, $5 fee per day or season pass available at Forest Service (Ranger District) office.

Yes Cutthroat Yes Some No Yes Public access with boat launch, resort, 50 campsites, cabins Gravel Few Rainbows Snacks small store, bait and tackle. Also 25 sites, tent and RV, boat 200 ft. w rentals, water and electricity, some food and bait, 447-4158

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Cutthroat

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No

No

No

No camping; day use only. 447-7300

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Eastern Brook

No

No

No

No

About 5 miles N. of Metaline on Boundary Road.

LAKES WEST SIDE OF RIVER Ledbetter

Big Meadow 17 2 Shore Rainbow stocking Yes No No No

Forest Service undeveloped campground. No water, no charge. 738-7700

Little Brown’s (Carl’s)

Rough road for 1-1/2 miles; 4-wheel drive only. 446-7500

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Nile 19 28 Shore Frater 20 11

Rainbow

No

No

No

No

Eastern Brook, Rainbow, No No No No Perch

Shore Cutthroat No No No No (walk-in)

Leo 21 39 Yes Cutthroat, some Rainbow, Yes No No No Eastern Brook Heritage

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Cutthroat

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No

No

No

Thomas 23 168 No Cutthroat No No No No

Small boats. 446-7500 Undeveloped campsites Small boats, day use only - no overnight camping. 738-7700 Forest Service developed campground, 8 sites, water, boat launch. Day use fee. Possibly iced over opening day. 738-7700. Season pass available. Forest Service campground. 16 campsites with fee, water, toilets, 738-7700

•Trout: Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown ••Other: Perch, Crappie, Whitefish, Catfish *Open Year Round Washington Fishing Licenses are sold at: Pend Oreille Valley Sportsman in Oldtown.

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Gillette 24 48 No Rainbow, Cutthroat, Perch, Yes Yes Yes Yes Dock Sunfish, Bass, Trout

Cafe, full bar, groceries, fuel, cabins, camping, boat rental, RV, tent sites. 509-684-5657. Two Forest Service Campgrounds: Lake Gillette has 14 sites; Gillette has 30, located just across from Lake Gillette. Boat ramp and a day use fee. Season pass available. 738-7700

Sherry

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Coffin*

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Parker

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Power Lake*

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Davis 29 146 Yes Sacheen

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Cutthroat, Tiger, Rainbow

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No

No

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Cutthroat

No

No

No

No

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Eastern Brook, Rainbow

No

No

No

No

Primitive, walk-in. 447-7300

Rainbow

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No

No

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Undeveloped campsites, public access, picnic shelter.

Large Mouth Bass, Rainbow, No No No No Kokanee, Sunfish, Eastern Brook Eastern Brook, Rainbow, Tiger

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes

Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) access with boat launch, restrooms. 509-892-1001 WDFW access with boat launch. 509-892-1001

Diamond 31 755 Yes

Brown trout, Rainbow, Bass, Yes Rest./ Yes Yes Yellow Perch, Bullhead Stores

WDFW access with boat launch, private campgrounds, stores, restaurants. 509-892-1001.

Horseshoe 32 128 Yes

Kokanee, Lake Trout, Bass, Yes Yes No Yes Gravel boat launch, scenic falls, restrooms. 509-892-1001 Perch, Rainbow, Sunfish, Crappie

Fan 33 73 Yes Rainbow, Spiny Rays No No No No

WDFW access with boat launch, motors prohibited. Lends itself to fly fishing. 509-892-1001

Vanes Lake

4 miles E. Furport

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E. Brook, Cutthroat

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No

No

No

PEND OREILLE RIVER - NORTH* Boundary Dam Reservoir 36 N/A Concrete Deck •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes No No No

Camping, restrooms, docks, campfire spots. No fee; first come, first serve. 446-3083

Metaline City Park 37 N/A Gravel •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes Yes Yes No

Picnic area, restrooms, drinking water. Private camp grounds nearby. 446-4641

Box Canyon Dam 38 N/A “Campbell Pond”

Gravel & •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes No No No Concrete

Swimming area, viewpoint, services available within 5 mi. of the dam.Picnic Area. Camping available at Campbell Park 446-3137

Ione City Park 39 N/A Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass No No No No

Picnic shelter, drinking fountain, boat launch, services available in Ione. 442-3611

RiverView Motel 40 N/A Next door • Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes No No No to Ione Pk.

12-unit motel, coin-op laundry, small dock, satellite TV, microwave and refrigerator, wireless internet, coffee Motel: 442-2990

The Ione Motel & RV Park 41 N/A Next door •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes No No No at Ione Pk.

11 rooms with cable TV, phone, microwave, fridge; 18 RV sites, showers, public laundry, dock, tent area. 442-3213

Edgewater 42 N/A Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass, Yes No No No Yellow Perch, Walleye

Forest Service fee campground, 20 sites; water, toilets, host, picnic area, boat launch. Day use fee, season pass available. 446-7500

Blueslide Resort (fee) 43 N/A Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes Yes No No Pike, Sunfish both

Cabins, RV, tent sites, heated pool, propane, country store, hot showers, live bait. laundromat, and playgound 445-1327

MID RIVER Old Ruby Ferry Road (W)

44

N/A

Gravel

•Trout, ••Other, Bass

No

No

No

No

Rustic.

Old Ruby Ferry Road (E)

45

N/A

Gravel

•Trout, ••Other, Bass

No

No

No

No

Rustic.

Panhandle 47 10 Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes No No No

13 sites; boat launch, water, toilets, hosts. Forest Service fee camp ground. Day use fee. Season pass available. 447-7300

Usk General Store

Store, gas, picnicking, propane. No air. 445-1294

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Gravel

•Trout, ••Other, Bass, Pike

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes

NEWPORT AREA Pioneer Park 49 N/A Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass Yes No No No

Forest Service fee campground- 17 sites; picnicking, picnic shelter, water, toilets, hosts, boat launch. Day use fee. Season pass available. 447-7300

Oldtown Rotary Park 50 N/A Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass No No No No Launch is in Idaho; River enters Wash. state downstream; (Below Albeni Dam, ID) visitors center. Restrooms available during summer on weekends. The docks will be in early summer and out in the fall, subject to water level conditions. 437-3833 Gregg’s Addition Sandy Shores

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Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass

No

No

No

No

Limited parking.

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N/A

Concrete •Trout, ••Other, Bass

No

No

No

No

Limited parking.

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