Fishing Trout, Bass, Tiger Muskie & Yellow Perch
In the spring and early summer, you’ll be hard pressed to beat our trout fishing. By summer and fall you’ll enjoy reeling in large-mouth bass, and our record-setting Tiger muskies provide spring-through fall angling fun.
Higher-Elevation Fishing Swan, Ferry, Long, & Fish Lakes
Grab your waders or your boat and head up to the the clear, freshwater of Swan Lake, Ferry Lake, Fish Lake, and Long Lake. These seasonally-available lakes offer great opportunities to catch cutthroat and/or rainbow trout, while enjoying a serene environment, complete with calls of nesting loons. Nestled in the Scatter Creek area of the Colville National Forest (with elevations between 3200 to 3600 feet), the lakes are approximately eleven miles southwest of Republic. The lakes are small and intimate, and stocked seasonally with rainbow and cutthroat trout. Combustion engines are banned from all four lakes. Motorized boats are not allowed at Long and Fish Lakes. For park up-to-date boating and fishing rules visit Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Washington’s Ferry County Web page.
Curlew Lake Fishing
With its year-round fishing season and night-fishing, Curlew Lake is a great place to limit out on rainbow trout and bass, or bring in one of the lake’s show-stopping tiger muskie. Curlew Lake holds the current Washington State record for largest catch of a tiger muskie. The tiger muskie weighed 37.88 lb and measured 50.38 inches in length; it was caught by David Hickman of Richland on July 26 using a white spinner for bait. The lake is stocked yearly with fry-planted and net-pen-reared rainbow trout. In the spring and early summer, come fish for trout; in summer and fall reel in large-mouth bass. For more info visit Curlewlake.com and WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s web page devoted to Curlew Lake.
Troll Fly Fishing Articles byJoan Lake
If you’re new to troll fly fishing, here are three articles that will explain what they are, how to choose them, and why they’re so successful in Ferry County’s freshwater lakes.