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What?! The Crappie landed me! (A hot August night on Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Nice Eloika Lake Crappie20 Acres for sale!

20 Acres for sale!
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
calm before the storm.
calm before the storm.

All ya’all know I really like Eloika Lake which is one of the many small lakes through which the Little Spokane River flows as it wends its weary way to The Spokane River. Recently, I listed 20 acres on the southwestern shore and desperately needed to get some good photos of the shoreline from the lake’s point of view.  With that in mind, I called up Jerry and Lori at Jerry’s landing on the other side of the lake and asked if they had any canoes for that Saturday afternoon.  I was in luck! Or, was I?

At 6 pm, I started paddling towards my objective.  But of course, IF you are going out on the lake,  why wouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity to do a bit of fishing while you were at it?  Having been armed with some nice plastic worms which anglers have used all summer to bring in up to six pound bass and some nice little yellow jigs to try for those crappie which make this lake famous, I had to stop along the way every 100 paddle strokes or so and do a little fishin’.  Not much happening that night.  I watched a few little crappie chase the jig which you suspend about 18 inches below a bobber, throw out and reel slowly in.  I think they were too small to even get their mouths around the tiny hook.

I gradually worked my way across and followed the weed beds along the west shore line down to my photographic target.  I enjoyed looking at the nice big houses and fancy white docks jutting out into the lake.  Finally, I reached my friend’s land and took several photos.  This time, I headed straight out across the lake and planned to go north along the east side of the lake, fishing as I went.  The lake was like glass.  Looked like a big parking lot where you could get out and walk home.  The sunlight  filtering through the trees along the west side of the lake as dusk arrived dappled the water creating all sorts of interesting shadows.  The natural drift of the current and very slight wind pushed my canoe gently out to the middle of the lake and slightly northward so I was able to crappie fish without much paddling.  I removed my sinker so just had the bobber weight but was still able to throw it out about 30 feet on each cast.

Finally!  I entered an area where I had hits on virtually every cast!  OOH BOY!  Was this fun!  I hooked a big one, but it got off after about a minute of play.  Several hits later and I had another on the line, As it got closer to the boat I thought it must be about two feet long!  This one was not gonna get away.  I reeled him in towards the boat.  Finally, he was just feet away.  I jerked him quickly out of the water.  I did not realize you do this gently.  No hard yanks.  No big excitement.  So, out of the water he flew, across the canoe and out the other side.  I did not know Crappie were flying fish!  I also did not know the release of tension on the left side of the boat coupled with the addition of a shooting fish ten feet beyond the right side of the boat, added to 240 pounds of weight high on a seat in a canoe equals a fine swim in the middle of Eloika Lake about 15 minutes before dark on a hot August night.

Well, the cool water got my head thinking.  First, put my pole in the still upright canoe.  Second, YES! the dang crappie is still on the line and he IS going to pay for dumping me in the water so get him into the boat.  Next, where are my flip flops?  They cost 20 bucks!  Well, I found one so the one legged guy gleaning stuff along the shore is going to be either happy or sad depending on which leg is missing.

Being in the water was not a part of the plans for the evening so I set about getting back into the canoe while swimming in 30 feet of water.  After several minutes of trying it from the side, I came to realization that was just not going to happen.  I asked myself, how do I find enough weight to counterbalance me as I get in?  Climb in on the end so the whole canoe works against your weight I thought.  Like a lot of theory, the practice just is not there.  NOOOO! Maybe when I was a hot young 150 pound stud full of whim, whigor and wytality.  But now at 240 lbs, tired and old, I just could not get myself in any position to be able to climb the 2 foot mountain of the end of the boat.

Now, what were my options? The closest shore was about a half mile away.  There was also a pretty good weed and mud bank around most of the lake so actually getting to a place where you could walk out of the lake was a real problem.  I had to find a dock which might also mean a clearer, less weed filled path to travel.  So, back toward my friends corner of the lake I went.  In the gathering gloom, the white beacon of the trex decking  covered boat launcher shone like the sun.  Grabbing the boat by the middle, lying on my back and floating with the help of my life preserver and the canoe, I began kicking and gradually we moved towards the dock.  About 30 minutes later, we hit the weeds.  We hit the mud.  As of yet, I had never experienced any fear or significant worry.  Just another exercise.  Just another problem to solve.  Just more grist for the story mill.

After about five minutes of fighting the weeds and the ever thicker, higher mud level I realized I had a big problem.  You literally could not move through this goo.  If you got vertical, you had no bottom to stand on, there was just a light 20 weight viscosity to what you were swimming in,  but you could not move through it.  Now, I had moved beyond just another fun problem to getting a bit scared.  As in all these types of situations, panic is not the answer.  So I began screaming hysterically for help…not.  Even if I had wanted to, there was no one around to hear.  So, I had a little conversation with My Creator and asked for help and calmness.  It came to me, if you can not walk or swim through it, maybe you can slide over it.  So that is what the canoe and I did.  Staying as horizontal as possible, I grabbed and pulled on the weeds in conjunction with me kicking (swimming.)  Gradually, it took another 30 minutes, I finally got to the edge of the dock.  Again, no ladders and that 18 to 20 inches defied any ability to pull myself up.  So, I went around the side and found the mooring line.  I was able to use that to climb onto the dock.

Safety at last!  I laid there like a great grey beached whale for a few minutes gathering what was left of my energy and dignity and then got up.  I looked in the boat to see if my camera and phone were still there and if the ziplock bag had done its job of protecting them.  Yes and yes!  I called Jerry’s Landing and Lori answered.  “I have good news, bad news and good news, Lori.  I landed a huge crappie!  The crappie landed me!  But I made it to a dock here on the SW corner of the lake. ”  I went on to ask her recommendations as I was too exhausted to take another shot at the lake, especially after dark, to paddle the 25 minutes back to the resort.  She told me to stand fast and they would mount a rescue.

Twenty minutes later, my knights in a shining bass boat arrived.  Soon, we were back “home.”  I do not think I have been as filthy as I was since I was a kid swimming in the water buffalo wallows back in Mindanao, Philippines (http://www.mycompactfishing.com/blog/swimming-water-buffalo-wallow-or-clean-crystal-clear-spring/).  Later, I just threw away my undershirt and pants and wallet because they were not salvageable.   Jerry pointed out the canoe had a great livewell as the bottom six inches were filled with water and that miserable crappie was still alive!  While I had intended to eat it to get even with it, in the end, I felt it had taught me a great many lessons and it deserved another day or two in the water, so I cut the hook which it had swallowed and released it. (You can check out the crappie blog (www.crappielife.com//narrowescapesatEloikaLake//) for his version of the night’s events.)

Safe and sound, a lot more adventure than I had planned for but happy and content and grateful to God for the peace we can have in tough times to help us get through our ordeals.

ADDENDUM:  Lessons learned:  Fat, old boys should probably think twice about fishing from platforms as unstable as a canoe.   Always wear your life jacket!  You go from fine to the thick of it in less than a second.  Don’t panic!  Stabilize the situation, calm down and think through it to figure out a course of action.  You will have to repeat this more than once in many circumstances.  I had three of these times in this spot:  When I fell into the lake, when I hit the weeds and mud, and finally trying to figure out how to get onto the dock.  Make sure someone knows where you are and when you should be back.  Keep your electronics in a waterproof container which floats.   Finally and perhaps most important, seek God’s help and comfort.

Jerry’s Landing has one more month before they close for the winter.  Check them out!  They are great and will tell you what to use for bait and where to fish.  To visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

May 1, 2011 Eloika Lake Fishing Report

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Hi Folks, not much to say!  Stopped by Jerry’s Landing on the east side of Eloika Lake, Spokane County Washington to check out how the fish were biting.  Jerry said it was pretty slow.  His son had caught a 4.5 pound bass which they released so you can catch it again.  They heard a few people were catching Crappie but had not seen the catch.  That day, several people had brought in 12 inch rainbow trout.  The rainbows were caught with a spinner by trolling.   The perch were dieting as none of them had showed up.  Jerry said the water temperature was about 45 degrees.  It really needs to get up to about 50 degrees for the fish to start actively seeking new frying pay residences.

Give Jerry and Lori a call.  They have a dock, boats, canoes, a bait store etc.  There is also a ramp there where you can put your boat in the water.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

Eloika Lake Fishing Report from Jerry’s Landing, Early September

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This will be short because I can not find my notes.  I will try to find them and get a longer report on here.  Trying to squeeze too much into too little!

 

Bottom line, it continues to be a strange year.  The good news is the bass are still biting and have moved in closer to the shore. There were a couple four pound bass photos on the wall when I went in just before going to the Colfax (Palouse Empire) Fair last week.  Those were recent catches.  Black was the lure color they were hitting on.

The crappie were a bit slow but still a few nice ones coming out.  The Perch were pretty good and some had been caught off of their docks there. 

 

Jerry’s landing is going into its last couple weeks of the season so hurry on up and take advantage of their great service and especially of their knowledge of the lake.  Free at the public dock w/ no info or $3. to launch from Jerry’s Landing with an instant fishing report.  You tell me which is the better deal!

 

Also, September 19th, the local Kayak Club will be having their annual whing ding deploying from Jerry’s Landing.

I need to encourage them to each get a Kayak King Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole  http://www.mycompactfishing.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=KAYA to enhance their Kayaking and Kayak Fishing experience.  Actually, I think the Emmrod Packrod http://www.mycompactfishing.com/packrod-compact-fishing-poles is probably even more convenient.  In either case, the 7 coil rod  is probably the best bet as it is gentle enough to give you a lot of fun on the small fish but tough enought to handle the bigger bass and perch you might run into.  Also, keep in mind, those big Crappie are really scrappy and a tougher tip (7 vice 8) is probably still a good idea.  A second Rod that is great is the Top Water Rod which is great for the top water lures and give you more action. http://www.mycompactfishing.com/product/top-water-special-rod/1-1128.php

Enjoy the weekend and look for a new report next week.  Thanks! Dave Atherton

Address:
N 41114 Lake Shore Dr
Elk, Washington 99009

Phone: 509-292-2337

Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Wa Fishing conditions update Aug 10

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Hi Spokane County area fishermen, ladies, boys and girls.  Here is your August 10th Eloika Lake fishing update.   I touch bases with Lauri and Jerry of Jerry’s landing every couple weeks or so to find out how the fish are biting.  They are the experts who are on scene providing much of the bait, the lures, and some of the non-motorized boats to the fisher folk who stay at their resort and campground.  They are a convenient place to fill up on those necessities you forgot to bring with you through their small store so stop in and visit.  Their contact information is below.

If it is perch and crappie you crave, disappointment may be in your future as both are slow right now.  If you want to go wit to wit, hook to fin with bass, load up and head for Eloika Lake.  People using Jerry’s Landing caught a five pound bass last week and others caught two four pound bass this week.

There are two ways to get your boat in the water.  The public launch is located at the end of Bridges road on the east side of the lake–North on Highway two to Miller’s One Stop, left at the flashing light and you drive right to the public launch area. Do not forget the parking pass available at any fishing license seller.

The second is Jerry’s landing where there is a small fee  ($3) to park and launch your boat but you also have the store where you can stock up on the last minute needs you forgot or replenish what you use up.  You can also get updates on where the action is and how to fish.  Huge value for small dollars.  Tell them “Dave sent me.”

Jerry’s Landing:  41114 N Lake Shore Road, Elk Washington.  PHONE:  (509) 292 2337.  N on HWY 2 past Miller’s onestop to Oregon Road.  (If you get to the divided highway, you have gone too far.)    After turning left, go to Regal/Eloika Lake Front Road (Same intersection, regal to the right, E. L. front road to the left.) Turn left and follow that around to Jerry’s landing.

Happy fishing.

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Loon Lake, Stevens County, Washington Fishing 28 July 10

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Loon Lake, Just before Dusk

Loon Lake, Just before Dusk

My Good friend Jim M and I have been threatening to go fishing for quite a while.  We had three problems.  We both thought we were too busy.  That should never be an excuse to keep you from fishing!   I did not have a boat.  Finally, his boat was not working.  As neither of us can walk on water and there is not that much open shoreline at Loon Lake, we were dead in the water.

Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole, Mountaineer

Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole, Mountaineer

Finally, Jim got his boat licensed, the motor running, the life preservers in place and everything except the running lights squared away.  So, we made our date with destiny and headed off to fish.  I provided the night crawlers, the canned corn and we stopped at the Loon Lake Grocery and I picked up marshmallows and maggots.

The public launch is around the back side of the lake at the NW corner of the Lake.  It is very up-to-date and convenient.  Plenty of parking, a nice ramp and a great dock donated by Knight’s Ez Dock in Deer Park Washington.      (Touch bases w/ them if you need to install a dock: Daved@knightconst.com Knight Ez Dock, 28308 N Cedar Road, Deer Park, WA 99006   (800) 654-8168.)

So, off we went to catch a few whales.  Theory vs. Practice!

Leaving the Public Launch at Loon Lake, Stevens County, Washington

Heading out for the Big Ones

Heading out for the Big Ones

Jim's son, Andrew, CMMIC of the front Anchor.

 

Well, the motor was working OK but not great.  In fact, it moved us along at about 25 percent efficiency.  It was late, we did not have lights, so, we decided to limit our distance.  While Andrew was excited about the chance of rowing back, the idea failed to excite either Jim or myself.  We went around the first corner of the lake and threw in our anchor.  We got our gear ready, baited and threw the lines in.  We were using about two feet leaders on a swivel with an egg type weight just above the swivel.  We were in about 30 feet of water and fishing just above the bottom.  Jim drew first blood with a small bass.  Unfortunately it swallowed the hook so we had to keep it.  I caught the next fish which came easily off the hook and we released it.  Pretty quickly, the wind picked up so we retreated around the corner of lake back towards the dock.  Our fishing there was fruitless.  After about 20 minutes, we returned to where we had been previously and just dealt with the wind.  The fish were biting as fast as we could throw in the bait.  All were small blue gill and sunfish, but a great deal of fun.

 

Our First Catch, a little bass.

Our First Catch, a little bass.

This was a fine day for me as I had a chance to do some boat fishing with my Emmrod Packer.  I was using the seven coil rod tip.  Frankly, I should have used the 8 coil or the top water rod for the additional sensitivity I would have had with those rods.  Never-the-less, the 7 coil was gentle enough to provide a lot of fun.  It clearly transmitted the bites and nibbles of these little fish.

A little blue gill like many we caught this evening

A little blue gill like many we caught this evening

The four fish we ended up keeping.

The four fish we ended up keeping.

I would have liked to release all these fish, but, sometimes, you just can not help but injure them too much to release them.  Andrew had a good time cleaning them up for later consumption when we got back to shore.

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While you are thinking about fishing at Loon Lake, Stevens County, WA, why not think about buying a home up there so you can do it more conveniently?  I have two listings, one single family home at 40490 Gwenelen Road,in Morgan Acres.  This home comes with access to a beautiful beach park. It is now reduced to only $114,900!

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The other home is a great place to live, a business opportunity and a Man Cave all wrapped up in one property.  The zoning is commercial and the building would lend itself to many uses. This turn of the century home has so much character and has beautiful stained glass accents throughout.  Best of all, it is only about 6 minutes from the Loon Lake Public Launch. Perhaps you could open a great fishing tackle or fly tying school here?  Check out the tour!  

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Keep Loon Lake in your mind for both fishing and living. It is only about 30 minutes north of Spokane about 15 minutes north of Deer Park.  There are many other lakes in close proximity.  Eloika Lake, Deer Lake, Jump off Joe Lake, Diamond Lake, Sasheen Lake are all within about 30 minutes of Loon Lake.  Come visit!

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26 July 2010 Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, WA fishing update

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The good folks at Jerry’s Landing have forwarded an Eloika Lake Fishing update to me.

Give them a call or visit:

Jerry’s Landing

41114 North Lake Shore Road
Elk, WA 99009-8743
(509) 292-2337

The fishing has been a little slow the last week.  Our water temp. is 81 degrees and the lake turned over, so we think that maybe by next week the fishing should improve.  They are using top water baits right now out in the center of the lake.  The crappie are found in the open holes in the center of the lake, mainly in the evenings.  The best time for the bass have been at dawn and evening.

In an earlier conversation, Julie told me they had some very nice large bass and the crappie were a good size as well. Keep your eye on Eloika Lake as it is one of the most fun lakes for me to fish.  I like it that you never know, just like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, what is going to be on the end of the line.  Perch, Bass, Crappie, Trout?  Who knows. That is what makes it fun.

Dave Atherton

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Real Estate for sale at Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Those who know me, know I am a licensed real estate agent in the Spokane WA area.  Being a Realtor, I have access to all the information on what is listed for sale at any of the lakes in this area.  I just printed a list of properties on the lots just at Deer Lake, Sacheen Lake, Diamond Lake, Reflection Lake, and Eloika Lake.  There were well over 100 properties on just that list.  If you search the Spokane Multiple Listing Service (MLS), you will find over 800 waterfront lots.

Waterfront lots come in two varieties.  Primary and SecondaryPrimary waterfront means you walk out of your house or RV and go straight to the beach.  Secondary waterfront means you are in the development and theoretically have access to the water through a community or shared waterfront access.  The waters get a bit murkier when we have land near the lake and there is a convenient public access.  Personally, I would not consider that as a Secondary waterfront lot.  But, practically, it works the same way except there is a much larger population base using the ramp, the dock or whatever facilities are there. 

Take my two listings in Loon Lake.  One is in Morgan Acres and has access to a lovely park, ramp and dock.  That is quintessential secondary waterfront.  My other listing there is in the middle of town, about 7 minutes from the public access and while it has a home, a store front and a shop on a second electrical meter–all with commercial zoning, it is not a “waterfront” lot.

Getting to Eloika Lake, there are currently ten lake properties for sale.  The prices run from 80,ooo to 1,150,000 dollars.  Four are vacant lots.  One is a Mobile Home.  The balance are stick built homes.  Eight are primary lots and 2 are secondary lots.  Two are less than an acre and the balance are between 1 and 10 acres EXCEPT a 60 acre estate with frontage and located close to the public access point.  Not unexpectedly, this is the one which is priced at 1,150,000.

A couple of the homes priced in the 750,000 price range are beautiful newer homes.  Other lots are running in the 2-300k price range. 

So, if you love bass, crappie, trout and bullhead  fishing, this may be the place for you.  If you would like to keep track of what is going on at any lake in the pacific northwest area covered by the Spokane Association of Realtors, shoot me an email and I will set you up in a free program which delivers you immediate information as a property becomes available or changes prices.  Track one property, one lake or the whole area.  My real estate email is DavidWAtherton@gmail.com

 

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Jerry’s Landing Resort Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, Eastern Washington

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

What a fine evening! A few days ago, I took off a couple hours from running my three businesses, real estate, daylilies and Emmrod Fishing Poles (www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com). I said, it is time for a brief sanity break! I am heading over to Jerry’s Landing to rent a canoe for an hour or two. Off I went.

I met Laurie who is half of Jerry’s Landing Resort along with Jerry. She was pleasant and helpful and got me set up right away with a canoe, life preserver and floating seat. She gave me some helpful hints on where to go for the few minutes left in the day.

Off I went! Boy, canoe paddling is really different than a regular row boat at which I am not the good either. I will say, it sure is easier to paddle a canoe than it is to row a boat. I paddled out about a half a mile and gradually drifted with the current and fished along the shore. Long story short, did not get anything but sure had a good time.

One of the reasons I went was to get some more actual fishing experience with my Emmrod Packer. This is a fine compact fishing system which is only about 22 inches long. It uses either a bait caster or closed face spinning reel. I use the later. I was very pleased to be able to cast it 30 to 40 feet using only the weight of my small spinner. While that was the wrong bait for the area, playing with it was a lot of fun. Fishing in the confines of the canoe where I did not dare stand up–actually found myself thinking about laying down in the bottom when the wakes rolled in–I found it incredibly convenient to have all my tackle, bait and fishing pole including a spare Emmrod Packer all set up in two five gallon buckets. It would have fit in one, but I had been working on my daylilies all day and just kept throwing worms in a five gallon bucket of dirt so I just drug the whole thing along instead of putting the worms in a small cup.

Some lessons learned:

Try to stay perpendicular to the shore when you hear an ocean liner flying down the center of the lake at 200 knots per hour. When that wash arrives four minutes later, you just do not want to be parallel to the wash. Thank goodness, I do not get seasick.

Do not scream at your kids even when they won’t stop crying. Your cursing carries over the water even more than the kids screaming. You come off on the bad end of the impression scale.

Treble hooks are not very useful in the weeds. There is nothing they won’t catch except maybe fish. Eloika Lake is a weedy lake.

Listen to what Jerry and Laurie tell you about what to fish with.  I should have bought a couple of the white jigs Laurie recommended to me as what the Crappie were biting on now. Even the worms were not attractive to the fish that evening.

Even though I did not catch anything, I had a great time. I saw several loons and one seemed to like my presence as it stayed about a hundred feet away from me most of the time I was out. A big fat beaver swam by with a stare as if to say “And who do you think you are?” A cat was hunting down by the river but did not seem to catch anything either.

I finally pulled the plug and coasted into Jerry’s Landing as the sun set. A great time relaxing and watching nature. Wish I had caught a fish, but, in the end, it is not about the catching but about the trying.

When the fishing bug bites, keep Jerry’s Landing Resort in mind. They are a great young couple providing a fine service to those of us escaping reality for a few hours. According to them, right now the Crappie are biting and are being caught up to 12 inches long. A 5.5 pound Bass, Large Mouth Bass I believe, was landed.  Just a thought on the Bass, keep the little guys and release the big ones. They take forever to get that large. Catch and release is a great plan on big bass. Finally the perch seem to be biting as well.

Here are some of the services offerred at Jerry’s Landing Resort:
Full RV hookups, Cabins, a store, Fire pits and Picnic Tables, Boat and Canoe Rentals, FULL BATHROOM FACILITIES (Very important for us old guys.). Prices are realistic, service is polite and friendly, the location is super convenient and Eloika Lake is a great lake to fish. It is one of the top four Bass Lakes in the NW from what I understand.

So, to visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

 

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Spokane County Lake List for 2010 Fishing

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Greetings to all!  This blog is going to be about 90 percent plagiarized!  The information is just too cool to pass up. I was researching Eloika Lake, a Lake near my home and found a great data sheet on Spokane County, Washington Lakes. I am going to paste it below.

I like Eloika Lake a lot and am working at getting to know it better this year.  The ice is mostly off the lake already–at least the south end and the east side of the lake.  The west side and North gets a lot of protection from the sun so according to a gentleman I met there this week (Mid February) who had a boat and was out fishing there was still a lot of ice to the west and the north.  It is going fast.  He had tried many places and had not had a single hit.

The lake itself is still pretty frigid! I know, I slipped and got my feet soaked.  I have fished there the past couple weeks for an hour or so as the afternoon slipped away.  One tiny nibble.  Watching the water, there is very little movement of fish surfacing so I guess they may still just be hanging out in their little fish beds with their little fish blankets pulled up to their chins and their little night caps pulled down over the gills waiting for it to warm up!  So, without further silliness on my part, here is the great list I found listing Spokane County, Washington Lakes.

This is a great start document.  Reading through it, much of the information appears to be older so I would strongly recommend checking online for current access and conditions. Some of the lakes had no information and I have sought that elsewhere. Where I could find it, that info is in Italics.

Lakes in Spokane County


Amber Lake (117 acres)

Selective gear rules are designed to create a quality fishery at this popular rainbow and cutthroat trout fry-planted lake 11 miles southwest of Cheney. Electric motors are allowed. The trout daily limit from the last Saturday in April through September 30 is two fish over 14 inches. Anglers must release all trout with a missing adipose fin — only unmarked trout may be retained as part of the legal limit. There is an additional catch-and-release only season from October 1 to November 30. Amber has a public access.

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Badger Lake (244 acres)

This lake 12 miles south of Cheney on the Cheney-Plaza Road was rehabilitated in the fall of 1995. It receives rainbow trout fry each spring. Fishing should be excellent this year. A Mayfly hatch later in the season usually provides great dry fly fishing. Badger has a public access. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Disabled accessibility � level 1. WCT, Blk Tpa, level.

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Bailey Lake   is totally surrounded by a private gated community (private lake) and is a no motor lake. This lake is 11 acres and is stocked with fish for its community members fishing pleasure. The lakes is 5-10′ deep and 15′ at its deepest; its a nice little sailing lake as well.  No Motorized boats permitted.  As a licensed realtor, I will be happy to help you purchase a property in this subdivision so you can fish here!

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Bear lake (34 acres)

Located in a county park off Highway 2 about half-way between Spokane and Newport, this lake offers largemouth bass, perch, and planted rainbow trout. Bear Lake changes from juveniles-only to family fishing rules on May 1, 2000: Only juveniles or licensed adults accompanied by a juvenile are allowed to fish. Check with the regional office in Spokane for details. Access depends on whether or not the county park is open. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through October.

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Bonnie Lake

This lake is located SE from Cheney about 15 miles on Cheny-Plaza Road, then go south 1 1/2 miles on a private road.Bonnie Lake has Bass, Crappie, Perch,Sunfish and Catfish.

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Chapman Lake (146 acres)

This lake has a late closure so you can take advantage of good action on its large mouth and small mouth bass then. Chapman also provides good catches of rainbow trout and kokanee, with a generous kokanee limit; check the regulations pamphlet for details. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through October 31.

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Clear Lake (375 acres)

This spring’s plants of yearling rainbow and brown trout, along with fall fry plants of both, should provide good action. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. A good largemouth bass fishery is available here as well. Located two miles south of the town of Medical Lake, Clear Lake has resorts and a public access on the south end. Low water conditions can make launching trailered boats very difficult. Small car-top boats, rafts and canoes are recommended. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through October 31.

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Cooks Lake Maybe in Pend Orielle County. Could not find any information.

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Downs Lake (225 acres)

With a mild late winter, anglers can count on large mouth bass, perch, and other warm water fish here, along with stocked rainbow and brown trout. Downs warms up earlier than other area lakes because it’s located in the southwest corner of the county (partially in Lincoln County). There is a resort with a small boat launch. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Eloika Lake (660 acres)

Perch, large mouth bass and crappie in the spring and fall are the best bets at this year-round fishery, located 7 miles north of Chattaroy off the Newport Highway. A few 4- to 6-pound large mouth bass will be caught, but because it takes 8 to 11 years for them to reach that size, many anglers voluntarily practice catch-and-release. Some brown trout yearling plants are made, and a few eastern brook trout are also available. Eloika has several resorts with launches, and a public access south of Gray’s Landing. Open year-round.   Jerry’s Landing and the public landing is nice and new.

July 28, 2010 update.  Eloika Lake has been a bit slow but looked like the water was turning.  Crappie and bass both doing ok.  Check out Jerry’s Landing 41114 North Lake Shore Road  Elk, WA 99009-8743  (509) 292-2337 for the current status.  They carry all the bait and emergency supplies including fat pills that you might need. Boats, cabins for rent as well.  Brought to you by:  http://www.mycompactfishing.com/compact-fishing-products.html

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Fish Lake (47 acres)

Rehabilitated in fall of 1998, Fish Lake will be planted with 15,000 catchable-size brook trout, 2,000 brood brook trout, plus fry brook trout in April and May of 1999. The lake will provide excellent fishing. Located 2-1/2 miles northeast of Cheney on the Cheney-Spokane Hwy, access is via county park property. Gasoline-powered boats are not allowed. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Hog Canyon Lake (53 acres)

Also known as Hog Lake, the winter-only season here should produce nice catches of rainbow trout to 10 or 11 inches. Rehabilitated in fall of 1998, Hog Canyon was restocked with catchable and fry rainbows during spring of 1999 and 2000. Dam construction has been completed, and this water levels should be at a maximum for the winter 2000 season. To find this lake 10 miles northeast of Sprague, take the Fishtrap Lake exit from I-90. Check the regulations pamphlet for winter season and catch limits.

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Horseshoe Lake (68 acres)

A shallow lake 10 miles west of Nine Mile Falls, Horseshoe gets annual plants of rainbow trout to provide some fair fishing early in the season. Open all year.

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Liberty Lake (711 acres)

Although large mouth bass, perch and other warm water species dominate here, yearling and brood stock rainbow trout and yearling brown trout are planted. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. Walleyes have been planted and may be of legal size by now. Liberty is just 15 miles east of Spokane at the town of Liberty Lake. Public access is available. Disabled accessibility � level surfaces, can fish from bank at access. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Long Lake (5020 acres)

This is actually a reservoir on the Spokane River, created by a hydroelectric dam 23 miles northwest of town. It provides good large mouth bass, perch, crappie, and bullhead fishing, plus an occasional northern pike. Planted catchable-size brown trout are also taken, and small mouth bass have been stocked. Long Lake is open year-round and has several resorts, plus a DNR camp and boat launch off the Nine Mile Falls road.

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Mason Lake is a Lake in the state of Washington (county of Spokane), located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 47.35183 and W -117.76632. Mason Lake is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Fishtrap Lake quad. The nearest major town is Edwall, WA. No real information available on conditions.

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Medical Lake (149 acres)

This selective gear rules lake is open during a limited season in compliance with local ordinances of the town of Medical Lake. Brown trout are the target here, with regular plants providing catches in the 15-inch range. Check the pamphlet for any special regulations.

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Newman Lake (1200 acres)

This lake 14 miles east of Spokane on Highway 290 has something for everybody: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, catfish, plus some rainbow, brown and eastern brook trout. The lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. In addition, Newman has been stocked with tiger muskies, with a one-fish, 36-inch minimum size limit; please check your regulations pamphlet for details. There is public access on the east shore, and resorts. Year-round open season. Disabled accessibility � Level 1. 3 WCTs, Blk Tpa, level, good WC accessibility.

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North Silver  I believe this is part of the Silver Lake system at Medical Lake. This is a good spiny ray lake.  I have heard late summer fish do not taste that great.

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Queen Lucas Lake
No significant information available. Small Lake between the rail roads.

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Ring Lake
Another small lake south of Medical Lake.  No Data on access or fishing available.

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Silver Lake (486 acres)

This lake receives a small plant of catchable-size rainbow trout. Because of a large tench population, fishing is expected to be poor for trout. Silver has several resorts and public access on the north shore. Open year-round.

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Spokane Lake Nice information at this web site: http://www.riversidestatepark.org/lake_spokane.htm.
Aka Long Lake, Lake Spokane.
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West Medical Lake (235 acres)

Rainbow trout fry plants, plus catchable-size plants in the spring will provide good fishing for the April opener. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). Winter aeration and lots of moisture have greatly improved the outlook for this popular water located about a mile west of the town of Medical Lake. Minimal irrigation withdrawals are critical to annual fish survival and related recreation. Because of expanding goldfish and pumpkinseed sunfish populations, West Medical is scheduled to be rehabilitated in the fall of 2000. The lake has a resort and west shore public access. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Disabled accessibility � Level 1.DP, 2 WCTs, Blk Tpa, level, Blk Tpa paths to bankside fishing area. Excellent WC fishing site highly recommended for HC/WC persons.

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Williams Lake (319 acres)

Williams Lake was rehabilitated in the fall of 1995. It is planted with rainbow trout fry annually. Good fishing is expected this year. The Mayfly hatch in mid-May is usually the peak fishing time. Located 12 miles southwest of Cheney via Mullinex Road, it has public access on the northwest shore and several resorts. Shallow water some seasons may limit access for larger boats at the public access site. The lake also has two full-service resorts. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through September.

Here is the web site from which I obtained this information:  http://www.angelfire.com/wa/nwfishing/

There you go.  A lot of great places to take your Emmrod Compact Fishing System and have a great day!  Check out the different products available to you at www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com or www.MyCompactFishing.com

Landing a Five Pound Sunfish!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
I moved to the Inland Northwest (Spokane) about 13 years ago.  Part of the plan was to relax.  I have not done much of that since getting here.  When I made the decision to sell the Emmrod Fishing System, I said, “Well, I better figure out how to use it.” I have always been the type who could sell something I believed in but could not sell something I did not believe in. Boy did I have a hard time as a door to door shoe salesman at 18 years old in Birmingham Alabama! (Knapp shoes? Good shoes, but I did not understand the measuring system) Even in my Real Estate business, I do not sell, I educate. It is pretty hard to educate if you have never used a product. An old communist I worked with in Vietnam in the late 1980’s and I used to discuss the difference between theory and practice. I understood the Emmrod theory, but did not have a clue about the practice.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I prostrated myself before my bride of 30 some years and requested her concurrence with a short pass to go liberate the denizens of the deep. I spent the 50 bucks or so to buy a license, a parking permit, some weights, leaders, orange marshmallows and some other stuff and headed on to Eloika Lake.
Eloika Lake is a great 2 mile long, 800 acre, if I recall correctly, lake. It is one of several lakes filled and drained by the Little Spokane River as it wends its weary way south to its confluence with the Spokane River which then joins the Columbia River. It is open year round to fishing, is one of the top four bass lakes in the NW and is convenient to my home. It also has Jerry’s landing where you can rent a boat and get whatever supplies you forgot to bring as well as a nice assortment of fat pills. Unfortunately, I got there the last day of the season and they were out of worms and out of Jerry who had gone firewood hunting. I got a great big ice cream sandwich and that made up for some of my disappointment. I did pick up a couple little 1/4 inch long lures. I think they were called poppers but would not bet on it. I went out to the end of the dock and threw out the lures I had from a yard sale and the poppers I had bought, but no cigar. I enjoyed relaxing in the sun for about an hour and headed up to Miller’s One Stop and bought some night crawlers, drove down to the public boat launch and put a line w/ a big fat crawler into the water.
About ten minutes later my bobber dove for the bottom. I pulled back on my Rod which was the standard Emmrod Packer handle with an Emmrod eight coil fly rod tip. OOOH was that fun. Five minutes later I pulled in what I knew would be at least a five pound fish. So much luck on my first day in 7 years of fishing! I was elated and prancing around like a six year old girl.
I eagerly rushed to the edge of the water and lifted the fish out of the lake. FIVE INCHES! How can a five inch fish weigh 5 pounds? Then, I weighed the weeds—4 pounds 12 ounces.
What a disappointment! No world record! Well, not really. I had a great time, talked to some nice folks coming to bass fish for supper and had