Fishing

Riverside State Park offers a wide variety of fishing experiences and fish species along the Spokane River and Lake Spokane. The Spokane River has many access points that are available for anglers of all skill levels. However, one must take note of local and state guidelines to reap the benefits that Riverside has to offer.

Rules and Licensing

NOTE: These rules pertain to sections of rivers and lakes within the boundaries of Riverside State Park and properties included within its management areas only. Please refer to the WDFW Sport Fishing Rules for all areas before fishing.

  • General Rules:
    • Just like all state park lands, anyone who parks their vehicle within Riverside State Park must display a Discover Pass on their vehicles. The fine for not displaying the pass is $99.
    • Everyone age 15 and older must have a valid Washington State Freshwater or Combination fishing license. Licenses can be purchased from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or from approved license vendors.
    • All persons fishing in the Spokane River and/or Lake Spokane must abide by state fishing regulations. A copy of current state fishing regulations can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/
  • Specific Rules & Regulations concerning the Little Spokane River within Park boundaries:
    • From mouth to SR 291 Bridge:
      • Open year round to all game fish.
      • Statewide minimum size and daily limit apply.
    • From SR 291 bridge to West Branch:
      • Open between the Saturday before Memorial Day and October 31 to all game fish.
      • Statewide minimum size and daily limit apply.
    • All tributaries not otherwise listed:
      • Open between the Saturday before Memorial Day and October 31 to all game fish.
      • Statewide minimum size and daily limit apply.
    • Specific Rules & Regulations concerning the Spokane River within Park boundaries:
      • From upstream boundary of the Plese Flats Day Use Area to Monroe Street Dam:
        • ALL SPECIES – SELECTIVE GEAR RULES.* INTERNAL COMBUSTION MOTORS PROHIBITED.
        • Trout – Open June 1-March 15. Minimum size 8”. Daily limit 1. Only hatchery RAINBOW TROUT may be retained.
        • Salmon – Open June 1-March 15. Landlocked salmon rules apply.**
        • Sturgeon – CLOSED
      • From Little Falls Dam to upstream boundary of the Plese Flats Day Use Area (except Lake Spokane)
        • Trout – Year-round. Daily limit 5. Up to 2 over 20” may be retained
        • Salmon – Year-round. Landlocked salmon rules apply.**
        • Sturgeon – CLOSED
        • Other Game Fish – Year-round. Statewide minimum size and daily limit apply.
      • Specific Rules & Regulations concerning Lake Spokane (Long Lake)
        • Salmon – Year-round. Landlocked salmon rules apply.
        • All game fish – Year-round. Statewide minimum size and daily limits apply.

* Selective Gear Rules – Only unscented artificial flies or lures with one single-point, barbless hook are allowed. Up to a total of three artificial flies or lures, each containing one single-point, barbless hook may be used. Bait is prohibited; fish may be released until the daily limit is retained. Only knotless nets may be used to land fish except where specifically allowed under WDFW Special Rules for individual waters. If any fish has swallowed the hook or is hooked in the gill, eye, or tongue, it should be kept if legal to do so.

** Landlocked Salmon Rules – In waters where landlocked salmon rules apply, salmon are regulated as trout. Seasons, daily limits, and size restriction rules for landlocked salmon are identical to the rules for trout in the same water. The angler’s combined catch of salmon and trout applies toward the trout limit. A Catch Record Card is not required to retain salmon in these waters.

The Fish

The Spokane River and Lake Spokane offer a variety of warm and cold water fish species such as trout, bass, and walleye making Riverside a true destination fishing location for both serious and novice anglers alike.

  • Lake Spokane (Long Lake)
    • Black Crappie
    • Carp
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Pumpkinseed
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Yellow Perch
    • Other species like Northern Pike and Walleye may also be found in parts of lake Spokane
  • Spokane River
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Redband Trout (protected)
    • Other species such as Brown Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee, and Chinook may also be found but are rare.

Places to Fish in Riverside

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