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Friday, November 15, 2019
By Dave Graybill
When I go over my list of fisheries that are my favorites in the fall, there are a couple that are on the Colville Indian Reservation. One is Omak Lake. This is a big beautiful lake that is just eight miles outside of the town of Omak. It is accessed via a paved road to the North Embayment, where there is a rough launch. Although the launch is rough I have launched the Bob Feil Kingfisher 2025 Escape here many times. I like to fish with downriggers here and pull everything from a Needlefish to J-Plugs. I catch a lot of Lahontan cutthroat that average 16 inches with many much larger fish mixed in. The state record is from Omak Lake, and is over 18 pounds. My other favorite is Buffalo Lake. This lake is just ten miles from Grand Coulee Dam. It has regular rainbow trout, triploids, kokanee and largemouth bass. The fish to target this fall would be triploids. In October the Colville Tribe released a bunch of these in Buffalo that average about five pounds. I am trying to find out exactly how many. Both of these lakes require a Colville Tribal fishing permit to fish, and these are available at the Wal Mart in Omak or Coulee Playland in Electric City.
Big trout like this are no surprise in Buffalo Lake on the Colville Reservation.