Bayley Lake Spawning Channel

Our annual trip to repair the Bayley Lake spawning channel was another success story. We were unable to clear the channel last year due to Covid concerns so the need this year was extreme.

An able crew of ten members was assembled on September 25th and the transformation was spectacular. The group included five veterans and five new recruits and everyone worked well together. The channel is clear and covered in gravel, which should provide excellent spawning beds for the trout. The members volunteering were Jerry McBride, Bob Schmitt, Jim Athearn, Bob Johnson, Jake Nelson, Bill Papesh, Scott Fink, Phil Beck, Chet Allison and Lee Funkhouser.

Breakfast was provided by the IEFFC at the Maverick’s Restaurant in Colville and Bob Schmitt brought an excellent lunch for everyone.

Following the completion of the project the group headed over to the lake for some fishing. Unfortunately the fish were not informed that we were working on their behalf and they were very tough to catch. A few made it to member nets and they were mostly big, healthy fish. Hopefully next season they will be more cooperative.