Early season trout fishing is off to a rough start on most of the lakes in our region. Our hard and long lasting winter has kept a cap of ice on many of the popular lakes that opened on March 1st. There are a couple spots that do offer particularly good early season fishing, though. The ice had cleared off of Lake Lenice, a quality fly fishing lake near Beverly. Anglers that fished here on March 1st experienced very good fishing and it continues to offer double digit catch and release fishing for rainbow that average 14 inches. There is also some good news for fans of fishing at Rufus Woods Reservoir. It has offered pretty good fishing through the winter but it is going to get much better. The Colville Tribe announced that they released 12,900 rainbow into the reservoir on February 28th. These fish are all adipose fin clipped and weigh nearly 2 pounds apiece. About 20 percent of them are wearing a tag and anglers are asked to report basic information to the tribe when they catch one of these tagged trout. The tags are numbered and there is also a number to call printed on the tags as well.