I don't even know where to begin so let's start by giving Mike Carey, Salmon Barry, Rseas, and Wafisherman20 a HUGE shoutout for giving us their report on the success they had the other day! It encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone this winter and venture elsewhere than Kirkland.
I must say Lake Wa has been pretty good (sorry for the lack of reports) but the action does not compare to what I experienced today. A few fish caught over a 3 day period is what I was getting from Lake Wa. This winter. Nice 3-4lbers coming out which makes it all worth the grind.
Taking a look at Mike's hotspot I scratched my head a bit wondering how I was going to make it all the way there from the boat ramp in my little pontoon and electric trolling motor. So... I played it safe and stayed closer to the launch. I started right in 60ft of water trolling towards the middle of the lake about 15ft down. The fish finder had a few arches there so I thought why not make that my starting depth. After an hour with no bites I switched my red wedding ring out to a Kokabow lure in Blue and Green with a Chartruese blade tipped with a night crawler. Dropped the wire down to 25ft and no longer than 30 seconds the first fish was netted. At this point I was right where the lake begins to bottle neck and I was trolling to the west shoreline. Over the next hour I long released 3 fish and managed to bring in four more for my limit trolling from shore line to shore line. Once I found the fish, it was ON! I stayed right in that same spot the entire time. Last two fish measured 17inches and 18 inches and had lots of fight to them. The meat was amazingly firm and cut perfectly. I seasoned them up right after filleting all the fish and got them ready for our dinner party for our out of town guest who have never had Trout before. Hoping they like it!
Ran into another NWFR member Chuck (nice meeting you sir) as I was loading up. We exchanged some info and techniques. Very nice guy. I also chatted with the Park Ranger who was checking for illegally caught Kokanee. Apparently he had busted a few boats that kept a few the other day. Be smart and make sure you can identify your species, otherwise a nice fat fine will be waiting for you. Anyways, it was an outstanding hour of catching fish and I plan to make one more trip out that way before work gets hectic for the new year! Tight lines to you all. Be safe out there and stay warm. God Bless.
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