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Name: Ball_Gawd Date: April 28, 2016 Rating:
 
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Arrived at the Panther Lake about 0930. I caught and released 10 trout in about five hours. Most were 10"-12", two were in the 14" range. I used exclusively a purple Mack's Smiley Blade fly. I had the best luck trolling along the West side of the lake. I did have one that struck so hard it almost pulled the rod out of my hands, didn't hook him though.

There were as many as five Bald Eagles (two mated pairs and one with a juvenile) flying around the lake. At one point I got to see one of the parent eagles catch a fish about 100 feet from me. It flew for a little bit and then dropped it to try to teach the juvenile to catch fish. It may have been one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

Great day on the lake!!

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Name: Ball_Gawd Date: May 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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The day started kinda crappy. When I got to the lake I discovered that someone had stolen my transom tie-downs while I had a few beverages after fishing the night before. I didn't discover this until I had driven 20 miles and was ready to launch my boat. I normally check everything when I hook up my boat, but I'd left it hooked up to the truck and didn't go through my normal routine (lesson learned----in a few ways). Luckily I had a spare strap in my truck.

I hit the lake about 9:00 and fished until just after 1:00. I brought the first fish to the boat within ten minutes. I caught and released a total of 18 trout varying in size from 10"-13". I did see a fly fisherman in a pontoon boat catch a 21" trout. I was dragging a purple Mack's Smiley Blade Fly all day (no pop-gear), the only time a switched was from the one I wore out to a new purple one (I've nicknamed it the Panther Lake Purple Predator). The best spots were a slow troll in an L-pattern along the South and West shorelines.

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Name: DavidA Date: May 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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Somehow I forgot to charge my battery, so we didn't leave the house until 12:30 pm. Another neighbor boy (14 yo) was chomping at the bit so I let him choose from among a few lakes. Panther was it. He was particularly excited because the plan was to focus on large mouth bass and not the usual, stocker rainbows.

The good news is that the lake is teaming with them. The not so good news is that they were all in the 4" - 5" range! Cute? Yes, as 8 - 12 young bass would chase everything we threw at them. But also a bit disturbing, as they'd open their mouths wide enough to sometimes get all three barbs of the treble hooks in their mouths. We moved and moved and moved to try to find where the bigger ones were, but never found that spot.

We didn't cover all the shoreline, but more than half, and it all seemed to be nursery. Maybe next year will be a winner for bass. So far, no go.

We also took a couple breaks for rainbows and were not disappointed. Trolling Wooly Buggers, tipped with a pink Gulp maggot got em every time. From total overcast to much blue, the day just got nicer, with little wind and no rain. Panther's always a great go-to lake.

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Name: Ball_Gawd Date: May 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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I went fly fishing for the first time. My neighbor and I launched our pontoon boats at 2:00. The fish were actively surfacing until about 5:30. I threw all kinds of stuff at them. It was mainly a learning day for me, but each of us managed to land about ten trout each in about five hours on the lake. float line and sink line both worked well, just depending on who was hungry for what when. It was a fun day and the eagles were flying all day and I got to try something new in my new hobby/addiction. I do have to call WDFW today, as people at one of the houses/cabins was feeding the eagles from their dock. It was beatiful to see them, but the eagles on our lakes are not supposed to act like seagulls at the ferry terminal.

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Name: Ball_Gawd Date: May 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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After a brutal Saturday on Wildcat Lake I decided to hit Panther Lake before having lunch on Mother's Day. Boy do I now wish it had been any other day! I dang near couldn't keep my hook in the water! I laucnhed about 08:30 and landed my first fish by 08:45. I was dragging dark (olive/black & purple/black) Mack's Smiley Blade Wooley Buggers (no pop gear or scent this time) and was getting them to tickle the line constantly! I don't think I went more than 10-15 minutes without a solid stike throughtout the day. I traveled the whole lake and the only place that wasn't on fire was right down the center from North to South, staying mainly within about 100'-150' of the shore. I took home four nice 12"-14" trout and released 15 more. Between the action, the weather, and the eagles flying (and catching fish) all day, this was easily my best day fishing to date!

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Name: AceCameron1 Date: June 09, 2013 Rating:
 
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Great Day caught 12 in just over 2 hours lots of keepers. Fishing just off the bottom with eggs and worms seemed to work really well

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Name: russj706 Date: June 09, 2013 Rating:
 
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Launched the boat around 10:30. Did some casting for bass on the eastern side of the lake near a downed tree. Had a couple of strikes on a Shad-Rap crankbait, but no hookups. Shifted to trout fishing about 100 yds off the boat launch and within 3 minutes had the first fish onboard. From there on out, it was game on. My son and I both limited in about 45 minutes. Nothing huge, but a couple approaching the 2.5 lb mark. When I was one shy of my limit, I decided to flip that Shad-Rap again in the off chance of hooking up with a bass. On my second cast, the pole bent and I was hooked up. Not a bass though. A 16" rainbow.Huh. All in all, a great day.

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Name: DavidA Date: May 25, 2013 Rating:
 
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Well Saturday I finally got to take the 3rd of 3 kids in the neighborhood who wanted to go fishing with me. The weather, though initially forecast to be quite nice, ended up being cloudy with occasional sprinkles. We chose Panther Lake because it's a very nice lake, with shoreline patches of homes and undeveloped stretches, and has a nice stocking of rainbow trout and a few nice bass, to boot! This 13 yo boy wanted to catch fish but he also wanted to cast, so bass was a good target.

I suggested trolling to start the day off early with 2-3 trout, and the fish didn't disappoint! We quickly got into nice 11-12 inch fish. With that under the belt, we started at the SW shore, moving clockwise, casting Rapalas into docks and overhang. We covered about 1/4 of the lake without any action, so decided to still fish off the bottom, for some larger trout. In a variety of lakes lately, every fish I'd seen caught that wasn't a stocker in size, all seemed to be caught on the bottom, with power bait. About 20-30 minutes of this was unproductive so we switched back to trolling and had limits in no time. We each kept 2, electing to return anything that was not 12" or more.

The wind was picking up and the sky didn't seem to promise anything better so before leaving, I suggested we cast the shore of the small island to try for bass once again. Well, still no luck and then a lure ended up on in the brush on the island. I could see it and there was a fallen log in the water to nearby the lure, so we held onto the log and I climbed out. Balance, balance up the log to just below the lure then a step off into the brush to get it, except someone forgot to tell the brush to have land under it. Down through 4-5 feet of brush into a foot of water, and on my butt I go. I'm not sure how much laughing went on behind me, but he was considerate, not making it loud enough for me to hear! After standing up, I was now close enough and retrieved my lure.

Back into the boat for a very uncomfortable drive to the launch and then home, about 50 minutes away, without a change of clothing. Later that evening, after drying out, the boy came by and we cleaned and filleted the trout, before vacuum sealing and freezing them. I had brought some smoked trout out in the boat and that's how he wanted his done!

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Name: Rhino Date: September 22, 2012 Rating:
 
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Started off with son at about 0700 at our normal hot spots, with no luck. No fish were top feeding today. Attempted to fish from boat to shore with vampire rapala, a few crankbaits, with red/yellow corn, and some nightcrawlers. No luck. Had a few bites from some SMB about 4" long, obviously not worth keeping. Did some trolling while fixing sons pole, had a trout chasing but did not land. Weather was great, not cold, or damp, no wind. Great lake, have caught many fish from here just not today. Will try again before seasons over.

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Name: Rhino Date: September 16, 2012 Rating:
 
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I'll report for my girlfriend who caught all the fish today, and I got completly skunked. I only had 3 bties. We used a Thomas Fighting Fish spinner with a 1/4" worm. i was using a yellow trout spinner bait, and then a worm and bobber from hot spot one. There were a few other people in boats on the lake, after asking about there luck they said nothing but a few bites. Must have been an off day. Fish were top feeding. Had a great time on the lake.

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