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Name: Rocketvet Date: March 16, 2017 Rating:
 
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Luckily we heard about the landslide blocking access to Speelyai ahead of time and took a detour through Amboy. Sounds like it will be a while before the road will be cleared. Had lines in the water by 8:30 am in dense fog. Water is murky with lots more debris than last week. Water temp 39-41. Ended up with 11 keepers, released 4 babies and probably lost 10 others. Found a school right at the bend heading towards the dam. Fish are still on the surface and were jumping. Long lined 150-160 back with no weight. Played around with the downrigger at various deeper depths but no strikes. Haven't caught a Pikeminnow in 2 trips this year. Fishing was good not great but gave it a 4/5 because when the fog blew off the weather was fantastic. Lots more boats out enjoying some much needed vitamin D. Bright colored dodgers and hand tied wedding rings.

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Name: Rocketvet Date: March 08, 2017 Rating:
 
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Let the snow melt before we headed out and had lines in the water by 1pm. Water is a bit murky but much better than last year early. Ramp and dock at Speelyai are very usable. 4 other trailers in the lot, most boats were ending as we were starting. Saw 1 other on the lake. Air temp 38, water temp 38-39. Rained hard, mild winds, cold fingers baiting corn. Longlined 140-150 ft back with no weight. Fish are shallow, 10-15 ft. Kept 9 Kokes and a fat rainbow. Hot spot was just a bit east of the stump garden on the south end (gps pic shows our loop). Fish were 11.5-12.5 in with 1 guy just shy of 14. A bit leaner than the winter Kokanee we caught recently at Chelan. Lost a half dozen. At least 3 hit the surface and "tail danced" on the surface like a marlin, cool show. Meat looks good as usual. Several combos of wedding rings and dodgers worked but the rainbow dodger and "fruit loop" wedding ring Melissa tied was by far the hottest, accounting for probably 80% of bites. Shoepeg cured in bloody tuna oil/procure. Didn't hook a single Pikeminnow this trip.

Could this be a comeback year for Merwin?

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Name: Sideburns Date: September 03, 2016 Rating:
 
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Hit lake merwin for the first time with a freind that has never kokanee fished before, and we were fishing sat morning at 6ish... launched at speelyai park. Started out with glow dodgers and glow wedding ring/ hootchie. My rod had the homemade dodger and homemade "super duper glow" epoxy dots on the dodger and first hook. Charged with uv light. Probably way to bright as my glow gear had to dim down a while before getting hits. Most of those first hits didn't stick though.

We continued cycling through gear west of speelyai launch, and caught a few, but was pretty slow. We were marking fish, trolling at 1.3mph, downriggers varied between 35 and 50. So at about 9 we motored most of the way to the dam and fed seagulls pike minnows for 1/2 hour. pike minnow must be mighty tasty to the gulls, they were trying to kill each other over them.. pretty entertaining.

We tried a few different spots on the way back towards speelyai. Picked up one or two more on above deep flats outside of steeply sloped banks at about 45 feet. The underwater forests were amazing on the humminbird 859ci hd di down imaging! Very clear images showed trees reaching up higher than our gear many times. My newly made 7# lead filled pipe weights actually look like they slid across a few branches.

There weren't many boats out fishing, but we noticed most all of them were still just west of speelyai. We headed back to the motor home at speelyai for lunch. At this point we only had 6 fish on the ice.... I borrowed my buddies phone that had a working internet connection, to reread some recent fishing reports.

We headed back out and we regeared the rods, also added bigger and flashier gang trolls to the pipe weights. We immediately found and made way points of 3 areas with active biting kokes, right where a report said they would be! Just west of speelyai launch out on the main lake and on the north shore, in a cove of sorts. 11 of our 17 fish came from here in less than 2 hours! My red/orange smile blade wedding ring was on fire! pink tuna corn, so I tied one for my freind's 10 foot river fishing rod, and we were both catching constantly! we had to accurately move the gear to the fish frequently, and were sometimes definitely dragging through the trees to do so! 40 to 60 feet deep. Only caught one fish with the long line 4.5 oz "fish weight" rod, 100 feet back. Now my trolling motor battery was dying, but we were beat anyways.... we headed in with 17 fish in the cooler. 3 shy of our 10 each limit.

Hard to believe we came back with all of our d.r. weights.. and we only lost 1 fish each! best set-up was gold dodgers, pink tuna corn, and homemade orangish red beaded smile blade spinners at 40- 60ft. 1.3mph Also shortened the set back to 10 feet.

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Had kokanee for dinner, gonna smoke the rest tomorrow. The meat looks kinda red, but i was disappointed with the quality, getting mushy. Some had eggs that were very loose, and alot of them were slimey like a slug. Had a blast once we got the hang of it though!

-sideburns

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Name: Rocketvet Date: April 27, 2016 Rating:
 
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Got a late start on Merwin with the girlfriend. Fishing was tough. Talked to 3 other boats with blank numbers. Hooked and landed 1 12 in Kokanee and at least 12 Pikeminnow. Sometimes hard to tell if the lure was bouncing or if we had a little minnow on. Ran 2 poles on down riggers at 15-60 ft. Marked fish as deep as 100. Long lined 2 other poles shallow. Only fish caught was 25ft deep like I had success a few weeks ago. Saw small fish surfacing and jumping. Fished from Speelyai Bay to the dam pretty much and threw the usual offerings. Successful lure was a pink wiggle hooch behind speckled pink dodger. Surface temp 53, less murky, less debris. Off day for bites but damn pretty so I gave it a 2.

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Name: Mike Carey Date: April 17, 2016 Rating:
 
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Myself, Gringo Pescador, and Robbie got to join Luke Hatfield and his friend James on his boat to fish Merwin for some kokanee. Luke is one of our Facebook Fishing Group moderators and was gracious enough to invite us down for the weekend for some springer and kokanee fishing.

We started 6am. The conditions were beautiful, except for a bit of a breeze coming out of the north working down the lake. Not to worry, I figure this typical AM breeze would diminish as the sun came up and we'd have perfect conditions. Well, it didn't work out that way...

we ran seven rods, one on either side off planer boards, three with no weight. and a couple rods with 2-3oz of weight. Running a variety of kokanee gear, we awaited our first fish. I must say, it was pretty impressive getting those many rods coordinated and running without fouling up. Luke did a great job with spacing the lines.

The wind continued to get stronger, and by 9am we were running out the sea anchors to keep our trolling speed under 1.7mph. White caps and rollers on Merwin Reservoir!

We fished until noon but only managed to keep one 12" and loss one. Very disappointing catch-wise, but a pleasant morning no the less and for Gringo and Robbie their first time on Merwin was a memorable one. We decided to hit Yale and see if the action was any better over there...

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Name: flyfisherguy Date: April 08, 2016 Rating:
 
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Finally brushed the cobwebs off my kokanee gear and headed out to Merwin Lake to see if I could pick up a few for the grill. Beautiful day on the water, sunny skies with light winds. Trolled for about 2 hours and picked up several squawfish which were quickly dispatched to the eagle that was flying overhead. After no luck finding my prey I moved further down the lake closer to the dam. Trolled there for about a half hour and caught more junk fish when a guy in a smaller boat flagged me down and told me his motor had conked out and asked if I would tow him in. Ugh! Oh well, I've been there before so I did what any fellow fisherman would do in the situation. Towed him all the way back to Speelyai Bay and then decided to call it a day. Giving it a two star for the weather.

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Name: Rocketvet Date: March 30, 2016 Rating:
 
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Busted out the Kokanee gear and drove down to Merwin to enjoy the beautiful day. Dropped in at Speelyai Bay and the reservoir is a murky torquoise shade with a lot of floating wood debris, some quite large. Watch your props!

Fish were scattered about and bite reports from other boats were slow. We managed to land all 3 keepers that bit in the 12 in range. Released 3 babies and 4 pike minnow safely. Had a few other little strikes here and there. Trolled anywhere from 15-80 ft. The 3 caught were in the 35-40 ft depth range. Typical assortment of wedding ring and hoochie variations with shoepeg cured in bloody tuna scent the night prior. Never really marked "big schools". Water temp ranged from 48-52. Trolling speed 1.0-1.2 but did speed it up here and there to no avail.

Had fun navigating the driftwood and finally spent a day on the boat in a t-shirt. Favorite moment came when the girlfriend splashed fish guts in her eye when a beheaded koke still had some reflexes left and flipped his body. She tossed the chrome beauty across the boat, but I netted it before a loss. When flushing her eye with a water bottle was suggested she refused because "I'm not wearing waterproof mascara!" Gotta love it! She's actually a pretty good angler and great company! :-)

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Name: Mike Carey Date: August 10, 2015 Rating:
 
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This is a Tale of Two Lakes…

JoAnn and I got to fish one of our favorite lakes, Merwin, and as a bonus spent some time on Yale.
This report will be for Merwin.

We fished Saturday mid-morning, Sunday morning, and Monday morning. For us, it was tough fishing, with Sunday being the worst, a total skunk, no bites – ouch!

We ran four rods (until my Jared Johnson rod snapped in the downrigger, yikes). Corn and mealworms and lot’s of scent. Gang trolls off the downrigger balls rounded things out. We saw lot’s of fish on the fish finder and saw very few nets out. Saturday we caught two, and Monday we caught two dandy 14” fish early, which was a tease as after 6:50am our lines went dead.

I talked with a couple anglers at the ramp and they agreed it was tough, they “only” caught ten. Well, their secret was running gang trolls. I am willing to admit I generally see guys using gang trolls on Merwin do pretty good, but I’m just not interested in dragging all that gear around and not being able to enjoy the fight. We have plenty of fish in the freezer so I can focus on the fun side of things. That said, I obviously need to refine my techniques and do some tweaking to get my catch numbers back up.

Our fish we did catch were all deep, mostly 60-65 feet. We lost a couple in the mid forty feet range as well.

We did better at Yale so check out that report as well.

Kokanee fishing – it keeps a person humble!

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Name: flyfisherguy Date: July 10, 2015 Rating:
 
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Took the day off from work and decided to finish up my kokanee season at Merwin Lake. This turned out to be a very good decision. I arrived at the lake at approximately 7:30 a.m. and there were only 4 or 5 other boats at Speelyai. The weather conditions were about as good as it gets for most of the day, overcast and very comfortable.

I started marking fish at 40 feet almost as soon as I arrived at my favorite area on the south side of the lake. I lowered my downriggers and had my first kokanee in the boat by about 8:30. It was pretty much non-stop action all day, unfortunately one of my downrigger cables had a fray in it and I forgot to bring pliers so I was limited to only one downrigger. UGH! Oh well, still managed to limit out on some very nice fish, biggest was about 15" and weighed in excess of a pound.

The water was very warm, probably pushing 80 degrees in some places. I think that's why most of the fish were found in 40 feet and below. Caught several pikeminnows in the shallower ranges that were quickly dispatched to the seagulls that were circling my boat.

A word of caution: the lake is low and if you are not paying attention you could easily hang your downrigger gear in the underwater obstructions or run your prop over something. Just pay close attention to your depth finder when trolling along the banks.

Tight lines! Now on to the ones I've been waiting for since the season ended two years ago....go pinks!!

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Name: JonathanI Date: June 30, 2015 Rating:
 
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Went on my annual camping/fishing trip to Merwin with my oldest daughter Sun - Tues. We had a great time even though the fishing was not what we were used to over the past couple of years. We fished after 6pm on Sunday and Monday evenings, then from 6:30am to 10:30am on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Each trip we caught 2 to 4 fish, ending up with 12 total and losing 5 (2 right at the boat about to be netted...grrrrrrr.) Most of them were 13 to 14 inches and fat with a couple at 11 inches.

Well over half of the fish were caught at 65 feet deep with the others at various depth between 45 and 55 feet. We fished mainly the south shore at the midway point of the lake using a pink/white dodger and pink hoochie tipped with Gulp maggots.

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