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Name: Darrell & Dad's Date: October 18, 2016 Rating:
 
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This was from Jeff and Jim's 3 day quest from the 16th to the 18th at Omak Lake. They worked the lake over pretty good, doing C&R on 227 fish. Big fish was 8.8. Twenty some presentations got bit. The Jeff drift pictured was one of the best. This is one of our favorite fishing holes for some R&R, beautiful scenery and a complete change of pace from our deepwater precise trolling on Chelan. You have to love the myriad of color variations and the eagerness of these Lahontans. Watch the weather though. It is big water and can be challenging if it blows up. Tight Lines!

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Name: anetrush Date: September 10, 2016 Rating:
 
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If just one of my 2 fishing buddies was submitting this report, he would have to give it 5+++ stars. Fished 4 to 5 hours each day, he must have caught 30 nice cutts. I would just get my line out and bring it back in to get it out of his way and sometimes do the netting. Tried the lures mentioned in prior fishers' posts not much luck. Buddies hot setup was small iridescent slingblade and fluorescent pink/pink double whammy. I finally borrowed something similar and got a few.
Other buddy rowed around the whole north end of lake first day dragging a fly near surface with nothing but bigger biceps to show for it. Oh, we were about 35 feet on downriggers. Let fly buddy have downrigger use with us second day. He got lagest fish , 5.3 lb 24 incher. Most fish were 18-20 inch range. I was mildly diasappointed we did not see any 8+ as in other posts. Thanks to prior posts hotspots. Study them. Great bay near north end and did well off Cowpie. Most of pics on buddies camera.

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Name: uplandsandpiper Date: May 22, 2016 Rating:
 
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I've always dreamed of fishing Omak Lake. A little over a week ago due to poor weather and client cancellations I suddenly had a two day window with no obligations. On a whim I decided to make the long 7 hour drive from sw. Washington to the north central region of the state to fish this beautiful aquamarine gem home to the state's most impressive Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fishery.

After picking up a Colville tribal fishing license in the town of Omak I headed out towards the lake and was disappointed to discover that only the northern end of the lake was reachable due to a landslide on Omak Lake Rd. At Nicholson Beach I prepped my kayak and launched and started trolling parallel to the shore in about 20' of water. I started dropping back a small herring dodge tailed with a Brad's Mini-Cut Plug "Seahawk" pattern. While dropping the gear back a fish slammed the rod and I landed a big 18" Cutthroat! Wow! This was going to be a good day.

I continued to troll south along the west shore hooking fish consistently every 5-10 minutes with occasional doubles. I ran Maglip 2.5, Needlefish, and Mini Cutplugs but the cutplugs were the most consistent producers. Troll speeds varied from 1.6 to 2.7 mph with my gear about 55' behind the boat with 1 oz of weight. The wind began to pick up heavily in the late afternoon so I tucked into a cove and fished a fly rod for a while catching a handful of 16-18" trout. With the wind blowing heavy and my kayak mirage drive in need of some minors repairs I trolled back north to the ramp catching several more fish along the way. I easily landed 25 fish with most falling in the 16-18" range and several over 20" and that was fishing in for just a few hours in the afternoon in less than ideal conditions. I was super pumped to return the next day.

The next morning I returned flushing a large Cinnamon Bear on the way out. I followed the same route as the previous day and experienced similar if not better results hooking a dozen or more doubles with in just a couple hours. It had been a little choppy in the morning but the wind died as the day progressed and I decided to do some additional fly fishing in the coves. Within minutes of dropping the fly in the water I had a fish on and over the next 1.5 hours landed a dozen fish from 14-19" on my fly rod. It was just amazing. As the afternoon progressed and a 7 hour drive home loomed on the horizon I returned to the ramp. The bite had died off by 1 PM and I was only catching a fish every 15 minutes or so.

In total I landed well over 70 fish for the two half-days of fishing. These fish are remarkably aggressive, variable in coloration, and of substantial size. In short Omak Lake lived up to the amazing reputation that it has as a trophy trout fishing lake. If you have not fished it...you should.

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Name: The Quadfather Date: April 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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I picked up my fishing partner, "Motoboat" from N. Seattle on Friday AM, and made the journey to Omak lake. I have fished the lake plenty of times, and am familiar with it. Although this was my first experience fishing the Spring spawn, when these Lahontans come into the shoreline.
First off, leaving home I had been sick all week. We arrived at "Cowpie" beach around 2:00. If you're not aware there is a complete road closure along Hwy 155, just above Nicholson beach. (I think that was accurrate). Anyway, it is completley jacked up to comutte daily between staying in Omak, and fishing Cowpie.

Started off boating along shoreline in 10-20' of water. Slowly dragging flies, or casting/stripping. Various Woolly Buggers, colors, etc. Leeches, etc. caught a couple fish the first afternoon, but the next day our fishing picked up quite a bit. Fish over the 2 days were mostly around 18". Although Motoboat did land a solid 25" Lahontan that he guestimated at 4-5 lbs.
The next day I spent more time fishing from the float tube, dragging flies along shallows, 15' of water. Best fly was a little imitation bait fish. One fish I caught, rather small, at about 16" had a tail fin sticking out if its mouth.
Of course I had to inspect more closely.. This turned out to be an extremely fresh 6" smolt!
I couldn't believe the predator was only 16" itself.
By the end of the day I think I landed 6-7 fish for the 2 days. Not lights out fishing for sure, but plenty steady I thought.
One lucky guy, his first time there, landed a 30" fish, estimated at 12-14 lbs. i saw the pic. Amazing fish.

Add into this weekend, a dead Minn Kota motor, along with fly line caught up in the prop of gas outboard---drifting down wind near dark. )-: not to mention failed wheel bearings on trailer.. Don't forget about being increasingly sick all weekend, and being evaluated for pneumonia on Monday. All this made for quite an interesting time.
I do love it over there, but man, if you have a break down you are just "boinked". You are miles from anyone, anywhere. No cell reception, etc. check backup motor before leaving home.

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Name: ChesterDog206 Date: February 27, 2016 Rating:
 
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Fished Omak lake with a couple buddies and our dogs on Sat. Feb. 27th. This was my fist trip to Omak in search of some big Lahontan Cutthroat. We left Seattle friday night at midnight and got to the launch at the north end of the lake at about 5:00am. We waited for an hour or so for our buddy to arrive from Grand Coulee and then took our time setting up gear until first light. All three of us were trolling files with various floating and sinking lines. The action was hot from the start and seemed to get better on the West side of the lake, South of beer can beach. Our best method of fishing was to jam into shore at about 2mph and then kill then minn kota for a few seconds. Once we reached about three feet from the shore, kicked the minn kota back on again and jammed away from shore. Every time, this depth/speed change resulted in a fish. Over the course of the day we caught and released about 20 or so large Lahontan Cutts of various size maxing at about 20". Only 1 or 2 fish made it onto my camera and they were smaller ones. All the others were released without leaving the water. The dogs had a blast fighting over who could lick the net after each released fish. Wind was calm and the weather was nice. We called it quits at about 2:00pm and headed towards lake Roosevelt for some end of the day Kokanee action.

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Name: mwdehaan Date: February 14, 2016 Rating:
 
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Hey guys :) Finally got back out to the lake and got to fish with Quadfather finally! We were a little slow getting out to the lake and to our surprise there were 5-6 people already in the Mission Bay catching fish right in front of us as we set up. I thought we'd be the only crazy ones fishing out in the cold but the people already there were out a jon boat, pontoon, even a person wading up to their hips, and not one single big boat with a cover was out there. Go figure.

We were out on the water roughly 10:30am I believe and fished it right up around 4:30pm. Toes were a freezing :) I took my pontoon out towards one of my favorite spots and wasn't getting much more then a few bites. I had to go a little deeper to find the fish as the day went on. But the trick for me that worked that day was hugging the shoreline where the steep rocks came down and slowly trolling a olive woolly bugger with a striped orange body. Took me changing out 3-4 of my favorite flies before settling on that one.

I believe together we brought 9 fish to hand, the big ones being 20" or a little more and 3lbs. A few small in the 14-15" and the rest 16-18. Good little variety. I think I need to sharpen my hooks, or maybe it's because I'm a little rusty and slow to the draw on setting the hook, but I feel like I lost twice as many as I caught. Always getting bites and then had a few hookups for only moments, another few lost maybe 10 feet away, haha, ah well, all part of it I suppose.

I'll put a few pictures in here. Of all the fish I only saw one male in the bunch and of course that's the one I didn't get a picture of. Their colors really come out this time of year, pretty fish, wish I'd have snapped a quick picture of him but he wasn't too happy in the net.

Hopefully I'll get out there again before the special regulation kicks in. Tight lines all.

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Name: mwdehaan Date: July 06, 2015 Rating:
 
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I'm back! Finally got out to the lake for a few hours. Caught two limits using spoons. Big producer was a frog style crocodile which I thought was interesting, but hey, ever lure seems to have it's special day and apparently that's been the hot one the last few times out.

Found fish everywhere from 12 feet down to 92 feet, and the big one of the day 4-4.5 pounds was down at 92'. Fish felt a bit smaller then what we usually get out there, but had some very nice keepers just under that 18" mark. All in all a good day. Sure started to warm up at 10am. Get out there early guys or bring a swimsuit, hah.

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Name: Darrell & Dad's Date: June 07, 2015 Rating:
 
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Jeff had the Fitzgerald's for a day of wonder at Omak Lake. Mostly fished the South end. Fewer, but on average, larger fish this year. As soon as they started a couple of bucks jumped in the lake to swim across to add to the fun. Most fish were 20+ inches. Jeff's drift rigs, squid rigs and spoons all caught fish. Speeds of 1.4 to 1.6 mph worked best. Spot the fish and put something in front of them to get them to bite. What a fishery!

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Name: Darrell & Dad's Date: June 04, 2015 Rating:
 
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Worked Omak today with Jeff and Seb. We went right to the south end and trolled mostly 15 to 40 feet deep over deeper bottoms. Looked for "marks" on the sonar and hit them. A Silver Horde Squid Rig behind the Mack's Lures big Double D Dodger got the big fish and some others. We got fish on mini squids behind small dodgers and naked Silver Horde Kingfisher spoons in Cookies and Cream as well as Chartreuse glow. About 1.5 mph worked best. What an awesome day for numbers and plenty of big fish. Aside from the 10.1 lb big fish, we got another 7 or 8 that were four pounds or better and only a couple under 14". We were the only boat on the entire lake for most of the time. Two other boats showed up later. This on a lake that is 9 MILE long by 4 MILES wide!

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Name: strider43 Date: April 17, 2015 Rating:
 
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My fishing buddy and I made our annual trip to lake Omak after my scouting trip 2 weeks ago. I locked my keys in my car at the shell station in Lincoln Rock and had to have a towing Co come unlock me, after that we made it to Omak without issue. I only mention this because my buddy was cursed by his sister after he woke her up yesterday when we went to get his gear after work.
So we headed down to the lake at 5:00 pm and found more people there than I have ever seen. There was still plenty of room so we headed down to our usual spot on the west bank at beer can beach. We both tried spinners and lures that we know catch fish, the fish had other ideas about this as they were not hitting the hardware offering. There was a guy fly fishing there and we saw him hook a few times so we knew what to do. I put on my short haired olive bugger and sent it out to do its job. my buddy put on large black carry special. My fly got no attention, Chris got hit in short order and landed a nice 20" with spawning colors. I tried another fly.....Chris hooked into another that started to peel line off of his reel. The fish ran out along the surface breaking the surface few times. We knew he had a big one. Chris fought with the fish and after a few minutes of runs he got it in and I snapped a shot and he unhooked it and we saw it was around 30" and was at least 7lbs. Chris was very happy and said if didn't catch another that would be ok as he got his moneys worth. I changed flies and still no action. I went up and down the shore, I had one grab my lure as I was switching back and forth between hardware and flies, but my fish spit the lure when I tried to hook set. I then went to sandy portion of the beach where you can see the small schools more clearly as they swam the shore line. after several attempts at casting in front of the school I hooked into and landed a scrappy 18" fish with spawning colors. I had to really work for that fish. I have gotten spoiled as I usually do well at Omak. Chris caught and landed another, all of his fish were on the same fly that he was slowly retrieving. we are here for three more days and I plan to use my fly rod tomorrow as the fly guy closest to us caught and landed at least five fish while we were there. This is a great fishery but as the saying goes "that's why they call it fishing, not catching. Is that you down there fly fishing AJFISHINGDUDE? tight lines to all!

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