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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 25, 2016 Rating:
 
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I had a great day on Yocum and the weather was perfect for fishing. I arrived about 11:30 am and started fishing shortly after noon. Heading north from the launch I started marking fish as soon as I got in 20-30 ft of water. The majority of them were holding in that depth range all over the lake.
I started off using a fly that Lotech Joe came up with a few years back called a Orange Blossom Special. It is a wooley bugger with an orange bead head, tail and body with flash mixed in.
This fly was very productive all afternoon long. I hooked into about 30 fish and landed and released about 15, losing the rest when they were near the surface. Most were in the 12-16" range.
The weather was very good, overcast with a light breeze and in the mid 60's. The water surface temperature was 65º and the water was very clear.
The only insect activity that was apparent were adult Dragonflies and Damselflies hovering over the surface. To my surprise, these didn't set off any rises from the fish.

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Name: Marc Martyn Date: September 24, 2012 Rating:
 
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Got on the water at 1:15 pm and started towards the north end of the lake where it is much deeper. I didn't see any fish on the fish finder until I reached the depth of 50+ feet on the chart. At that point a thermocline appeared between 20' and 30'. I began to read numerous fish just at the top of the thermocline. The water temperature was 63º at the surface and the water was clear of any algae. The outside temperature was 72º, clear skies and a light variable breeze. There was a fair amount of haze in the sky from the wildfires in Central Washington. Insect activity over the lake was minimal with only a few Dragon & Damsel Flies darting around.

I started off trolling my Yellow Jacket pattern (green and yellow) and caught a couple of 10-12" Cutthroats. Since Cutthroats have a craving for international orange I put on a #12 orange leech and landed 2 fish. I finally settled into a using a #12 orange bodied Royal Bucktail that was the most successful. Overall I landed about 10 fish, losing the same amount during the retrieve. The largest one of the day was actually caught in the side of the body. It got hooked as it turned to strike at the fly. Being only 15", it felt like a 5 lb. trout on the retrieve. Since he had minimal damage to his side, I released it. Once back in the water, he quickly swam off at a rapid pace for deeper water.

At 5:00 pm I headed back to the launch. As I was leaving around 6pm, I could see fish starting to rise to the surface however most of them were very small fry. Overall, it was a very nice afternoon and I had the entire lake to myself.

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Name: raptor662 Date: July 08, 2012 Rating:
 
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got up to yocum around 12 pm. A few people up around the boat launch that were leaving and moods were a little low. weather was heating up and no body had any fish to show for the work and drive. So we headed over to our secret little spot and had ten in the boat in about an hour or two. I love getting up to good ol yocum!

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Name: jeff bennett Date: October 07, 2011 Rating:
 
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What a great day at Yocum Lake. It's always great to come up here for my five cutthroat fish per day guaranteed.

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Name: Dances with Huskies Date: October 25, 2003 Rating:
 
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Firstly, thanks to Smooth for turning me on to this lake. What a nice place to be. Smooth, I was the person in the inflatable platoon boat.
Fished late Friday and most of Saturday with limited success. Tried spinners, spoons,flat fishes and worms with only a few small fish to show for the effort. Sunday was colder and overcast and caught quite a few with worms. Late in the afternoon a mini blizzard hit and the fish started biting like crazy. I fished until my fingers became to numb to tie knots or bait the hook.
This lake lived up to all my expectations.

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Name: Matt Date: May 18, 2003 Rating:
 
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Fished Yocum last Sunday; road to the lake was passable in my 4x2 toyota pickup, 4x4 not required. Kids fishing from the bank when I got there had about 15 nice cutthroats, using worms. Put on the fins and the float tube, 1st strike within a couple of minutes using night crawler on a #8 single hook. Shortly thereafter, big rolling boomers, thunder and lightning. After the storm passed, the fish seemed turned off, not another bite for two hours. One of the locals said he'd experienced the same thing, he said if he is fishing and there is thunder and lightning nearby, he just packs up and goes home. Any way, what a beautiful lake, very quiet and peaceful. I'm going back ASAP. Good luck!

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Name: Smooth Date: October 26, 2002 Rating:
 
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I wanted to fish this lake before it closed for the season. I arrived Saturday a.m. Spoke with a few shore fisherman using worms and other bait. They had a couple. I fished with sinking line and various patterns. Olive W.B., Wine leech, prince nymph, chironomids. I hooked into about 20 fish for the day. All nice Cutthroats, 10 -12 inches. They didn't put up much of a fight until they got close to my tube. I missed a bunch of strikes. I suspect they were just short striking since a few I landed were hooked on the outside of their mouths. One was hooked on the gill opening! Once close to the tube they woke up and started fighting. Until then I just led them in without episode. I thought I was catching 4-6 inchers at first. This is a nice lake and I sure enjoyed fishing it. I'll be back in the Spring!

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Name: Lotech Joe Date: September 13, 2002 Rating:
 
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If you cross the Pend Oreille River, eastbound at Usk Washington, you will need to turn north and drive about 30 miles. Keep an eye out for an old abandoned building marked Chapel Hill General Store & Resort. Go 1.3 more miles and turn right up a sandy road. In about 50 or 60 feet is a hard to see Forest Service Road marker. If the numbers read 1900 across the top of the sign, and 096 down the sign then you’re on the right road. The sign is kind of hard to see so you will need to look sharp. That’s where you will want to turn your hubs in and go 4X4 from there on. Drive in 1.7 miles to the T and turn left. Go .1 more miles and you are there. It’s only 1.8 miles, but you will be tired of the road by then. Fish were rising all over the place. I put my kickboat in and started with a 5 weight floating line on an 8 ½ foot Pleuger with a 7 ½ foot 6X 3lb tapered leader and a size 12 tan Elk Hair Caddis. On my second cast I got a hit, but was unable to hook up. I was looking at other fish jumping instead of the one after my fly. I kept fishing another ½ hour or so without success, and switched to a #8 Black Wooly Bugger w/copper wire rib on a sinking 6-weight line. I was stripping in 3-4 inch retrieves about 2 per second, and got hits on almost every cast for some time. I hooked up with less than ½ the hits because they were short striking and getting hooked on the outside of the mouth. All fish were around 12” and healthy cutthroats. All the fish that decided to come out and play, will come out and play another time. They all went back. There is something about releasing a fish right in front of you, that is habit forming. I find myself wanting to do it over and over. I suggest you not try to make the drive in without a 4X4. The Launch is steep, but it is a perfect lake for a float tube or pontoon boat. This time of year, the Tamaracks are turning gold, the foliage on the broadleaves is turning color, and the turkeys aren’t afraid of anything. I will
be going back.

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