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Riffe Lake Report
Lewis County, WA


Smallmouth Bass

Hit the water at 5:30 AM and had fairly calm conditions to start with. Wind was slowly increasing all morning until about 11:00 when I was chased off due to whitecaps. Ok fishing morning. Caught 11 smallmouth mostly in the 1 1/2 pound range with one 3 pounder. Caught most of these guys on a Yamamoto grub on a 1/4 oz head. 3 fish where on a crankbait. All were caught in 8-12 feet of water.


7/4/2013 8:42:00 AM
Love Riffe for its big smallmouth. Hate it for it's well-known winds.
7/14/2013 11:38:00 AM
any tips on locations for smallies?? Ive only really fished them in potholes res. super easy there. I specialize in the sea type of basss not so much freshwater
Thom Thornton
7/16/2013 8:06:00 PM

Are you looking for spots at Riffe or fishing for smallies in general for the west side of the cascades? At Riffe the Kosmos flats area is always productive. I use jerkbait and swimbait over the grass (5-7' of water) at the transition between the grass and rocky drop offs (8'-15' of water) I switch to a grub and lipless crankbaits. As I move deeper down to 35', drop shot along with a jig and pig set up seems to work well.

Thom Thornton
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