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06/28/2014
Smallmouth Bass
Morning
06/28/2014
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I decided to go fishing closer to home today for some smallmouth because when I woke up with my alarm set for 2:30 AM to go drive to go crappie fishing I went back to sleep. So I went to the Yakima River to fish for some smallmouth, I went a couple weeks ago and caught a couple so I thought I'd go catch a couple in a few hours. I started fishing around 6:30 AM and there was a boat anchored out fishing for catfish. He said he had been there since 5 PM the day before and had 3 catfish. I was fishing with a jig and within the fourth cast I caught a 2 pound smallmouth. I went about 30 minutes losing a couple jigheads and finally got another bite. I set the hook hard and the line started stripping. I knew right then I had a catfish on based on how the rod was working. I was using my ultralight pole that I use for panfish and bass so I couldn't horse the fish in. I finally got the fish by the shore and was about to bring him in then right when I was doing that, the fish swam in between my legs and started stripping more line as I lifted my pole back up. After about 15 minutes of fighting the fish I brought it in. It would've been a lot easier if I had brought my net down from my car, which I was debating while I was gearing up to walk down to the river. After that, another hour had passed and I didn't muster up any other fish. I ended up losing another smallmouth then another catfish during that time when my line got around a rock and once I had freed it the fish started swimming off and a rock broke the line off. I know that happened because when I re-tied my jig I casted back out and ended up snagging my line and jig and bringing that in. I decided to leave around 8:30 AM and the guy on the boat was bringing in another catfish. Here's a picture of the two fish, my shoe size is 14, so that gives you an idea of how big the catfish was.


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Trouttrakr
6/29/2014 11:51:00 AM
Hey JB, where were you at? Looks like the lower river by the size. I've been interested in fishing the Yak and love catfishing so the location would be of great help. Thanks.
jbball50
6/29/2014 8:24:00 PM
Yeah I was fishing the lower yak by the queens bridge bridge. The guy on the boat said there's like a two week period around Fourth of July that he does well for catfishing. I haven't focused on catfishing the yak before, only been out a handful of times but might go a couple times next month.
will3140
9/23/2014 1:13:00 PM
JB,
I am new to Washington and would like to fish for smallmouth in the Yakima. Can you tell me where the 'queens bridge bridge' is located. A nearby city and or road name would be very helpful. Thanks in advance.
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