18 - Lake Roosevelt South End to Spokane Confluence Fishing Report

On the water at dawn
to catch the walleyes before they spawn
Glad I got out of bed
because they were hitting on red (and moto roil)
And I know just because I drive a tracker
doesn't make me a good wise cracker.

But seriously, I caught 14 eyes, kept 7 to eat all males between 16 and 21 inches and released 7 over 22 inches. The largest was 9.25 lbs (28 inches), another was 6 lbs and the rest were 4-5 lbs. I hit the same spots as last week, not going to say where exactly because they are very small back eddies. Most were caught on a red head and june bug grub but every location I went required a change in color. I was on the water at 0545 and off at 1215. All were caught in 25-35 FOW.

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4/16/2017 9:02 PM
Those are some beautiful eyes. It makes me jealous that when you post your reports, since I live in marysville. When is the walleye spawn.
4/17/2017 4:13 AM
Great catch and report.!
4/17/2017 6:50 AM
The spawn is on right now, some of the males I caught were definitely feeling frisky and making quite a mess of my boat.
4/17/2017 7:45 AM
Were you actually on Roosevelt this time? No shoreline pics this time to give us a hint... ;) Nice catch again though!
4/17/2017 9:48 AM
That's what I want to see! Headed to Banks and Roosevelt Saturday morning and was apprehensive! There IS a ray of light!
4/17/2017 10:00 AM
Great bunch of fish. We saw you as we went down lake about 8:30, we were headed back up river just as you were leaving so we pulled in and picked up a 21 inch male that made a big mess in the boat and two 18 inch males. We were trolling bottom bouncers and that area just isn't the best for that technique but I didn't have any jigging gear with us, that's a mistake I won't make again.
4/17/2017 4:18 PM
There is a good chance that Roosevelt will be inaccessible in the very near future because of the water level, even 7 Bays will be out of the water. Hewesbob: I didn't do any trolling but I was prepared to if the jig bite wasn't happening. I want to try trolling some deep down cranks but there are only a couple of places I would even think of giving that a try. Where you saw me at 0830 isn't one of those places, that would be a sure fire way to lose big bucks fast. Surprisingly I only caught one small 15" trout that I released, I don't keep them but my buddies do. Hinds: No pics, that just got to be a big hassle with people complaining. I only fish this area at this time of year because of the big fish, which I release. I had plenty of opportunities to keep a fish over 22" but I didn't. I am using both 1/2 and 5/8 oz. jigs because of the heavy current and with the current sweeping the jigs around in the back eddies actually helping to make a more natural presentation. This bite is only going to last a couple of more weeks before the big girls do their thing and disperse.
4/18/2017 8:39 AM
Thanks for the tip on the jig weights Mark! I'm planning on heading to Roosevelt tomorrow to hit some of my favorite shore fishing eddies tomorrow. I usually fish these spots post-spawn on low water years so its kind of a scouting trip. I'll post the results good or bad. (Although is there ever a bad day if you get to fish?)
4/18/2017 10:57 AM
Forecast is for 1230' by April 25th, so that leaves Keller - 1229', Seven Bays - 1227', & Spring Canyon - 1222'. Hydrologic forecast is 1222.7' by April 30th, and Spring Canyon will most likely be closed then too.
4/18/2017 11:07 AM
Yep.... great time to shore fish! No pesky boaters showing up in your back eddy! LOL (I'm usually one of those boaters... I just enjoy the change of pace!)
4/18/2017 8:52 PM
Is this a Roosevelt or Rufus report?