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08/08/2017
71° - 75°
Bottom Fishing From Boat
Largemouth Bass
Green
Mostly Sunny
Plastics
Morning
71° - 75°
08/08/2017
2
661

In fairness I only had about 3-4 hours this morning. I went hoping the lake would be poppin' as I didn't have time to really get into dissecting the bite. I caught the first fish about an hour in and it wasn't just the first fish, it was the first BITE! I fished some great stuff too. It was about a 2.5 pounder and I wouldn't touch anything but dinks until I was about to leave and hooked another decent bass 3-4 pounds on an outside weed edge in 15 feet, it came unbuttoned but grabbed a Rage Craw on a 1/2 ounce tungsten.

If I had more time I am pretty sure the deeper bite was there and perhaps I should have tried it sooner but I just wanted to fun fish for a couple hours and was hauling butt for the first part of the day. The lake has been treated again by the geniuses of Skagit County, I guess they are committed to happy homeowners vs. a healthy lake that attracts anglers to spend their money in their county? Not super nasty yet but the clumps of goo the dead pads create are starting to form, the weird spaghetti grass that has exploded in this lake since the pads started getting treated years ago is really bad on the gravel side of the launch and elsewhere. May need to take my gas and food money back up to Whatcon County?!

Water temps were right around 75 and the clarity was decent with only a slight stain....All the more reason I should have tried deeper first.

B8


Comments

barbarossa13
8/8/2017 8:29:11 PM
Thanks for the post. They treated the lake to kill grass or kill off predatory fish for the trout population?
8theB8
8/8/2017 9:08:48 PM
They (the County) have been treating the lily pads for a few years now. So far the only affect it has had has been to ramp up the yearly algae blooms and allow some new weird grass to flourish. The new homeowners up there are typical "move to an existing place, then piss and moan to change it" types. You know, like the people that knowingly buy the house next to a dairy farm and then complain about the smell the day after they move in. 'Citiots' I call them but to each their own. Anyways, they (the County) tries to kill back the lily pads to please the cry babies and every year they grow right back, exactly as they were and so of course...they treat again. It's one of the most ridiculous things I have seen. Not to mention they are screwing with an established ecosystem and so far have only managed to make it worse! The new grass that's growing now is nasty nasty stuff! At least with the pads you can get away from them if you want.....this new spaghetti grass breaks up and floats all over the place and it wraps around everything!
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