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King County, WA

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12/05/2017
41° - 45°
Trolling
Cutthroat Trout
Silver-Gold
Mostly Sunny
Spoons
Morning
46° - 50°
12/05/2017
5
2213

Yesterday I contacted Russ Elgin of Elgin Fishing to let him know I was thinking about trying for some Kokanee today on Stevens, he replied with "Why don't we go to Sammamish and try for some Cutthroat?" We got a little bit of a late start this morning, fog, traffic etc., but finally arrived at the lake around 9:30 or so and were fishing by 10. Before we headed out we saw Quadfather had just posted a report on Sammamish, so we took the advice he had given and schooled up some on what FastAction Guide Service (Paul Lewis) has written about winter time Sammamish fishing. We found what we were looking for, birds gathered in a specific area, and a few midges buzzing around. Set our lines down and got down to business.

Business wound up being no bites for a period of time. We were checking out the top 15 feet of the water column and coming up blank. Then, on a whim I dropped my line down to 25 feet, and no more than 30 seconds later, fish on! A very short time later Russ gets a fish on after dropping to about 25 feet. Just as his fish gets on the line, I get a takedown, we've got a double! Action would be like this the rest of the day. We would get bit a few times, then have to move. As a post stated from earlier in the week, the fish are a bit scattered. They are biting, you just need to go into search mode a bit. It was get a couple, then move.

In the end we landed 13 fish, kept 8 between us, and released the rest. I did land a small 10 inch or so baby Chinook that was released on a prototype God's Tooth Spoon Russ had given me prior to Coho season to mess around with. Spoon is a dark purple with pink spots. I was pulling the spoon trailing a micro gang troll. We messed around quite a bit trying out different God's Tooth set ups throughout the day. The hot patterns and set up in the end wound up being a 50/50 brass/nickel Elgin Fishing God's Tooth Spoon rigged up Kokanee style (Elgin Fishing has a tutorial on the website on how to rig the spoons up for Kokanee) pulled behind a moon jelly Yakima Bait FST dodger, and Russ had the most success with a prototype God's Tooth in Red/White stripe (due out in 2018) ran on slow action. Other patterns also caught fish, such as the 50/50 brass/nickel ran on fast action, and there may have been a few more. So many different patterns and different ways to set up these spoons. Fun experimenting and finding different combos that work.

Long trip for me, but a fun day all the same. I don't know how you folks that live in the Seattle Metro area keep your sanity with that traffic. Took me over 3 hours to get home!

Video shows most of the action from today.


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rmrauscher
12/6/2017 8:00:35 AM
Fantastic day!! You are right about the traffic. It really sucks. Sammamish is a pain to get to but worth the effort. Takes me an hour and a half to get there in the morning and about the same to get home. WAAAAA!
JoshH
12/6/2017 12:14:58 PM
The fishing was worth the traffic frustration.. barely! :)
ElginFishing
12/6/2017 11:35:29 AM
Awesome video and report! Great hanging out with you again, will have to do it again:)
JoshH
12/6/2017 12:10:52 PM
Yes fun day. Always up for spending the morning on the water!
Still trying
12/6/2017 11:42:38 AM
Nice fish gentlemen. Josh what size spinners are you using? Elgin how do I get a color scheme to you so you can try it?
JoshH
12/6/2017 12:14:07 PM
No spinners for me, I exclusively used the God's Tooth, in a few different patterns and set up a couple of different ways. I did at the end use a small 4 inch dodger with about 14 inches of leader to the God's Tooth set up with a Kokanee type rigging. The Kokanee God's Tooth set up I get from Reli lures through www.zombietinder.com
ElginFishing
12/6/2017 12:37:55 PM
You can send me an email at russ@elginfishing.com with a description or can draw a God's Tooth on a piece of paper and put in the colors/pattern and take a photo of it and email to me as well.
Still trying
12/6/2017 1:21:16 PM
Josh when you were releasing the fish about 8 minutes into the video you had several items on your main line. It looked liked red and white blades. Sorry I didn't mean spinners.
JoshH
12/6/2017 1:24:40 PM
Oh yea that was just a micro pop gear/gang troll.
Still trying
12/6/2017 1:21:42 PM
Thanks guys for the information.
motley
12/6/2017 2:56:43 PM
Dang nice work gentlemen!!! I only live fifteen minutes from the lake looks like I need to get my dad out there! Great report
JoshH
12/6/2017 10:42:06 PM
Only my 2nd time on the lake. but from what I understand fishing should start picking up as the month goes on. Look for birds gathered on the water and fish that area. You should see some midges flying around and a lot of husks in the water from when they emerge, then play around a bit with depth until you find where they are biting at.
Busterdog3!
12/12/2017 6:46:37 PM
Hey Josh those fish look a lot healthier in size then the ones up here in big lake I may try to get down there this weekend
JoshH
12/12/2017 7:19:06 PM
Yea fish average 14-17 inches, chance of larger. Looooooong drive though for us North enders. Huge lake, don't be afraid to move if you haven't been bit in 30 minutes. Can't use the 2 pole endorsement there. Definitely recommend the trip though, it's worth it.
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