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Whatcom Lake Report
Whatcom County, WA

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06/06/2018
66° - 70°
Fly Fishing
Smallmouth Bass
Streamer
Yellow
Mostly Sunny
Fly Rod
Evening
06/06/2018
5
1366

Wow, one of the most memorable 3.5 hours and 7 fish days I've ever had. I went by myself to lake Whatcom for the first time tonight to try and get my first smallmouth bass on a fly rod. I had the boat wet by 5:30 and headed west from to target the old pilings just off from the park. On my 2nd Cast I had a strong bite and started fighting a good fish. I thought I was surely going to have an impressive start to my bass flyfishing career when out of the water jumped a big cutthroat with the bass fly hanging on its lip. I fought it to the net and snapped a quick picture before sending it back. My new personal best cutthroat on the fly! The very next cast I hooked into another respectable cutthroat that pit up a heck of a show jumping across the surface. I tried for a while to get another trout, but the school had either moved on or been spooked enough to go off the bite.

I returned my focus to bass and started working docks northward. I did manage to get one bass to come out and take my fly, so the skunk is off me, but I left plenty of room to improve on size. I kept working docks for a while longer, but soon gave into my curiosity to check out what kokanee opportunity there was on the north end of the lake, trading my flyrod for a spinnig rod.

I found some schools of kokanee suspended 40' deep in 80' of water. They turned out to be willing biters, and I managed to get 4 in the cooler before it was time to head home. Size was smaller than samish, but not by much.

What a night on the lake. Hard to believe that I've been fishing whatcom county lakes over a year and have managed to miss out on this one until now. I will be back and soon.


Comments

bob johansen
6/7/2018 7:14:32 AM
Nice report - and some nice fish. Nice photos except the one on the right side looks to be up-side down.
branweeds
6/7/2018 2:32:52 PM
Awesome report! I think I saw you out there last night. I hit the dock lines for smallies with my buddy from kayaks, and saw you heading in around 8:30 or so? We did pretty good as well, but I didn't bring my fly rod along. Poppers and Jerkbaits landed me a couple three (+) pounders.
Kisutch
6/7/2018 3:14:07 PM
Yeah, I did see a couple kayaks last night, you probably did see me in a gray inflatable. I have a popper fly I would like to catch a bass on, good to know that there's some topwater action in the evenimgs!
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