McMurray Lake (Skagit County) Fishing Report
Well, this place wasn't my original target tonight but time constraints dictated I would not make the lake I wanted to fish. However, I still wanted to fish! I opted for this lake against my better judgement as it's really gone downhill over the last few years. I don't know what has happened? I have fished it early, mid and late season and it's just been terrible! One here, one there type thing. Ten years ago it was a place to go catch twenty plus and maybe a three pounder, now it's a place to go and hope you see a bass or two.
I had two strikes in the one lap I bothered making. The first was right out of the gate and I watched the entire thing unfold! I threw really shallow with a swim jig and as I was retrieving it, I got some grass on it, as I was bouncing the rod tip to shake the grass off...swoosh! Out of the grass shot a 2-3lb largemouth in two feet of water and grabbed my bait! Unfortunately he only had it broadside and I think only had the skirt? Because I saw and felt it, I instinctively set the hook and out flew my jig and away swam the bass!
The next bite came on the end of a dock and it felt small and was a clean miss. I continued around and threw jigs, swim jigs, flukes, drop shots, spinnerbait, Texas rigs, Senkos, grubs and fished from shoreline out to 30 feet at spots and didn't have so much as another nibble?! This lake should have offered up at the very least a couple little guys?? Something has changed and it just isn't right...
I will be scratching this little lake off my bass fishing list for a few years! It's a bummer too cause it's close to my house...but so are about nine other lakes that are much more worth the time. Wish I would have been able to stick to my original plan but maybe tomorrow night? I have already pretty much figured out where I will end up this weekend :)
10/30/2018 7:48 PM
I got one bite and one fish today. 10" largie on a crankbait. Nothing on a dropshot. I might not even fish thru the winter this year as last winter it was terrible. Give me a chance to catch up on my beauty sleep. lol
10/30/2018 8:04 PM
10/30/2018 8:09 PM
I'm starting to notice a pattern of lakes that get sprayed for weed removal every year. First the crappies disappear or are diminished, then the bass fishing starts to decline,,,I think this same thing happened to Big Lake, adult bass are still there but the younger fish are not as abundant. I've noticed this same decline at Mcmurray.
8 theB8 you are right on the money in your analysis!
10/31/2018 4:36 AM
10/31/2018 8:17 AM
Could over fishing be an issue? Seems the more popular lakes have less fish. And with population overload on the west side of the state I've seen lots of lake get less and less bassy. Also our state tries to put trout 1st. I've seen good lakes on the east side get poisoned to make trout lakes, but always end up with bass again a few years later
10/31/2018 8:55 AM
10/31/2018 12:14 PM
Thanks for the daily report. You're not weird, just not a trout fanatic. River fishing for trout is fun, but lakes are much better for bass. Yeah, I would rather be catching, than just fishing. Getting a big jarring tug unexpectedly makes it all the better when you've been catching some smaller ones. All good in my book.
10/31/2018 2:03 PM
10/31/2018 2:45 PM
I have seen people who go out and harvest bass, usually people who keep what they catch and have no idea about the regs of course. It's not often but when you see that fisherman keeping bass they just try to obliterate them it seems. I did catch a 6lber pit of McMurray a year or 2 ago, but before that usually not much over 2 lbs. I've been targeting larger lakes now that I have my 18ft alumaweld and not just my pontoon. When I'd fish small lakes I'd catch 10-30 bass a day it seemed, mostly small though. It's been brutal for me the last month or so, but I also only fish about 6 hours 1 day a week (on the weekend) so a little harder to get dialed in sometimes. I should post more... Ive posted some 1 star reports though and people were rude so it just has kept me away from reports alot. But all reports I find helpful so much appreciated! I'll try to get back into the reports soon though. Maybe this year or come spring.
10/31/2018 5:04 PM
10/31/2018 6:08 PM