Clear Lake (Skagit County) Fishing Report




I grew up in Mount Vernon, but somehow never fished Clear Lake. Went swimming there a lot. Decided to give this lake a try for the first time. Read some past reports here, loaded up the Hobie and headed out. Not a real early start for me, around 9am by the time I had lines in the water.


To start off I decided to troll the whole lake to get a feel for where the fish were, how deep it was where etc. I spent a little bit of time chasing quite a few marks down near bottom towards the south end of the lake, which wound up being crappie. After a bit of exploring, I pretty much got dialed in to the lake and began catching fish. When I arrived, the water clarity was not very good, a foot or less of visibility. I assumed that I would need something extra flash like a dodger on my line to get the attention of the fish, this wound up not being the case. Fish were all caught at about the 5 foot depth mark. There was a hatch happening almost the whole time I was out and fish were slurping on the surface.


A 50/50 Elgin Fishing God's Tooth Spoon did the majority of the work. No dodger on it, no bait, just right out of the package. On the other line I ran a variety of set ups, incliding a wedding ring/worm/dodger combo, dodger/woolley bugger, a little mini gang troll with a wedding ring and worm etc. I got 1 on a God's tooth pink kokanee set up, and 1 at the end on a God's Tooth orange top spoon.


Speed seemed to be around 1.5 to get the fish, and the water temp was around 48 all morning.


Video shows the fish from the morning, plus 1 that I lost because I was on the phone with my wife and did't realize I had a fish on until it surface to let me know.


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dutchman2858
12/2/2018 7:30 PM
I've fished Clear quite often for bass, but never for trout. Sounds like a good option for this time of year! Thanks for the report.
 
JoshH
12/2/2018 9:22 PM
Yea the skagit/whatcom/snohomish area is tough to find lakes that peoduce in the winter
ElginFishing
12/2/2018 8:10 PM
Excellent report and video Josh! I enjoyed the video close ups of the fish and your usual thorough explanation of how your outing went. Definitely some nice fat ones :-)
 
JoshH
12/2/2018 9:23 PM
Thanks Russ, read your winter report from there a few years ago to help convince me to give it a go!
Salmon King
12/2/2018 9:17 PM
Great report Josh...enjoyed the video too! I’ll have to get me some of those Wlgin lures I guess!! You said you marked Crappie? I was unaware they had them in that lake. I knew of the Bass, Rainbows and Cuts. But I’ve never heard of anyone getting any Crappie from here. That’s good to know fir when the trout have lockjaw.
 
JoshH
12/2/2018 9:20 PM
Definitely a crappie. Check out about the 3rd clip.or so in the video
Salmon King
12/9/2018 11:34 AM
Yup...I seen that. Now I have to wonder if they have any size to them. I searched all of the reports I can find fir Crappie in Clear Lake but didn’t find anyone that actually targeted them. If anyone reading this knows, PLEASE...let me know. I’ll be going there to try for them in early Spring...I have no idea what to use to go after them in the colder winter months...
 
JoshH
12/9/2018 3:27 PM
I am pretty sure I saw them all stacked near bottom 50 feet of water towards the south end. I'd try dropping a lttle crappie jig about 7-10 foot from bottom. I haven't tried targeting crappie though in 30 years, and that was always in the spring, so I am definitely no expert.
Salmon King
12/9/2018 11:34 AM
Yup...I seen that. Now I have to wonder if they have any size to them. I searched all of the reports I can find fir Crappie in Clear Lake but didn’t find anyone that actually targeted them. If anyone reading this knows, PLEASE...let me know. I’ll be going there to try for them in early Spring...I have no idea what to use to go after them in the colder winter months...
Salmon King
12/9/2018 11:36 AM
Josh... I don’t have a Hobie (boy do I wish!) but I have a 10’ Pontoon if you’re interested in having a buddy boat out there with you sometime give me a shout!
Salmon King
12/9/2018 11:37 AM
Josh... I don’t have a Hobie (boy do I wish!) but I have a 10’ Pontoon if you’re interested in having a buddy boat out there with you sometime give me a shout!