Sammamish Lake (King County) Fishing Report
At 1207 and 10ft, caught a hatchery landlocked coho (first pic) with clipped and healed adipose fin (second pic). I tend to think kokanee have not figured out self-clipping yet, so I go with a coho. Then the lake went radio silent for about two hours.
Around 1400, I was in the Weber point area and noted a few risers (just a few). Kept my setup at 5 ft. I heard a theory that smaller fish feeds on bugs and larger hanging round a bit deeper. At 1429, I get a nice cut with some colors in 14-15” range (third pic). Not sure if it confirms the theory but the fish was caught.
Proceeded trolling at 5 ft and got a salmonid at 1437 (forth pic). It could be a kokanee or a coho. For me personally, that fish’s mouth did not look like fragile and soft kokanee mouth but it is a moot point because of the fin.
Proceeded trolling at 5 ft and caught a really nice cutthroat in 16” (conservatively) range at 1506 (fifth and sixth pics). Nice thick back. There was a little 6” fierce for its size cutthroat between the salmonid and the cutthroat but I did not bother to take a pic. Kept trolling for other half an hour with some hits but no hook ups.
I rated the trip four starts because a rating is directly proportional to a number of fish caught or even kept – for most people I tend to think it is the case. However, it was truly five star trip with given very nice weather and almost complete solitude on the water (saw just 5 or 6 boats at good distance). I was using a pink beaded spinner the whole trip.
1/1/2019 10:28 PM
I think you must have been fishing near us in that time period. I started out shallow, but marked fish deeper and ended up consistently catching from 25 to 35ft the most. Had a couple of doubles and almost a triple at one time, so decent fishing although it was a bit quiet between fish. Didn't catch very many coho. Not that it mattered to me, as I wasn't keeping any fish. But we all had fun on a nice day on the water and catching was the icing on the cake.
1/1/2019 10:54 PM
I am so very jealous and will make it back out there soon. Calm winter days on the water are so beautiful on Sammamish.
1/2/2019 1:22 AM
Great report! That fish that you are curious on is a coho. It’s wild, so it can’t be kept but it is a gorgeous fish!
Fantastic seeing success! Great fishing and tight lines!
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1/2/2019 5:22 AM
Looked up Weber Point....is that not more north than midlake? I saw a few boats working West to East about a mile up from the launch. Silver and Blue and a White and Black boats. Also were you practicing C&R? If so, Santa forgot to bring you a C&R net. Their well worth it IMHO....no tangle ups with the fishes gills plates, teeth and hooks. Most importantly it does a much better job protecting the fish.
1/2/2019 8:48 AM
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I must be doing something wrong. I was the white boat with black trim and a wakeboard tower. I didn't touch a fish all day trolling spoons at 35, 20, or 60ft (the three zones I was marking fish in). Maybe I'm going too fast? I noticed my trolling motor quick release mount wasn't sitting properly and was loose, so I just used my main motor and the slowest I could get to was 2.9mph. Anyone here want to join me sometime and teach me how to troll properly? I will provide the boat and beer. I just need some help. Same goes for when it's time to chase bass in a few months. I am great on the rivers with my fly rod, but I need some help on the lake.
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1/4/2019 7:01 PM
Definitely going to look into drift socks. Thanks everyone! Also, if anyone wants to get out and fish, let me know.
1/2/2019 6:49 PM
i gotta add, I love the pictures of the fin clip. i have been talking to some members on my previous posts and have been in some discussions of the differences.
the main salmonoid problem people should have is distinguishing between a coho and a chinook. if it is not a cutt and has a fin, it has to go back regardless. then you can work on deciphering between the species.
tight lines brother!