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19 - Spokane Confluence to Lake Roosevelt North End Report
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02/23/2019
16° - 20°
Bottom Fishing From Boat
Walleye
Worms
Green
Cloudy
Jigs
All Day
Under 40°
03/01/2019
3
2594

This report is for last Saturday.

The road was terrible, the ice fog thick, and it was 16 deg. at Ft Spokane launch. We were morons.

Headed to the main river to hit a couple of humps that have been producing. The main river water temp was 35 deg. We ran into some ice across the river near split rock; luckily it was not thick and we were able to keep motoring upriver. Worked a series of rock humps and could only find one that was holding fish willing to bite. My guess is the water temp has really slowed down the bite and the weather this week is not going to help that situation. Dragging jigs slowly over the rock piles produced fish but most of the bites were just weight and we easily missed two times more fish then we caught which was seven out on the main river. I lost a 19" eye at the boat, too lazy to grab the net and another one, felt much larger halfway back to the boat. Never got a good enough hook set into it because I only felt some weight. By noon we decided to head up the Arm.

The water temp heading up the Arm is two degrees warmer than the main river; this should encourage the walleyes to start their trip up the Arm in the near future. We stopped at the first island and jigged down river with the current; no bites. Headed up to McCoy's and pulled jigs down the flat near the buoy; no bites here either. Last stop was the big flat at Lapham's; pulled jigs around and located a few fish in 30-35 FOW. Caught eight more eyes; only one was big enough to keep the others were just dinks. My buddy Jay had the hot hand and he also lost a quality fish, probably 5-6 lbs. based on the bend in his rod. One good head shake and the fish was gone.

Going to take a pass on this weekend based on the temps forecasted to be in the single digits; last weekend we didn't stop chipping ice out of our eyelets until about 1400.


Comments

KGood
3/1/2019 7:02:26 PM
Thanks for the report. How was the launch?
clawman
3/1/2019 8:49:51 PM
I was there today and launch is fine, better than last Sunday. I caught a dozen fish up to 4 lbs and 1 26" pike weight 4.91.
Jigs- white head and white Gulp minnow
blades- copper Cicada and gold Bass Pro Laser
Part-Time
3/2/2019 8:51:14 AM
Not Morons! Hard Core sounds way better. You were out there getting done. Thanks for the report, hopefully I will soon join the ranks of the Mor- - opps I mean Hard Core.
hewesfisher
3/3/2019 6:55:26 AM
I shared this post with a friend who's a die hard walleye angler and referred to Mark as "hard core". :-)

Much as I love to fish I draw the line at fighting iced up rod guides and Mrs Hewesfisher says that's too cold. LOL
AJ's Dad
3/4/2019 6:56:05 AM
I love it! Now I know we aren't the only ding dongs that will fish in the cold weather. The Packernut and I fished for pike on Cda Lake back in 2017 in 16 degree weather. Iced up the eyes all day long. LOst a few lures when the ice cut the braid. The 16 degrees felt warm when we got the bass boat off plane. I'm not sure what the wind chill calculated at when we were running at 60 mph but it was damn cold. I sold the bass boat and moved on to my Lund with a nice windshield. That makes it a lot warmer on the move. Way to get out there after them !!
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