First time out to the big lake for my dad and me this year. Launched out of Bellevue. Lines in at 1100 am fished several different spoons to start, tried a few hard lures and wedding ring dodger combo's. Marked fish and bait, but not many bites. Motored down to the south end of mercer = cedar river area around 1 or two and ran a brads kokanee cut plug on my rod with a hoochie dodger combo on my dads. All 3 of todays 15-16 inch cutts came in on my dad's rod with a 2 oz snap weight, After the first fish broke the smile blade pink hoochie in the net, I switched him up to a uv dodger green wiggle hoochie combo to catch two more. I had no bites all day ..... scientifically chasing fish with my downrigger ball. Somehow I always seem to give hime the hot setup. We left at 3pm with 3 fish to show for 4 hours of fishing. Actually a pretty decent day for early march and 44 degree surface temp. Beautiful weather but choppy water conditions all day.