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American Lake Report
Pierce County, WA

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03/09/2019
Bottom Fishing From Boat
Rainbow Trout
scented plastics
Green
Mostly Sunny
Hook & Bait
Morning
46° - 50°
03/11/2019
5
1506

Went out to American Saturday to check out some smallmouth action and changed the plan after figuring out that all the fish on the graph were Rainbow trout. I had the pleasure of hooking up with Tim and Andy around 7:30 at the Tillicum boat ramp. My plan was to be there at 6:30 am but it was so cold that it took me an extra 45 minutes just to get thru my frozen gate and free the frozen pin on my trailer. We started fishing a little after 8:00 am and it did take us long to figure out it was going to be a tough smallmouth bite. We started out by looking for schools of Perch in depths of 65' to 30' with no luck. I started seeing a few fish tight to the bottom and the occasional dive by which I assumed were trout. Now when I say tight to the bottom I mean they were belly in the mud tight. I figure that must be a smallmouth, so I drop shot down 35' and game on. I get an instant hookup only to lose the fish before ever seeing what it was. So we continue down the bank and sure enough, we see another mark and power shot down. This time the fish stays pinned and it a solid Rainbow. Needless to say, we change our game plan and it paid off. All I can say is limits weren't the problem, it was deciding whether or not I wanted to clean fish when I got home.
It was one of the best winter days fishing American Lake I've had in a long time. I was happy to share the deck with both Andy and Tim and I'm sure none of us will forget the winter day we spent fishing for smallmouth and limiting on Rainbows.


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Mike Carey
3/12/2019 7:16:51 AM
William, did you know you can add the embed code to your report and the video player will show? I can add it if you'd like
que
3/12/2019 9:28:08 AM
I didn't know that. Let me try.
que
3/12/2019 9:31:09 AM
well, that didn't work.
que
3/12/2019 9:30:23 AM
Here is the link. I dont see a way to edit the report.
EJ_Cal
3/12/2019 10:08:05 AM
Nice, how far up was your hook from your weight?
que
3/12/2019 1:54:15 PM
Maybe a foot at the most.
Bradidea250
3/12/2019 7:23:55 PM
Thanks for the report and video!
FishingTenor
3/13/2019 11:55:07 AM
Loved your inspiring report and video!
Mike Carey
3/17/2019 8:44:54 AM
William, on the YouTube page for your video is a tab that is called "Share". Click on that, then select the option "Embed". Copy the lines of code you see either by highlighting and left-clicking your mouse, or there is a "copy" link under the code. Just add this code when you type up your report. You can't do this after the report is posted, Admin has to do it. Although as you found you can add it to the comments.
NW_Fisherman
4/16/2019 8:26:41 AM
We had the best luck working the perch at 80ft. My fish finder barely had any clear space on it. That was about 2 months ago. Fished the lake for 3 days with family and got over 70 perch and had plenty of fish fry's since then. At that time the trout were pretty hard to catch. Going to attempt to get some trout this Friday.
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