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Hello,

It's hard to believe but the fishing right now has at times been as hot as the weather! This past weekend plenty of nice kings and excellent numbers of large steelhead provided excitement for anglers on the lake. The cool water temps had fish showing up from the pier heads out to 140 feet of water. We stayed in the 50 foot range all morning and had 17 fish on and felt lucky to boat 9. The steelhead were putting on an aerial display that rivaled Sea Worlds best show and were escaping more often than not. The fun is still going strong but conditions are changing quickly. Last night on a four hour trip we found warmer water with the low 60 temps stretching all the way down to the 80 ft depth. The good news is that the fish didn't seem to mind the slightly warmer water. Immediately after setting lines at 6 we hit a pair of 14 lb kings and the fishing remained steady up until shortly before 9 when the fish went on a binge and things really heated up. When it was done we had boated 7 kings with 5 of them between 11 and 17 lbs, 4 steelhead around 9 lbs each and a nice lake trout. Another 8 fish didn't hang around to have their picture taken. The best area for us was between 105 and 125 feet of water. 5 and 7 color lead cores with a Gold Watermelon Stinger and the Orange Sparkle Dreamweaver spoons, wire divers between 140 and 160 ft back with 8" green Spin Dr.'s with the Pickled Sunshine fly and our center downrigger set at 100' with the White/Fish scale 11" Paddle with the Frosted Poofster fly were the rigs that took multiple hits. Blue Dolphins and glow spoons on downriggers at 60 and 70 feet, a full core and a 450 copper also took shots. The strong current continued to affect trolling directions and speeds with northwest, south and e/ne courses being the most productive.

The warmer water has had a predictable effect on the pier fishing for steelhead and it cut the catch down considerably. Fortunately the "warm water" isn't all that warm yet though and a few fish continue to be caught. Alewives and shrimp remain top choices for bait.

Bluegill fisherman are reporting lots of smaller fish in the shallows but a little patience in water 5' - 8' deep is paying off as some larger fish can be found there. Tear drops with wax worms on ultra-light tackle early and late in the day are the hot ticket. Bass fishing around the marina has been steady the past few days but not great. Catfish seem to be going on a fast in our area as they continue to ignore everything including scraps from the prime rib I snagged off the neighbors grill the other evening. Hopefully he doesn't read this report. 

With the forecast showing some cooler weather and north winds arriving soon, the fishing on the lake, including the waters around the pier, will probably slow for a couple days and then pick right back up as the cool waters move back in our direction. A little cool weather should help the inland action too.

Have a great week and I hope to see you on the water soon.

Matt

 

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