Fishing Reports

This June is going to go down as one of the best in recent memory! Lake trout are taking up most of the space in fisherman's coolers right now but a few kings and steelhead are still hanging around to make things exciting. Not much has changed in regards to locations or baits over the past few weeks with 8" Chrome Spin Dr's and Paddles with yellow or green spots and a similarly decorated Whirly Gig or Spin'N'Glo trailing it taking the lions share of the trout. A notable pattern that has emerged lately though is the that the larger trout have been suspended 10-30 foot off bottom so if you want to clean fewer fish and have more on the table raise your rigs up a bit.

Salmon and steelhead continue to be caught from 30-70 foot down on a variety of spoons, the silver Jager Bomb on an 8 color lead core rig has worked well for a friend. My suggestion for the guy that isn't interested in fishing lake trout would be to get on the water with lines in by 5 am, load up with some glow spoons and a couple meat rigs and fish the 80-120 FOW range. A trip offshore may be worth a shot too but I haven't heard of anyone leaving fish to find them lately. I did receive a hot tip on steelhead. A couple of cold beverages loosened up a fisherman's lips enough to get him to admit to catching some nice steelhead this past week in 30 - 40 FOW. He had the place to himself as most of us were a couple miles west of him. I haven't heard much from the pier crowd and I haven't seen any fish being taken as I've traveled through the channel but it makes sense that they'd be there. The warm weather that has arrived might change things up a bit but with the thermocline still high you should be able to stay inside of 50 FOW this weekend and find some chrome bullets willing to hit the brightest orange/chrome spoons, orange/gold spoons and red/black spoons and Thin Fins you own. You may have to tangle with the occasional drum or catfish but it's worth a shot.

My last bit of advice, it's going to be dangerously hot for doing any kind of yard work this weekend so you can tell your wife that it's in the best interest of your health to go fishing! See ya out there!



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