Fishing Reports


Fill up your gas tank and get ready for a boat ride, maybe. The last few days have been a continuation of the search and destroy type fishing pattern we've had lately. Friday morning we had excellent fishing for large kings, steelhead (we caught a very acrobatic 15 pounder) and lake trout in the 200 - 240 foot range with plenty of baitfish in the area and calm weather to keep the fish from wandering, or so I thought. By Saturday morning the only thing in that depth range was boats and empty water. The bait and hungry fish slid out to the 275 - 300 foot plus area and were active from the surface all the way down to 100 foot. By evening the best fishing moved out to 295 - 310 feet where good numbers of nice size coho's and steelhead found their way into the cooler. In the top 40 our best producers were the standard size Stinger spoons in the Gold Watermelon, Orange Crush, Mixed Veggies and NBK patterns. Below that the Jager Bomb, Blue Dolphin, Green Dolphin and more Gold Watermelons in the same Stinger and Dreamweaver Super Slim sizes were very effective. Spin Dr.'s worked very well for us this weekend on the 450 copper with the chrome/green 8" Spin Dr. with a Green Bead Mirage by Action Fly being the best combo. Try the white with glow/Mt.Dew tape with a Pickled Sunshine fly earlier in the morning on your wire divers around 140' back on magnum Dipsies as that was usually good for a fish or two as well. With all of the steelhead around, don't be afraid to try a faster troll as the morning wears on. 3.2 - 3.4 mph worked well late morning on Saturday. The big question remaining for this week is where the fish will settle in at after today's storms and a day or so of north winds. We'll be out several times during the week and I'll try to get you another update by Friday.

Impromptu contests in the marina have had mixed results this week but bass fishing with rubber worms in a pine green and white combo was effective. The method was to hook the worm in the middle of the body and toss it around docks and allow it to settle slowly. No added weight was used. The occasional small bluegill and small catfish were caught by just dangling leaf and red worms straight down off the dock while sitting in a chair and enjoying your favorite ice cold beverage. Big sheep head, as well as a variety of other fish including bass, pike and walleye, are biting well in the channel and on Spring Lake while trolling crank baits in lighter colored shad patterns.

Enjoy the comfortable weather the next couple days and we look forward to seeing you out on the water!

Matt Whitney


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