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Name: Northriverkilla Date: March 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished across from Speeylai bay and no action. We were flat lining and using down riggers 30-10 ft on the wire. We moved west down towards the dam trolling .9-1.7 mph with no luck. We picked up and went to the dam about 12:00, as we dropped down we noticed the 4 other boats around had nets flying. Our flat liner got bit then the down riggers at about 10-15 ft got bit. Good action for about an hour or so then died off. Used pop gear, sling blades, orange and pink mini squids and wedding rings.Finished with 7 Kokanee. Water temp 47 deg at the dam midday.
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Name: uplandsandpiper Date: December 19, 2013 Rating:
 
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I always have a difficult time rating my experience on any one lake. Do you rate based on quantity or quality? Sometimes one good fish is all it takes to make the difference between "meh" and "hell yeah!". Today was one of those days. I awoke to sub-freezing temperatures after a night of freezing fog. I crept to the Speelyai launch in my trusted Subie with only a few slips here and there. After thawing my transducer I successfully launched and was fishing by 9:30 AM. The entire reservoir was my own except for a few loons and bufflehead. A vibrant sun burned overhead with little competition from thin cirrus clouds and with no wind the lake was a mirror.

I immediately hooked into several chinook smolts, some clipped and some unclipped, and with kid gloves returned them from where they came. I also found a few intermittent kokes <11" and also returned them in hopes of reconnecting with them in April with a few more inches. Around 11 AM my rod was slammed violently by a fish. Line went spooling off and I tightened the drag expecting a typical 15-17" rainbow which this lake typically produces but after several minutes I was greeted with 21.5" 4 lb rainbow! After some coaxing the fish was in the net and I was as happy as I can be (see the grin on my face in the video for evidence).

The wind started whipping up around 1 PM and I called it quits. Not my quantitatively most productive day on Merwin but not one I will soon forget.

Best Fishes to Everyone and To All A Good Fight! Tight Lines and Happy Holidays!

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Name: uplandsandpiper Date: November 17, 2013 Rating:
 
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A friend and I fished Merwin today from our kayaks. We were targeting primarily kokanee. I was running two rods with a long-lined rod at 100' no weight and a green Shasta tackle dodger with a green spinner hoochie on one rod and a opalescent Shasta tackle dodge with a pink hoochie with 1 oz eight at 30 pulls. My friend was running a Rocky Mt Dodge Pink Hyper dodger with a pink uv glow hoochie.

We trolled out of Speelyai bay primarily at 1 to 1.5 mph. While we both received several hits I'm the only one who boated fish. Two kokanee took the pink hoochie with the Shasta tackle dodger and two nice sized trout (17" & 18") were caught on the green hoochie. The 17" trout hit like a freight train. It was my friends first kayak and kokanee trip and she didn't boat a single fish which was kind of bummer. Sent her home with my catch. Hopefully she has paid her dues for next time.
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Name: uplandsandpiper Date: November 13, 2013 Rating:
 
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Fished Merwin reservoir today from my kayak. Had a consistent bite for most of the day. The morning started out with two back to back chinook smolts which I promptly released. Both bit a pink hoochie tipped with corn. Afterward there was a flurry of bites on a shallow running green hoochie including a fat 13" kokanee and several rainbow trout in the 10-12" range. I threw most of those back unless they were mortally wounded (they inhale those hoochies sometimes). There was a minor lull between 10 and 11 in the morning and then it picked back up with another kokanee, several come unhinged, more small trout, and a nice 17" trout.

Fished my standard kayak kokanee rig which is 1 green hoochie behind a green sling blade, no weight, 40 pulls. Second rod a opalescent sling blade with a pink hoochie, 1 oz, 30 pulls. All are tipped with corn and juiced with krill smelly jelly. Trolled 1.25 to 1.7 mph.
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Name: uplandsandpiper Date: November 08, 2013 Rating:
 
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This is my first report on Washingtonlakes.com! I fished Merwin Reservoir from my Hobie Revolution kayak. The weather was decent with overcast skies, occasional light rain, and virtually no wind. My goal was to find some kokanee and I wasn't disappointed. I trolled at 1 to 1.5 mph right out of Speelyai bay. I ran two rods with one long lined 75 feet back with no weight green slingblade flasher with a green hoochie tipped with corn. The other rod was run with a 1 oz weight 50 feet back with an opalescent slingblade and a pink hoochie tipped with corn and filled with krill scent. The bite was consistent but not on fire between 8 and 11 AM and then dropped off. I picked up 3 kokanee on the pink hoochie and 1 rainbow on the green. These were my first kokanee I have ever caught in the PNW so that was pretty exciting. I trolled until 1 PM but never got touched after 11 AM.

I put together a little youtube video from my trip.

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Name: wallab44 Date: July 27, 2013 Rating:
 
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Went up by Dam as previous week and not a hit but charted fish. Got a 4lb Bow at the point which shocked my wife and I. Launched out of the water and put up a good fight. Then all went silent until we got across from the houses and in about 90 ft of water hooked up. Changed to a pink hootchie and picked up 4 in a row. Continued to launch and thought how some days are just quiet like this one. Was a good lesson for me.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: July 15, 2013 Rating:
 
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JoAnn and I went on our much anticipated trip to lake Merwin. We left early Saturday (arrived and boat on the water by 9:30am) and stayed until Monday 5pm. I was running numbers in my head, making grandiose hopes/predications, and talking about hitting Yale to catch the additional fish allowed there. JoAnn listened to my excited fishing talk with patience and told me to just wait and see how it goes. Considering last year’s success I figured two day possession limit of 40 kokanee was practically already in the cooler. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself…

We fished four rods, stacked and staggered depths. I started out with wedding rings and hoochie rigs, and used corn on all, plus either shrimp or mealworms. Ultimately as the trip progressed I weeded out the wedding rings and the meal worms, and settled in on hoochie rigs with shrimp. I used small dodgers or sling blades in various colors. I had forgotten my gps handheld and my phone app was so-so, but I would say we trolled 1.0-1.8 for the trip.

Saturday I figured even with the late start we’d get some in the morning, take a break, and catch more in the afternoon. Well, the morning was pretty brutal and discouraging; to the point that I wondered if we would need to go somewhere else. I saw little action around us. We caught one 12” fish and that was it. Ouch! We took our 3 hour siesta and got back at it at 3pm, fishing until 6:30pm. The PM bite was actually better and we caught another four fish, making it five for day one. 35 fish to go, I was feeling better and thinking that the crack of dawn bite would be back to the Merwin lake fishing I knew and loved. I did note, the fish seem to be running a bit smaller, more in the 12” range, a few 14” and a rare 15”. Maybe Chelan spoiled me!

Sunday morning – lines in the water at 5:20am, fishing hard. Lot’s of fish on the fish finder. And lot’s of pike minnows. Yuck, more than last year that’s for sure. And smaller kokanee. We fished depths ranging from 35 to 70 feet, covering the water column well with our downriggers. Ended up with three fish – are you kidding me? Last year we did 10 by noon and done, gone to Yale. This year the limit is ten each. OK, a nice on the water lunch at our favorite little cover we duck into, take a siesta break, and back on the water from 3-6pm. Wow! Another nice evening bite, especially around 4:3-5pm. I was jumping from rod to rod, handing them off to JoAnn, netting away… we caught another 9 fish – and some good, quality 14”. I found it interesting that these bigger fish, so quiet in the morning, became very active late in the afternoon. The bite totally died off at 6pm and we headed in. Fish count now 17.

Monday, our last day. I now knew the pattern the lake was fishing, and locations that seemed to be a bit better, and where there was little action. I knew the morning would be marginal and that we were waiting on the afternoon to save the day. As expected, Monday morning it was again slow, maybe a bit better, but mostly smaller 10-11” fish. Not keepers, back they went to get bigger. I knew I was waiting for the afternoon bite. We did hit one nice 14” fish up by the Marina at noon- what was he doing biting at that time? Break time and then back at it at 3pm. I should mention a word about weather. We had sunny, pleasant (low 80s) weather the whole trip. It was really nice! But about noon each day, the wind would start coming up and blowing hard, to the point of white caps. About the only easy way to troll at this point would be with the wind at your stern. Which worked out really well as our cove is at the far end of the lake. So we would get back out on the water, point toward the boat launch, and let the wind propel us down lake, using the kicker to keep us on track. I almost at one point decided to put out the sea anchor to slow us, but we never got above 2.0mph so I decided to let us drift/troll. It keeps the stupid pike minnow at bay, but the koks still would hit the gear, even with a bit faster troll. Fishing this way we covered from the upper lake boat marina back to the Speelyai launch in about 3 hours.

For some reason, Monday broke our pattern. We got a couple 12” fish and lost a nice fish, but it was quiet. With a long drive ahead I decided to call it a day at 5pm.

Our final tally for fish caught was 21 keepers, including two very nice 14" trout. We probably caught our limits in released smaller fish. As you can see from the pictures, the hot hoochie color this trip was black. BTW< I also tried an apex and a thin blade needle rainbow colored spoon and got a few that way, just to try to keep of the pike minnows. I don’t know, maybe I was spoiled from last year. We got a nice mess of fish, but I came away somewhat disappointed. My expectations were way too high JoAnn told me.

In summary, Merwin (at least on this trip) is fishing tougher, but still there are quality fish swimming around. Oh, one post note. I spoke with an old-timer lake regular who informed me that he did very well and asked if I had gang trolls, stating the fish wanted more flash. So I did at one point try some smile blade gang trolls I had. And, I did see others using the gang trolls and catching fish. That said, I absolutely HATE the way gang trolls kill the fish fight. It’s like pulling in a bunch of hardware and barely feeling the fish fight. I won’t fish that way. I’d rather catch less and enjoy the fight more.
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Name: wallab44 Date: July 11, 2013 Rating:
 
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Fished Merwin with brother in laws and my wife. Had 2 poles in the water at all times but my wife and I didn't fish. We fished up by the Dam to the point and caught many fish (22) with most of them being 13-15 inches. Problem is getting snagged using down riggers set at 45 ft. We used green/translucent white hootchies with double tandom hooks tip with corn. Never changed colors / depth all day and consistently had action. Never made it to the houses since there was so much action at the point. We hugged the shore in about 90 ft but terrain changes so fast that easy to get hung up. Lost at least a dozen and had numerous other hits. . Great day for my bro-in- laws while I watched. Was going to try a green wedding ring with chrome smiley blade but no use with all the action. No pics but family memeber did have camera. He said it's either fishing or pics...he chose fishing.
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Name: Maddgrinch Date: May 25, 2013 Rating:
 
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Good day fsihing. Bigs ran 14" and hefty. Used alot of different colors thru the day but combo pink, white, yellow hooch was the most productive. Most where caught from 25' to 45' deep.
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Name: wallab44 Date: May 20, 2013 Rating:
 
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Have not fished for a year at Merwin so tried our skill and came away delighted. Started about 3/4 of the way up the Lake towards the Dam and had hits as soon as we were in the water. Moved further towards Dam and did better. Fish were 14 inches and fat. We used purple hooties and pink hootchies. Later switches to wedding rings we made up (gold and orange) when the sun was on the water. Flat lined with 4 oz and 35 pulls.
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