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Name: Mike Carey Date: August 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Our last overnight boat camping trip of the year, and JoAnn wanted to go back to Lake Merwin. I can’t blame her. It’s pretty lake and as summer ends and school starts back up the crowds thin out a bit. Not to mention, we’ve found the fishing to be quite good for kokanee and bonus, there is actually quite a bit less angler pressure as guys go off in search of salmon and summer run steelhead. Meaning on a weekday you can find yourself sharing the lake with a half dozen boats.

We fished Sunday and Monday. Sunday was a “boat ride” as we started across from the Speelyai launch and I trolled us all the way up the marina. The weather was perfect for us. A bit overcast, a light breeze (that picked up around noon which is normal on Merwin) and temps in the upper seventies.

We fished four rods, standard kokanee gear. I brought both mealworms and scented small chunks of prawn to see what the fish would want. Of course we had shoepeg corn. Based on what I was seeing on the fishfinder I decided to run rods deep from the start (6am), ranging 55, 50, 45, 35 feet deep. We had an “OK” morning, hitting 9 fish and catching 7, plus several missed bites. A black hoochie with spinner and mealworm did the most damage, with pink hoochie and a red wedding ring also being productive. With the wind coming up we ducked into our lunch cove and tied up for a siesta. After lunch we fished from 3-6pm and managed to go 3/5 as we used a sea anchor to control our trolling speed. One thing of note – the farther we got from Speelyai the smaller and brighter the fish got. I was surprised to be catching fish in the 10-12” range all day, and the biggest was a 13” colored fish that came first thing in the morning. I was disappointed. “It is what it is” I thought.

Monday I had to decide. Should we run down to the dam and catch bright shiny little fish, or should we stay around the launch bay and see if we could find bigger fish? We decided on no long boat rides. I had never worked certain spots in the upper end of the lake so thought it would be a good experiment. Glad I did!

Gear , same as Sunday, but in short order the shrimp was put away. It was pretty obvious they wanted mealworms so that’s what we went with. The bite started immediately, and unfortunately the first two fish came off at the net. Deep was again the word – 45 to 69 feet and the fishfinder was never without fish on the screen. We had steady, constant action all morning, hitting fish every 20-30 minutes until a slight lull around 11am, perfect timing to allow an on the water snack of cheese and crackers. Then all he** broke lose.

You know how sometimes the fishing is so good you know that within minutes of setting your gear you’re going to get bit? Well, for the next hour that was our experience. As soon as I would bonk, bait and send gear back down, we’d have another fish. It was like “fishing in a barrel”. Unreal, we caught 7 fish and lost a few besides, and only stopped because we ran out of bait. Truly, one of the better bites for kokanee we have ever had. Also, the fish on Monday were all back to the size we were looking for, 13-15”. Some were turning, but most were still pretty bright.

What more could you ask for? Sunny, calm waters, a beautiful lake, minimal recreational boaters, and cooperative fish – a perfect morning of fishing!

I know, everyone is after those Buoy 10 chinook. But hey, if you’re looking for some late season kokanee action, head on down to Merwin and fill your cooler. We ended up bringing 24 fish home for the two days. It’s a ten fish limit and the fishing is great so don't put away that kokanee gear just yet!
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Name: Fishfreak12 Date: August 03, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got an early start. Made it down to the dam by 5:30 am and got into fish immediately. The bite lasted until about 7:30. Had to work for the rest but my wife and I limited out on kokanee by 12:45. Fish were between 12" and 15". A pink wedding ring behind a shasta tackle super glow blue pink dot dodger at 50' on the downrigger was the most consistent producer. Also picked up a 23" rainbow while one of the poles was at 10'. Great day on the lake!!
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Name: Mike Carey Date: June 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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JoAnn and I made our annual trip down to Merwin to target the kokanee this weekend. We fished from Saturday to Monday morning. The weather started out rainy on Saturday , improved on Sunday, and was beautiful on Monday. Regardless of rain or sun, Merwin is a beautiful place to visit and fish.

Saturday we had lines in by 8am after driving from Redmond at 4am. We started across from the boat launch and it was a slow first two hours, hitting a couple pike minnows. We were fishing four rods, running the starboard side with mealworms and the port side with small pieces of shrimp. Initially we ran hoochies and wedding rings and simple sling blades or dodgers. On the outside rods we ran Luhr Jensen Double D dodgers, the smaller ones.

After having little success we ran up to the dam and started fishing this area, working back down lake. We started hitting fish on a consistent pace at the dam. For the next couple hours we worked the dam area and had eight nice fish. The fish this year come in two classes, 10-11” and 13-14”. Running four rods allowed us to cover prime water column spots. Most fish I saw were 25-60 feet deep. Our best success were with the Double D’s at 25-35 feet and a pink mini hoochie at 40 feet. Also, I rigged up a bit more bling on my inside deep rods, running a sling blade slightly bent for extra action, then two feet to a small hammered thin blade salmon lure, then 8-10” to a hoochie. I notice a lot of guys use cow bells on this lake. I am loath to use cow bells. I know they catch fish, but I enjoy having some sport and will sacrifice numbers for enjoyment. That said, on our second day I compared our catch to someone running cow bells, and we compared much better, the other person had a bunch of 9-10” fish and we had a 60/40 ratio of 13-14” to 10-11”. Anyway, day one we called it a day around 4pm, and had 13 nice bright kokanee in the boat, mostly the bigger 13-14” fish.

Sunday dawned less rainy and I ran us right up the dam at 6am, lines down and gear fishing. To my dismay, my kicker motor started running rough, which improved when I opened the choke, but still the motor just kept dying until – it was gone. Great, now I have only one option, to troll with my main motor, which I hate doing for salmon and already know I will really hate for kokanee. Getting a 120hp motor to troll down to 1.2 mph is impossible. I threw out a sea anchor and managed to get us to 1.5-1.9. I don’t know but maybe the kokanee liked the faster troll, at least, they certainly didn’t mind. We started hitting fish very consistently at 7am and had a super bite that lasted an hour and a half, boating nine fish. The golden depth was the 40 foot deep rod running my homemade micro pink hoochie/spinner. That rod had steady action. The rod I ran at 50-55 feet, even though there were fish marking, got just one fish. The Double D rods I switched to a small thin blade lure I got at the Portland show, a “Baby Simon”. I ran these with one piece of corn and both rods produced well. The Baby Simons were pink, and the second was a yellow/ornage. The pink was the better of the two lures.

One thing I want to mention - we got a lot of fish this trip on the retrieve. When it was time to check/change bait I would release the line and let the gear slowly drift up. I would say we got at least ten fish this way. I am so sold on NEVER reeling in a kokanee rig, let it drift up. You’ll be pleased with the results!

Day two ended again around 4pm, this time we caught 16 fish. Again, probably 60/40 big fish versus small guys. At this point we are up to 29 fish over our first two days, well within sight of a possession limit of forty fish for two anglers (WDFW allow you to have a two days’ worth of limits in your possession). We retired to our RV spot, watch a movie in our cuddy and asleep by ten. Monday morning here we come!

OK, 11 fish to go. Back up to the dam and I figure if we have another bite like yesterday we’ll be done and on the road by noon. Funny how fishing can humble us all. The fishing today was slower and started a bit later, but by 8am we started (slowly) hitting fish. A fish here, a fish there, and I’m watching my fuel gauge as it hits under a quarter tank. Dang, gotta start working back to the launch! We catch 6 fish in the dam area, 5-6 are the bigger fish, with the biggest running 15 ½ inches. I should mention, by today I have stopped using shrimp. The mealworms are flat out producing, as is the plain corn. Keep it simple!

I decide to run us down and fish close to the boat launch as my eyes nervously check the fuel gauge. We arrive at our final spot and the gauge shows a 1/16 of a tank, plenty of fuel, right? Wrong! The motor dies and JoAnn says to me “don’t you have spare fuel”? Well, yes, but it’s for the kicker and has oil mixed in. So I figure I’m going to have to wave someone down. I decide to try the kicker motor, figuring it’s futile, thinking something like the fuel pump died, otherwise why would it run so rough and then stop and not turn over the other day? Open the choke, pull, pull, pull, the motor turns over, this is hopeful… pull, pull… it fires up. I open the throttle and decide best to just head in. The motor is running fine, smooth as silk in fact. Weird. Bad gas? Water in the line? What do you think?

Anyway, our trip ended up with 35 shinny kokanee soon to be processed for smoking and dinners. I have lot’s of relatives willing to trade homemade beer and Montana beef for kokanee and salmon. Life is good. If you get a chance do be sure to fish Merwin. The limit is ten a day and the lake is fishing very good right now.
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Name: muskyhunter Date: May 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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Did the Merwin Excursion with my 3 amigos. 1st trip to merwin this year. Merwin is down 8 feet. Don't know why..but there were koke folks everywhere. Crazy Parametic and I missed 2 muskies. ALWAYS watch your bait even if your helpin' your broh get out of a snag! ALWAYS! Stupid angler leaving it hang over the side of the boat..ERRR...40 inch fish love danglers! Also if you think its a snag..SET THE HOOK ANYWAY! 38" inch fish love to pretend to be long sticks with teeth at the end. Another derrr moment. So 2 fish missed in 3 hours. Then some one turned the aquarium on. 12.5 hours of fishing, No active fish. Half ass follows and swim bys suck.

My other 2 bohamas didnt hook up at all so I guess we were lucky to have missed 2..? Lucky or just didnt take our meds..IDK.. Crazy Paramedic did catch a pretty good pikie minnow. About 18" .. on a spinner bait. Sorry no pic here..uwasn't worthy of a photo here but on my f.b page.. K.B did give it a bonk like only K.B. can..good vittles for the raptors buzzing around the lake. Great day on the water with my musky chasing buds. Good luck out there. And as K.B says..remember the 50" rule and let em go so they can grow!!
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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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