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Name: T-Bone Date: May 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Long day, but a great fishing day with a pair of wise-cracking friends and co-workers. As I proceeded to miss bites; the pair caught three apiece of the large, mint bright Sprague Lake rainbows. The largest was a 22" ocean silver salmon-like fish, but the other five were in the 19"-19 1/2" range. In spite of my poor hook set timing, I even managed to hook one in a double header fish catching adventure with one of the other anglers. Weather was absolutely PERFECT with plenty of sunshine and very light winds.
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Name: T-Bone Date: April 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Beautiful sunny, warm day at Sprague Lake. No big numbers of fish; in fact I had only one bite, but what made the day a "4+/Very Good Day Fishing" was the weather, the solitude and my wife catching a nice 18"+ football of a rainbow. The only negative was the grocery sack load of litter that I picked up from our fishing spot. Considering I picked up the same area less than one week ago of lazy slob mess….very disappointing. Please folks…There is no need to leave candy wrappers, empty corn cans, fishing line and other litter all over a fishing spot for others to pick up.
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Name: T-Bone Date: March 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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On the positive: sunny, virtually no wind, beautiful day with lots of waterfowl viewing; on the negative: NO BITES and NO FISH. On reflection, early Spring, Sprague Lake bank fishing can be a bit SLOW. On the somewhat amusing side: As my wife and I were about to quit for the day, a rather talkative fellow angler walked in and not only asked about our luck, but asked if he could make a cast to "straighten out his line"? Of course, his cast resulted in big "bird's nest" and still chattering away, he proceeds to strip off his line; which I put in my take away garbage bag. He then asks if he can use my wife's unoccupied fishing chair to "tie on another lure". As he lowers himself into the chair…"WOW, I could really get into this" (kind of fishing)…"I generally just fly fish or cast lures". All settled in my wife's chair, he continued to chatter away as my wife and I rolled our eyes and packed up to finally go and get him to give up the chair and move along. Although not heavy set, the guy reminded me of the John Candy character in the comedy movie classic, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".
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Name: rwl Date: November 11, 2013 Rating:
 
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Sprague has been pretty good these last few weeks. Largest today was 3 pounds 13 oz and 21 inches. Trolling small crankbaits at 1.6 to 2.0 mph on mono about 150 feet out. Fish have seemed to be concentrated and repeatedly going back over the same spots seemed to work well. Water temp about 41. bite was on between 12-3 then seemed to shut down.
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Name: T-Bone Date: October 22, 2013 Rating:
 
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I'm making this a 5+ day; not on quantity, quality. Beautiful, beautiful "Indian Summer" day with virtually no wind. My wife and I were by ourselves for the majority of the time. Still fishing was slow until "tap, tap" and FISH ON! Lots of fight and fun with several jumps, LONG runs and head shakes before a very fresh 24", 5 1/2 lb.+ rainbow came reluctantly to the net. On a light rod with 6 lb. test line and 4 lb. test leader, I really enjoyed myself. Very few other anglers, a nearby boat also still fishing was doing well, too. BTW, Sprague Lake Resort is still open. Get out and enjoy these wonderful Fall days.
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Name: Anglinarcher Date: August 24, 2013 Rating:
 
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I wanted to fish Sprague one more time this summer, later in the afternoon and into the night. I had both the LED green floating lights and the white floating lights with me, as well as a high power 100 plus white LED shot style battery powered light I could shine on the water as necessary. I also wanted to fish for some trout over the springs to see how the fishing would be for my grandkids next weekend. The efforts were not promising.

Let's start from the beginning. I went to the springs and used various colors of power bait, marshmallows and worms, even some lures. Because I have the springs marked on GPS. and because I have a two rod permit, I could cover a lot of options quick. I not only did not get a single bite, the two boats that were near by did not have any fish I saw either. No doubt the 75 degree water did not help.

As the sun started to get low, I started to hit some of my better bass water. I already knew that crankbaits would likely catch super small bass because I talked to a fishermen leaving the water when I got there. I was right, and I do mean super small bass. After about a half dozen 3.5 to 4 inch LMB, I went to buzz baits, spinner baits, and a topwater real image mouse. I got tons of hits, but no hook-ups. Again, they were all too small. I did not get a single bass large enough to take a hook over size 4. As soon as it was dark, I felt it was time to start the lights and try for some crappie and bluegills.

I set the LED green floating light out and noticed that while it seemed bright enough, after an hour there were no bugs in the water at all. On the other hand, the filamentous algae was so thick that I doubt the light made it very deep. I added the floating white light and after another hour, nothing, not a single swimming organism. Finally I started up the big light and shinned it on the water. After a half hour, I finally had swimming bugs, water fleas if you will. An hour later I pulled the plug and gave up because not one singe fish came in. To date, I have yet to catch or even see a single crappie or bluegill after the rehab.

I also set one line out for some time for catfish and did get a hit by something, but it did not hook up.

There is one additional thing that may be of note to someone. After dark there were some fish that were feeding on top. I could not get a hook-up, but I did toss a float with worms on one and maggots on another hook. Whatever was rising did not want it. It could have been crappie, but they were not in schools. It might have been trout, but I would have expected them to take the bait on the floats.

When all is said and done, it was a tough trip, and I finally called the night when the lightning started to get close. I am sure glad my fish finder has a built-in navigation GPS on it.

I have caught several large bass in a couple of trips this year. I have caught sculpin, I have caught tiny bass, I have caught trout early in the season, I have used a hand held spot light to observe these tiny bass and some more streamlined fish about 3" in length that I cannot identify.

I have hopes for the future, but we need gills and crappie or the bass will soon eat themselves out of house and home.

I guess I could say, this is my report, for whatever it is worth.
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Name: Anglinarcher Date: August 09, 2013 Rating:
 
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I took a new partner out for a night of experimentation on Sprague. We got there in time to do a little bass fishing and set a crawfish trap on one of my old super spots.

About 8:30 PM I got a 15.75" LMB. I missed one earlier and my young partner missed one a little later, but only the one to the boat.

The real reason was that we wanted to try for some night crappie and bluegill, under a floating light. Unfortunately my floating light broke a connection and did not work, so I had a back up I could focus on the water. On other lakes, after 15 minutes the water bugs are in and after 20 minutes the bait fish are there. After 30 minutes, the crappie and bluegills, and bass and trout, are on the bugs and baitfish.

This time, after 30 minutes, the water bugs were thick as pea soup, but no bait fish and nothing eating the bugs. The depth sounder showed fish before the light had concentrated the bugs, but nothing later. Worse yet, the light died after 45 minutes, leaving my 2nd back up as the only way to get off the water, a super black night.

I got off the water with my GPS (drive by instrument), used my 2nd back up to load at the launch, and left. Of course I did stop to get the crawfish trap, now in the water for about 4 hours. I got nothing in my trap, no crayfish at all.

Perhaps it was all for the better; a major lightning storm moved in and by the time we got to Spokane it was not a night I would have wanted to stay on the water in. OUCH!

I will be back, by myself this time, with extra floating and submerging lights, but my first trip was not promising for the crappie and bluegills.

The following link takes you to my super short video of the water bugs after 30 minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nYdw8NKngY&feature=em-upload_owner
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Name: swb69 Date: August 04, 2013 Rating:
 
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I hit the lake at about 10 am. The day started off clear and sunny, temp was about 75. The water temp was 77 - 79 all day. I put in at the public access and went north to a little island with a cove behind it. I spent a good deal of time in and around the cove and island. The first few bass I caught were about 4 inches long. Then I caught a berbot, which was surprising, on a small green leech. I caught many small large mouth, about 4 - 6 inches. In the afternoon I finally got a keeper, about 14 - 16 oz. Then the real surprise, I landed a Bluegill that was 9 inches long, 4.5 inches wide, and 2 inches thick. I stayed to try and get enough for dinner but was only able to get 1 more that was about 1/2 the size of the first. I ended up letting them all go. I used everything that I could think of for bass, tubes, spinners, cranks, and just a worm on a hook with no weight. The worm seemed to be the best. Maybe in a few years this lake will be a good bass fishery, IF THE STATE LEAVES IT ALONE.
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Name: apl26 Date: June 12, 2013 Rating:
 
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We fished the east end of the lake for bass from 9am to 1pm using fly rods and traditional gear. We only caught 1 LMB on a Football Head jig/Hula Grub set up, it was 3 pounds. In the afternoon we headed to the west end for trout fishing. We trolled files near the bottom between the island and the resort and got 4-5 good bites. Only landed one but it was a fat 5 pound, 22 inch Rainbow.
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Name: Cruzer Date: May 25, 2013 Rating:
 
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It was a bit windy with some dark clouds started fishing early morning from the dock @Four Season Resort and landed a nice rainbow after about two hours of nothing switched to a smaller leader and in about 15 minutes I got a few slight hits on the rod picked it up and wham the tip dived and I set the hook the fight was on this beast took off at high speed and the reel was screaming out line then it was a reel in and let him take more line after awhile of this the fish started to tire so I started to reel him in slowly but with a steady stout line the drag was set perfectly in case he ran again he jumped a few time and I knew he was a big one slowly dragged him in and told my buddy to get ready with the net as I got him closer I can see I had won this fight I brung him in and my buddy netted the beast, he measured 24.4" and weighted in @ 5.3 lbs a Great day in deed.
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