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Name: hewesfisher Date: January 21, 2015 Rating:
 
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It was bound to happen sooner or later, fishing, or rather catching, was definitely off. We got off to a slight late start due to fog and icy roads pre-dawn, but it cleared once we got on the road. Departed home at 7:40, pulled into Seven Bays just after 9. Loaded gear in the boat, pulled it out of the barn and headed to the ramp. There were 3 trailers in the lot and a lone vehicle without a trailer which probably belonged to the bank angler we saw as we left the marina.

My gut feeling was we needed to be further downstream today, and initially I planned to hit the San Poil, but we changed the game plan as we neared Whitestone. Decided to set up and work the area, so out came the gear and we were fishing. After an hour or so of absolutely no action, I asked my fishing buddy if he wanted to head downstream or back upstream. The decision was to go upstream to our hotspots of the past several trips. It was the wrong decision.

We had gear back in the water near Sterling Point just before noon. As with the time near Whitestone, it was dead. About 30 minutes after moving upstream I finally had a hit on my mono rig that stuck and a chunky 16 incher went in the cooler. Ok, I said, the skunk is off, well so I thought anyway. It was at least another 20 minutes before another hit, again on the mono rig, but this one didn't stick and it was gone within seconds of me pulling the rod out of the holder.

I forget how long it was, but I hooked up on the mono rig a third (and last) time, and this one I thought was to be a dandy as the bait clicker was singing. I pulled the rod out of the holder and it felt like a 5lb weight on the end of the rod, but wait, it also felt like a dead weight. It was so heavy I was reluctant to leave the kicker in gear at idle (we were drifting with a slight wind), so took it out of gear and it was still like a dead weight. Just didn't feel right, no head shakes, no pulling, just plain odd. Was I pulling a foul hooked trout sideways? When it was 30' out I expected it to just go ballistic but no, and then at about 15' I saw the flash in the water AND tangled lines. Crap. Not only did this thing get wrapped up in my buddy's leaded line, but mine too. I have NEVER had that happen before. Guess it just fit with the kind of day we were having. My buddy scooped it in the net, a nicer one than my first, maybe 17". We got the lines cleared and back in the water, not that it mattered.

We, rather I, had a grand total of 3 strikes on the day, two of which went in the cooler. My buddy's line was completely dead all day, not a hint of a strike as was the case with my leaded rig. I changed colors, styles, bait, speed, location, shallow/deep, and could not find the solution. We fished the shore opposite Whitestone about halfway to the bend before moving back upstream. I wasn't paying much attention to time, but we probably spent another hour or two fishing the Sterling Point area before deciding to troll to the opposing shore and worked that stretch from below Sterling Point all the way to A rock without a bite. I took my sunglasses off at 2:30 (didn't need them anymore) and my fishing buddy asked if I was ready to call it. Sounded good to me, so we pulled and stowed gear then headed for the launch.

Boat in the barn and pulling out of the driveway for home at 3:30.

We ran two leaded line rigs, my buddy's with a muddler, mine with an orange Kekeda, and I also ran a mono rig. My buddy and I both tipped our flies with a chunk of crawler and ran them out 150'. I sent a perch Rip'n Minnow out 195' and that was the only thing that caught fish yesterday. We tried just about every I could think of yesterday to no avail. I varied trolling speed from just over 2mph to over 3mph, constant turns, straight trolls, deep, shallow, mid-channel, and so on. It just wasn't meant to be. We both agreed since we didn't see any bighorn sheep, it had to have been a "sign". Poor catching doesn't happen often for me, and though it happened yesterday, we still enjoyed getting out, spending some time on the water, and being treated to a spot of sunshine just after we launched. Sent my buddy on his way with my two fish for him to enjoy. :-)
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Name: dlantis Date: January 18, 2015 Rating:
 
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We were late arriving at Keller Ferry because of bad road conditions. Got on the water about 9:30 AM and trolled right out of the launch area. We picked up several fish right away and then the wind came up and waves prevented us from fishing down river where we normally fish. Trolled over to the mouth of the San Poil and found fish again. My son and I caught 9, 2 of which were right at 20 inches, before we were blown off the lake before noon. Fishing with leaded line, out three colors with Orange Kekeda flies and Rapala Scatter Rap lures tipped with corn.
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Name: downriggeral Date: January 17, 2015 Rating:
 
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Slick roads and fog this morning as we headed for Seven Bays. Roads actually got better as we got closer to the lake. I was with friend Ron in his 22' Hewes along with Scott and my brother in law Dan. My brother in law had a serious back surgery and this was the first time he had been out since mid November....he REALLY wanted to go.

The water was rough and the wind was raw but it was not raining...yet. No fish the first couple of passes down by Sterling and we had on all of the tried and true tackle. The water temp was a very cool 36 degrees, wouldn't want to fall in for sure!! Moved on down river and found some willing fish. We caught them on Scott's orange and yellow custom flies along with some coming on an orange bellied jointed Rapala. I switched to the Perch Kekeda and the race was on......it was the winner today with most and biggest at 18" or so. The Rapala scored the second biggest. As always these fish are fat and feisty. They were liking 1.8 to 2.2 mph and were in the top 15'.

The bite stopped around noon and we had 15 fish in the boat so we headed back to Seven Bays trolling. Decided to pick up the pace to 2.5 plus and suddenly we had a triple....yahooooo! Picked up another single that made 19 and we only needed one more for the limit and thought we were going home without it. We picked a spot to call it quits about 5 minutes up river from where we were and Ron said he would drive and get the last fish hooked up since it was his. That's exactly what happened and Ron got to catch the last fish in the rain.

The rain turned to snow by the time we got back to the launch. Fun trip home as I got to sleep while Ron drove. Brother Dan was all smiles, he had a great time getting out. Life is good catching fish with family and friends. We are truly blessed to have lake Roosevelt in our back yard.

Tight lines - Alan
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Name: callplatinum Date: January 17, 2015 Rating:
 
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Hit the lake shortly after sunrise. about 30 outside, light to steady wind. Water temp about 35.

Fish seemed to be closer to the surface, than my visit a few weeks ago.

Lost one off a down rigger set at 10 feet, after trying my standard 20' and looking as deep as 40 on up.

Pulled rapalas, one redish/brown
Other crawdad.

I had limited time on this day, breackfast was to be ready for me back home at 11am. Thanks babe.

One boat out already when I got there another launching with me.

Lot had 8 rigs in the lot when i left, and a couple of shore fishermen on the banks and in the marinia.




Superbowl weekend I will put in a day seeking a limit.

Anyone winter fish bows on banks?
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Name: craiger Date: January 17, 2015 Rating:
 
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Left Spokane Velley at 8:15 to pickup friends in Airway Heights. Freezing fog and very icy roads up on the West Plains, but not too bad once we got out of town and headed for Davenport. I decided to launch at Fort Spokane, although I really would have preferred to head farther down the lake. We had lines in the water around 10:00, heading toward the mouth of the Spokane. We had hits almost immediately, but couldn't keep them on the hooks. We were pulling various flies, hoochies and Rapalas on leaded lines, downriggers and side planers. We hooked and lost 6 fish, while boating 1 or 2. As the day progressed, we trolled the points and bays between the Spokane Arm and Seven Bays, occasionally hooking a fish, between 5 and 25 feet deep. By afternoon it was snowing hard, and pink Kekeda files were the magic lure. We kept 6 nice Rainbows, though none were the big carry-overs we love to catch. At least 7 seemingly solid hookups were lost, which is unusual and baffling. Oh well, we'll keep trying.
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Name: onerka007 Date: January 17, 2015 Rating:
 
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Two objectives for the weekend: 1 - bring home some kokanee for the big game on Sunday, 2 - Celebrate Hawks NFC Championship! Mission accomplished!! Actually primary objective was to take nephew, niece and bride out for a maiden 2015 fishing trip on Roosevelt and yes bring home a kokanee for the game to go along with some "smoked cheese" - pun intended. While fishing specifically for kokes the anecdotal trout catches are spectacular especially for the kids who reeled in all fish, expect for one koke my bride had to reel in due to a triple header going on.....the lures speak for themselves.
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Name: lola4746 Date: January 16, 2015 Rating:
 
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Launched at Keller and headed upstream past SanPoil. I was trying to get a picture of the Bighorn sheep when the poles started to go off. Never did get a picture but we sure got into the fish. Those orange flies sure did the trick for us today. Was having a hard time getting the fish to stick and then we upped the speed to 2-2.2 mph and never lost a fish. 1 nice carry over nearly 20 inches and 2 at 18, the rest of the limits were typical Roosevelt bows.
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Name: Surebite509 Date: January 11, 2015 Rating:
 
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Another beautiful day to be on the water! Launched at Keller around 1030 and had first rainbow to the boat in 20 min. Action seemed a little on the slow side but managed to fill limits before dark. We pulled Orange, yellow and purple crankbaits. Also got a few on pink K flys. Total of 3 Kokanee and 12 RBTs. Koks were about 14-15". Awesome weekend with close friends and family!
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Name: Part-Time Date: January 11, 2015 Rating:
 
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This my first report and right off I would like to thank everyone else that has posted. Your reports have helped me get off to a good start to a new type of fishing for me. In the past I have just fished small streams for the most part and a few small lakes from a canoe.
We left the Spokane valley just after 7 AM and launched at Lincoln just after 8:30 AM. Had some self inflicted problems with the big motor on my new 1993 16ft SeaRunner so we started trolling right away. Didn't get a strike until we got down to Sterling Point and then we only got hits in one spot so it was a bit slow. We managed to get 6 bows and 1 nice Koke but it took awhile getting it done. Had the most hits on a orange Apex behind a small dodger but I put one more in the boat including the Kokanne with my brand new orange Kekeda fly that I ordered as a result of these reports so thanks again. Should also thank the boys at the White Elephant for some good tips.
Even though we had a little motor problem and the bite was a bit slow it was a GOOD DAY ON THE WATER.
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Name: afk Date: January 11, 2015 Rating:
 
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I got an unexpected day off and put it to good use! We put in at Spring Canyon at 07:30. I had the luxury of riding along with Mcfisherson13 of this site. He wanted to explore new water and I was game. We ran up to the mouth of the SanPoil and dropped our gear in. We used Kekeda type flies in pink,orange and perch as well as K-flies in orange. We fished them on the downriggers from 10 to 50 feet on the wire. We were prospecting for Kokes and had one almost to the boat with a jointed orange rapala on the surface line! We flat lined Rapalas 180 - 225 feet back. We toyed with speed from 1-3MPH. We caught Rainbows on all colors and almost every depth down to 50FT. The Bows were feisty & plump ranging from 14-19". But, 17-18 average size. We were able to catch and release several fish before keeping our limits of Bows. Thanks Mark for another great day out! Sorry no pics.
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