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Name: Two Brothers #1 Date: August 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is not about catching fish but Crawdads. During our annual family get together up the Spokane Arm one of the great treats for the big Saturday dinner is Crawdads or Crayfish. Three days before the dinner we all collected 400 plus, for some great fun and eating.
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Name: CCTMark Date: August 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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Glenn and I were lucky enough to take out a couple of disabled veterans for a day of walleye fishing on the Spokane Arm. We launched early Saturday morning and proceeded to work our way up river looking for some eyes. We were mainly looking for weed beds so we could target any eyes that were feeding on this years hatch. We started tossing 1/4 oz jigs up into the weeds and started catching a bunch of dinks. As the day wore on the boat traffic began picking up so we started to target some of the mud lines they were creating. We caught eyes in pretty shallow water in those mud lines. For anyone new to walleye fishing in this area at this time of year those mud lines can produce a lot of fish. Our tally for the day was between 45-50 eyes, we kept 15 so that Robert and Clint could have some fresh walleyes to cook up. Both Robert and Clint caught numerous fish so the day was a great success, not bad for a blind guy Robert. Glenn and I were both glad to be able to share a passion/obsession we have with a couple of fellow vets and thanks also to Healing Waters who made the trip possible.
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Name: BigWallysGS Date: July 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished for Kokanee this morning around Swawilla Basin. The fishing was not red hot but the fish we got were all high quality.

Our fish came on a Macks Lure Kokanee Squidder in pink with a pink Smile Blade. Fish were running in depths of 40-50 feet this morning.

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Name: Bassmaster3000 Date: June 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Headed out to Porcupine Bay today to see if we could get some Walleye. Headed downstream first for about four miles and then trolled wedding rings + a night crawler with a bottom bouncer for a while with only one small eye coming in, which we released. We then decided to go about four miles upstream from the launch and had about the same luck.

After a while of trolling and here and there doing some jigging with only two small walleye caught, we decided to head back to the area across from the launch, where the rock slide was a few years ago. We started trolling some crankbaits in 15-20 feet of water and started hitting them consistently. We ended the day with 5 walleye for the pan and 4 being released.
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Name: craiger Date: June 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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We launched at Spring Canyon around 10:30 and motored up to Swawilla Basin. There was a lot of debris in the water, mostly small and no bother, but we did see a couple deadheads that could do serious damage to a hull or prop in a high-speed encounter. Three of us fishing, five lines in the water. Two on downriggers, two leaded line, one planer board with a variety of Rapalas. After a slow start, we found a mixed bag of trout along the north shore of the basin. Newly released rainbows about 10-11 inches hit just about anything, such as Rapalas at various depths, and we released all that we could. The bigger trout we wanted were a little more finicky, but pink turned out to be the color, and the pink Kekeda fly was the champion. Unfortunately I only had one in my tackle box. A pink hoochie (with spinner blade) came in second, and a pink/white Rapala third. The bigger fish were deeper: 40-45 feet on the downrigger, or six to eight colors of leaded line. Most were near the shoreline, in varying depths. We had six rainbows in the one to three pound range. Kekeda tipped with worm caught 3 of them and the hoochie got 2. Only one of the larger ones hit a Rapala. It wasn't fast, and there were several long lulls (an hour or more) without any action, but it was a beautiful day and we stayed on the water until 9:00. Kudos, again, to Dave Browning and his Kekeda flies!
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Name: widebear Date: June 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Two of us launched at Keller and headed for Swawilla this AM. Lines in the water by 8 am water temp 61 deg. Wind light out of the south but good chop on the water. Corn on the pink hootchie caught the first 18" Kok at 8:15, 40' deep at 1.5 mph. I thought oh boy they're finally here. Wasn't marking many fish at any depth so I was up and down with the riggers trying to entice some strikes. About 3 hours of nothing, not even the small net pen fish, I put on one of Dave's Pink Kakeda flies with only corn on the treble. Not in the water for a minute and wham, Kok on at 40'. Don't know if he fallowed it down or he was at 40'. He was 19" and in great shape.
Fished until 3:30, water temp was up to 69.1 in the basin. Water turned to glass and only caught two Bows in that 16 to 17" range and again at 40'. We did start marking fish in 70' of water anywhere from 35 to 65' down but could not get them to hit anything. Tried all the tricks but damn couldn't get them interested. Even put the ole worm harness on and nothing.
Water has got to be leveling off, only came up .3 ft yesterday, so it won't be long and they will be schooling up. Can't wait.
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Name: hewesfisher Date: June 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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First day of a 2 day trip. Launched around 1pm and headed to the San Poil. Lots of debris in the water made for a stressful boat ride, but fortunately, no mishaps.

Lines in the water at 1:45, trolling a Kekeda pink fly and a purple/pink squid both behind a 0000 UV chrome dodger. Tipped the squid with corn and the fly with Gulp maggots. Also trolled a J7 Rapala and a Rip'n Minnow both in perch pattern.

Worked the mouth of the San Poil near the "A" boundary markers. Lots of trash in the water made it difficult to work. Constantly had to clear lines of debris. We trolled for probably an hour or so without a bite, so decided to check bait. Pulled downriggers up and fly still had bait, but not the squid. Sent the fly back, re-baited the squid with Gulp maggots and had about 50' of line out when I get a solid strike and fish on. Debbie made a nice scoop and a 1lb, 14oz at 17" went in the cooler.

As I was clearing the net, a long line went down on the starboard side but I could tell immediately is was a planter. Debbie brought it to the boat and I released the 10-incher to grow for another day.

Shortly after a 20' branch about 3 1/2" - 4" in diameter somehow slipped under the boat and lodged itself perpendicular to both motors and the downriggers. Had to pull both motors out of the water and one downrigger to release the branch. It was then I decided enough was enough, so pulled all the gear and called it a day.

Saturday evening I spent a couple hours pitching a crankbait from the bank and pulled in a couple nice eater walleye.

Sunday we hit the water early, and even though there was less debris in the water, I didn't bother with downriggers. Trolled our normal winter setups, with a Kekeda pink fly on one leaded line rig and an orange one on the other. Long lined the same plugs as the day before. We hit several planters on the leaded lines, so I stowed them to fish bait free. I was thinking it was time to call it a day when we got a nice hit on the Rapala. Debbie brought it to the boat and I netted a nice 18" 2lb 'bow. Hope renewed, we trolled about an hour more without a bite so I started pulling gear. Had the first rig about half way in when the other went down hard, almost straightening the noodle rod! I put the rod I was reeling in back in the rod holder and just as I picked up the other rod the fish was gone, and with that we ended the day.

There were several boats fishing the same area Sunday, must have been at least 10. At times, there were 6 boats all trying to fish the same spot, jockeying for position. Shortly after starting our troll, a boat came from the west at a good clip heading straight for our port side. As stand on boat, I continued our troll, and couldn't believe this guy didn't change his path. He swerved several times as he got closer, and then about 100' away he finally slowed. Crossed directly in front of us no more than 50' out, motored to our starboard side about 100' and started letting gear out. Don't know what his problem was.

Water surface temp both days was 63° - 64°. Trolling speeds were 1.5 - 1.8mph. I ran gear 50' and 70' behind the ball with the shorter setback at 20' down and the longer setback at 25'. Long lined gear was at 225' back.

Daytime temps were cool, only reaching around 60° or so both days with sporadic light showers on Saturday. Sunday was a little nicer, no showers, but definitely cooler. Winds were less than 10mph both days.

Nice way to spend Father's Day weekend. :-)
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Name: Kekedatackleco Date: June 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Launched out of Spring Canyon and started trolling towards Plum Point this morning starting about 9:00. Standard set up for us being two rods on downriggers. One had a pink Kekeda fly and the other an Orange. About 3/4 of the way down we get a fish on the pink fly. My nephew starts reeling in and we see it had spit the hook... well as we keep reeling we realize it had broken off the leader. Not a problem, I obviously have plenty of flies being the guy that ties them. WRONG!! I didn't have another pink fly in the box. So I rigged up a chartreuse and orange fly that I've had luck with in the past. We get one more bump along that stretch and decide to head over to Swawilla. We start our trolling pass and come to one of the draws that heads down into the water and pick up a fish... then another right away. We ended up making a tight little circle over about 100' of water and caught 5 fish. We had to call it a day earlier than usual and wish we could have found the fish sooner. We had at least as many hits as we did fish. Fish were caught on Kekeda flies orange and chartreuse/orange on the downrigger at 12' and 17' over deeper water trolling at 2.3 to 2.6 mph. Gorgeous day on Roosevelt.

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Name: CCTMark Date: June 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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Glenn, Nathan and I launched out of Porky and went up-river to the buoy 5 area. The ride up was like trying to cross a minefield; every pine needle in the state as well as some of the pine trees and branches are floating in the Arm. After dodging several 30' trees we made it up-river and it was a dink fest all day long. We jigged and trolled worm harnesses from buoy 5 back down to buoy 1;we tallied about 70 eyes but only caught 12 worth keeping. Color didn't seem to matter all that much, I hope with the forecast calling for a slow down in the refilling of Roosevelt that some of the bigger fish will become more active. Nothing woth taking a picture of, just your standard Roosevelt walleyes.

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Name: widebear Date: June 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Launched at Keller and started fishing at Swawilla Basin. Had the lines in the water by 6:30. Water temp when we started was 57 with very little wind. Haven't been fishing for two weeks and the fish are not near as abundant as they were. Didn't mark a lot of fish but did catch some bows. The net pen released fish are down there all ready but didn't bother us to much. Fish were being caught but nothing like 2 weeks ago. Of course we were targeting the Kok's but had no luck. We were flipping the bows off and not keeping real close count but thinking back we released 4 or 5 nicer ones and 4 or 5 small net pens. We picked up and headed for the mouth of San Poil about 11:30. Same thing there and we did keep 4 nicer bows and headed home at 1:30. Top water orange jointed rapala had 1/2 the fish. I keep expecting for the Kok's to start schooling up and being down deeper but we didn't mark many fish deeper. Water temp when we quit was 63 and another thing that I noticed was the thermo-cline wasn't very deep, about 10ft. It was in the 20 to 25' range before. It's like this every year when the water is on the way up and I think when it settles out the Kok's will be there.
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