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Name: scottieb Date: March 27, 2015 Rating:
 
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Had a very nice day on the lake today. Hit the water at 9:30 and started by making a typical east run to start off but with no luck. Fished a pass at the weather buoy, no luck. I did however see another guy grab one while I was over there. I moved on quickly though, because I was anxious to get to the North end because of its productivity for me over the passed week.

So I picked up my lines and headed north. It did not disappoint. About 10 minutes in the fish started hitting. And then hitting. And then hitting more! I had 5 in 40 minutes. I made my other runs for a few hours and had a great day all in all CRing 10 cutts/cutbows.

This week the fish I have been getting are higher up in the column than they were last week. Of the 10 I caught, only 2 were deeper down. Not to say you can't have success deeper down, I have just noticed a slight transition in the past several days in my hit counts being fewer when I am deeper.

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1140
12:00
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1243
207
115
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220
3 o'clock
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Name: scottieb Date: March 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fishing yesterday was not too bad. It seems like conditions are improving in general (catching more fish regularly), but still not on fire.

Weather Conditions:
The weather was changing frequently throughout the afternoon; sometimes I was in a T-shirt in the sunshine feeling quite warm, other times I was in two jackets, a fleece and sweats while it was 15mph gusts and light rain. Water temp was down a couple of degrees from this past weekend. Barometer was increasing.

Fishing Narrative:
I hit the lake at approximately 1:30 and began by fishing the east run/weather buoy for an hour. Picked up a cutbow (14") at approximately 18' deep in about 95' of water 300 yds SE of the buoy. Although a friend of mine had been fishing since about 10:30 and had picked up 4 or 5 in that area, I wanted to try the North end runs (I had major success there the friday before).

Picked up my lines and headed to green roof. Almost immediately picked up back to back fish. The first one was about 40' deep and then the second one came while fishing at about 22' deep. Turned the corner and made a different run of mine and got another cutbow about 10 minutes later.

The far north end was not productive for me after about 1.5 hours of fishing, so I decided to head back down to the south end again. The winds really started picking up (15mph gusts).

My last hookup of the day came north of the weather buoy. Had a pretty nice hit and about halfway in the line slacked in the waves and the fish spit the hook.

Final Thoughts:
As I say, wasn't a bad day overall, fishing seems to be trending the right way. I wound up CRing 4 (all average/small at about 13-14") and my buddy CRd 7. He noted that almost all of the fish he caught were before I was on the lake that afternoon.

Hookup Times:
1:40
2:35
2:40
3:07
4:45


Tight lines, friends. Happy fishing
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Name: scottieb Date: March 20, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fishing was incredible this past Friday. I listed my hookup times below, but the basic narrative went like this:

I've had most of my success over the past month and a half on the south end of the lake, but it was starting to slow down a little bit. As I got on the water, I decided I would fish the east run first and then pickup and head over to green roof and make my north end runs. 3 minutes into fishing I had my first hookup. I kept going and picked up another one closer to the point as I went through a substantial bait ball.

On the north end, the fishing was consistent the entire day. I finally made my way back to the south end at about 2:30 and decided to leave a line in the water while I began to clean some of my fish. When I was finished I went to reel in my line and, to my surprise, I had a fish on! a nice 17" cut.

Weather conditions did not give an indicator that the lake would fish that well, but I guess that is just how fishing goes.

All in all, a great day. I went 12/14 and had an additional 4 hits that did not result in a hookup. I did not keep a cutthroat under 17" that day.

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8:43
9:20
1030
10:40
12:04
12:07
12:30
12:38
1:06
1:43
1:45
2:23
2:27
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Name: DjButler Date: February 23, 2015 Rating:
 
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This morning I had the luxury of waking up at 4:45Am to personal train some clients. The best part is I had a 4 hour gap before my next client so I headed over to Sammamish to see if I could get into some cutts. I had not luck what so ever because I have no Idea what I'm doing out there. My first time fishing it. I did happen to see lots and lots of Kokanee surfacing. In my attempts to hook a cutt, I caught and released about 13 Kokanee. These little guys are putting on some weight for it only being Feburary. I would guess they were about 12-14 inches. Much bigger than the Lake Washington Kokes. I couldn't keep them off my line so I ended up dropping down to 40 -50 feet with no luck. All in all a beautiful morning on the water and the Kokes kept me entertained, that's a W in my books.
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Name: Amx Date: February 11, 2015 Rating:
 
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Slow day, very light bite. Lost the first one, felt like a 1 1/2 pounder. Darn barbless hooks. One in the boat an hour later at 3.15 lb Smallie, dropshot.
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Name: tony m Date: January 25, 2015 Rating:
 
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Got a late start, didnt get on the water untill about 10:00 am. freaky weather, sunny and 60 degrees. In January? WOW! As the Ol lady and I were launching, another boat pulled up and a guy said "There jumpin everywhere." and sure enough they were. As we headed over towards the mouth of Issaquah creek we were marking fish like crazy. Threw one line in (small chrome flasher with green wedding ring) and before I could get the second line in the water we had one on. About a 10 in bow. Got second line in (small chrome flasher with red wedding ring) using old school leaded line out about 3 colors and trolling about 1.5 to 2.5 MPH. At around 10:30 got second fish, on red wedding ring this time. 11 in. bow. There were several other boats out on lake and from what I could see, it looked like they were catcking fish too. Unfortunatlly the other half started feeling ill so we called it a day, to bad, it seemed like the bite was on. Might try it again next Sat.
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Name: wafisherman20 Date: January 01, 2015 Rating:
 
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Happy new year to all!

Well, today was more than a three, but less than a real solid four, but I rounded up anyway. Fished from 11 -12:15 or so in the morning with the little neighbors father. He likes fishing, he just doesn't get to it often... Well, he hardly ever goes fishing. So he wanted to learn what I was doing out there. It wasn't a good show then. Caught two nice Kokanee and the dad missed a bite or two. After that depressing start, we went back to the dock to grab a bit to eat, and swap the dad for the son. (Everyone was tired after the brilliant firework show we all put on yesterday. anyway, after a quick intermission, the little boy (who now wants to fish every day and do nothing else.. Success!) and I head back out into the water. We started on the west side and trolled across the lake on a diagonal to the east side. Our gear to start with consisted of a deep six diver and a dodger on each pole, and then one all red uv hook wedding ring and an all green wedding ring both tipped with worm. All barbs pinched, because until april 15, they have to be. Within 2 minutes of having gear down there, we were hooked up. It was a soft little bite so we were assuming Kokanee, and sure enough it was. A couple minutes later, we get another hit, and it was another Kokanee. Good start on the second outing, just the wrong fish. We go about an hour without anything so I decide to change gear. The red wedding ring and dodger setup was retired for a Mack's sling blade and Mack's UV imperial spoon in all pink. I learned for fellow Washington Lakes user "G-Man" that spoons are the way to go. So I threw that on and used some pro-cure trophy trout scent on the back. In less than two minutes, we had a fish on. I take it and reel, feeling very little resistance and I pull it up thinking its another Kokanee. It turned out to be a little tiny cutthroat a little over 8 inches or so. When we caught this fish, we had just headed back west. So we knock it and bleed it and get the gesr back down there with some more scent. 5 minutes later the green wedding ring gets hit. I hand the pole to the little boy and we bring up another good sized cut. Yay! The action heated up. I set that lure back up and send it down. All rods were ran between 20 and 45 feet. Just a couple minutes later the spoon gets hit hard. I am teaching the little boy how to fish, so he gets to the pole out of the holder and catch the fish all by himself, so he is very proud of his fish that he caught all on his own. It was a nice rainbow. Not common, but we will take it! Before the fish is even unhooked or anything including taken out of the net, the wedding ring rod gets hammered! My little buddy is desperately trying to get the fish out of the net, while I fight this good fish! It's another monster cutthroat. Again around the 20 inch mark. So, in the span of about 10 minutes we went from no trout to 4 trout. That's how it was all of the other days too. One would hit and then multiple would follow fast thereafter. So when you catch one, get that gear back down there asap! I am assuming these fish are coming from the salt thru lake Washington and the slough to here, but I don't know that for sure. Anyone have an idea?

So that pretty much concludes the day. We missed a monster hit and got one more Kokanee and headed back in at three. Sadly this was the last day to fish until academics have to come back. It was a great break full of many fish and lots of learning for me and my little pal... One more young fisherman to go out and enjoy the fresh air and the thrill of catching a fish.

One last little thing that worked for me during my time so far on the lake was expiramenting. I caught fish on many different colors of wedding ring, hoochies, and spoons. Also used ford fenders, Dodgers, sling blades, deep six divers and down riggers.

If something isn't working, try something else. There are fish out there. You just gotta find what the want.

Tight lines and good fishing to all and I hope you 2015 goes swell and is full of fishing and catching wherever you go.
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Name: wafisherman20 Date: December 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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What a day. Went out again with the nine year old neighbor and his mom for some lunch time fishing. Went to "the little store" located at the south west end of the lake just north of Vasa park. Grabbed some worms and took the opportunity to grab a mack's wedding ring all red with a UV hook. Got out there using two deep six divers with two 4/0 dodgers. One with the all red UV hook and the second with an all green, which was hot yesterday for the trout, and produced better today (both lures were wedding rings). We all start fishing around 11:30 and as I pull away from their dock, we have action on the new all red wedding ring. Now, being the "captain" of a 1989 12 foot game fisher, fishing gets exciting fast when my 6'2" self starts jumping around grabbing rods and handing them off to the little boy and his mom. We ended up with a beautiful Kokanee. Just as I release that fish and set the gear back down, another hits very hard. I hand it off to the mom and she starts reeling it up. The nine year old is then leaning over the edge with the net trying to grab the fish. Scary. I quickly sit him back down, and he manages to still net the fish. Another Kokanee, healthy and beautiful. We let him swim off and just as fast as last time, the same rod goes nuts. My turn, and yet another Kokanee. Darn things are really getting annoying by now, but still very fun to reel up and let go. In the course of 10 minutes of fishing, we had 3 hookups and 3 Kokanee. We set the gear back down and keep on the troll for an elusive cutthroat. No more than five minutes later, the green wedding rod gets absolutely hammered. I grab the rod and the nine year old reels up all excited. The fish came close to the surface and I saw it was a monster cutthroat. The nine year old now all excited reels as fast as he can, and almost loses the fish before his mom and I remind him that the fish isn't in the boat yet. We finally land him and she turns out to be about 20 inches. Finally a keeper and the Kokanee skunk is off the boat for the day. The day follows with the mom pulling up a nice cut, than another cut for me, and the nine year old getting yet another monster, nearly the same size. In an hour and a half, we get six cuts in a row, four on the all green and two on the all red, all great healthy fish. At 1:30 we headed back to the dock to warm up and have a little bit to eat, and pick up the little boy's older sister. as we head back out around 2:30-3 or so I missed a couple bites that were soft, thinking they were Kokanee, and lost a monster in the transition from handing off the pole to the daughter. Probably 5 minutes later, we hook into a fish that bit soft, and I thought I missed at first, but then it gave a great yank and the fish was on. This fish was the scariest moment of the day. The daughter reels it up nice and steady, and when the fish gets to the boat, she lifts it out of the water with no net. She is dangling it over the water and I am trying to get her to keep it in the water, and suddenly the fish falls off the hook, but just in time, I get the net under it, and the fish falls into the net. So luckily, we caught that one twice. Another nice cut right around the 20" mark. Just as soon as the line hits the water again, a monster smashed it and doubled the rod right over. I handed it off to the little boy and yet again he pulls up a monster. Just as big as the first fish.

And so concludes the day. One more nice Kokanee on the third rod I set in on the down rigger for the last 10 minutes, and we pulled up and went home. 8 keeper cuts is the best day ever on the water for me. Being not 16 yet, I am always excited to expirament and try new things, but out of all the wedding rings have really done the trick, especially this year. Last year I used needlefish, and didn't catch a single fish trolling the entire year.

I always appreciate feedback and tips.

The west side has been the hot ticket, and there has only been four or five boats out the entire week, so give sammamish a try. It has really been producing well.

Tight lines and good fishin to all
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Name: wafisherman20 Date: December 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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took the boat down and did a little fishing for myself before the nine year old neighbor came back from his outing to go fishing with me today. Got to fishing around 11:00, and used a ford fender and a green/black wedding ring. Missed three bites in a row within about 10 minutes of fishing. Was just checking my phone and looked over and hooked up. Had the fish this time. Using a deep six diver, the amout of weight was heavy and hard to bear on the light rod I was using, but still a good fight. Nice beautiful Kokanee. Sent the line back down and was just calling the neighbor when my pole got smashed. I reel up to find a missing lure and ford fender... Big fish or weak knot? No one will know. So now to rod two. Rod two: cabelas in- line rod. This had a similar setup. 4/0 dick nite dodger and an all green wedding ring. Missed probably 7 bites before finally hooking up. Just dead weight for most of the way up. Fish must of seen the boat, and gone nuts. In a flash, everything gets serious. It's a monster of a cutthroat. I grab the net and miss, and see this fish is barely hooked. I try netting again and grab it. Turns out to be about 20 inches and fat. Goregous fish. (Seen in photo). The day draws on and I catch a nice small rainbow and another good sized cutthroat as well as multiple more Kokanee. Called it good and went back to pick up the neighbor. After some lunch, we head back out. Just a whole bunch of Kokanee then. If only you could keep those pesky protected and numerous fish... Wedding rings and pink hoochies have been catching the most fish for me.

Yet another great sunny day to be out fishing and a few good keepers to take home.

Tight lines and good fishin!
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Name: wafisherman20 Date: December 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished lake sammamish for just a couple hours last evening until dark. Most people who go fish around the weather buoy by the boat launch, but I fished the middle of the lake close to the Bellevue (west) side of the lake. Fished in 60-75 feet of water down about 20-35 feet. Fished with one small down rigger and one deep six diver down 22 pulls. ( about 33 feet). Fished one green/black wedding ring with a ford fender and one gold/pink wedding ring with a 4/0 dick nite dodger. Both tipped with night crawler. Hoping to get into a nice cutthroat, we trolled just fast enough to make the dodger and fender work. Within about 3 minutes of having my gear down, a fish was nibbling away. Missed that bite. Went on for about 40 minutes and was having no action so I pulled up, and to my surprise I feel a fast yank! So I handed the pole off to my nine year old neighbor who was curious about fishing and wanted to tag along. He is by this point having he time of his life reeling in a beautiful fish. Hoping it is a trout I reach in and pull out a huge Kokanee. Darn it! But still a good fight and my little buddy loved it. He is jumping out of his chair and yelling with excitement. I rebait and send the line back down for some more. I check my down rigger line pop the clip and fish on! My turn now. I reel in and another Kokanee little smaller. But I look over and and my diver line is going nuts! I pop it out of the pole holder, and pass it onto my little buddy and line is stripping out of the pole holder, and we finally land the monster. It's yet another Kokanee but this one is special. It's s true football. I had to put a measure on him before throwing him in. Near 20 inches and over an inch thick. Monster. And so forth the evening. Not bad for about 2 hours. Got into 7 fish in all. Transformed a young kid into a fisherman for life.

No trout, so again for another day but still a great day to break in my new old boat.

Tight lines and good fishin!
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