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Name: whorde Date: July 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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6:45 am to 12:45 pm, fished south end by park. Worm on bottom. Had about 1 bite per hour (7 in 6 hours), landed 1 small perch 1 smallmouth bass both after 11am, threw both back. Saw 20ish people there throughout time, almost all worm on bottom. Mostly not catching much. I did not personally see anyone catch anything, but a couple people were dragging a few keepers around, mostly smaller than the 2 I threw back. Saw something good sized rise 3 times. Drug a lure through the area a few times with no success. Substantial goose feces everywhere. May bring rake next time. Official showed up to check licenses probably around 10 am.
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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No cloud cover today, just bright blue sky.

Started off on the west side, at a point, first cast at about 8:30AM, with a crank. Mixed in with swimbait and dropshot.

First hour, nothing but perch. So I moved to the east side of the lake.

Got my first dink SMB of the day with a swimbait in about ~4' of water. There's a boulder in the water and striked right when my lure went past it. So I started picking that area apart. There's a dock nearby too, which I worked but just ended up with more perch. I backed off and started fishing in about 10-12' of open water with a dropshot.

Got me a slightly bigger dink at 13", but I see a nice 15-16" SMB chasing after it. This fish coughed up it's meal. I don't know what kind of fish it is. Anybody can identify?

I keep working that area for another 20 mins or so, but all I was getting was perch again.

I head towards the shoreline and work the bank of docks, rocks and timber. Caught me several more dinks on DS. Caught some more on tube. The crank wasn't getting any love, so I tried a jerkbait for a while too, which didn't even get a bump.

One of the dinks I caught on a tube coughed up parts of a crawfish again. But I'm guessing since it's all orange/red, it's cooked by the fish's stomach?

Moved to another section of the lake and started working the deeper water point, 15-25'. I saw stuff on sonar, but couldn't even get a nibble except from perch. Tried fishing the outside weed line too with a tube and DS.

Got hot by 12:30PM and called it over.

Not to sure where to locate the big ones. And my standard of "big" is low at the moment. I would be happy with a 1.5#er.
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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First cast, at about 8:20AM. Lower clouds. Water calm enough, so I want to try and catch something on top water. 5 mins in and I get a strike, but that was it. After about 20 mins or so, wind picked up a bit, so I switched to mid/deep crank and swimbait.

Caught a dink on the crank right away. Then caught a couple of perch, pretty good size. Caught several more dinks on the crank.

Wind died down a bit, and started using a tube and dropshot into the mix. I decide to boat to a dock from my last outing. I see a boat about 150 yards fishing along the shoreline going away from that area.... I'm guessing they most likely hit that spot already, but I still tried just to see if anything would react. Skunked at that spot.

No bass on the tube today, did feel nibbles from tiny fishies.

Went to the other side of the lake and started working along the deeper waters, 17-20'. Not even a nibble. I started going back into the shallows again. Skipped a swimbait underneath the sunny side of the dock right past a submerged lift in about 4-5'. Right when the swimbait got above the lift, I get a strike. Small guy at ~11". But I see a bigger one, ~15", dart from underneath and chasing.

I tried that pattern for another 45 mins without any decent size fish. Just more dinks.

Decided to pack up, but along the way, I stopped off at the other side of the lake and caught a couple more dinks on dropshot.

Surface water temp started off at 77 degrees. High 80 by the time I left at 12:30PM.
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Name: lakecitylunker Date: July 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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I have been fishing the east side of Sammamish pretty consistently after work (630-10PM) for a few weeks now. I usually launch at my buddies house and work north for an hour or two, then work south for an hour or two. Mainly just work the docks about 5-10min at a time. You can spot me on the east side in a 9' Livingston puttin' around.

For the majority of the time I was using weightless texas rigged senkos. I was able to hook up on a couple little SMB and a lot of perch but nothing much beyond that. Got most of my hits (some felt like decent bass, most were perch) on a senko jig, both weightless and rigged up with a football head (Thanks AMX). Any time I tried crankbait, swimbait or spinnerbait I was skunked. The only time besides Tuesday night that I hooked up on a noteworthy fish was a 3lb largemouth at the north end of the lake I caught ripping the lillys with an aglia in mid June.

On Tuesday night and at about 9:30PM things got good. We were working the docks south of where we launch. We had been skunked for the past two hours and we knew we were due. My buddy decided to switch it up and throw a special lure (plastic) on there that he tears it up with at Potholes. He was working it through the weeds... twitch twitch swim... twitch twitch swim... twitch twitch WHAM! He hooked up on a niceeeee 3.5LB largemouth (we have a scale)!

It was awesome. Perseverance pays off. Will be back to fish on Friday.

- Lunker
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Decide to head out to Sammamish again today. I wanted to go back to that dock I missed the last fish on. So I headed directly to it. Hmmmm, I see a boat about 100 yards past that dock, going the other way, working the shoreline.

I look the other way and see another boat about 100 yards away going the same direction as the 1st boat I spotted. Bah, they can have it.

Instead, I used that time to tie up my lures and was able to watch that 2nd boat get closer to that dock. I see the person up front caught something at the dock before it. Too far away to see what it is. By then, I was done, so I boated to a deep extended point with timber. First cast was a little after 9:30AM. Worked that area thoroughly with nothing but perch.

I just keep going along the shoreline and get to a nice shady deep dock. Nothing on swimbait or crank. So I followed up with a tube. Bump and set the hook. A small SMB. What was interesting was what it coughed up all over my boat. Remnants of a crawfish. Took this pic so you guys can match the hatch.

I've been fishing for about an hr now. Decide to go to the other side of the lake. I'm looking at my graph and ready to hit some more deep docks when I spotted boat "B", at where I was going to go too! I swear, I'm not stalking them. Boo. I went about 200-300 yards in front of them and start working that shoreline. I get a point with I guess a flat. Was working a mid/deep crank out in open water. Casting into about 18' of water. Crank will hit just the top of the weeds, eventually. I felt a couple of bumps, then finally hooked up. Was a pretty big perch, had to have been about 11". I change my angle slightly and I get a solid bump on it. Feels like a decent fish and it's staying down. Wont rise at all, so I was confident it wasn't a squaw. I get it closer to the boat and see it flash and it's a nice SMB. I see the lure is across it's mouth, but barely hooked. I bring the fish towards the rear to net and as I'm bending over to grab the net, the lure pops out. Doh, just knew that was going to happen with the way it was hooked. Was about 16-17" SMB.

I keep working that area with crank and tube, but that was it.

Tried running my crank along deep docks. Even through some under the dock as far as I could and see.

It was getting pretty hot now at about 12:30PM. Called it quits.
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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Today, I wanted to try something a bit different. Had to put gas in the boat too. After doing that, I boated to the north end of the lake and hoping to target some largemouth for a bit.

As I was getting closer to the north end, I see a boat there already... Bah, so I turned towards the eastern shoreline instead and started working that section. Water was smooth as glass. It was still shady in that area, so I'm thinking, why not try top water. Started working a hollow belly, getting closer and shallower. Tried hopping it over the lilly pads too.

Then I hear/see another boat head into the northern lilly pads, getting ready to invade the other dude. lol.

About 15 mins into it, I spotted 2 LMB in about 3' of water, 1 about ~15", the other ~17". Same past my top water without even looking at it. I scramble around and toss out my swimbait, nada. Looking for my weightless worm and doh, don't have 1 tied on. The LMB swims away and I tie on a weightless just in case.

I continue the top water action for about 30 mins and nothing at all. I see/hear fish surfacing around me. I see an eagle in the sky.... It seems to be looking at my lure....... Oh no, it's swooping down towards my lure!!!!!! I yanked my line really quick and yelled. The eagle turns and perch itself up high on the tree just watching.

I start running my swimbait in the really skinny waters, right next to some reeds. Maybe 1-2' of water at most. I feel some weeds and rip it. I feel a little tick and thinking it's perch. Then I felt weight, so I set the hook and oh, has to be something decent. It jumps and I see it's a bass and maybe a LMB. Get it closer and indeed, it is a LMB at about ~13-14". I want to say it's my 1st or 2nd LMB at Sammamish this year.

I start following the shoreline heading south. At every reeds I spotted, I would burn my swimbait past it. Wind gave a nice ripple on the water, so I started tossing a spinnerbait too.

Eventually caught me a dink SMB on a swimbait. I want to say it was off a dock.

Then I caught my best SMB for the day, ~14" SMB. Swimbait right at boat side.

Caught several more dinks on the swimbait after that. Caught a couple more dink on DS under docks.

I was packing up and spotted a wood laydown. All I had left was a tube on deck, so I tossed that into it. Tick and line jumps. Set the hook and feels like a feisty fish. Jumps and see it's an ok SMB. It was really fat @ ~14". Did a follow up cast into the tree just to see if anything else was there.

With that fish, it made me want to make more casts... So I saw a broken deep dock. I pitch my tube at it a couple of times. On the 2nd retrieve, I was reeling it pretty fast to get a new cast in when a ~16 SMB comes swimming out and tries to snatch my tube. It missed the hook. I do a follow up with it and nada. I ran a deep crank past it a couple of times without a bit. I will have to remember that one for later.
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 09, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went fishing again at Sammamish today. Still feeling sick, but body doesn't ache as much.

Pretty sure I bumped into a WALA member at the launch..... Which one of you was it? LOL

At the launch, water was pretty smooth, halfway up the lake, a slight breeze with perfect water ripples. I'm thinking yes, this is excellent spinnerbait action. I haven't used them all year. Pulled up to a spot and started working the spinnerbait. Got a swat from something, but didnt stick. Thinking perch. After about 10 mins, the wind died down.... Went to the swimbait, tube, football jig and dropshot. Didn't take long before I had a nice strike on the swimbait, but couldn't stick it. It was ~14-15" SMB. 1st catch of the day was a small SMB, 13", on a swimbait.

Caught a handful of smaller dinks on tubes. Caught several more small ones on swimbait. Couldn't get anything on my other lures, even the dropshot.

I see another boat up the ways heading my direction. I continue along until there was only about 3 or 4 docks between us. I decided I go across to the other side of the lake.

Wow, here's the wind I was looking for. Started off with the spinnerbait again and nada. Tried the swimbait but it wasn't getting the depth I wanted, due to the wind. Tied on a heavier weight and didn't take long to get a nice strike. Biggest SMB of the day so far, 17" @ 2lb 7oz.

Tried using the tube on the deeper docks, but no action from it. Not to mention, I couldn't quite stay still with the wind blowing pretty good. Tried the heavier football jig, but nada except from the perch.

At noon, the wife called up and wanted to have lunch at the lake and hang out. Picked her up at the beach. Ate lunch on the water. Watched a helicopter land on some baller's backyard. I fished a bit more. Caught a couple more dinks and a squaw. I was just thinking, I haven't seen a squaw all day too, lol.

Then we just chilled in the sun for a bit and relaxed. It felt pretty toasty, so powered up the boat and got a nice breeze going. Stopped off near the stump field and started trolling for trout, using a wedding ring. Start packing up the rest of the stuff.

Didn't see much on sonar at all, on the usual path. Halfway across the lake, I see something unusual on the bottom of sonar and I do see some fish suspended. Pole starts dancing and the wife grabs it. She says it's still on, but feels small. I'm thinking maybe a small trout then. Get it closer and see it's a small kokanee. Quickly released at boat side.

Continue along and not too long afterwards, get another strike. This time I get to grab the rod. Feels like a better fish. It's staying way down too. Get it closer and see it's a nice cutty. ~14" or so.

That was it for us.

Wife got sunburned pretty bad, lol. Didn't see how bad it was until we got home. Ouchy.
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fighting everything in me to bother putting a 2. Might as well be a 1.

I'm sick. Cold/flu, dunno. Body is fatigued. Went fishing. Caught 1 dink on swimbait. Lost a bigger dink at boat side.

Got hot by noon and done.
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Name: FishingFool Date: July 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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I decided to try and fish the south end of the lake today. Got to the launch and wow, the lake is breezy! Made my way past the state park swimming area and started fishing in that fresh looking lilly pads/cove.

First cast at 8:45AM.

Felt a couple of nips, but no real bites. And it stinks in that area. Looked like some sort of drainage system there. I wasted about 40 mins along that shoreline and docks.

I try to make my way up mid lake and the wind is just kicking my butt. Cant cast accurately. Cant get the right angles. Did my best with cranks and swimbait. There would be a slight break in between the wind and I will try dropshot or tube.

Managed my first SMB on a DS on a deep dock a little over an hour of fishing. A dink.

Then I caught a pretty big perch on a deep diving crank.

Moved across the lake to the other side to see if the hill would provide any cover. NOPE, same issue there. After about 15 mins or so, it seems to have died down a little bit. Graph is lit up with baitfish at about 20'. Betting perch and sure felt them. Saw a dead floating sunfish nearby.

Welp, that break from the wind didn't last. Tried to go with it, but blah. Was trying to decide to head home or not. Was trying to see if this day even deserves a 2, because technically, I did catch a SMB. But I kept going.

3 hours after my first cast, I was fan casting the swimbait towards the shore near a buoy and piling. Didn't feel the bite. Thought it was weeds due to the wind. Wait a second, it's fighting back, set the hook and it's a pretty nice SMB. ~17" @ 2lb 4oz.

I get to a point and start casting crank and swimbait and tried hopping a tube. Got a strike, but felt like perch.

Wind died down for a few mins and I caught a couple more dinks SMB on the DS.
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Name: FishingFool Date: June 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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Woke up this morning at 6AM to rain. Check the radar and looked like it will rain for a quite a while, so I went back to sleep, since I didn't want to get my boat wet. Tee Hee

At 1:30PM, apparently, it's been dry for a while now. Checked radar and it looked like it will be dry for the rest of the day. 2PM, decided to head out with the Wife.

Got on the water right at 3PM and it looks pretty breezy/choppy out there.... Didn't look like there was any place to hide from the wind at all. Thought about just turning back around and heading home. Bah, I'm already on the water, might as well get a few casts in. I made my way to a point. Anchor up with my Spotlock and trying to decide on what to die on.

I decide to go with my trusty swimbait that has been on fire the past week or so. Dropshot with a heavier weight, and a heavier tube. Wife decided not to fish, due the wind.

Start with the swimbait. First cast, next to the point on wind blown side. Wind put a big bow on my line, so I couldn't really feel my lure at all. Then I felt a tug when I got it straight and fish on! Cant tell what it is, the water is all chopped up. I get it up to the surface and saw a quick flash. At first, I thought it was a big trout, then the 2nd surface showed otherwise. A big squawfish! LOL, about 17-18".

Reposition the boat and make another cast just past where I originally casted. I think I felt a bite, but couldn't tell with the wind. So I do a follow up cast and bam fish on! It's a dink SMB, but the right species at least.

Do the exact same cast and fish on! Another dink SMB. Do it again and lol another fish on, being a dink. All were ~9-12". The wife was like, are you serious??!!? So first 5 casts, 4 fish.

I spent another 10 mins fan casting around the point with no more bites.

I decided to start going left and fishing the shoreline/docks. 1st dock I come to, I know I've caught a nice SMB last year on a football head. But I ran my swimbait past it multiple times without a bite. There was a boat tied off on a buoy about 20' to the side of it, so I ran my swimbait past that and feels like a fish... yes, fish on! It's pulling some drag, so I know it's at least a decent fish. I get it to boat side and see it's a nice SMB, oh and look at that, a 2nd one almost same size following it. The wife netted the fish for me. Not sure what happened, but the top of it's fin is raw looking. Measured out at about 16.5". Didn't bother weighing it. It was long and skinny. Anyways, so about 10 mins of fishing, I've landed 5 fish, woot.

I worked along that path for about 10 mins and decide to turn around and go to the other side of the point along the shore, going with the wind.

It was really hard for me to let the lure sink, due to the wind. But I was still catching fish. I caught couple more 12-14" SMB and a couple of nice perch.

Continue along while running my swimbait along the front of a dock and BAM, fish on! 15" SMB. Bottom of it's fin is raw assuming from spawning.

I get close to some people on a dock. The gentleman asks me how I'm doing and catching anything, tell me he's out of town and what's in the waters. I tell him fishing has been hot so far and there's a nice variety in the lake. Right after I get done with that, I make a cast near by their dock, and it's really shallow. Had some reeds along the shore and right when it hit the water, fish on! I thought it was weeds at first, but it started fighting. Just a little guy, maybe 10". Wind blew me way off, so I reposition again and make another cast next to those reeds and bam! another fish on! ~12".

Didn't get anymore in that area.

Farther down, going with the wind, I get another 15" SMB on the swimbait. A couple of dinks afterwards.

I set the hook on something and break off on the hookset. Knew I should have retied, bummer. Oh btw, I was using the exact same swimbait with all those fish. It's pretty durable.

I get another decent ~14" chunkster. Choked on my swimbait. I couldn't see my lure at all while at boat side, it was deep in there. But as soon as I scooped it into the net and rest it down, it coughs up the lure and it's gushing blood all over my deck. Released it quickly after the pic. :( Hopefully he/she makes it.

Several more dinks into the mix. I notice the water temps has dropped 2 degrees from when I first started. Hmmm, so I decide to go to the other side of the lake. Water temp was up 1 degrees or so from where I just left. Worked the shoreline for about 20 mins with landing a dink ~8" SMB. It was getting pretty cold out on the water due to the wind. Also looked like rain is on it's way. Headed in at 5:45PM.

Pretty productive 2.5hrs of fishing.
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