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Name: SammamishYak Date: April 09, 2014 Rating:
 
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Finally was able to take my first trip on to the lake for the year. Was reminded last minute about the single hook / barb-less regs on Sammamish. So I pinched the barb off of one of my football heads and dropshot hooks, packed up the tackle thats been laying around since X-mas, and hit the road.

Headed down to the lake around 10am, and managed to run into Mr. Fishingfool himself in the parking lot. He was gracious enough to offer me the opportunity to put down the paddle for the afternoon, and offered me the backseat in his boat.

Couldn't have asked for a better day. Started out with a bit of cloud cover in the morning, but the sky really opened up in the afternoon. Was nice to get some sun, and even better to get an opportunity to cover some new water with a knowledgeable fisherman. Fishingfool is very organized, sharp, and methodical with his approach, and it was nice to talk shop with another Sammamish "regular".

It was also a very welcome break to fish standing up, and have a entirely different vantage than I would usually have in my kayak. But of course now... I cant stop thinking about upgrading from the kayak to a real boat.

The lake was nice and calm... but so was the bite... No significant evidence of many perch moving up... and no real signs of bait fish to speak of... the bottom still seemed pretty murky and without foliage.

We tossed a few different drop shot rigs in varying length and color with no prevail. Fishing in front of, along docks, and even working the deeper shelves. Then I surprised myself, and found one 2lb fish sitting on the outside weed line, in about 16' of water.

It fought pretty well, but I was really anxious about it coming unbuttoned without a barb. Luckily Fishfool was able to sweep into action and get a net on it before it had a chance to turn back from the boat.

Feels good to have the first fish of the year under my belt, and to have gotten back on the water. Thanks again to Fishingfool for the chance opportunity to fish... while standing up. :)

Tight lines,
-SammamishYak
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Name: FishingFool Date: April 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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I wasn't really sure I was going to even bother posting this, but I try to be as honest as possible about everything, even my failures. I didn't plan on heading out to the water today, but when I did, I wasn't even sure if I was going to fish.

Spontaneous outing today. My domestic partner, it's complicated, was over and we decided to check out Sammamish. 1st trip out on the water.

Filled up with 20 gallons of ethanol fuel. Changed water separator filter when I got to the park. Manually pumped gas through the lines and filter. Back trailer into water. Tie up on dock.

Time is a little after 1:30PM.

Turn key and wait for it... vrrrooomm. It seems to be running a little rough. I'm thinking it's bc fuel is still working it's way through all the lines in the motor side. Not to mention, burn off all the fogging oil, which probably fouled up the plugs. I replace the plugs AFTER the 1st outing, due to the fogging oil.

Took a quick spin around the lake and motor seems to be fine. It does sound just a little bit louder than usual. Or maybe it's just me, I don't know. But runs perfectly fine.

After a bit, I couldn't resist. I tied on a jerkbait and started casting. She had on a mid diving crankbait. We worked 2 points. She had a follow. She said it looked like a trout. I had a slap on my jerkbait, but didn't stick.

Then another spot with cover. No signs of anything there. Didn't see any trout/koks jumping. Didn't see much on sonar. Water temps right at 49-50 degrees.

Driving along the lake, it looked windy. By the time we got on the water, it was calm at our 1st fishing spot. A little too calm. Then 30 mins later, wind started picking up. So, I think we got in ~45mins of actual fishing. Was done and back on the trailer by 3PM.

Now I just need to put in fresh sparkplugs and it should be good.
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Name: KIDKOKANEE Date: January 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got up Early Saturday and my fishn bud with his Livingston picked me up in DesMoines Some areas foggy some not enroute got there as opened at 8 and very foggy on Lake launched ! (there was a guy really fancy ski boat with a water skier mid thirties and foggy!! We fished along the shore and kept shoreline in view had a compass reading if needed thought had caught bottom had down rigger out and finally reeled and what a mess cut line and pulled line in to save flasher etc aprox 30 40 feet line out after cutting line and there was a large bass no fight in it had been dragged around for sometime what a surprise was around the right point of the bouy and fishn deep ! That and one good take down and exagerated the setting hook and lost it NO BARBS on this lake!! COLD DAY!! if not dressed properly! with hand warmers!!! Got to check out a new prop cover !! Was nice to get out but it was foggy and cold (Winter fishing we decided needs to start around 1030 am and fish to aprox 2 !! Tight Lines & Fish on!!
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Name: Kid@johns Date: January 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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My Father, friend/co-worker, and I Fished the lake for the day. Started on the North east side of lake and marked a few fish on the chart plotter, so we began with chrome dodgers and Black mini sardine hoochies, caught one then a Water skier drove through my troll and drove the fish away. We switched to the west side near the Bend in the lake and trolled toward the weather buoy with only a couple hits so We pulled our gear and moved toward a flock of gulls near the weather buoy and started making loops around the buoy with chrome dodgers and small "perch" spoons and finally started getting multiple hits and landed a grand total of 4 cutts over the day.
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Name: The Quadfather Date: January 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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I fished launched at Sammamish about 0845. Fished with Elijah Loves Fishing. We headed up to the weather buoy. Made just a single pass around the buoy. There were 2 other boats fishing from what I saw. Water was calm as can be. A layer of fog was above us, but clearly visible while boating.
I started off with Needlefish behind a Sepps Flasher. I went with that for awhile, switched to other Needlefish colors, no luck there. I usually head North, a little towards the East side of the lake. At some point I put on a wedding ring, tipped with a very small bit of night crawler. Sans the flasher. (Thank you to whomever recently reported with that)
Had a hard take down, which of course I didn't really see. The downrigger on my side of the boat is a little out of my line of site, slightly behind me. (that makes a lot of sense, lol) Fish came out of the clip, on the way in this was an active fish. At least 3-4 good jumps in the water. Cutthroat, 16.5"
Fished maybe 3.5 hours. My partner said I had 2 more drive-byes, which of course I didn't see either, lol.
Then at some point before we were done, he was thinking my rod was behaving a little oddly. I didn't bother to check it. After we got ready to pull the boat out, I pulled in gear. Had a Kokanee, about 15" in tow on my line. Came off at the boat side, and seemed to find it's strength to swim away.
Enjoyed very much fishing with Elijah. Had some great conversations about local lakes, etc. And I have to say a "Thank you" Elijah for watching my rod so well, and letting me know when things were happening. (-:
Guess it's time to move that downrigger a little forward.
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Name: Elijah.Loves.Fishin Date: January 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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It only took over 3 years to finally lock down a time and place to go fishing but I finally made it out on the water with The Quadfather! We met up on Sunday morning to try our luck at trolling for some winter Cutthroat Trout! I was starting to suffer from a severe case of Cabin Fever so I was really excited to get out and hopefully catch a fish to help me save what's left of my sanity!

We launched and were on the water at about 9am. We made our way a bit down the lake and then started to gear up.

I had originally planned to troll various bass crankbaits that I had plenty of luck trolling in the fall for both bass and trout. But then I read up that from Jan 1st to April 30th that Sammamish has a single barbless hook rule. I was stubborn and still wanted to try trolling crankbaits so I took off both of the treble hooks from a few of my crankbaits and added a single drop shot hook to the bank and pinched down the barb/broke it off.

Quad rigged up with a spoon (sorry I forgot exactly which type of spoon it was) and set it up in the down rigger.

We started trolling for a while and engaged in some good conversation just talking about various fishing experiences. I'd guesstimate that approximately 30 minutes went by without a bite. Quad changed up the color of his spoon and I changed crankbaits. I think we then went roughly another 30 minutes or so without a bite. It was at that time that Quad decided to change up his rig and go with a good old fashioned wedding ring tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. I was curious to see who would get bit first so I kept trolling crankbaits.

I'd say that maybe another 30 minutes or so go by while we're still exchanging fishing stories. Then I just happen to look over at Quad's rod and watched it jerk down a couple of times and I shout out "Oo! I think you got a fish on!". Quad reaches over, grabs his rod and whips it free from the down rigger. Fish on! There was quite a bit of line out so the initial fight was slow and pretty eventless. Then once the fish got closer to the boat, it started showing off and jumping all over the place. I reach for the net and miss on the first attempt but get it on the second. Woo Hoo! A very beautiful, chunky cutt makes it in the boat! I measured it at 15.5" and snap a pic of it. This one was put in the livewell since it was a good eating size.

The best part about it all? I got it all on film! You can watch the video here:



We trolled for about an hour or so more with no bites. The wind started to pick up and made it very chilly outside. Plus the Hawks game was going to take place in a couple of hours so we decided to call it and start to head in. We kept trolling and heading back for the launch and as I'm constantly looking back and forth at both of our rods, I could have sworn that I saw Quad's rod make a few small movements outside of the constant rhythmic vibrations. They weren't very big and did keep coming back. Even though I suspected that a fish was on. As we got close to the launch and were going to bring our lines in, Quad whips his line free of the down rigger and guess what? There WAS a fish on! We probably dragged this fish for a good 10 minutes or so. Surprisingly, it still had some fight left in it. Quad bring it in to the boat and we see that it is has a very bright, flashy silver tone to it. Before we got net it and get it in the boat, the fish shakes off right at the side of the boat. We both believe that it was a Kokanee.

All in all, it was a nice day out on the water. I would have loved to catch a fish but I'm not complaining. The lake was calm and the water was glass for the first half of the trip. It wasn't too cold but the air was brisk and fresh. But then the wind started and changed all that towards the second half of the trip. Quad got 2 nice fish so there was no skunk! Woo Hoo!
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Name: gramps53 Date: January 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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Took some time to fish Sammamish with my old fishing partner, the famous Dr. Spratley. Main purpose for the trip was a shake down for the 8 horse Honda and a chance to see if we could get a fish on the end of the good doctors new custom made spiral guide freshwater downrigger rod. Happy to report that both the Honda and the rod worked great

Fished from about 8:30 to noon and managed to boat 4 nice cutties, released two and a couple drive by, s as well. Fished from 18 to 27 feet deep on the wire using needlefish, hootchies and wedding rings. Wedding rings tipped with a chunk of crawler were preferred meal today. All and all a good outing and great to be on the water with my old fishing buddy after 25+ years. The good doctor boated the big fish of the day at 18 inches. The rest were in the 16 inch range.
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Name: FishingTenor Date: January 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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I read the reports about Sammamish and decided to check it out for myself. The plan was to launch close to first light. Unfortunately, I way underestimated the Interstate 405 morning traffic. At about 8:00am I hit the water, armed with a manual downrigger, dick nite dodgers, needlefish, wedding rings, jigs, pop gear just in case. I used the exact setup as successfully reported, but wasn’t as lucky. It rained most of the time, which usually has worked well for me on the lakes. My fish finder reported a lot of fish at 17’-29’, and they were occasionally at 5-7’ deep. The fish were numerous in the cove near the boat launch, going out or in the cove to the other side of the creek, but surprisingly not at all straight out from the creek. No fish were caught, so I can’t identify the fish on my finder. They could have been perch, bass or trout. I saw a couple of large, brown colored salmon roll closer to the creek. The roar of Interstate 90 was disruptive to my enjoyment of this serenely beautiful winter water. North on the lake is not as loud. My highlight was when an enormous flock of at least hundreds, if not a thousand white birds near the park went into full gyrating maneuvers out over the water, then retreated. Oh, I also had one moment of excitement as I was returning to the dock. The downrigger popped off! It may have been a strike or my downrigger hit bottom. There were only a few birds here and there on the lake. I think this means that the small hatch that birds and cutthroat were feeding upon have gone. Happy fishing!
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Name: rmrauscher Date: January 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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Report a bit late. Still recovering from hypothermia. Fished Sammamish last Weds. Wow what a nasty day. Wind, terrific rain,and incredible wind gusts. Caught (C&R of course) 2 absolutely gorgeous cutts, 18" and 20". Coloring on these fish was amazing! Sorry no pics. Lucky not to get blown out of the boat. Used flasher and red wedding rings and hoochie with flasher both tipped with worm. I was the only boat on the lake. Hmm wonder why??? Just aint no cure for stupid I guess.Not sure who is running the park but it appears that now that they have ruined the launch area with sandboxes, the credit card machines are also gone. Hello??!!!! It was a memorable day!
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Name: Byte Me Date: January 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Bundled up and spent the day on Sammamish. Left the dock @ 8:30 and headed north.

Followed the gulls and had success. Fished at 20' on the downrigger pulling needlefish behind a dodger. C&R six fish all around 14"-16", lost two more at the boat and had three other take downs without hooking up.

Once the sun came out and the fog cleared, it was a great day on the water!
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