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Name: buzzbob Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Hit Cle Elum for a couple of hours before heading to sports show. Fished by wading out waist deep near rocky drop offs and casting out with 1/2 oz buzz bombs. Foggy and no wind/sun which helped keep fish shallow. Two bites and one medium sized fish. Surface temp 34 F. Feet lasted 3 hours with heavy neoprene waders. Beach area had soft spots with lots of ATV's. Level of lake 73% of reservoir and almost to rocky shoreline near dam. Link shows interesting article re: shallow water lakers.

https://books.google.com/books?id=uuGdOmVp630C&q=lakers#v=snippet&q=lakers&f=false
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Name: buzzbob Date: September 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Wanted to take one last quick trip to Cle Elum before the gill netting starts. Fished mack alley 70-120'. Thermocliine @ 50' (temp 49.2 F). Fish ranged 7-14 llbs. on jigs within 10' of bottom. Bite best 0600-0800.
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Name: namaycush Date: June 09, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fishing has been good all summer. Fish scattered between 80-120'. Lake level now at 36% of reservoir. 35" lake trout caught at 118'.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: May 31, 2014 Rating:
 
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I had a great three day weekend of fishing. Day ½ (LOL) was spent on Cle Elum with Mark, AKA Gringo Pescador. We arrived and had gear running at 6:30am. Our target was macks and kokanee. We knew there was a Mack derby going on, but I was puzzled that as we fished a prime location boat after boat passed us and headed farther north. What the heck? Mark and I soon figured it out as at 8am the gun went off and all those boats came dashing full speed on top and past our location. So much for peaceful secluded trolling!

It didn’t really matter much as we found the fish anyway. In no time flat Mark had a fish on his kokanee gear at 35 feet on the rigger. The way the fish was fighting it was obvious he had hooked his first Mack. As the fish came up to the net I deftly reached out… and knocked it off. Now Mark will tell everyone it was an eight pound fish, but I’d put it more in the 4-5 pound ranger. Regardless, it was a nice fish and first Mack, so I felt pretty bad. Mark took it in stride though. I promised, “the next one is yours” and we proceeded to lose four fish. One half way up, the rest never really got good hook-sets. I know the issue is I need to increase the hook size on my hoochie rigs for lakers, so that can be fixed. I did find a great bait, at least it worked well getting bit. It’s… ?

Our rig is a hoochie and large smile blade, baited and run on the deck. Which gets interesting at 300 feet since Mark only had 320 feet on his rigger.

Anyway, the kokanee action was slow, we got two, but frankly it wasn’t our focus. The size of the fish were 12-13” and kind of lean compared to last year. I’ll be back for further investigation as my wife likes to do at least one overnight in the boat here.

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Name: buzzbob Date: May 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fishing very slow. Only a few fished graphed. The number of mackinaw seems way down compared to last year. Did manage one average fish in 120' in four days. Surface temp 50 F and 60' 43 F. Few people out fishing. Windy every day with less wind early am (5-7).
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Name: namaycush Date: April 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished from 0800-1400. One 32" caught 35' deep suspended over 110' on jig. Graft shows 4 inactive large fish belly to bottom on the edge of a 50' drop. Fish on far left, according to accu-fish, is 41" long. Surface temp 42 F and 80' was 38.8 F. Only one other boat on water late. AM calm and PM windy. Water clear with lots of wood floating.
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Name: buzzbob Date: October 12, 2013 Rating:
 
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Late report for Oct. (fixed FF). Lake trout just right of stump/rock on drop off @101', took jig and came up with another laker following. At about 65' unhooked laker bolted to the bottom to join 2 other large lakers on the bottom. Slow bite d/t lakers in spawn mode.
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Name: The Quadfather Date: October 06, 2013 Rating:
 
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I had an opportunity to get away for a couple days, so I hooked up with "The Urban Angler" and got him out of the urban sprawl.
We launched at Lake Cle Elum on Sunday AM. As badly as I wanted another chance at the Macks, I was nervous about the state of the launching conditions, due to the annual draining of the lake. It is at 23% capacity currently, and on it's way to refilling. The only choice to launch at this time is either at the Dam end of the lake. (Forget the name?) Or if you go up to Morgan Creek you can do it there. The Morgan creek conditions are doable with 4WD, but the issue is right where you pull of the road... the 1st 20' through the bush is REALLY unfavorable for a trailer.

The site of the beach launch at the Dam end though is really amazing. Normally the water sits maybe 75-100' from shore. On Sunday it was probably 1/4 mile from the blacktop. You drive down there and hope you don't sink. It is actually doable if you head towards the dam from the approach at the water's edge.

Anyways.. We started off about 0800, one rod with a spoon, and the other with the Purple kwikfish that Darrell and Dad's guys use on Lake Chelan, see their reports for the name. It was a slow start. I don't think we boated anything for 1.5 hours. We fished mostly the opposite side of lake from the campgrounds and Wish Posh launch. We concentrated on depths around 100-150'. I have manual DR's and twelve pound balls. ya.. I said that.
It is a PIA to up and down the balls over the MANY humps on the bottom along that side. Eventually we found flat bottom, and concentrated straight out from the Dam launch, in 110' water.
I first picked up a 5lb Mack using a Kwikfish in yellow/blue/silver. A very bright lure. These fish hit SO SOFTLY at such depths, that you can easily miss them. In fact, I was pulling out of the clip (Yanking) when actually I was already into a fish unknowingly. So I was jacking hard on that fish, thinking it was the clip, lol. Loves those treble hooks! Then shortly after Eric brought in the big fish of the day, weighing in at 8lbs. 29". This followed by another 4-5 lber, and a 4th fish at about 2.5 lb.
All fish were caught on Kwikfish with some Anise scent. Beautiful sunny day, no wind for a change up there. One other boat on the water. Angler on Sat. boated 4 fish as well at the Dam. Even re-upped my Premium membership to WALAKES to get the GPS for "Mack Alley" but never could find it within the HotSpots.

If anyone can give me directions/coordinates to "Mack Alley" please send me a PM.
Not enough can be said about the VERY slight TAP that the fish make. I had to sit directly parallel to the rod tip and completely stare at it without blinking, and still missed things.
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Name: buzzbob Date: October 05, 2013 Rating:
 
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Fished from pontoon off rocky point just east of dam. Lake trout starting to stage for spawn. Most fish were 50-75' deep belly to the bottom. Lake has not turned over yet but lake level has stabilized. Surface temp was 54 F with 40' at 50 F. Fish were mostly inactive and only hooked two (this fish took some coaxing with 3/4 oz rotator jig see pic.) and landed neither. Several boats out fishing/lake was flat calm all am.
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Name: buzzbob Date: August 30, 2013 Rating:
 
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Thermocliine @ 40'. Kokanee concentrated just below thermocline @ 45' and lake trout on the bottom @ 80' (see pic). Best bite early am before jet skis/boats hit the water/lake devoid of fisherman.
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