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Name: TroutSnipr Date: April 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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Headed out with a friend for moral support and to be the chief knot tie'r and head worm torturer. Since the surgery I haven't been able to get out much so I don't have my license this year and she had her two pole endorsement. The water is still down a good 7-10 feet from normal. Checked the solunar calendar and it looked to be a good bite from 5:30-7:30pm. We got out a little late and there were two boats, one trolling and the other pitch casting up in the North end channel area. They didn't catch any while we were there but there was some missed surface action. We were just to the right of the handicapped parking sign on the bluff. Soon after we got there an old gentleman to the left of us hooked up on an unknown bait and got a decent 13-14" rainbow.

I had to work with what my friend had at her house, so that was 20lb neon yellow FireLine as mainline and 8lb no-name mono for leader on two mish mashed rod/reel combos(definitely NOT optimal). I set her up with the standard egg sinker/swivel slip rig with a nightcrawler on one rod, and various powerbait on a #14 gold treble on the other. The rocks seemed to eat most of the worms and tackle on the first setup and it didn't really seem to get any real action.

Started the other pole off on 3 chartreuse garlic power eggs set up as a cluster and didn't any action. After a while I swapped her over to extra scent chartreuse glitter turbo dough. We got some good action on that, but due to being at least 15' above the surface on the bluff and her inexperience, she hard a hard time determining when she saw the slack come out of the line and the fish taking the bait, to reel down and set the hook. We had several good take downs but she just didn't have the feel for it yet. I have no doubt if we would have had my gear with me and I let her watch me hook up with a few, that it definitely would have been decent action.
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Name: soberg Date: January 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Headed to Soda and Potholes sunday morning with a couple friends to try to load up on white meat. Fished Potholes first thing in the AM and no fish on the Ice by 11:00 so we drove over the hill to try Soda.

Pulled to the north end of Soda and realized that wasn't happening. The water was down 40' if not more by the looks of it and no ice at all. Drove to the south end to check it out and there was a few rigs parked and 1 with a boat trailer. Not sure if they were fishing or fowl hunting.

Decided to go to the Potholes Station to get a bite to eat and some hot coffee then head back to Potholes Lind Coulee arm till evening. Even though we caugh no keeper walleye I did loose something big.
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Name: BIGHORNBILLY Date: July 08, 2013 Rating:
 
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Made a quick trip to Soda for one day, Monday after 4th of July weekend. Launched at 7:00 AM, at the South boat ramp.The lake is really high at this time, the launch was easy, and there was no worries about hitting any semi-submerged obstacles. Spent all day on the lake, lots of fun, all by myself, almost no one in the area.

Targeting Walleye, I cruised to the North End,( in the current at the inflow), and started picking up shakers immediately. Heavy bottom bouncers, Green/Perch Double Whammys, and Worms. The current was really flowing, lots of water moving through the lake. Really burns up the bow-mount batteries.

I probably caught 18- 20 Walleye, (all shakers), in about 4 hours. Not a keeper in the bunch! Every one was 14- 15 ". I had lots of fun, although I went through my two dozen worms without a fish in the live-well!

Out of worms, I trolled deep diving crankbaits for awhile,, trying to follow the bottom contour, but didn't get a hit. Too difficult with the varying depths.

Late afternoon, I went to my casting rod, and pitched large, Perch Colored crankbaits in the South End shallows. I caught and released about 6 smallie's, two of which were well over a pound. Lots of fun! They really hit a burned in crankbait in a few feet of water.

Be very careful boating on this lake. At times, it can be treacherous. When the water level is dropping, strange, rocky protuberances emerge everywhere. I have seen more than one lower unit exploded in my years fishing at Soda, but it has always provided a fun time.

Please release sub-legal Walleye, and all Smallmouths. I want to go back and catch 'em again.
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Name: SsendaM Date: April 07, 2012 Rating:
 
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I've been working in Othello the past few weeks and I couldn't leave without trying a lake or two. Lake Soda is suprisingly deep for it's size, over 115ft in places then jumping to 8ft within a matter of seconds which made it interesting motoring around for the first time.. I ran bottom walkers with worm harnesses in depths of 20-40ft at the north end, pitched grubs twards the bank, even motored around some deep diver rapalas and a set of gang troll sunflashers with wedding rings for trout... All I could come up with was a decent Smallmouth Bass. Water temp was an average 43 degrees and clarity was somewhat cloudy. I'm more of a Salmon and Trout guy but it was fun to try a new lake.
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Name: fishinChristian Date: August 22, 2011 Rating:
 
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tried Soda for the first time in years. 11 largemouth to 23" (3 over 20"), several perch, 2 crappie (small), and about 2 dozen smallmouth, to 15". Fun day. Injured one bass when she swallowed a topwater and managed to get 7 out of 9 hooks in her throat. Never had one that deep in the throat on topwater before. mostly earthtone grubs. All were hard fighters!
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Name: crappiekid Date: May 03, 2011 Rating:
 
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Went to soda lake while my dad was fishing potholes for the walleye tournment, well lets just say the fishing was amazing. i launched on the south end of the lake and started bottom bouncing through depths from 25 to 50 feet. it wasnt 2 minutes before i had my first fish. But the regulations say you can only keep 5 fish out of soda lake minimum 16" and 1 fish over 22" i fished soda lake for a week and everyday i was catching 25-30 fish, but you will catch alot of small ones before you ccan keep your first fish. weather was warm no wind, beautiful week. and i was getting my limit of these walleye everyday for that week. Keep in mind to any walleye fisherman that is just getting to learn about walleye fishing, mid april to early may is usually post spawn fishing and the walleye's are relating to structure all of my fish were picked up off a drop off that went from 17-25 feet. This lake is very snaggy so make sure not to have your gear laying on the bottom.
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Name: allanwalker Date: May 23, 2010 Rating:
 
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Place Fished: Soda Lake
Date(s): 5/23
Weather Conditions: Sunny and cool
Wind: changeable directs mostly south
Ambient Temp: high 50’s
Water Temp.: 60.2
Water Clarity: Good
Moon Phase: 80% waxing

Location Fished: Soda Lake all over

Lure Type: Worm Harnesses, bottom walker, crack baits


Bait Used: Nightcrawlers

Method: Trolled and drifting

Depth: Walleye- 30’

Catch Record: 4 each 17 inch walleye.
Additional Notes: all 4 walleye had nothing in them stomachs totally empty.
All 4 fish caught in 25 minutes about 2PM PDT
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Name: Kfedka Date: April 17, 2010 Rating:
 
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Warm weather, sunny and no wind great day to be outdoors. Fishing was a whole different story. Tried bottom fishing and top fishing for bass, walleye and trout. Had a few bits on the bottom with marshmellows and seen a fish jump, otherwise nothing else.

Does anyone know which part of the lake is really deep, like 138ft?
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Name: The Jigmiester Date: August 10, 2009 Rating:
 
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After spending a day crop adjusting near Moses, I drove out to the south end of Soda Lake to drop a line for a couple of hours targeting Smallmouth bass. The walk out to the South end Soda Spillway was a pleasant one, yet I was a little unnerved by the new gang graffiti on the rocks and concrete. I packed a pistol for snakes but also in the back of my mind, being alone could make one a tempting target while hiking in remote areas. Anyway, the fishing was pretty slow to start. I dragged maddog crawfish plastics for a bit with no bites. 3" Kalins grubs got nipped, but with no takers. I even threw a Luhr Jensen Summercraw patterned 1/4 oz crankbait on the southside of the dam for a while with no hits. I finally started catching some 11 to 13" smallies on a Berkley dropshot minnow in Emerald shiner rigged 10" off the bottom. My biggest bass which was around 16" took a brown/blue Robo worm dropshotted in the shade of the concrete eddy. I think I hooked a nice rainbow judging silver flash of the fish. She was only on for a few seconds before she came unbuttoned...the skeeters got pretty thick so I picked up after releasing my last bass. I love the Potholes area...I just wish some people would leave their spray paint at home. The Jigmiester
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Name: Kfisherman Date: June 23, 2009 Rating:
 
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Spent about three hours at Soda Lake this evening. In the three hours caught six small mouth bass, who were all about 10 inchs. For the bass I used a Yamamoto curly tailed grub in pumpkin. Tried several other colors but pumpkin was the only one to produce.

Then as the sun settled down drifed a worm just over the bottom. Landed four Walleye and lost one. The one keeper was 19 inches, and the others were in the 12-15inch range, including the one I lost. I've only fished this lake about three times now, so not bad.

Kept the one Walleye, released the rest for another day.

PS
Do not forget your bug repellent. Mosquitoes will eat you alive.
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