WashingtonLakes.com
All submitted reports for this area are listed below. Use the filters and search options to reduce the list to more specific reports that match your needs.

View Description, Photos, Maps and HotSpots For Wenatchee


Date Range:
Begin: 
RadDatePicker
Open the calendar popup.
    End: 
RadDatePicker
Open the calendar popup.
Month:
Species:
Search:   
Change View:  List
Data pager
12
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
 16 items in 2 pages
 
Name: hewesbob Date: August 03, 2013 Rating:
 
Time: All Day Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
We joined the crowd before day light at the state park launch. We were greeted by a state parks worker collecting money and helping with the parking. I knew there would be a $10.00 fee for a one day discovery pass but was suprised being charged another $7.00 launch fee. We were on the water by 5:00am expecting fast action but that just didnt happen this trip. After 14 hours we had 5 Sockeye in the boat for 3 people fishing. We turned loose 7 Dollies and a squaw fish. Several people must have been having about the same luck as there were about 50 boats that we had fished around all day still grinding away when we headed for the dock. Folks using downriggers did seem to be doing a bit better but it sure wasnt the action that we had enjoyed in the past.
Views:  518
0 This report has 3 Hotspots. Sign up to view them!
Name: blurock Date: August 19, 2012 Rating:
 
Time: Morning Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
We were going to hit the salt for the last day of Chinook retention, but figured the salt is a little hit or miss, dad hates taking his boat in the salt (because of the negative effects of the salt on is boat) and we'd heard they were still catching up at Lake Wenatchee. After being a mile away from there the weekend before, at Fish Lake, and forgetting there were Sockeye in Wenatchee, we decided to go back last weekend and try it.

We left the house at 3AM, on the lake at first light, and followed the crowd to the west end of the lake. There weren't actually as many boats as I thought there would be. We started trolling along the south west bank. Dad put on chrome O dodger with bare red hook and got a hit almost immediately but lost it at the boat. We trolled for awhile longer before getting another hit. We were all using chrome dodgers of different sizes and dragging different things behind them. I made a chartreuse and pink wedding ring with a chrome smile blade and got a hit, but lost that fish also. After trolling for awhile longer with nothing and watching everyone around us catching fish, we kept switching it up. Different depths different rigs. FINALLY! After putting on a pink mini hootchie with a chrome smile blade, it was FISH ON! Nice little sockeye in the cooler. Dropped everything back down on the downrigger, and it was fish on again! Almost immediately. #2 in the boat. Both came at 50ft near the point. Back on the troll and nothing for awhile again. Then another hit on Cody's rod this time. Funny part was I was trying to turn on the TR-1 after most the other boats left and I had been bumping the rail, making his rod bounce. When he went to set the hook, I said it was just me, until line started peeling off the reel. #3 in the boat. This time on a pink hoochie with a colorado blade, at 35ft.

The wind picked up later in the day and it got very hard to control the boat. We trolled for a long time with nothing else, when Cody's rod went off again, popped off the clip and started peeling line. After a good battle he got it to the boat and it was a big Bull Trout! Gorgeous fish. We got the hooks out and snapped a quick pic (without removing the fish from the water of course) And let him swim back to the depths unharmed.

This wasn't our first meeting with a bull trout. Early in the day I saw some splashing on the surface that was different than the sockeye jumping, and eventually saw the belly of a fish floating up. We headed over to investigate and found a Bull Trout, floating upside down but still alive. I grabbed the fish, and it appeared like his belly was full of air. We got the air out and after reviving him for a very long time, he finally seemed ready. Let go of him and he swam off strong into the deep.

All in all it was a great day. Took us awhile to figure out the fishery that was new to us, but we overcame and brought some fish home. They were dark so I didn't take pics, but the meat was still good and all three were hens so I get to replenish my egg supply a bit. The wind really picked up by 4pm and it was a rough ride home. Glad we were in Dad's boat with a windshield! Lovely lake though, we will probably be back!
Views:  1280
4 This report has 2 Hotspots. Sign up to view them!
Name: Roosterpie Date: August 17, 2012 Rating:
 
Time: Morning Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
Another great day at Wenatchee. Water has warmed a bit. Found 3/0 red hooks with a pink squid worked well. Lost a lot less fish with the bigger hooks. Not quite as many on as my last trip out. Glad I switched it up from 2 size hooks. Thinking this was my last trip over for the year. Time to start thinking about archery season and silvers in the Snohomish nearly.
Views:  811
0
Name: afk Date: August 14, 2012 Rating:
 
Time: Morning Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
I was a guest on my friend Ricks boat. We boated 7 fish for the three of us. We started at day break and fished untill 11:30. I think we would have been able to limit but, work schedules took priority. Fish are starting to turn. Meat quality OK. fished 35-50' deep with dodger and mini squid.
Views:  1143
4 This report has 2 Hotspots. Sign up to view them!
Name: Roosterpie Date: August 11, 2012 Rating:
 
Time: Morning Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
Got over to Lake Wenatchee early, but not early enough I guess. Waited in line for quite a while, but it was worth it. The fishing was great with constant action. Hopefully the quota isn't reached by Friday of this week. Get over there on a week day. Park Ranger said it is a lot less crowded. Small pink squid with two red hooks on a 12 inch leader behind an 0 flasher seemed to be the ticket. Make sure those barbs are pinched well and that you have your Columbia River endorsement. You will get checked! Weather was perfect. Not hard to find the fish. Follow the boats.
Views:  1035
2 This report has 1 Hotspots. Sign up to view them!
Name: SM Date: May 26, 2012 Rating:
 
Time: All Day Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
IMO, Wenatchee fishing is the stuff legends are made of! Such a big, beautiful lake, how could it not be?!

I'll preface my review by saying I am primarily a lowlands/urban lakes angler... because of work/family/life I can't get away very often. I fished Wenatchee for the first time over this past Memorial Day weekend, which was probably the worst time due to all the people and boats around, spooking the fish. And my first impression is that these fish are easily spooked. Unlike the planted, cramped, family-park lakes of Seattle, these fish are much more wild in their thinking and behavior. They wanted nothing to do with artificial baits and as the weekend wore on (and more people arrived) they went further into hiding. I finally found a few when I rowed out on my raft and spotted a very weedy, secluded inlet. There were a couple of good-sized bass hiding in there, as well as a few bigger species that I'm pretty sure were landlocked salmon judging by the shape of their jaws. They had zero appetite at that point though, and nothing I offered them made a bit of difference, but it was cool to see them nonetheless.

Strangest part of all was when we were all packing up on Sunday night (after 3 days camping on the lake.) No one had caught any fish, and actually I'd been the luckiest to see some from the raft the day before. All of a sudden, a big ol' lunker leapt out of some tree roots where the water was only 2-3 feet deep, and literally a few feet from the campsite, then disappeared into the depths just as quickly. Everyone saw this big guy jump, it was like he was putting on a show (or taunting all of us after we'd given up?) Of course I pulled out my rod and fished the tree roots for the next hour, and of course the waters were deserted again.

Overall, a strange and frustrating experience, but good to know that the challenge still exists and the wilderness is still alive and kicking in our backyard.
Views:  1333
2
Name: HWitte Date: June 18, 2011 Rating:
 
Time: Evening Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Rainbow Trout  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
I caught the fish pictured - is it a brook trout? - within my 1st 10 casts. I was standing on a ledge 6 feet up with no shore access, so landing in on the rock was difficult. I was trying to clip the barb to release but it flopped back in and the line snapped. The small hook with the lure is still in its lip - do you think it'll be okay? It got back in to the water within one minute I'd say - I watched it swim away so hopefully it'll be fine? I'm not an experienced fisherperson, but I did learn I should bend the barb down FIRST, and have a net! I tried to touch it as little as possible. I ope it's okay; it was so beautiful!!
Views:  2031
26
Name: 1cast Date: August 18, 2010 Rating:
 
Time: Evening Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
Got to the lake about 4pm. The waves were rolling in and we were in for a rough ride to get to the other end. After a rough ride we got to the west end and started fishing. Only 2 other boats there, one was a guy in a 12ft boat with no life jacket on. First fished hooked after about 30 min of fishing, got him close enough to see him. 15 min later another one lets us see him. Right as the sun fell below the mountains the fish went nuts, both poles went off, got one in the net, then as fast as we got them back down fish on. Got one in the boat and called it good. So i think we ended up about 2 for 8 in getting them in the boat. gotta work on that. Now the sad part. We realized that the other boat in the area had a better catch rate then us in fact they had netted at least 7 fish with only 2 people in the boat during the 3 hours we were fishing. Did'nt really hit us until we were heading in. Saw them also head in and go to a camp ground on the south side. Pretty sure its only a 2 fish limit on Lake Wenatchee and 6 fish in the Columbia.
Views:  927
2
Name: Teanaway Hermit Date: May 10, 2009 Rating:
 
Time: Morning Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Trout  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
I was recently camping up by lake wenatchee. I decided to stop by the boat launch at the state park to see if anyone was out fishing. A few guys had just got in off the lake. They told me they had hooked a few large 6+ pound trout on the south shoreline. Now its my knowledge that there is not many trout in this lake besides Dollies and Bulltrout. I suppose it might be possible they were catching lake trout but I wasn't aware of any in that lake. They said the fish wouldn't stay off the hooks but they told me they didn't retain any fish because they thought they were bulls/dollies. Please comment if you know anything about this lakes trout fishery.
Views:  1502
2
Name: Silverkiller Date: August 10, 2008 Rating:
 
Time: Morning Bait: Login to view! Tackle: Login to view!
Color: Login to view! Species: Salmon  Method: Login to view!
Conditions: Login to view! Air Temp: Login to view! Water Temp: Login to view!
Ice Depth: Login to view!      
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
Fish everywhere beautiful fish limited both days. Go up there quick!!!
Views:  882
4 This report has 2 Hotspots. Sign up to view them!
Data pager
12
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
 16 items in 2 pages
 Guest
Join for FREE!