bbeaman wrote:I have tried a variety of methods, mainly jigging like for codfish, for Burbot in Lake Kachess. Anyone willing to give up some hints as to how to fish for them, such as bait, method, depth. And does anyone have any personal knowledge of Lake Kachess and where to fish for them?
I used to use a string of worms anchored to the bottom but never caught one. However, I only left them out for a few hours. I tried at Bead Lake and Lake Cle Elum.
The best time of year is in the winter from what I've read. Bead Lake has the state record and someone caught a 17 #er last winter at Bead. Try jigging. I'll be on the Pend Oreille River this weakend and I'll ask Andy in Newport. He works at the sportsmens store and is quoted in the hunting and fishing news reports (Northern Pike on Pend Oreille River). He knows what to use to jig for Burbot around that area and it may work for Kachess.
I've trolled the bottom of Kachess near the dam for Mac's and caught a bull trout. I think all the signal on my Lawrence may have been pikeminnows or burbot. There was lots of fish sign. If I remember correctly We were fishing at around 100' deep two years ago.
This year the weather seems to have changed things at Cle Elum and may have done the same at Kachess. There isn't a lot of fish sign on the bottom at any depths on Cle Elum and I suspect that many fish are in shallower water.