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Clear Lake Report
Skagit County, WA

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04/17/2018
46° - 50°
Bottom Fishing From Shore
Rainbow Trout
Power Bait
Chartreuse
Raining
Hook & Bait
Noon
04/19/2018
5
1297

Whoo-Hoo, I got to go fishing! Ok, I only had an hour so I a quick trip to Clear Lake was just what the Dr. would have ordered. I know, self-medication is dangerous… When I arrived at the lake at about 11:30 there were 3 other rigs there. Not wanting to be part of the crowd I set up between the boat ramps. My weapon of choice was your basic Power Bait setup. I was using a lightweight spinning rod spooled with 4# mono, ¼ ounce egg sinker, small swivel, and a small treble hook with just enough Power Bait to cover the hook. My Leader length process is as follows. Typically, I start with a 48” leader; then I keep hacking bits of it off it until I have a bite. On this trip I ended up with a 30” leader when I got the first bite. From that point it was hammer time.

Once dialed in, my hour at the lake was a nonstop trout-a-polusa. I had numerous bites that didn’t stick, lost a few and got my 5 fish limit in short order. The fish weren’t monsters, going maybe 9-10” but what they lacked in size they made up for it in tenacity. Each of them made a few nice runs and occasionally went airborne. To be honest I had a blast and it was a wonderful mini-adventure.


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FishingTenor
4/20/2018 10:47:41 PM
Unless something changed, Clear lake is open the 4th Saturday in April.
rseas
4/20/2018 11:04:28 PM
FT thank you for your concern and I have reverified the regulations. Clear lake in Skagit County is a year-round fishery. I believe that has been the case for many years. A good reminder though, it always is a good idea to check both the regulations and the special regulations before heading out.
FishingTenor
4/21/2018 8:54:46 AM
rseas, My deepest apologies. You are correct. I dialed up the wrong Clear lake! Spokane county clear lake has this restriction. I love the year round lakes, especially prior to opening day. I will have to check this lake out. Thanks for your nice report and gracious response to my incorrect comment about the rules. It is tough to get these straight sometimes. I will be more careful next time.
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