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06/16/2018
61° - 65°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Cutthroat Trout
Herring
Gold
Mostly Sunny
Flasher/Lure
Morning
61° - 65°
06/20/2018
3
1525

Late to the party… Not sure where all my time goes but a late report is better than no report. After our local fireworks show and a nail biter Mariners game we had a late night. Saturday morning at 2:00 Johnny Cash was telling us it was time to get up for our long drive south to Renton. The drive went smoothly and we were floating by 4:30. In anticipation of a big day on the lake we left the marina sleepy-eyed but we had a plan. At our first stop the area was loaded with sockeye so we moved on. My original plan was to fish the Kirkland waterfront but I had solid intel that there were fish and bait off the southeast end of Mercer Island so we headed off in that direction. Thinking that we would work the area for a few passes and then move on to our original plan and fish Kirkland.

Gear down we started our troll north in 80-100 feet of water. Right off the bat we had a double and there went my plan. We ended up working the area for the rest of the morning. We had pretty solid action but we’re not putting fish in the boat and for the most part what we did catch we decided to release. We caught chinook jacks and smolts, sockeye, kokanee, smaller cutthroat, rainbows, pike minnow and perch. We were able to get one nice cutt but I kind of wish that we had struck out, moved on and stuck with our original plan.

After a few gear changes we settled in with Brads Kokanee Cut plugs. We ran many different colors but gold had an edge over the others. All our Brad’s offerings were stuffed with brined herring and were running 22” behind a Arrow Flash hammered 50/50 dodger. We also caught fish on a Slow Death worm harness running behind a custom spinner set-up, an olive trolling fly and an assortment of other “will this work?” lures. While most of our action was between 22’ and 37’ we did have some success targeting bottom hugging meter marks. Our trolling speed ran between 1.2 and 2.3 mph but the slower speeds seemed to encourage kokanee, rainbows and sockeye. In the end we kept two fish, a nice cutt and a 13” rainbow.

We are kind of new to the Lake Washington Trout Derby but feel like regulars. As with most of local derbies the Lake Washington Trout Derby is very family oriented and a great place to catch up with your fishing buddies. I think that I look forward to the fellowship as much as the fishing!


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coyoteking
6/20/2018 9:02:56 PM
How come you didn't keep any Kokanee?
rseas
6/20/2018 9:33:36 PM
Although we love Kokanee, we figured that we would only keep injured fish or cutthroat for weigh-in. Fortunately we are blessed and have an excellent Kokanee lake just up the road from us. If we need Kokanee for dinner or a load for the smoker I get to fish for a few hours, a win win sort of deal at my end.
salmonbarry
6/20/2018 9:21:28 PM
Hey thanks Randy and great report and seeing you at the dock to start the day! Was putting together one myself to post soon- great to see you and Karen join in on the event and was fun passing each other and sharing some intel while plying the waters!
rseas
6/20/2018 9:36:41 PM
Thank you Barry, your my Lake Washington mentor and the conversation is always enjoyed.
FishingFool
6/20/2018 9:49:29 PM
Is that your rig in the first picture? Saw a similar boat out on the east channel as I was heading in today.
rseas
6/21/2018 5:50:12 AM
Yes that is our rig but unfortunately it has been sitting in my driveway since the derby Saturday.
Markin' Fish
6/20/2018 11:31:30 PM
Great report Randy. Bass fishing has been so good out on the lake I usually never drop a line for trout. Hope to see you out there soon.
Mark
rseas
6/21/2018 6:02:29 AM
Unfortunately the big lake is a long haul for us. I grew up at the north end of the lake and fished the area around Kenmore frequently. Since, living out of state and now in Skagit County a trip to the big lake is both a treat and all day project. I would love to take advantage of the multi species oppertunities Lake Washington has to offer more often but time and the cost of fuel to haul the boat down usually keeps us closer to home.
Kisutch
6/21/2018 11:41:03 AM
Its interesting that you saw so many sockeye on the lake, the official ballard locks count is still <1k
rseas
6/21/2018 12:41:29 PM
We thought so also but the count doesn't consider the fish that swim through the locks or came through prior to 6/12 when the count started.
Sideburns
6/21/2018 1:36:36 PM
......chinook jacks and smolts, sockeye, kokanee, smaller cutthroat, rainbows, pike minnow and perch.....and other cutts...
any other day that would be 5 stars in my book! I love diverse fisheries like that!
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