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06/22/2018
61° - 65°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Cutthroat Trout
Attractor
Silver
Cloudy
Dodger
Morning
06/22/2018
2
820

We got on the lake a bit late because we had a hard time getting the grandsons out of bed but they woke up quickly as we headed to Magnuson Park vicinity from Kenmore against a cold stiff breeze. we stopped off shore in about 120 FOW to get the rods on the downriggers, dropped them down to 40 and 50 feet respectively and headed toward shallower water. Less than 5 mins later the port rod pops off and a couple tugs later fish off. A bit surprised to get hit in such deep water I was a little late to the rod. Put the Sling blade/Wedding ring set up and in short the same rod starts pulsing hard. I handed the rod off to my 10 yr old grandson who played it to 20 feet from the boat when jumped out of the water a couple of times then came unbuttoned. It was a nice sized fish but I couldn’t I’d it. Ten minutes later the pops off and this time he lands a nice 15” now. He’s happy and I’m happy because he just took the skunk off our new boat. So fishing was a 2 or 3 but his smile was a 5. Two more hours and two
More misses and we called it a day
Thanks to rmrauscher for the tips and encouragement


Comments

Sharphooks
6/23/2018 12:34:45 PM
Maltby: Next time you hit the same water on the big lake with your grandsons, instead of using the Sling Blade with a Wedding Ring, try a Ace-Hi Fly Junior #344 Blue Spatter Back or the Old Goat OG2-2.8 with blue/black scaling (requires hook modification from salmon to trout size) . I think you will find those two lures to be more attractive to the larger size Cutthroat in the big lake as those lures better imitate the bait fish the Cutthroat feed upon. Just my suggestion, tight lines and good luck.
Maltby
6/23/2018 12:41:54 PM
Thanks for the advice Sharphooks. I’ll give it a try and I really appreciate the help.
Sharphooks
6/23/2018 4:45:12 PM
Maltby: One other comment I will pass on to you is that if you don't hit fish in the area somewhat south of McAleer Creek, swing over to the other side of the lake and somewhat south and do a troll between Campaign Point and Juanita Point. That area can be very good at times too. The bottom line is that you need to find the concentration of the bait fish and that's where you will find the Cutthroat. The two lure offerings that I previously identified for you should work well. I've never used the Old Goat lure, however, a fishing friend tells me its equally as good as the Ace-Hi Fly in the size and color pattern that I had suggested to you.
Maltby
6/23/2018 9:09:54 PM
Thanks Sharphooks! That’s very helpful and much appreciated.
rmrauscher
6/23/2018 10:15:29 PM
Heck almost sounds like a 5 star day to me!! Nice job. Always good to get the skunk off. Another good troll in the north end besides the two sharphooks mentioned, Juanita Bay all the way south along the east shoreline to Hunts Pt. Moss Bay (Kirkland waterfront) can be really productive. If you research NWFR Lk Washington look for DJ Butler reports for tips in this area. Tight lines.
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