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Stevens Lake Report
Snohomish County, WA

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08/25/2018
66° - 70°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Kokanee
Corn
Silver-Gold
Cloudy
Spoons
Morning
71° - 75°
08/27/2018
5
1906

This time I did not sleep through the alarm! Got to the launch about 5:30, and had my lines in the water by 6am. Started my morning thinking I would be fishing deep, 50 - 70 feet like I was 2 weeks prior. Dropped both lines down to 50 and 55 feet and began my troll. Just as I started I ran into Isaiah, he had got a slightly earlier start than I did and mentioned he was only down about 35 feet. As I was trolling, I did notice that the fish were hanging out in 2 distinct zones, at about 35 feet, and about 60 feet. I re-adjust my lines, brought 1 up to 35, and the other down to 60. Pretty quickly I started hitting fish at 35, and was also getting fish at 60. Lesson for today was trust your sonar. If you see fish, fish to them, and if you see fish at a certain depth, but they aren't biting, move the line up or down, or to where they are actually biting. The fish stopped biting at 60 feet pretty quickly, but I chased those marks a little too long knowing that fish were biting at 35.


I ran on 1 line a prototype Elgin Fishing dodger followed by 12 inches of leader to a 50/50 Elgin Fishing God's Tooth Spoon rigged for Kokanee. On the other line I started with a yellow/chartreuse Elgin Fishing God's Tooth Spoon Kokanee, and later switched that out to a 50/50 blue, behind a Mack's double D dodger. Speed to get bites was right around 1mph, give or take, but closer to 1mph was best.


The fish in Stevens are on the bite, not 2 hour limits, but good steady fishing. They are also still in great shape. A couple of the males are just starting to get the elongated nose, but you really have to look to notice. Otherwise they are still bright and the meat still extremely firm.


Always a blast to take the Hobie out and come back to the dock with limits. Just about every time when someone sees the Hobie at the dock I have to give them a mini tour of it. It's such a fun fishing platform. Can't wait for the Coho to get within range of it out on the Sound.

Video shows the action from that day.


Comments

Geno the Viking
8/27/2018 8:11:50 AM
Great report as usual. Thanks so much.
JoshH
8/27/2018 8:47:36 AM
Thanks!
Fishheads290
8/27/2018 8:33:54 AM
Way to go Josh! We’ll have to do some fishing together on Stevens sometime lol
JoshH
8/27/2018 8:47:22 AM
Definitely! Was good to see you out there.
clarkbre
8/27/2018 9:45:10 AM
Great report! My son and I were out in our 16' Lund and cruised by you around 10:00am as we were heading back to the launch. This is was our inaugural run to test the lake troller downriggers and test the fish finder. We also towed a boat to the NE launch and my son thought that was cool. Your reports and videos keep me hopeful that our fishing will start producing some success. Now that we have our trolling rods and baitcasters, we can start honing in on the lures. Thanks.
JoshH
8/27/2018 10:09:14 AM
OK, yea I saw you out there! Kokanee fishing can be tough, they can be really fickle fish sometimes. It took me a good year and a half to get things dialed in to what works for me. Say hi if you see me out there!
ElginFishing
8/27/2018 1:00:48 PM
Great report and video, awesome to see you dialed in! :)
JoshH
8/27/2018 2:30:53 PM
Thanks Russ! Too bad you were under the weather
FishingTenor
8/28/2018 10:58:51 PM
Thanks JoshH for your report. It is nice to know the Kokanee bite has returned, just as the water sport enthusiasts are heading back to school. I have my boat on Sammamish. The cutthroat bite has been excellent there lately. Coho are arriving on the sound. So many opportunities to catch a variety of fish. I am loving it! See you on the water.
JoshH
8/29/2018 10:47:47 AM
I am really looking forward to the coho getting withing range of the beaches and my Hobie. Nice to have a coho fishery around here after the past few years of closures.
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