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Cavanaugh Lake Report
Skagit County, WA



36° - 40°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Cutthroat Trout
46° - 50°

Got on the water a little bit late this morning, around 9am, but it didn't matter. Search around the east side of the lake for a bit, but did not see much on the sonar. I did pick up a few, but headed down towards the west end. I actually tucked into the cove on the northwest portion of the lake before you get to the island, and found fished piled up between 30-40 feet down. Stayed there the rest of the morning until I decided to pack it in for the day. Landed around 15 fish, keeping 5. Key was to keep circling back over top of the large schools that I marked.

On 1 line I ran a pink top Elgin Fishing Gods Tooth Spoon rigged kokanee style (cutthroat like this rigging as well. Check out the Elgin Fishing website for different rigging methods). I used 16 inch leader on this behind a Macks Lures Double D dodger. On the other line I ran a 50/50 brass Gods Tooth Spoon straight out of the package set on fast action. Both lines got about equal action today. Fish were caught anywhere from 25-40 feet down, but most came at about 33 feet.

Video shows most of the action today, including a couple of doubles, and I go over both the gear I had in the water, and the gear I wear during these colder months.


11/18/2018 7:57:29 AM
Sounds like a great day. Thanks for the report.
11/18/2018 1:19:46 PM
11/18/2018 8:14:02 AM
Looked like an awesome day! Excellent report and very informative and entertaining video.
Hard to beat great weather, views, calm water, fishing and bringing home dinner:) Nice job!!!
11/18/2018 1:20:40 PM
It was definitely a postcard type day. Everything was about perfect.
11/18/2018 5:44:37 PM
Did you notice the NW corner being a tad warmer water than anywhere else? Same deal in the Spring, the NW corners always warm up first due to the angle of the sun. The last time I was out it seemed 1-2 degrees warmer in the NW than anywhere else.
11/18/2018 5:49:48 PM
Yes almost 2 degrees warmer
11/18/2018 9:50:11 PM
what size are the cutts there?
11/18/2018 9:54:30 PM
Around 12 - 13 inches.
11/19/2018 2:58:07 PM
your setups are the same ones I use on sammamish!, fishing has been on on sammamish I hear, but I am thinking about giving cavanaugh a ago when I return home,

hope to see you out on either lake soon, Josh!

11/19/2018 6:49:05 PM
Really scenic lake. Samammish cutts run about 3-4 inches larger on average. I am usually fishing mornings, but after 2pm can be lights out. Fish seem to start feeding on the surface about that timenthis time of year.
11/20/2018 11:03:21 AM
did you see any kokes and I fished big lake and caught some brute cuts sunday
11/20/2018 1:59:56 PM
Nice. I fished Big Lake for cutts a few weeks ago but the water was horrible. All of my gear and lines were getting slimed up with junk. I may have to go back again if its cleared up. I didn't target kokes at all, but I was at Cavanaugh about a month ago and did target Kokes, about half we caught we kokes and the other half kokes.
11/20/2018 2:00:51 PM
Other half cutts i mean.
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