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Sammamish Lake Report
King County, WA

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01/01/2019
36° - 40°
Downriggers
Cutthroat Trout
Worms
Pink
Mostly Sunny
Spinner
All Day
46° - 50°
01/02/2019
5
540

Wow, if the rest of 2019 is anything like New Years Day..it's gonna be a great year!
Easily my best day of cutthroat fishing on Lake Sammamish. Out solo by 10:45 after waiting a few minutes for the cold engine to quit complaining and actually turn over. Found some gulls working the west side of the southern basin. Water temp 46. Calm wind. Barometer very high and falling very slowly. I put the sun at my back, and dropped the rigger down to 25ft with a white-to-hotlime Needlefish tipped with an inch of crawler, trolled about a foot behind a green/silver Slingblade at 1.5ish mph. 3 minutes later the rod was dancing with the first fish of the year. 15" cut. Took a few more passes through that area, but it was 1 and done for that first hour.

Headed north toward the Vasa Park corner where I spotted a few hundred gulls and 1 other boat working the area. Switched to a homemade wedding ring style bait with oversized pink beads a silver hammered willow leaf spinner, and for the next couple hours was kept busy with fast-biting cutthroats from 13-17 inches. Retired the crawlers so I could (this might sound crazy to some of you) cull through the big ones so I was only taking medium fish home for the smoker. Put back at least 3 seventeen inchers, including the fancy-colored beauty shown in the pics. No eggs in any of the fish in my limit. 5 males. I guess the pretty ones are the females. Catch-Photo-Release will be my new winter policy for blush-faced cutts, especially since the last female I harvested had off-colored flesh and even the smoker couldn't hide her funky flavor.

Birds were everywhere today, and the midges were on the boat, on my jacket, on my glasses...the hatch was on.

The parking lot was pretty full when I got there. I grabbed the last stall in the fist row. But I don't feel like I saw that many boats on the south half of the lake. If you guys were fishing the north end, how did it go? Kinda sad that I only saw cutthroats today, after spending so much time yesterday studying how to I.D. coho vs. kokanee.

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FastActionGS
1/2/2019 6:29:40 PM
great report! I didn't fish the north end today, but I have been up there and smoking it all winter. congrats on a great day on the water! tight lines
TMBob
1/2/2019 6:55:59 PM
Man, it was very quiet at the Southend of the lake yesterday. A good hatch was going on but obviously nothing like further North. I debated rowing up that way yesterday too! Nice going and a great start to 2019! Congrats ??
cdflett
1/2/2019 9:45:21 PM
Nice work! I was out there on New Year's Eve. Caught two cutthroats and one coho on the south end. Every day is different on the lake.
stevertd2010
1/3/2019 11:02:16 AM
Great pictures. Like the detailed view of the colors. Lots of those now, so must be spawning time. Yeah, you can forget the bait. I haven't used any bait for a long time and judging from the reports, it isn't needed. Slingblade and a spoon is all I use and that works fine. I think anywhere you go on the lake you can find some fish. If I hit one, I just go back and forth and pick up more in the general area. Does seem like there were mostly cutts and fewer coho on this day for me also. I didn't keep any fish myself, but just guessing it seemed that way. You have a black hull with a white stand up center console, right?
mizefish
1/3/2019 11:37:59 AM
Yeah, that's me. I must have cut you off or trolled too closely for you to know that, so I apologize. Flustered for awhile that day because of a mysterious beeping on my boat that began suddenly. Caught myself too close to a mostly green rig (I think), before I discovered it was the volt-meter in my pocket that switched on accidentally. Thought I was going crazy... Next time just yell out, "Hey, Mize, either move the hell over or toss me a damn sandwich!"
Forecast calls for low pressure for the next 7 days. Think I'll yield this week, and let you die-hards fish the rain. To all you Sammy regulars: I've enjoyed your posts greatly...keep 'em coming!

mizefish
1/3/2019 12:28:55 PM
Yeah, that's me. I must have cut you off or trolled too closely for you to know that, so I apologize. Flustered for awhile that day because of a mysterious beeping on my boat that began suddenly. Caught myself too close to a mostly green rig (I think), before I discovered it was the volt-meter in my pocket that switched on accidentally. Thought I was going crazy... Next time just yell out, "Hey, Mize, either move the hell over or toss me a damn sandwich!"
Forecast calls for low pressure for the next 7 days. Think I'll yield this week, and let you die-hards fish the rain. To all you Sammy regulars: I've enjoyed your posts greatly...keep 'em coming!

stevertd2010
1/3/2019 4:22:22 PM
No worries, it wasn't me if you got close to someone. I saw you launching or at least your boat at the launch.
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