The weather forecast for today was way off. We expected a sunny day in the 50s and got overcast skies in the low 40s. A couple of my friends got to the lake before me and said the fog lifted enough to get out safely. Kayaks are vulnerable when visibility is low.
I got to the launch around 11 AM, rigged up my Hobie Outback, and headed due north. My friends were already out by the weather buoy so it would take me a while to catch up. I started trolling a 13g Tasmanian Devil Lure in the Bleeding Frog pattern behind four colors of 18-pound lead-core line and 50 feet of 12-pound fluorocarbon leader.
I got three-quarters of the way to the buoy when the first fish hit. It was a nice 15” cutthroat trout that I released safely. I didn’t have my line in the water more than a couple of minutes before a smaller one hit. The fishing turned off for a bit after that.
My friends and I caught up around the buoy and worked the area. They had already gotten three cutthroats between them. I changed up the Tassie Devil to the Christmas Tree pattern, and the action immediately picked up for me. I landed a nice 17” cutthroat followed by another one that was 17.5” long.
The cold temps really wore us out. We started making our way toward the boat launch earlier than usual. I picked up one more trout as we passed near the Issaquah Creek. That gave me five cutthroat trout for the day and eight total for our group. Not bad for just a few hours of fishing. There weren’t a lot of boats on the water today. We talked to a few, and they told us the action was slow.
We got back to the launch around 2:30 PM. It was great to see a WDFW police officer checking fishing licenses and catch limits on all the returning boats. He was friendly, and we had good chat about the kayaks. Lake Sammamish is an amazing fishery, and I hope it stays that way for a long time.