I think I will name this report R.I.P. Lake Sammamish bass fishing. I have fished this lake for some years now and know the lake well as I have in the past been out there almost weekly year round. I have seen the fishing quality decrease as the test commercial netting was initiated 2 years ago. Any body who fishes there on a regular basis already knows of the netting by the Muckelshoot, so this is no secret. And I had already learned in advance of their agenda to eradicate as many warm water species of fish as possible, so no surprise really. But having fished the lake the last few weeks, it is painfully obvious they have been effective in there efforts. The last two areas that were netted heavily are looking like aquatic deserts. I see very little fish of any kind on my sonar or underwater camera. And the area I fished last week and returned to yesterday is blatantly obvious as the nets extend over a very long span of the south shoreline. Last week I caught and released some nice sized crappie and bass. As I kept nothing, I expected to catch something there again. Not so. Nothing there now.
I hope I am wrong and maybe someone can find some hidden pocket that the nets missed, but I doubt I will go to Sammamish again except to troll for cutties occasionally. I agree with Mizefish that is best to release and let the fishery stay healthy, but what's the point when the fish he posted last are probably the victims of netting by now?