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18 - Lake Roosevelt South End to Spokane Confluence Report
Washington

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01/16/2023
31° - 35°
Bottom Fishing From Boat
Walleye
None
Silver
Cloudy
Jigs
All Day
Under 40°
01/16/2023
3
1735

Tough day on Lake Roosevelt. We launched Glenn's Lund out of Ft Spokane and headed out to the main Columbia. The areas we have been working on previous weekends were not on fire. Glenn and I had to work hard for every single fish today. The bites were few and far between and extremely lite. We caught 14 eyes and cleaned 14. We also caught 5 burbot. There was one particular swimbait on a black jig that produced almost all of the fish. Blade baits and jigging raps were only good for wearing our arms out. 45 to 55 FOW was the best depth. Across from 7 Bays was the luke warm spot where we did the best.


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JWScott
1/17/2023 8:06:43 AM
I’m glad someone is catching walleye, I’ve been struggling so much recently that I gave up and started chasing the Kokanee, only caught one nice Kokanee yesterday. I wish I could figure out how to jig, I’ve always bottom bounced and normal I do well. I’ve been trying to jig recently and have yet to figure it out. I always appreciate your reports, they give me some hope and inspiration. Please keep them coming!
bowlguy
1/17/2023 5:10:48 PM
I’m interested in the table you used for addressing the walleyes in your photograph. Did you shorten the legs on a folding table to accommodate the splash well on your boat or is it sitting on the deck? Either way it’s clearly a very clever workstation, but given the fact that you are out there all the time, it’s a little wonder that you would come upon the best solution for dressing. See ‘ya out there —(Hewes 20prov black top/stripe.
Walleyemark1
1/17/2023 5:34:43 PM
Bowl, it's just your standard fold up table from Costco. The legs are adjustable so it's perfect for the back deck. With the state permanently closing the fish cleaning stations we now clean our fish before coming back to the launch.
JWSCOTT, the art of jigging is more about where to do it then the technique which is also important. But you can jig all day in the wrong place and never catch anything. The time of year really dictates how we jig. Cold water means slow jig up and hold your rod tip up high while your jig slowly pendulums back to the bottom. Most of the eyes we catch this time of year don't hit so much as they just pick the jig up off the bottom. I also don't pull my jig very far off the bottom. If I feel any weight when I pull it up I start setting the hook slowly. Sometimes slowly pulling it away encourages the eyes to more aggressively grab my jig. I work blade baits and jigging raps in a similar fashion in that I don't pull them as fast or that far off the bottom. Everyone once in while you should do a quick aggressive jig just to see if anything is following your bait. That may cause them to instinctively go after jig or jigging rap. The fishing should start to pickup once the water level starts to drop.
JWScott
1/19/2023 6:59:22 AM
Thanks so much for the pointers, I will keep trying, I really want to figure this out. I’ve been working the jig much too fast and have been using long strokes. I’ve had a very tough time marking any fish in areas that are normally very good. I appreciate your feedback. I’ll keep looking and report if I find them.
JediMbs
1/18/2023 4:49:17 PM
Thanks for the report Mark. Like you, I am looking forward to the drawdown, looks like it's starting now and could make for some decent spiny action in the upcoming weeks:) weather permitting.
Walleyemark1
1/18/2023 8:30:48 PM
Jedi it can't fall fast enough
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