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Posted: 7/12/2019
Species: Mackinaw
Rating: 2
Fished: 7/12/2019
Hot Spots: 0
Took another shot at Mackinaw in Cle Elum Lake today. After the last trip, I replaced the wire on my downriggers with longer rolls of the new 200# braid and added larger downrigger balls. BIG mistak...
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Posted: 6/29/2019
Species: Mackinaw
Rating: 5
Fished: 6/29/2019
Hot Spots: 1
I hit Cle Elum today to try my hand at Mackinaw for the first time in 38 years... I didn't anticipate much success since I'm completely new to that fishery. The day started beautifully. Very lig...
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Posted: 6/17/2019
Species: Kokanee
Rating: 2
Fished: 6/16/2019
Hot Spots: 0
My first try at fishing Mason Lake was one of those experiences that will definitely leave you humbled. I haven't fished for Kokanee since I was a kid in Montana where cowbells, wedding rings, and dr...
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Posted: 5/2/2019
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 5/2/2019
Hot Spots: 0
I fished the opener as has been my habit for several years. The outcome was atypical, though, with very little action. I tried a variety of offerings, including trolling flies behind a dodger which ...
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Posted: 4/24/2019
Species: Cutthroat Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 4/24/2019
Hot Spots: 0
I finally got the skunk off the boat at Lake Sammamish tonight. It's been really slow lately, and I was expecting more of the same tonight. I fished my normal haunts with my usual gear and techniqu...
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Posted: 4/18/2019
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 2
Fished: 4/18/2019
Hot Spots: 0
My first trip to American Lake, so my expectations were tempered by the typical "new guy in the fishery" syndrome. I tried God's Tooth spoons in perch, 50/50 blue, and red/white, all tipped with craw...
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Posted: 3/29/2019
Species: Cutthroat Trout
Rating: 1
Fished: 3/29/2019
Hot Spots: 0
Fished from 4pm to about 7pm. Fished the mouth of Issaquah Creek, weather buoy, and two locations off of points along the east shoreline that are highlighted in Paul Lewis' video about hot spots on t...
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Posted: 3/24/2019
Species: Cutthroat Trout
Rating: 3
Fished: 3/24/2019
Hot Spots: 0
A slower day than yesterday. No coho this time, but four cutthroat. I fished the same spot, and same depth (50'). The Reli lure and kokanee killer were ignored today, so I switched to God's Tooth s...
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Posted: 3/23/2019
Species: Cutthroat Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 3/23/2019
Hot Spots: 0
I hit the lake around 2:00 and stayed until about 4:30. Given recent reports, I was really only planning on trolling around to get some time on a new kicker motor and figure out the new sonar. I end...
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Posted: 9/30/2018
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 4
Fished: 9/29/2018
Hot Spots: 2
On Saturday, I fished Ringold for the first time without a guide. I hit the water a little late - about 8:30 - and spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the "31 hole". Most of the time was ...
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Posted: 9/28/2018
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 1
Fished: 9/28/2018
Hot Spots: 0
Another luckless day on the Snohomish. There were fishing rolling everywhere around me -- more than I've seen out there recently. But they were definitely tight-lipped. In fact, I wouldn't writ...
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Posted: 9/25/2018
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 1
Fished: 9/25/2018
Hot Spots: 0
Not much going on tonight. Saw one boat take and release a nice Chinook, but no other activity noted. The most interesting part of my evening was when I had my boat beached at the entrance to a side...
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Posted: 9/16/2018
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 4
Fished: 9/15/2018
Hot Spots: 0
Went out with Kyle from Jones Sport Fishing. This was my seventh trip with him. We hit the water right after daylight, and trolled what I'm sure was a pretty standard setup of cannon balls, ProTroll...
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Posted: 5/2/2018
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 5
Fished: 5/1/2018
Hot Spots: 0
I've fished Langlois three times since the opener. Saturday (the opener) wasn't as busy as I anticipated, probably due to the rainy weather. There were still 12 boats on the water when I arrived...
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Posted: 5/2/2018
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 5
Fished: 5/2/2018
Hot Spots: 0
Another day on Langlois. It started out really slowly, but ended in typical Langlois style. The reliable old Olive Willy with a bright green dodger was once again the ticket. I made one pass from t...
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Posted: 4/23/2018
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 4/23/2018
Hot Spots: 0
I've fished the last four days consecutively. It has taken some experimentation, but overall the fishing has been pretty decent. Friday was cloudy and cooler, and the hot ticket seemed to be a r...
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Posted: 2/3/2018
Species: Cutthroat Trout
Rating: 2
Fished: 2/3/2018
Hot Spots: 0
Hit the lake today with a friend for the maiden voyage of my new boat. The good news is... love the boat. The less-than-stellar news was the fishing. I'm relatively new to the fishery, so we he...
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Posted: 8/25/2017
Species: Pink Salmon
Rating: 1
Fished: 8/24/2017
Hot Spots: 0
I've fished four days this week, for a total of around 20 hours. I had a buddy along on day 2, and he caught one buck on a spoon. Other than that, not a single tug. I've tried all manner of jigs --...
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Posted: 5/21/2017
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 5/19/2017
Hot Spots: 1
I fished Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and was able to limit all three days, even with only about 50% of hook-ups resulting in boating a fish. Many of the fish treated me to airborne displays as soon...
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Posted: 5/4/2017
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 5/4/2017
Hot Spots: 0
After a bust of a day last Saturday when three of us got skunked, today looked more like the kind of fishing I remember on this lake. I hooked 17 fish, and landed 12, all of which were released. All...
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Posted: 4/30/2017
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 1
Fished: 4/29/2017
Hot Spots: 0
Plenty of people and boats on the water, but only saw a handful of fish taken. I tried all of the gear that brought me substantial success in that lake last season, but failed to get a single strike....
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Posted: 3/23/2017
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 1
Fished: 3/23/2017
Hot Spots: 0
My first visit to Rattlesnake for the year. I haven't fished this lake much, and my results definitely reflect that. Conditions weren't bad -- Clear sky, a little breezy. The water is a little colo...
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Posted: 12/19/2016
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 2
Fished: 12/17/2016
Hot Spots: 0
I had the opportunity for my first experience fishing the lower Quinault area with a "guide". The day started early, with the "guide" insisting we meet at 2:30am, about an hour south of the fishery. ...
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Posted: 8/2/2016
Species: Rainbow Trout
Rating: 4
Fished: 7/23/2016
Hot Spots: 3
I've been fishing this lake several times per week for a couple of months. There are good and bad days, but I can generally count on catching enough to have fun, and the scenery and presence of bald ...
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Posted: 9/16/2015
Species: Pink Salmon
Rating: 5
Fished: 9/5/2015
Hot Spots: 2
This was my first experience fishing for pinks, and one I'll remember for a lifetime. We motored down from High Bridge on the Snoqualmie to the 522 bridge and rock wall on the upper Snohomish. It to...
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