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Name: Blacknight Sniper Date: January 17, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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Came out on a the pond. looked great but the winter bass did not want to bite. I saw a old cat fish surfacing but thats it. Coming back in the spring. i used a squarebil crank bait(kvd strike king red crawdad), zman chatterbait and a white jerkbait. got a hit on the jerk bait but thats all. just going to stick to ice fishing i guess.

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Name: DonTalbotFishing Date: December 31, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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Ice Fishing for Kokanee close to Winthrop, WA with my buddies at Patterson Lake near Sun Mountain Resort. I have been ice fishing for 50 years in North Central Washington and this year is crappy ice on all the lakes I normally fish. Patterson Lake has 5" of solid ice so far and only 3" of snow on top. This is going to be the perfect hang out for those ice fishing enthusiasts. Patterson Lake is not rated excellent for catching Kokanee or Trout by WDFW. It just doesn't produce very big fish. The average size of the Kokanee & Trout is about 9 inches. If the average size was 12"+, then I would put a 5+ rating on this Lake for ice fishing.

Why do I ice fish?
1) I love to start my Jiffy Ice Auger up and drill holes in the winter time.
2) I enjoy eating all the lake fish in the winter. I never get a muddy taste
3) I enjoy getting out with my buddies to relax and have a little sport at catching.
4) It is great exercise walking all over the ice to find the right hole.
5) You don't need a boat.
6) I learned how to fish off a dock and love the challenge. Ice Fishing is just like fishing off a dock or anchored.
7) Fried Perch is my #1 reason for Ice Fishing... Smoked Kokanee is the #2 reason for Ice Fishing
8) Innovation - I love to challenge my buddies to the best rig contest!

Our party of (4) caught a limit of 15 Kokanee and 5 Rainbow in less than one hour directly in front of the WDFW Discovery Pass parking lot on Patterson Lake about 75 yards from shore. The depth of the water is about 40 feet where we fished. We used a variety of Bay De Noc Swedish Pimples rigged a variety of ways. I put together a Swedish Pimple dropper rig using a 3 way swivel and some surgical tubing and it worked better than all the rigs out on the water. Take a good look at this beauty in the picture. We baited all the size #6 hooks with a minimum of 5 maggots each to cover the hook completely. The fish will not bite very hard if any of the baited hook is exposed.

We smoked these Kokanee & Trout whole for a delightful winter time snack. MMM good!!

I will guide for ice fishing on a limited basis throughout the winter months and provide all the gear, bait, and Jiffy Ice Auger. Just give me a call to set up an ice fishing adventure.



Don Talbot Fishing - call 509-679-8641
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Name: Ian Horning Date: November 27, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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Many people don't like this time of year. The coho are all gone, the steelhead haven't really shown up yet, and its cold outside.

Many facets of these complaints are not only wrong, but sadly uninformed. This time of year brings wonderful tidings of all sorts, both associated with the holiday season and also the river systems in our backyard. Sometimes it just takes a little digging to acquire success on the water.

Date: November 25th, 2015
Time: 6:30AM-2:00PM
Location: One to be protected from the masses
TFO BVK 5wt

Crystal clear waters are often something absent from this time of year. Luckily there are some gin clear gems out there right now that harbor the most perfect of aquatic predators and a worthwhile adversary that I share a deep rooted connection with. This is why I leave this location a secret; the protection of this indicator species on my favorite waters is something I strive for.

I'm talking about the notorious Bull Trout here. Some people hate this fish for reasons that escape me, and others see past the ignorant views of others and share the appreciation for this fish that I have. Bull Trout, or "Bulldogs" as I affectionately call them, are eating machines. Given this reputation for eating salmon and steelhead fry and eggs, they are a native fish and have done the same thing for thousands of years, long before humans came in and nearly destroyed the wild salmon runs of the Pac Northwest.

Before calling a native char a destructive species, consider thinking about what we've done to salmon in the past. We now need hatcheries to produce salmon and steelhead runs that meet recreational and commercial quotas because there are too few wild salmon left. The char aren't the problem here.

I appreciate Bull Trout because of their awesome predatory nature. They are a beautifully colored fish and fight like mad on light gear. However, they grow to sizes such that many people that target them with 7 or 8wt rods. Never knowing when a 30+ inch Bull Trout lurks beneath the surface makes every encounter with their species a rewarding one.

The particular river I fished held some great bulldogs and a couple surprises too. I hooked five Bulldogs, none of which were under 20 inches. Also, a little coho couldn't refuse my streamer pattern either and clamped on with a lovely tenacity. The coho was actually smaller than many of the Bulldogs I caught.

It was my first time giving any river a serious go with a fly rod and I was blessed to have landed my first salmon on the fly and my first river trout on the fly in the same day. Both were great fish and I am very happy to have them as my "firsts." All fish were released.

So maybe this time of year isn't such a bad time to be on the water. I for one love it and am very thankful for the opportunity to pursue amazing fish on amazing water.

Happy Thanksgiving all, and tight lines!

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Name: noops Date: November 12, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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My personal best.23 1/2 inches caught on 5 inch pumpkinseed grub....NE Oregon

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Name: cumminsbassguy Date: October 24, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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Well, I don't wanna name my favorite lake.. bit decoded to head there before it closes for the year... water temps were 53 around 10.. and 55 56 around noon.. overcast and windy.. had one brownie smack my spinnerbait next to the boat.. right after I started fishing.. then nada. No fish. No trout. Marked tons and tons of fish.. just couldn't get them to bite, ended up taking a jerkbait, going for trout.. cast up by a dock one smacked it couple jerk in.. nice little pound and a halfer, cast back there... another one smokes it.. gets off. See the water swirl from 4 ft down... cast back. Burn it back. Stop it by the boat only to see an easy 7+ chase it up and dive back down. . Nothing like that to get your blood pumping.

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Name: jonb Date: October 13, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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I woke up late and decided to seek solitude today and do something different. So I went to notellum river to fish for bull trout which is legal there. Its specified in special regs 20" min size etc... bulls arent worth eating though I release them all these days....
I arrived to my first hole around 12:00pm this afternoon, started off with a black rabbit fur/ purple flash twitching jig immediately missed a hit on my first cast, cast again same spot bam, hooked up with a nice sized bull, knew it was over 20" as I was fighting it. I got it near shore, snapped a pic real fast, taped it, let it go. 22" , ill guess it wasnt far from being 4lb. I worked that hole for several minutes, then I decided it was time for a change up, so I switched to a 1/8oz white and blue wooley bugger jig and started at the very top of the run, first cast , I get a hit but miss so I reel it up and as I do I noticed something followed it, it ended up darting back to the depths so I casted again bam, fish on. I get it in, snapped a pic didnt measure it and let it go, id guess it was at least 18" and probably well over the 2lb mark. I continue to pound that same stretch with everything from spinners to float/jigs to spoons etc, nothing.. so I move up river and tied on a 1/4 oz rabbit fur jig, few casts in bam, im hooked up and land and release a spunky lively but very dark pink salmon. So I keep moving up, nada in the usual hole I catch them in.... interesting... so I keep going up to the biggest and furthest hole I visited today, 1st cast on the purple rabbit fur, wham fish on, I can see its another bull similar to the first one I caught , then as it made its first big run, it pulled the hook. I fished my way back with no more fish, but had a blast twitching jigs for bull trout.

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Name: Red beard Date: October 11, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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This is a combo report from last weekend and this weekend. A trio of us fished a river system on the OP, some say it is "magic" but I believe that it is part luck and 10 years of studying the system.

We started off Friday morning an hour before light, the bite started around 7:30 and we had our limits by 9 am... releasing 3x that, Including one beautiful female king that stormed off like a rocket. There were a few other people along with us but we only saw a few fish caught. We stayed the night and tried once again the saturday morning but could only get one each as the rains turned the water into chocolate. We left with a total of 13 fish between three of us for 2 days... So it's a 3. Until next time.

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Name: Ian Horning Date: September 19, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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I hit one of my favorite little rivers in search of wild trout a couple days ago. It proved to be the last time I could fish before departing for college, and it was a great day with plenty of fish to be caught.

Although there is considerable amounts of spawning humpies in the river right now, I still managed to find some trout and other critters of the river. I was greeted at dawn by a tail-slappin' beaver, and headed upriver to fish some of my favorite holes. Managed to catch some nice sized bulls, 3 fish over 20 inches. No pictures of them released them as quick as I could. I don't keep them and don't think anyone should. They were also released alongside several smaller bulls that I caught. Also caught a solid rainbow of 18 inches or so, two smaller 'bows and a couple small cutthroat. All fish were released. There was bits of rain and bits of shine, and overall I couldn't really ask for a better last day in Snohomish County.

As I depart from home and find myself at Western Washington U, I can turn my attention to the Skagit, Sauk, Nooksack and the beautiful waters of British Columbia. It will undoubtably be a little while before I am able to get any fishing in; adjusting to college and not having a personal vehicle will take time and will limit my ability to get on the water.

Until next time, keep them rods bent and them rivers clean!

And I still hope very dearly that all manner of snaggers snap their rods, drop their "gear" in the river and get written up by game wardens.

Tight lines

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Name: Mattdango Date: September 03, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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Hit the lake early with a black/blue strike king rage blade and strike king rag craw trailer. Caught several 2-3 pounders. Was looking for something bigger grabbed my jig rod with a black/blue jig with rattle and same trailer. On the second cast I caught a 6 lbs 4 oz pig. As I took pics I bumped into a log and released the fish. I pulled away from the log and cast to the far end. I saw the smallest of ticks in my line reeled down and set the hook. Bummed out I thought I was hooked into the log, then thump! It was on. My 8 foot pontoon was dragged and line peeled off the reel. Roughly 3 minutes of a fight and I landed my personal best, 8lbs 7 oz. of pure hawg! Best day I've ever had on the water!

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Name: Little D Date: August 30, 2015 Lake Name: Secret  
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I know I haven't posted in forever even though I have been fishing quite a bit. I figured todays trip warranted a report. A friend and I decided it was to nice a day to not go fishing. We decided to stay close to home so we could catch the Hawks game if fishing wasn't the greatest. Well we missed the first 3 quarters and for some reason the fishing gods must have blessed us today. We fished two lakes today the first always produces a large quantity of fish but nothing to ever get excited about. The second is a private lake and knowing a few home owners is the trick to get in. The first lake was sadly disappointing not for lack of fish but because of insane amounts of weeds. The second lake had us worried because the water level is about 6 feet below normal so a lot of the fishable structure has been taken over by birds. We beat banks for about 45 min and right as the game started was about the time the phrase "Ok Last Cast" was uttered. Well lets just say that "Last Cast" lasted about 2 more hours. I don't know why or how the fish were stacked so deep in the area we found them. I noticed a swirl in the water and seen a few bluegill making some impressive acrobatic moves and decided a soft plastic swim bait might do the trick, while my buddy was throwing a senko with a paddle tail. When I pulled the first fish out I made sure to let him know it was my biggest bass ever. Well that statement was true until my next cast when that fish became the second biggest bass ever. We were both awe struck as we repeatedly hooked and landed these fish out of the same spot for nearly 2 hours. At one point we both agreed there is no reason for these fish to be here and this cant continue. We were both wrong they just kept coming. I couldn't ask for a better day on the lake.

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