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Name: downriggeral Date: July 16, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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What a great day, got to fish with Captain Dave somewhere on the mighty Columbia. We met Friday evening hoping to get out and fish the evening bite for sockeye and Chinook. Only got out for a little while right before dark as the wind was howling. No Love.

Had to put down the camper jacks to stabilize the truck the wind was blowing so hard. We turned in and the wind subsided sometime during the night. Up at 5 AM and waited about 25 minutes to launch the boat. Dave put out the sockeye rigs amd we soon had the first takedown. I quickly landed it and the second rod went off and I got that one. The third rod went off and I almost had that one for a limit but a wave hit us and the sockeye played Houdini and escaped.

We switched to King (Chinook) gear and began the hunt for the summers first Chinook salmon to get the salmon stink on Captain Dave's boat: or is that to remove the skunk? Anyway it wasn't long before the salmon rod went off and things got interesting as other boats were around us. Managed not to lose it and it was a beautiful hatchery hen...yahooooo! Dave's boat is now ready for salmon season.

Cooked a sockeye on the pellet grill/smoker tonight for dinner....yum! Thanks Dave. The two filets on the right in the picture are sockeye and the one on the left is the king. Sure beautiful red meat.

Thanks again for a great fun time together Captain Dave. If any of you would like to book a trip he can be reached at (509) 939-6727

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Name: CaptainDavesGS Date: July 09, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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I fished the Brewster pool this morning with a couple of guests for great success on sockeye. We started off the day with a chaotic triple. Good thing I brought a second net with me. These fish are good size this year again and have amazing meat color. I can't wait to sink my teeth into a fillet.

The bite was pretty decent, I saw lots of boats consistently hooking sockeye, but didn't see any Chinook caught today. The bite seemed to die mid morning.

I will be guiding this area for the next few weeks, and have several openings if anybody is interested in booking a trip.

Captain Dave's Guide Service, Booking Now! Columbia River salmon - including Summer &
Fall Chinook and Sockeye, and Lake Roosevelt Kokanee and Trout.
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Name: CaptainDavesGS Date: June 30, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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I decided to post this report under "secret" in preparation for some of my Columbia River Salmon Reports. All my salmon fishing will take place between White Bluffs and Brewster, but in some cases I have decided to not be too specific.

Wednesday was my last June Kokanee trip. I launched with my morning crew at 8am and started my task of hunting down some monster Kokes. For this trip I decided to try stacking lines on my downriggers. The first line I clipped in was 2 colors leaded line. This line sinks 10' deeper than my ball. Also at my ball I attached a mono line on a second release. By utilizing a Mack's Double D Dodger side planing capabilities I was able to push this line out to the side and up and away from the leaded line. I repeated this method on both sides of the boat, and It worked like a charm. With a single line on the back down rigger we were fishing 5 rods between 15-50'. Fishing was consistent and by 1:00 we were cleaning our 8 kokes.

My second trip of the day started at 2 pm. It was just 2 of us for the afternoon bite. Lots of planter rainbow kept us busy, but we managed to land our 4 kokes in just a couple of hours. Largest Koke of the day weighted in at 3.75 pounds.

I wish every day was a 12 koke day.

I thought I would share just how I've been rigging my Coho Killers. First I cut off all the rings. Next I just slide a pre-tied double hook leader thru the holes at each end, and add a swivel to the other end. This also works great on the Phobe spoons I've also been having great success with.

If you would like to book a trip with me for the best Kokanee you may ever encounter, feel free to contact me and we can discuss details. I run both morning and afternoon trips. Also contact me concerning my July Salmon Trips. Reports to come soon.

Thanks Rob Holman for a sneak peak at our up and coming Kokanee video. I hope you all get a chance to watch it once it comes out.

Captain Dave's Guide Service, Booking Now! Columbia River salmon - including Summer &
Fall Chinook and Sockeye, and Lake Roosevelt Kokanee and Trout.
509-939-6727
Captain Dave's Guide Service
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Name: Ian Horning Date: June 16, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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I've been exploring a lot of new locations on the "Open Waters" page of the WDFW's release on May 1. While not where I would like to be fishing, I have certainly been able to explore some new waters that I haven't covered before and found some real treasures.

Yes, I'm upset about the whole state of affairs concerning our fisheries. Yes, we are doing a horrible, horrible job managing them. Yes, I want to be Steelhead fishing. But, we live in a world where it's either BC, the OP, or South WA... and with my current situation cannot reach these places. But that doesn't stop me from fishing and exploring. I have yet to see another angler in these spots and am surrounded by beautiful country. I am quite content.

I have managed to catch all sorts of fish in these spots: Rainbows/Redbands, Coastal and Resident Cutthroat, Bull Trout, and even a little Brook Trout, in a place where it shouldn't be. The rainbows have been gorgeous, with two being 19" and 16", Bull Trout have been good sized (23" and 24" being the biggest) Smallish 8-13" cutts, and a 12-13" Brookie. All fish have been released, kept in the water, and handled with care. This is very important on smaller streams, as removing fish from the ecosystem, especially the bigger spawners, can seriously harm their populations.

As soon as the weather permits I'll be seeking trophy trout in a few select lakes.

Give it to 'em.

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Name: cwbraue Date: June 05, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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This isn't a secret lake, but it's not listed here. I was coming back from fishing this morning and I saw the sign for Milk lake road. I remembered JoeTucker's report about it last year so I decided to check it out. It's a pond more than a lake and full of weeds, but there were fish feeding so I gave it a shot. There are actually several fish in this pond surprisingly and I caught several rainbows and cutthroats. Then I tried to let my spinner sink a bit and it got impossibly stuck in the weeds so I decided to give the fish a break and left.

The water was 67 degrees and with 3 days of 100 degrees in store I am afraid that it may be too hot for the fish to survive before long. I kept one since he might have died soon anyways.

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Name: northfork Date: June 01, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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Got to the lake around 0730. The surface was just like glass.
There were a few fish rising and the Bull frogs were going at it hard.
1 Pole with a bobber the other with slip sinkers.
Not a thing for the first 1/2 hour.
Reeled in the sinker rod and casted back out real short cast. Close into shore. 5 minutes later I have a fish on the sinker rod. This is my ultra light rod and reel. 6# braid with 4# leader.
This was an awesome fight!!
Finally tired the fish out and lifted him into the bucket. Nice bow.
Fished for another hour and nothing.

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Name: cwbraue Date: May 30, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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Well, I took myself fishing for the last day of the holiday weekend and got to the lake just as everybody else was leaving. It was sunny with a light breeze, just perfect to be on the water. My favorite lure got snagged yesterday but luckily I had a backup and it's a good thing I did. I hooked this monster bull trout. It was at least 5 pounds and probably 18 inches or more. I need to get another one of those spoons and measure it so I can try to get a good estimate of his length. Of course I had to let him go since it's a bull trout.

Overall I caught 3 bulls, two cutthroat and one onchirynchus stickus that was bigger than most of my fish.

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Name: northfork Date: May 29, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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Back at the launch this morning at 0730.
Same setup as before.
The trout are just playing with the bobber setup. No take downs right away.
Nothing on the pink Gulp eggs on the sinker rig.
Switch to green Gulp eggs and change out the worm on the bobber.
Bobber is first to go.. nice little 12" bow hooked in the lip. Free to go.
Bobber again.. hooked in the lip. Same fish?? Free to go.
Sinker rod 12" bow hooked in the side of the mouth. Free to go.
Big hit on the sinker rod. Set the hook but the line is stuck under something. I can reel in only to a point and then it stops. Open the bail and the fish peels line off. Reel back in and it stops.
Finally pull hard enough the line breaks at the hook. Free to go.
Nothing for the next 1/2 hour except the Game Warden checking licenses.
All good.
Oh Ya. It didn't rain the entire morning.
Day off tomorrow might hit it again on Tuesday to see how it fishes in the nice weather!!!

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Name: Ian Horning Date: May 29, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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Makin' Memorial Weekend Memorial!

This is a combination report for two days of fishing.

I left this lake a secret due to the presence of Bull Trout, a threatened species, in its waters. While really nobody actively fishes for them, and they ended up being a pleasant by-catch for me, I simply want to protect this highly aggressive species from excessive fishing pressure.

Anyways, me and a lot of friends from school went camping on the shores of this lake for two days, and I managed to get into some pretty decent fishing considering I was bank-bound on the shores of a relatively large body of water. This place is not a secret; but unlocking the secret to catching it's beautiful fish can prove challenging... out of the 20 or so fellow fishermen I saw, nobody landed a single fish. I figured it out fairly quickly, and even had a friend along to witness some action.

The wind blew, rain fell, and I got soaked by the sweet North Cascade's relentless fury. In the midst of it, and from around five hours of fishing, I managed to catch six rainbows, which appeared to be of two different stains, and caught and released four Bull Trout.

The Bulldogs were of hefty size, with not one of them being under 18-20 inches. The two biggest were around 23" and 25"+... roughly measured in the water. The 25"er was probably somewhere close to seven pounds or more... having caught steelhead on the same rod, in a river, I know what a good pull feels like... and this guy pulled hard. The 23"er wasn't much different! These fish were built heavy, thick, and strong... and this guy had a mean arch to his back, as if to say "don't mess around with me."

The Rainbows weren't to be scoffed at either! They came in 14-16 inches and really healthy. I kept two for the campfire barbecue... and my fellow campers essentially hoisted me up and carried me around. Not really, but fresh trout like that was really, really good. The two I kept had eggs in them... the larger had full developed sacs, the smaller was just beginning. The other four CnR showed the same signs.

Tackle: 8' Okuma Celilo UL (love that rod), Pflueger President (love that reel), 8lb P-line CX fluorocarbon-coated line (love that line- ultra low vis even in 20'+ vis water) and my secret weapon, the *SMACK* uhhhh, powerbait... You'll never wrassle that info from me. Anyways, it was one of the best weekends of my life, camp was a soaking mess of deplorable behavior, and everyone had a grand ole time. Especially me.

It was a welcome feel having bulldogs on the end of my line again. They are just such cool fish. Big, beautiful fish. The pictures don't do them justice.

Give it to 'em!

Ian

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Name: northfork Date: May 28, 2016 Lake Name: Secret  
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Started researching a new lake to go fish at after fishing Silver Lake in Everett. I was looking for a little more laid back scenery than just houses.
Came across some interesting prospects while searching the county's web site.
What the heck might as well give one of them a try.
30 minute drive from the house, porta potty and a boat ramp to fish from. Bald Eagle and Ospreys, fish rising all over the lake and pouring down rain.
Get the two rods out of truck ( I have the 2 pole endorsement), setup the rod holders, fill the bucket half full of water and bait the hooks.
1 pole is set up with a slip bobber and the other with slip sinkers and 3' of leader.
Worm on the bobber and pink Gulp eggs on the sinker line.
Toss them both out and get a bite on the sinker rod almost immediately. The trout decides to cross over the bobber line just to keep things interesting.
Get the fish in and drop it in the bucket of water.
The two tangled lines are a mess- both are braid.
Cut everything apart and retie it back together. Decide to fish with only 1 rod for awhile.
I limit out in the next 1/2 hour. Pretty much 10-12" trout.
Return today and have the ramp all to myself again. Pouring down rain.
Put both rods out as far apart as I can get them.
Bobber goes under. First fish in the bucket. Before I can get the bobber back out the second rod goes off. 2nd fish in the bucket.
Both rods back out- the sinker rod goes off. 3rd fish in the bucket.
Bait and cast back out.
Bobber goes under. Fighting the fish trying to keep it away from the second line and that rod goes off.
Lift the bobber fish out of the water and drop it in the bucket and grab the second rod- nice fish on this time.
Dehook and drop in the bucket. Lift the bobber fish up dehook and drop in the bucket. LIMIT
35 minutes start to finish.
Tomorrow I am only going to use 1 rod!!

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