Ideas for taking a newbie for Crappie, etc

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  1. Rev Trout

    Rev Trout Rev Trout

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    I'm taking a first time flyfisherman out Friday for Crappie, etc. I was thinking Hutchinson Shiner Lakes near Potholes. I haven't fished for Sun fish in a while & I'd really like him to catch some fish. Any ideas for anything in Central WA? I'm in Yakima.

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  2. Mark Yoshida

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    Never fished there or targeted crappie. Oops all are walkin except #6. Sorry.

    From WaLakes website. http://washingtonlakes.com/ReportList.aspx?id=186&t=1
    I-82 Ponds (8 to 30 acres): These seven gravel pit ponds located between Union Gap and Zillah along Interstate 82 are open year around. Ponds 1 and 2, located between Mellis Road and Donald Road, support largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish. Expect good fishing for small pan-sized perch and sunfish. Both Ponds 1 and 2 are closed to walleye fishing; Pond 1 is used as a walleye research project. Pond 3, east of Donald Road, has fair fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish, largemouth bass and yellow perch. Moving east, Ponds 4 and 5 are stocked with rainbow and brown trout, with browns to 16 inches caught occasionally. Fishing is fair for crappie and bass. Pond 4 is located at the end of Finley Road. Buena, or Pond 6, is located off Buena Loop Road, and should have good early-season fishing for stocked rainbow trout. Pond 7, east of Buena, has a fair population of largemouth bass. Access to all ponds except Buena is by walk-in. A county ordinance prohibits boats with gasoline-powered motors. Buena Pond (#6) accessibility Level 1. DP, WCT, Blk Tpa, level

    I-82 PD #1 (YAKI)
    Feb 27, 2012 Rainbow 2,496 2.6 Naches Hatchery
    I-82 PD #2 (YAKI)
    Feb 27, 2012 Rainbow 2,496 2.6 Naches Hatchery
    I-82 PD #3 (YAKI)
    Feb 27, 2012 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery
    I-82 PD #4 (YAKI)
    Mar 26, 2012 Rainbow 3,145 2.3 Goldendale Hatchery
    Feb 27, 2012 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery
    I-82 PD #6 (YAKI)
    Mar 26, 2012 Rainbow 3,162 2.3 Goldendale Hatchery
    Feb 29, 2012 Rainbow 150 1 Naches Hatchery
    Feb 29, 2012 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 Naches Hatchery
     
  3. McNasty

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    go to rotary, you cant drop a fly in the water without catching a bluegill/sunny/small bass/ etc. myron has good fishing around the edges for panfish as well. and ive fished most the i-82 ponds and their all a good bet
     
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    I was at Hutchinson not this past weekend, but the one prior. Fishing was really slow. Spoke to one gear fisherman who had caught a single bass in the morning, but nothing else. I kicked around in my float tube for a couple hours and didn't even see signs of fish in the shallows. I think it may be another couple weeks before things really start heating up over there.
     
  5. Rev Trout

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    Thanks for the info everyone.
     
  6. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Where is Rotary? Is that a lake? I was wanting to try some warm water species for the first time myself. I consider myself an excellent trout fisherman but know squat about crappie, bass, etc. . .
     
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    rotary is between yakima and selah. kinda dirty gross lake i wouldnt eat anything from it but some good planted trout including some pretty giant brooders. good panfishing around all the edges with a bit of carp. theres quite a bit of little bass thatll bite, and some absolute monsters (5-8 lbs.) that are extremly finicky and skitish, only ever heard of a couple biting.
     
  8. Patrick Gould

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    Not sure where you're located, but Stan Coffin Lake in Grant county is managed for panfish and Bass. Right now catching Bluegills there is just a matter of stripping a damsel or soft hackle through the shallows or along a weed line. The Bass like big ugly buggers, leeches or meaty bass flies.
     
  9. Thomas Williams

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    Sorry for the late response, thats a bit farther than I would like to drive. Do you have any recommendations for a lake west of the Yakima? Im in Puyallup.
     
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    Don't most of the lakes in that neck of the woods have warmwater species? Lake Tapps maybe?
     
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    I think Lake Tapps does. Thanks. To be honest I just never hunted for them. Interested in eating some Crappie. Bass dont interest me. Just never have.
     
  12. Patrick Gould

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    I've found some crappie fishing wisdom in the posts by Iveofione.
     
  13. snick

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    Haven't tried yet, but Ohop and Kowposin are supposed to be decent for panfish.
     

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