Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Jiminsandiego, Mar 5, 2018.
Or even twin 5's . . . oh, & that country is just ripe with ticks in the spring.
That doesn't look like Sprague, Dean!, nice cat , though
Found a Sprague pic on my phone from '14
You're weird. Somebody had to say it. Count on me.
I check some the other fishing sites for Washington. Last fall some guys posted reports from Sprague with very nice size trout. They were trolling dodgers and big perch fly’s. I think you can find some videos on You tube. Some were from late fall, early winter. It does look like a boat kinda water.
Sprague is always great after a rehab for about 3 years, then it falls off of trout to become a warmwater fishery..until that becomes inundated with panfish and Carp and such and then another rehab.
(Sidenote: after a rehab in the 80's, a large sturgeon washed ashore..6 footer plus. Crazy)
It has been that pattern for 30 years that I recall.
It is also a dangerous lake to mess with in the wind-which is most of the time, and has taken more than a few lives over the years. I have tubed it and caught some fish-including a Walleye on the fly at dark, but I'd stay tucked behind a cove and close to the launches, you could get in trouble and the whitecaps can get VERY big. Snake haven, too, later on
Drove by it today, ice is off, whitecaps are on.
Take a trip to Brownlee res in Oregon if you want cats. I catch quite a few targeting smallies. Here is a picture of my son with one.
That pic is awesome. Shirtless with waders, with a stick as a pontoon separator, using a classic Medalist as a fly reel, with a big grin that is between sheer joy and disgust, all at the same time.
We go old school down here! Dan was Baker County "Entrepreneur of the Year' this last year. He started a travel/guide business here. Here is a link to his web-site
Now for the fishing information. I have a friend who targets cats down here in an area where they congregate in about 4 feet of water. That's a trip I'm planning to do, although there is something a bit repulsive about those critters. I caught a huge one this last year and like Dan I managed to release it without grabbing the damn thing!
Please pass-along my congrats to your Son, Jeff!
Better rethink that release Jeff. Catfish fillets deep fried in beer batter with some fries and coleslaw washed down with an ale is some mighty fine eats!
ps: think of them as bearded trout and they might not be so repulsive.
I have eaten them, but there is mercury contamination in that whole system......ODFW recommends not eating more than one meal a month or some thing like that. I ate one once and it was great, just would rather eat little crappie etc. think they probably have less concentrations of the stuff. Of course this is coming from someone who lives in North Richland, about as close as you can get to the Hanford site!
Sprague was a bust yesterday. Beautiful weather, calm 39 degree water, tried everything from cronos to 5" baitfish and all other known producers. One little tug.All other boats we talked to had the same, so safe to say the bite was off.