Lenore

Scott Salzer

previously micro brew
#2
If ya wait a few weeks, you might get a "twofer". DF on the opener, or Lenore if that is your preference. (And yes, I did see "eastside all week")

Cold, but the fishing can be good.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#6
Are there still fish in Lenore?

Yes, there are still plenty of fish in Lenore, they are just not as convenient to catch as they were before. 30 years ago the South end was really the place to fish, but the weed growth pushed people away to the point that they all headed to the North end. I have great pictures of the North end packed to the gills. At one point I was fishing out of my boat and I anchored very close to the shore and a guy stood next to my boat and eventually actually put his net and vest in my boat. I'm kind of a gregarious fellow so I didn't mind, but it was an honest to goodness wonderful zoo!

Then about 4 or 5 years ago the weeds hit the North end which started to really concentrate in a very small area and folks were either in the hot tube sized area and catching fish or they were not. It was honestly kind of ridiculous.

The fish are still there, but you need to find them around the lake in the spring spawn run in different areas. Don't let that whole poaching thing run you off.
 
#8
I stopped and fished from the rocks last year. The visibility seemed worse than I remember, and the water smelled terrible. Not the mud, the water. I didn't see a fish rise or any other sign of fish, though I assume there are plenty around.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#9
I stopped and fished from the rocks last year. The visibility seemed worse than I remember, and the water smelled terrible. Not the mud, the water. I didn't see a fish rise or any other sign of fish, though I assume there are plenty around.
Those fish are seriously notoriously non risers, if the water is not clear you normally will never know that they are there.



I was literally blown off the lake. Even the whitecaps had whitecaps...

One year knowing that I wanted to anchor in that kind of wind, my friend and I stopped at Walmart and bought some straps that we could wrap around rocks. It worked! We rocked up and anchored in an area that no one else could and sure enough we caught fish when everyone else needed to leave.
 

Lue Taylor

Lue Taylor/dbfly
#10
The last time I was there seen fish nothing to net I seen them look at my fly turn away and I put the kitchen sink in there too should have added the stove I forgot my ass was freezing I was sitting on the stove
 

JE

Active Member
#11
Let's not forget the impact of our Russian buddies netting 100's of lbs of fish out of the spawning channel for who knows how long each spring. Maybe things will turn around in a few years after last years big WDFW bust.
 

mat1226

Active Member
#12
Let's not forget the impact of our Russian buddies netting 100's of lbs of fish out of the spawning channel for who knows how long each spring. Maybe things will turn around in a few years after last years big WDFW bust.

I hate to hear things like this. Glad someone was busted.
 

KevinLS

Active Member
#13
Thanks for the tips folks, Ira. I'm still waiting to get a great day on that lake, I think persistence is key. Next time I'll be bringing some boulders. :)
 

KevinLS

Active Member
#14
Anyhow I made up for it on a little creek no one has ever heard of or fished south of there off Hwy 17 ;) ... It was a gorgeous day anyway.
 
#15
I am headed to Lenore for my first time this year as I promised myself to give it a try. The north end these past couple years have not produced and has been quite sporadic when and if they show up. Has anyone had any success this year.

And on another not Lone Lake was on fire today from 11-3 using chironomids in black /red wrap size 12. Fish are monsters and very healthy.