Union Bay bust

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by daveypetey, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. dbaken

    dbaken New Member

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    I feel Mark's pain - to much tragedy with bass in Oregon. Two of the best trout stillwaters in the West, Davis and Crane Prairie, have been seriously damaged by Johnnie Bass Seed. Think of your favorite basin lake, (like Lenice) remove the most trout, and add LMB. Then have WDFW say, yeah, this is awesome! Now we can have bass tournaments and a bass hatchery!

    Davis is a shadow of what it was - a few trout stuffed into Odell Creek, and thousands of swimming fish tacos. Crane Prairie is a bit better, but not what it was.
     
  2. Walter Spaulding

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    Hmm kind of scared to post any reply for fear of getting lambasted.But oh well here go's.I promise I will stick to the question at hand in regards to bass in Lake Washington/Union.I grew up fishing Lake Washington,Thorton Creek ,Sammamish Slough,Bear Creek Ettc.I am adamently oposed to planting bass ,Triploid trout,hachery rainbows ettc. where ever there is a populaition of native trout sutch as in Lake Washington/Union .I realize however that people don't respond well to hostility and those bass are fun to catch and if you hate them catch them and kill them /eat them.I digress.Starting at the draw bridge over the cut muddler minnows, buggers.leeches at first lite and at dusk on the S.W.side on a full sinking line should get you into some big smallies there's an undercut ledge that runs from the park to the bridge they come out to feed in low lite conditions on top of it.Arround the corner from that over by the yacht club where the weed beds and pads start under the 520 if I remember rite is another good spot for large and smallmouth.West of that is a small park cant remember the name.The pads get thick there.Best luck I had for large mouth there was had by casting large frog pattern weedless flys onto the pads let them sit for a few seconds then drag them off slow pause for a second after pulling off the pads then do your frog retrieve.There are some very large bass under and around the boat houses behind University Hospital any scullpin imitation will do.Incidentaly there is a culvert back there that some enormous 30-40lb carp hang around.While your back there check out the funny looking trout in the fish hachery.If you really want to hate hate some sqaufish.Lake Washington and Union are loaded.
    Tite Lines.
     
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  3. Brad Niemeyer

    Brad Niemeyer Old School Member

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    The UW area has always been a tough one to fish. Tried multiple times as a student no luck. Finally figured out the bass thing when I switched from big lakes to small lakes. Anyway, top water is not all that successfull around UW... try subsurface and a slow retrieve. Big leeches buggers and crayfish will eventually hook you up with a big bass. More smallies and crappies than largemouth to be found in that area. Smallies like the manmade structures, largemouth prefer the natural snags.

    Try for Smallies at Sand point/Magnuson park ( south end) they like the rocky shore there

    Keep trying. Good luck

    PS. I fish for whatever species is in the water, bass are fun.
     

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  4. daveypetey

    daveypetey Active Member

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    That his a hog. Thanks Brad and Walt. I will all of those places a shot post work this week. Brad, are you wet wading the south end of Magnuson? Or kick boating it?
     
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    Brad Niemeyer Old School Member

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    You can cast from shore or if you prefer float along in whatever you have ( float tube canoe kayak) I like the float tube because it encourages slow methodical fishing which seems to be the best method for bass IMO. Cast up along the piers and docks count down to 10 then jig it back slooow. After you hook up, set the hook and wrestle those bass away from cover immediately. The battle is won in the first 5-10 seconds.
     
  6. daveypetey

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    Brad I was up there last week, are you just putting in at the boat ramp with your float tube and working the bank down to were the ski boats are lifted up out of the water?
     
  7. Brad Niemeyer

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    Access is available all along there. There are swimmers in the middle section so you might want to avoid that area until the water temps drop a bit. Its decent fishing all around sandpoint, likely better than around UW but it is not super great. Lake washington is a hodgepodge of native and non native species. Its got some nice cutts, rainbows, bass, carp , salmon swim through, as do Sea Run Cutts. The problem is finding fish in big water. It seems you have picked it because its close. I live in Woodinville and I don't fish lake washington much anymore. I have seen some big bass in the Juanita Bay area so I may give that a go next spring. I fish Cottage Lake because its close to me. I fish the Sammamish slough ( flows into LW) also because its close to me. Neither are blue ribbon fisheries but can provide some surprises at the right time ( see pics)
     

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  8. Walter Spaulding

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    At one time circa 1990-1993 montlake cut was probably the best smallie fishing for large fish I have ever had in western Washington .Where the slough starts and flows out of Lake Sammamish is also a great spot if you have not tried it I highly recomend it.Accces can be had from the park in Redmond.You might try the south end of Mathews Beach as well about 50-80ft out from the mouth of the creek there is a drop off and weed bed that used to be productive for nice smallies some very large cutts and some asorted pearch rainbows even a steelhead once upon a time.And I can attest to Brads knowledge of Magnussun Park .I have seen some nice smallies and Cutts there as well.Good luck.