First warmwater report of 2015

Shawn West

Active Member
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I have only gotten out on the water a couple of times this year. My first time out was a brief outing to a lake in the Gorge. I fished for about 90 minuters. I managed to catch 6 smallmouth bass ranging in size from 14" - 18". All of the fish were caught on a #8 Simiseal Leech. The water temperature was 54 degrees.

I spent Sunday in the Gorge. What a beautiful day. There was little wind and warm weather. The water temperature had increased to 56 degrees. I started out fishing a Simiseal Leech (SSL). I was catching smallies, but they were all in the 6" range.

I switched to a Hoo Fly (baitfish pattern). It was not long before I was into a nice fish. I had to put this fish on the reel. I was surprised when I finally got the fish to the net. It was a 21" walleye. I have fished this particular lake for over 5 years. I had never caught a walleye there.


I eventually went back to a SSL. I was catching small bass, but could not find the larger bass. I got to a place that showed promise. There was a shallow area with lots of pea sized rocks with a steep drop off at its edge. I cast my leech about 5 feet beyond the drop off. I was rewarded with 3 smallmouth in 3 casts over 17".




I took care of some business in town and then headed to a different lake to try my luck with the largemouth bass. I should have gone back to the lake I fished earlier. I managed to land a small smallie and a stocker trout. All in all, it was a great day to be on the water. The water is warming up. The fishing is only going to get better.
 
#2
Nice reportage! That is fine specimen representing smallies. Very tiger striped.
I'm slightly surprised you've never caught a wally before. I'm assuming the lakes you are talking about are somehow connected to the Columbia. I catch many walleye as bycatch on the Columbia up here while bass fishing.

Edit: I know the ssl is one of your go to flies for smallies. I was wondering if you've ever tried sculpin or crawfish patterns? While I was working down there I fished between Biggs and the Dalles alot for smallies in the Columbia and the ponds along i-90. I think my best smallie day ever was just below John Day dam. I think I was the only person not salmon fishing. I put at least five in the net that day over six pounds with sculpins.
 
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Shawn West

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Junkie...This was not my first walleye, but it was the first in this particular body of water. They can put a serious bend in your rod.

Funny you should mention sculpins. I have a Near Nuff Sculpin attached to my fishing hat. I have no idea why I did not give it a shot. I figure it maybe a confidence issue. I have not fished sculpins or crawdads enough to have gained any confidence in those patterns. The next time I head out, I will give both patterns at least an hour to show me what they can produce. I am guessing they will both impress. Thank you for your input.

Regards

Shawn
 

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