Winter Travelling Adventure

Starman77

Active Member
Winter travelling conditions have arrived, so be prepared if you're heading over the pass... On the way to the lake yesterday I had freezing rain almost cover my windshield near Kittitas; surprised to only see a couple of vehicles spun off the road. On the way home, the pass was closed for two hours to clear all the vehicles that had spun out in a heavy snowstorm. In spite of the cold, ice, snow, fog and freezing rain, fishing was ok for November.

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That's @Buzzy in the pram. He and I had the lake to ourselves all day, except for a couple of hikers. Pat caught the biggest fish of the day, a 24 inch rainbow that he estimated at 5 pounds. But, I got the biggest brown of the day, a nice 20 incher:

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This chart slows the sizes of the fish I landed on this outing. You want to think quality, not quantity at this lake.

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The rainbows are all very husky, even the 12 inchers. Here's a photo of one of the nice rainbows:

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The algae bloom has pretty much disappeared with the colder temperatures and the water visibility is now about 10 feet. The water temperature has cooled down to 46 degrees, so wear your warmest wool socks.

Rex
 

dp

~El Pescador
nice report. I plan to head east a couple more times before the end of the month
 

wanative

Retired, gone fishin'
Winter travelling conditions have arrived, so be prepared if you're heading over the pass... On the way to the lake yesterday I had freezing rain almost cover my windshield near Kittitas; surprised to only see a couple of vehicles spun off the road. On the way home, the pass was closed for two hours to clear all the vehicles that had spun out in a heavy snowstorm. In spite of the cold, ice, snow, fog and freezing rain, fishing was ok for November.

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That's @Buzzy in the pram. He and I had the lake to ourselves all day, except for a couple of hikers. Pat caught the biggest fish of the day, a 24 inch rainbow that he estimated at 5 pounds. But, I got the biggest brown of the day, a nice 20 incher:

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This chart slows the sizes of the fish I landed on this outing. You want to think quality, not quantity at this lake.

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The rainbows are all very husky, even the 12 inchers. Here's a photo of one of the nice rainbows:

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The algae bloom has pretty much disappeared with the colder temperatures and the water visibility is now about 10 feet. The water temperature has cooled down to 46 degrees, so wear your warmest wool socks.

Rex
Thanks Rex. Beautiful trout and fishing hole.
 

Starman77

Active Member
If I ever catch a brown like that they will hear me in Soap Lake :D
Hey, Billy... I released that brown, so it is still there for the catching, although it looked like quite the intelligent brown, and didn't look like it had been fooled very often. I'd guess that there are quite a few more browns in this lake than we think, but they are just really hard to catch. When you say "they" do you mean the Soap Lake girls that you're so popular with? :)
 

b_illymac

Soap Lake Posse
WFF Moderator
Hey, Billy... I released that brown, so it is still there for the catching, although it looked like quite the intelligent brown, and didn't look like it had been fooled very often. I'd guess that there are quite a few more browns in this lake than we think, but they are just really hard to catch. When you say "they" do you mean the Soap Lake girls that you're so popular with? :)
The Soap Lake girls watch me from the observatory Rex. It's a big party when I hit that lake! :D
 

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