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Fished pass today,pretty slow. Three 12" bows to the net using everything.So I decided to call it a day, put a bugger on and started trolling to the launch not expecting much, but when I entered the bay my rod tip dipped and i had another on. Not much of a fight so I figured another small bow,but about half way my rod tip bent in half. I didn't know what the heck was up, but it was like reeling up a rock. As the fish came to the surface, I saw the bright silver shine of a small bow,however looking closer I had what looked to be a lingcod also. Not so, it was a big ass brown with half the bow in its mouth.I got the fish between my pontoons and reached for my net and the brown let go. Let me tell you,between my pontoons is 28", and this fish was bigger than that. For a slow day a memory was made. Walter lives on in pass lake.
 

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Someone needs to work the edge of the dropoffs with big articulated streamers.
Many, many people have been there and done that but without much success. What you really need to do is troll for perch with a 4wt and a size 12 simi-seal leech. Then that 30+" brown will take the leech and not fit in your net. In a week or two, the fish will be dead because the state had plans to kill it off. Friggin fish still haunts me.
 

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Many, many people have been there and done that but without much success. What you really need to do is troll for perch with a 4wt and a size 12 simi-seal leech. Then that 30+" will take the leech and not fit in your net. In a week or two, the fish will be dead because the state had plans to kill it off. Friggin fish still haunts me.
 

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Many, many people have been there and done that but without much success. What you really need to do is troll for perch with a 4wt and a size 12 simi-seal leech. Then that 30+" will take the leech and not fit in your net. In a week or two, the fish will be dead because the state had plans to kill it off. Friggin fish still haunts me.
Funny. I'm haunted by the smallmouth :D
 

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Oh yeah dude. There's some big fish in there. I've had a couple close encounters with some big ones but never seen one that big.

Hey, you could always catch one of those green sunfish and troll him around. We don't want them in there anyways.

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Oh yeah dude. There's some big fish in there. I've had a couple close encounters with some big ones but never seen one that big.

Hey, you could always catch one of those green sunfish and troll him around. We don't want them in there anyways.

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Pumpkin Seed! Damndest thing about Pass, I've hit 4 in all my years there...but they live on.
 

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Pass Lake has some aggressive fish for sure. I was fishing toward the far left side (rocky ledges) one day and saw a rainbow of about 24" try to eat a Dipper that had been wading along the rocks. Some might say they were going for the same nymph, but I firmly believe that trout was intending to eat the Dipper. All of a sudden, my #4 buggers were looking tiny.
 

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Fished pass today,pretty slow. Three 12" bows to the net using everything.So I decided to call it a day, put a bugger on and started trolling to the launch not expecting much, but when I entered the bay my rod tip dipped and i had another on. Not much of a fight so I figured another small bow,but about half way my rod tip bent in half. I didn't know what the heck was up, but it was like reeling up a rock. As the fish came to the surface, I saw the bright silver shine of a small bow,however looking closer I had what looked to be a lingcod also. Not so, it was a big ass brown with half the bow in its mouth.I got the fish between my pontoons and reached for my net and the brown let go. Let me tell you,between my pontoons is 28", and this fish was bigger than that. For a slow day a memory was made. Walter lives on in pass lake.
Sounds similar to my day there a couple of weeks back on April 4th, spent the majority of the day cruising around looking at different spots, stripping percs and seals as well as hanging out a vast variety of chironomids, the ones we sampled from the only small bow we caught (on a olive seal bugger), were size 18-16 chromies with copper/orange rib. Had a strikingly similar pattern that I tried for a hot minute without a sniff. No luck on chironies the whole day, I do what ever works to catch fish but my experience this spring is that the fish are opportunistic and if they're hungry and see a big bite they will most certainly take advantage of the situation 9/10. Was getting tired of the slow fishing and felt like calling it quits but decided to throw on the Rio hover line and a perc and strip that bad boy in. Stripped twice after the cast and felt a big old bite, set the hook and felt the tug of a nice fish! I wasn't sure what kind of fish it was, but it faught hard on my 5wt. Pulled him in with the perc on the tip of his snout and he was quite a beauty! Had a nice thick back and chunky head, super healthy triploid eater!
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Never fished this lake before and probably won't often due to travel/pressure/noise but it was a blast experiencing hooking a fat brown in western Washington!
 
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