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Smells like low tide.
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Drove back up to the stocker pond yesterday afternoon. Some gnarly rain showers and a mild 8-10 mph breeze were happening, but it was in the mid-50's and not so bad with rain gear. In fact, it was downright balmy and comfortable.
I made there just in time to fish the "post-siesta dinner bell." At 2pm this time of year, the trout there usually aren't feeding. By 3pm, that usually changes.
Was a repeat of last week's fishing, except that I caught more trout per hour, but several more of the 1.2 pounders, and only 3 of the 2-pounders. OK, that ought to be enough stats to satisfy the curiosity of you numbers guys. Nothing out of the ordinary, so far.
Right during the middle of a hard shower, I was fishing along a row of pilings, stripping my Cookie Girl just off the bottom in about 9 feet of water, and I hooked a good fish that stayed down and dirty, never jumped, but at least swirled on the surface a few times. The wind was blowing me right into the pilings, and the fish tried to wrap me up. Thanks to the 3x florocarbon tippet and my solid loop knot, I was able to tighten up the leash and keep her clear. I fended off with my left hand and the wind blew me through the gap and suddenly I was clear of the pilings, with the trout still fighting. Like I said, it was a good one.
I finally got her in the net, and was surprised to see, not another 2-pounder stocker bow, but a bright, fat and sassy Searun Coastal Cutthroat! That explained the lack of aerial displays and the tough down and dirty dogfight. My camera was stashed in my roll-top dry bag, and I so just did a quick measurement and released her. She was a sweet sixteen!
Last week when I fished the lake, the water level was at least two feet lower, and the outlet creek was running pretty low, still. Yesterday, the Satsop was running chocolate and high, and the outlet creek, which flows into another creek that flows into the Satsop, was up!
I'm assuming that this fish was from the Grays Harbor/Chehalis/Satsop system.
 

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I usually think of this lake as a "stocker pond," and usually only fish it for trout during the Fall and early Spring. Is nice to run into a wild surprise. I wonder if that Searun was on her way to spawn in one of the inlet creeks (which happen to be pretty small), or if she was just dipping in as she wandered on her way to somewhere else.
She was heavily spotted, but still fairly bright, with orange slashes, but not much other color, as if she had only recently run up from tidewater.
 

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We fished the Satsop East Fork yesterday. The water is high but very clear, and lots of big fish moving about. We also drove downstream to check out the main river and found that to be mostly cafe au lait, so we went back to the East fork below Schafer Park.
We ran into some locals who said you can only fish below the bridge; the way I read the regs you can fish above and below the bridge (at Schafer park); any thoughts on this would be most helpful and appreciated :)
Looks like I posted this in the wrong place-sorry.
Dang. Thanks. I almost drove up there today. Got busy cleaning up the landscaping and mowing the grass one last time. Fishing maybe on W or Th next week.
Yes, the E Fork Satsop closes to fishing above the bridge at Shafer after Oct 31. High but clear water is good for Coho in the E Fork. Didja get any?
 
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