Let’s face it. We have had a long, wet winter in Western Washington. While the signs of Spring are showing, it’s taking forever for the lakes to warm up on this side of the Cascades.
I coerced a couple kayak fishing buddies (John Knox and Jordan Parker) to meet up at the Potholes Reservoir area where the temps were a bit warmer than on our side of the mountains.
We chose to hit a couple of the Seep Lakes as we thought they would warm a little quicker than Potholes. Jordan knew of a good largemouth lake where we spent a full day trying to convince a largemouth to come out and play. It would take until mid-afternoon for those fish to wake up.
I landed a couple small fish in the shallows throwing a 7” salamander. The larger fish only responding to swim baits pulled in the deepest part of the lake. The fish were just lipping the lures causing us to lose a couple but also land a couple nice fish.
Day two we ventured to another Seep Lake that held walleye. We watched a boat land two on Mack’s Lure Smile Blade Spinners and worm harnesses trolled behind a bottom walker. The walleye were deep (45 feet) and on the small size.
The wind laid down so we put in a couple of hours trolling bottom walkers at the east end of the Potholes. I picked up a perch and had two bites. The bite was even slower there.
We talked to a trout angler who had pulled in his limit of large triploid rainbows, with a couple pushing the 24 inch mark. He picked them up trolling a Kastmaster lure in about 15 feet of water.
Give it a couple more weeks and it will be prime!
Photos by Jordan Parker
"Jordan knew of a good largemouth lake where we spent a full day trying to convince a largemouth to come out and play."