Fishing

Spring into Bass of Eastern Washington

by brad-hole
Monday, May 22, 2017
   Fishing
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Seep Lakes of Eastern Washington are a paddler's paradise. Three kayak anglers escape Soggy Seattle for spectacular scenery and an early spring bass bite.

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.

Brad Hole - The scout
Brad Hole - The scout

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.

John Knox - Seep Lake
John Knox - Seep Lake

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.

Jordan with a great fish
Jordan with a great fish

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.

I've decided I need smaller hands!
I’ve decided I need smaller hands!

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.

This one nearly ate John Knox
This one nearly ate John Knox

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.

The reach
The reach

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.

RAMs new camera boom prototype
RAMs new camera boom prototype

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."

PHOTO CAPTION
Brad Hole- Small-eye / First fish of the day / Brad Hole - Seep Lake

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