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Old 06-09-2020, 04:08 PM   #61
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Good to know that the fishing can be good in the afternoon, it might be easier to get my wife to go that time of day, HaHa. Looks like you and your son are dialed in. Im heading up Thursday hopefully, my smoked fish from last week are just about gone.

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Good to know that the fishing can be good in the afternoon, it might be easier to get my wife to go that time of day, HaHa. Looks like you and your son are dialed in. Im heading up Thursday hopefully, my smoked fish from last week are just about gone.

There have been quite a few times we hit Merwin first thing in the morning, only to get skunked. Then head to Yale and limit. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever fished Yale very early.


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Same thing happened to me last week. Decided to try Merwin again, fished for 2 hours in the morning , one bite. Got to Yale about 9:30, 20 fish by 11;30. I would like to get the bigger fish but I can seem to figure Merwin out.
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Started at Yale this am. Finished group one at 11:30. Group 2 at 3:30. Best was 15-20' I did find a dead and lost two down rigger balls a few complete setups. I miss the quality at Merwin but I'm tired fighting the algae and the busy ramp.


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Ouch, loosing 2 DR balls and setups in one day. We’re you somewhere close to the circle I’ve drawn? I’ve lost a few setups in a tree along that location. I’ve yet think quickly enough to drop a waypoint so I can avoid it.




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No sir. Up lake further. I'm not sure it wasn't the same roller both times.


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We have been getting limits at Yale with 1 once and 50ft setbacks. I troll with electric motor, not sure how deep this setup puts our lures. I have downriggers and will be on the lookout if I have to use them. Thanks for info.
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Assuming it rains from now till this weekend like the forecast shows, is it worth fishing Yale this Saturday? I’ve been itching to go lately. The last time the kids and I showed up a couple of weeks ago at Yale Park to launch the thunder and lightning sent us home. Thanks.
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Assuming it rains from now till this weekend like the forecast shows, is it worth fishing Yale this Saturday? I’ve been itching to go lately. The last time the kids and I showed up a couple of weeks ago at Yale Park to launch the thunder and lightning sent us home. Thanks.
Today we Fished Yale for the first time this year. After putting over 300 fat koks in the boat from merwin from January 1 we thought we would try to escape the alge bloom. What a disappointment! The first 5 fish from yale went through the dam net and escaped.Then we discovered that was as big as they were this year. We put the net away and just pulled them over the back of the boat. Then we got our 20 in about 2 hours and had to go home. Lots of action but not much tonnage Sam
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Melissa and I took the dogs and hit the lake yesterday afternoon (4-8p.) Took us a bit to find some fish then we started getting them fairly consistently. Every color seemed to get bit. Had 2 rods at 25’ on DR and 2 rods at 75’ w/ 1oz LL. We hook up with 16, landed 8, lost 2 as we went to net rest spit it during the fight. Wiggly buggers. Melissa’s landing ratio was good, mine not so much. I just couldn’t get my rhythm going yesterday. Oh well, I’m sure next trip will be better.

Fish are definitely smaller on Yale this year than last year but still decent. The ones we got were 10-12”, most in the 11” slot and still a bit thin. Hopefully they start bulking up.

It was a nice evening on the water, no wind and only a handful of boats.

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Rookie question which boat ramp is everyone using?
I heard some of the ramp were possibly closed due to low water?

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Yale Park. Saddle dam is current closed.


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Hit up Yale today. It pretty much rained enough to kick the auto bilge in every 45 min or so.... still managed to find a way to have fun with two different groups. The best today for me was gold Arrows, RMT hootchies, and Franks flies with VIP blades. 1.3-1.5 at 10-20 feet never more then a mile from the ramp. Bite was better early but was never "hot" just steady all day. Back up again tomorrow. Hopefully the streak of limits continues.





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Nice job Mike! Are you finding the fish are averaging about 11" so far this year in Yale?
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:51 AM   #79
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Yeah thats about what I'm seeing. Few smaller. Had one break 14.


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Belated report for Saturday the 20th. Three of us got 25 before the rain started about 10:30. I'm sure we could have gotten 5 more to fill limits, but with our wives aboard for boat rides, it was time to be done. Got them from 15 to 40 feet with 25 being the most consistent. We lost only a few, but had lots of short bites.

Homemade flies that my neighbor tied in pink and orange behind a smile blade did best. Pink hootchies also got some action. A pink Luhr Jensen kokanee spoon that has been awesome the last few trips didn't get bit at all. Crazy fish! Surface rods also failed to produce. Not sure why since they were rising around us all morning and we have been doing well on top. Gulp maggots were a fail also after working well on the last few trips. Just never know about these buggers!
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Old 06-23-2020, 12:34 PM   #81
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First trip to Yale in two weeks, boy have things changed. Fished from 6:30 till 9:30 with only 4 fish netted. All during May and early June we got easy limits on the top, now water temp is 64 degrees with algae bloom. Lots of boats and not many nets flying. The ones we caught were 25 and 30 on the dr. Will have to learn how to catch them deep now.
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First trip to Yale in two weeks, boy have things changed. Fished from 6:30 till 9:30 with only 4 fish netted. All during May and early June we got easy limits on the top, now water temp is 64 degrees with algae bloom. Lots of boats and not many nets flying. The ones we caught were 25 and 30 on the dr. Will have to learn how to catch them deep now.

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Old 06-24-2020, 06:56 AM   #83
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Roady, I have not fished Merwin in the past month so I cant compare to that, but there is lots of algae that wasnt there last time I fished, but not bad enough that you have to slap your line to get it off.
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Roady, I have not fished Merwin in the past month so I cant compare to that, but there is lots of algae that wasnt there last time I fished, but not bad enough that you have to slap your line to get it off.

Thanks for the info. My son and I are giving the Columbia on last shot today, but I’m sure we’ll be back up at Yale again in the near future.


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Old 06-24-2020, 05:24 PM   #85
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Fished Yale the last three days. Managed limits all three days. Riggers set at 20-23', 2oz at 80' on the lead lines. 1.5 was my target speed. Corn in tuna oil with garlic. I'll be back at it again. In the am.


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Rednecky1 was the bite right at day break or later. Where on the lake did you find them. I didnt see much across from launch or by the culverts from 6:30 to 9:30, didnt try anywhere else
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We put number 100 so far Yale kokane in the boat today. Slow bite but steady. Still very small, still looking for that 14 inch yale fish! Really did not mater what we were using as long as bait was on the hook. Still lots of people. Splash and squeeeeeeels started to show up about 930 am.
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Rednecky1 was the bite right at day break or later. Where on the lake did you find them. I didnt see much across from launch or by the culverts from 6:30 to 9:30, didnt try anywhere else

I found them in schools across from the ramp.

Another 40 today. With time to hit the fat moose for fried pickles for lunch.

I have been finding decent schools and doing passes through them. Looks like I'll be up there Saturday and Sunday.



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Last two days on Yale should be my last for the season. Limits were fairly easy both days, finished today at 9. 1.5 sog 15-25' mostly Arrow flash dodgers and Franks Flies with VIP 1.5 blades.





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Ouch, loosing 2 DR balls and setups in one day. We’re you somewhere close to the circle I’ve drawn? I’ve lost a few setups in a tree along that location. I’ve yet think quickly enough to drop a waypoint so I can avoid it.


I had something grab my downrigger ball in that area once and nearly pull the side of my boat under....scared the $#[email protected] out of me

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20-30 mph winds, pouring rain and 3ft. swells couldn't keep this crazy fisherman off the water and not have Kokanee for dinner
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Thank you Redneckty1 for all the great pics and information you have you have provided.
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I got into this last week. I have hit it before but my fish finder had been cleared out from last season so I forgot about where it was exactly was. Should have known better but that was where the fish were. Has anyone been able to see on their electronics what it is? I would guess a tree but only at 30 feet? In a few weeks the water grass will be causing problems.
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At the mouth of Siouxon Creek, in like 190' deep water, all of a sudden some "thing" about 40 ' deep appears. My guess, it's a rock
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I was pulling do.wnriggers 25 ft deep, so I didn't hang up.
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For the time being, are you not fishing Merwin at all?
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Paul,,, we left Merwin when the bloom hit and plugged up our rod guides.The splash and squeeel bunch also showed up about that time with those dam wake boats. Yale has a lot of fish this year. We have boated 120 so far and have yet to find that elusive 14 incher. They are more like 10-11-maybe a few 12 inches.
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Merwin was slow and steady today with no bloom issues at all.
10 kokes then released three past convicts to be caught again by others on trolled spinners at 45'
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First time fishing Yale today, first time fishing kokanee ever. Made a last minute decision last night to head north /w 5 year old for kokes instead of west for trout. Being my first time, I'm not really geared for it and just used all my trout gear. 6" sling blades, wedding rings, hootchies, Tuna+garlic corn.

Headed straight across from the boat ramp. Dropped 2 DRs to 20+25' and began getting a long liner out. Immediate double on the DRs, throw the long line rod down while I try to land those and it turns into a triple, of which only 1 was landed. Rest of the day was sporadic bites here and there till about 10 when I was ready to call it. Another double. Start doing laps on up and down the line I was on and it was at least consistent action for the next hour.

Managed only 5 in the cooler with more than that lost at the net and ~20 take downs that either didn't stick or lost due to rookie mistakes. Had no trouble getting bit but converting a bite into a dead fish was a different story, but I guess thats par for the course with these fish
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Adam - Nice report. Yeah they are wiggly buggers and it does take a bit to get the hang of playing them and even then some days they just come off no matter what you do.


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Yesterday afternoon, they liked 60 ft line out and downriggers at 34 ft, arrow gold dodgers and spin-n-glow with chartreuse tops. Fished within sight of the dam.

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I have not been up in a couple of weeks, is the frenzy over? It was sure alot of fun in early may through mid june
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Drift boat kokanee trip #2 today, this time without all the lost fish. Could have filled out 2 limits if wind didn't blow me off the lake around 10
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Good to hear, how deep were they
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15' or less earlier in the morning. A couple fish hit my Brad's cut plug while I was clippin the line to downriggers clip. Later on 20-30'
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Nice job Adamg! Thinking of ducking out of work early one day this week and doing an afternoon chasing Kokanee


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Melissa and I took the girls out for an evening fishing at Yale. Nice evening on the boat and we ended up going 10/16 for Kokanee. Those buggers are wiggly as heck some days. Not bad for 4 hours of fishing.

Everything we threw at them got bit, green seemed to get bit more than others. Two rods at 30’ on the DR, Two rods LL at 100’ with 2oz of lead.










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If the water level is right, you can also camp on one of the beaches as well via your boat.
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If the water level is right, you can also camp on one of the beaches as well via your boat.
Dispersed camping is currently closed at Yale since Saddle Dam Park is closed.

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Hit up Yale today even though it was going to push 100. Windy as the gorge to start off with and though I was going to throw in the towel but we kept hooking fish. Got to 22 pretty quick but then had a lull till the 10 o'clock bite came then we finished off with our 30. Caught them at all depths. Using 3oz of lead and Arrow flashers with every color hooch imaginable. All got bit. Wind was a factor but the bite kept us there.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:56 PM   #114
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Thanks for the report, I have not been up there for three weeks, I think I will try next week. Is the average size still about 11 inches
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Old 07-29-2020, 02:55 PM   #115
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Anybody fish Yale since this hot weather has hit. I have heard Riffe has slowed down last few days.
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Old 07-30-2020, 12:37 PM   #116
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My son and I fished Yale both Monday and Yesterday. On both days, we had started at Merwin and left there around 10:30 after not doing well. We kept 10 each day at Yale before it got too warm.


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My son and I fished Yale both Monday and Yesterday. On both days, we had started at Merwin and left there around 10:30 after not doing well. We kept 10 each day at Yale before it got too warm.


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Old 08-05-2020, 08:19 AM   #118
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8/4/20 We arrived at the lake early enough that you could not yet read a newspaper on a clear windless day. We headed directly across the lake and fished in 90 FOW trolling toward the dam. The surface temperature was 71 degrees and the fish were easily spotted down about 35 feet. Virtually nothing was seen above that level but scattered fish were seen lurking below so I presume there resided the thermocline. The catching was better until the sun hit the water with no clouds in the sky. Pink and chartreuse hoochie rigs 10" behind a gold flasher and another flasher with a significant amount of industrial strength glow tape caused a lot of interest from the critters and there was very little in the way of taps. Front hook was a #2 green Octopus. Second hook was a number 4 also in green and this was followed by a #4 red Octopus style that acted like the stinger that it was. That stinger paid off handsomely!

Merwin has been a little sketchy so the pick was Yale for proven results. I really like to watch the rod fold over on bigger fish but bringing home some smokers is the proof in the pudding. The folks we launched with were back at the dock at 0900 and heading home. We all had our limits. There were no 14 inchers but we threw back only two dinks. I had no trouble filleting our catch which now reside in the brine awaiting an afternoon smoking.

I had not been up to Swift in many years and we had the rest of the day to play. Very little has changed there in a decade except who is running the campground. I gotta get back up there for some good trout fishing.

Warning Just west of the Swift launch and in the middle part of the westbound lane is a pothole best described as a crater. It goes down through two layers of pavement with a big patch of gravel at the bottom. I spotted it on the way in and it looked like a Yugo stuck in the bottom. This thing is a tire buster and a suspension killer! Be Careful.

At Merwin, Yale and Swift I saw not another person (except the gate attendant at Swift) wearing a mask. Come On Folks. Help me make it to 2021 please.
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Pensacola, thanks for post. By flasher do you mean dodger or lake troll like cousin carls. You are using three hooks, I have never thought of doing that.
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Pensacola, thanks for post. By flasher do you mean dodger or lake troll like cousin carls. You are using three hooks, I have never thought of doing that.
Washington's regs do not require the fish be hooked just inside the mouth. So many of the fish that are hooked are really difficult to land especially if you are 175 feet behind the boat. It's almost a science getting them to the boat and in a net. The gentleman with me was using exactly what you mentioned with the Cousin Carl's. He had added some prism tape to the blades for even more flash making them even more effective in the sun, plus they have that great thump that drives these fish to committing suicide. A third hook is permitted. With the way these fish behave it adds a little insurance to getting them into the boat.

Since you know about the "Cuz" you may be familiar with the original Super Duper and the Martin Red Magics. My used tackle dealers have run dry on these lures. I don't like to use bait if at all possible. Anyone out there know where a stash might be found? Happy to buy them. PM please.
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