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Old 04-04-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Have anybody here fished for Rock bass before? Where would you find them?

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Old 04-04-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
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Yes, there are some in the Chehalis river in Chehalis, WA. Fish for them near the shore around overhanging brush in mid-May through June. By the 4th of July it will be about over. Never caught them any other time of the year or any other location.

I used to catch them easily by simply dragging half a night crawler on a baitholder hook with a split shot 18" above. Slow retrieve is best.

You can also sometimes find them in stumps where they will take a jig or crawler.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:15 PM   #3
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Have anybody here fished for Rock bass before? Where would you find them?
My friends and I used to catch rock bass around the coast gaurd docks at swan island but that was a long time ago.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:16 PM   #4
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American Lake by Lewis-McCord air base has the most prolific population in Washington, I think. That area is were most of the lakes with large Rock Bass populations in Washington are located.
Fish there are usually only 6" or so, mostly. Once you locate them, it's a fish per cast if you use bait. From what I understand SUMMER is far and away the best time to catch Rock Bass.
Decent smallmouth, perch, kokanee and trout fishing, too.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:08 PM   #5
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Star Lake in West Auburn (WA) has lots of Rock Bass. I've fished most the lakes on the ridge there, targeting LM. Star Lake, I was on just the one time, and caught at least a dozen Rock Bass before I got a LM...and promptly loaded up my canoe and left. I think I was using 4" black/chart Ringworms. I pretty much quit using chartreuse tails, just because they caught too many perch, bluegills, and rock bass. Generally, I consider my season a success if I don't catch any perch or trout.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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Kapowsin Lake near Kapowsin, WA has a bunch but they're all little tiny things. They get quite annoying to be honest lol
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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Catch them all the time upstate NY and they are good eating too. Let go catch some.
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