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Old 03-16-2020, 07:30 AM   #1
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I've seen a couple of reports this year for Hagg, but thought we should get a spot to consolidate them here. I've been rehabbing an achilles injury all winter, but am finally back to where I can launch my boat again, and anxious to hear any reports on how the fishing has been at Hagg.

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Old 03-16-2020, 02:27 PM   #2
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I've seen a couple of reports this year for Hagg, but thought we should get a spot to consolidate them here. I've been rehabbing an achilles injury all winter, but am finally back to where I can launch my boat again, and anxious to hear any reports on how the fishing has been at Hagg.
Several recent good reports right on this forum.
Go back a week or so and look through the posts.
One of a monster airborne trout.
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Old 03-17-2020, 03:34 AM   #3
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Took my son and nephews out today. (Monday)

Fished from 10-2.
Started off with 4/4 within 20 mins and I thought it would be easy limits...nope.

Bite died for the next couple of hours. Left the dam area and headed towards the buoy line. Tried different lures, added crappie bites but Nada.

Finally got fish to bite again by adding gulp maggots to the lures.
We Landed two biggies.
My nephew from Arizona landed the biggest one all by himself.
26” and 7 # and chrome bright. The kids were yelling and screaming once we saw how big it was in the water and finally on the deck.
Fun times.

First time catching a brooder there that chrome.
His was more chrome than any steelhead I’ve caught this winter LOL.
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:36 PM   #4
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Took my son and nephews out today. (Monday)

Fished from 10-2.
Started off with 4/4 within 20 mins and I thought it would be easy limits...nope.

Bite died for the next couple of hours. Left the dam area and headed towards the buoy line. Tried different lures, added crappie bites but Nada.

Finally got fish to bite again by adding gulp maggots to the lures.
We Landed two biggies.
My nephew from Arizona landed the biggest one all by himself.
26” and 7 # and chrome bright. The kids were yelling and screaming once we saw how big it was in the water and finally on the deck.
Fun times.

First time catching a brooder there that chrome.
His was more chrome than any steelhead I’ve caught this winter LOL.
Those are some beauties. Way to go. Start them young!
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Old 03-23-2020, 04:57 PM   #5
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Hagg Lake
March 23rd

Until further notice all Washington County Parks facilities restrooms, shelters, indoor rental facilities, playgrounds, and sport courts and disc golf courses are closed.

Lake and boat ramps still open.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:26 PM   #6
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March 26 This appears to be the last nice day for a bit and it was great to get on the water which was back to 48 degrees at the surface and 47 all the way down to 60 feet. There were a few jumpers all day and some really large fish busting the surface. The placid water lasted until noon with a whisper of rain and a brisk wind just as I was leaving. From the dam I could see about a dozen boats on the lake and most were in the vicinity of the deepest part. The trolling in front of Ramp C, in about 25 feet of water, was very slow to start with at 8:30 but steadily improved. The trout were easily seen on the FF and seemed to be hanging at 15 to 25 feet. I had the small weights on the downriggers and would adjust the depth to match the fish viewed on the screen. This works well at Hagg and especially well at Diamond. Just put the weight about two feet above so they get a good peek at the offering which was Crappie Nibbles on a Wiggle Hoochie. Best troll speed seemed to be 1.5 mph. If trolled too slowly the critters just peck off the nibbles avoiding the hook. The higher speed seems to make them work a little harder and smack the lure. The higher the sun got the better the fishing. I went to just one rod because working the second downrigger ALONE makes it harder to watch the other one. Holding the rod on the downrigger is a hoot because you can stick 'em at the get go rather than making the fish do the hooking. Catch and release was fun but the biggest was 14" today and the rest of the keepers a healthy 13. The fish are bright, pink-meated AND really fat. The boating LEO was patrolling the lake to make sure folks were staying separated although I saw no stops made. Sheriff was roving on shore as well, so keep your distance.

Everything you need to have a great time is just waiting for you and there still seems to be a dearth of salmon and steelhead with the waters in the 40's. Get out to Hagg with the kids and blow off some steam with your reward being a nice trout dinner. Good Luck and Stay Healthy!
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Old 03-27-2020, 07:47 AM   #7
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Thanks for the report Pensacola. This is how it should be. You don't need to hide in your house. Just use common sense and enjoy the outdoors.
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:47 AM   #8
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March 26 This appears to be the last nice day for a bit and it was great to get on the water which was back to 48 degrees at the surface and 47 all the way down to 60 feet. There were a few jumpers all day and some really large fish busting the surface. The placid water lasted until noon with a whisper of rain and a brisk wind just as I was leaving. From the dam I could see about a dozen boats on the lake and most were in the vicinity of the deepest part. The trolling in front of Ramp C, in about 25 feet of water, was very slow to start with at 8:30 but steadily improved. The trout were easily seen on the FF and seemed to be hanging at 15 to 25 feet. I had the small weights on the downriggers and would adjust the depth to match the fish viewed on the screen. This works well at Hagg and especially well at Diamond. Just put the weight about two feet above so they get a good peek at the offering which was Crappie Nibbles on a Wiggle Hoochie. Best troll speed seemed to be 1.5 mph. If trolled too slowly the critters just peck off the nibbles avoiding the hook. The higher speed seems to make them work a little harder and smack the lure. The higher the sun got the better the fishing. I went to just one rod because working the second downrigger ALONE makes it harder to watch the other one. Holding the rod on the downrigger is a hoot because you can stick 'em at the get go rather than making the fish do the hooking. Catch and release was fun but the biggest was 14" today and the rest of the keepers a healthy 13. The fish are bright, pink-meated AND really fat. The boating LEO was patrolling the lake to make sure folks were staying separated although I saw no stops made. Sheriff was roving on shore as well, so keep your distance.

Everything you need to have a great time is just waiting for you and there still seems to be a dearth of salmon and steelhead with the waters in the 40's. Get out to Hagg with the kids and blow off some steam with your reward being a nice trout dinner. Good Luck and Stay Healthy!
My wife and kids were out there yesterday too and had a blast.
White alumaweld stryker.
What boat are you in?

We ended up landing 8 fish. One 22" er and the rest were 12-15".
had another 6-8 drive-byes. lost 3-4 fish that were on for less than 30 secs, including our final bite that was a 22" er or bigger. it jumped a couple times before popping off.
Had another hard takedown, that broke a weak leader, that took my favorite wedding ring blade.

It's funny, we couldn't get a bite on wiggle hootchies despite have two of five rods fishing them for most of the morning/afternoon! That's two trip for me that a wiggle hootchie didn't produce(which is unusual for me). Ours were on wedding rings tipped with worms, with three landed on a 2.0 maglip on a downrigger 10 feet down.
The hot flasher was a large sling blade. My Brad's dodgers didn't produce a bite until later in the afternoon but that corresponded with changing out the wiggle hootchies for wedding rings. GO Figure!
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Old 03-29-2020, 08:20 PM   #9
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March 27 Fished for three hours doing exactly the same thing(s) as on March 26.

Not a SINGLE BITE!

My guess is low pressure killed the bite!
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:16 AM   #10
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March 27 Fished for three hours doing exactly the same thing(s) as on March 26.



Not a SINGLE BITE!



My guess is low pressure killed the bite!
Pensacola,

It was nice to meet you at the ramp!


Our outcome was very similar. We had one drive by but other than that nothing. Tried a variety of wedding rings, hoochies, flatfish, all the usual stuff.

Adjusted depth from 10' down to 30'

Saw lots of fish in the 15-20' range but nothing wanted to play.

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Old 03-30-2020, 07:49 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the reports Pensacola, fishrepellor and Declan0. Sounds like there are some good days and some bad days.

Sorry to hear that the fish were practicing social distancing on the 27th
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Old 03-30-2020, 10:48 AM   #12
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Yeah!
I've been skunked a couple times at Hagg. Frustrating to say the least, especially when you know the lake has fish! Always makes me wish I fished for something else instead that day!
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:51 PM   #13
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Launched about 1:45 pm yesterday in the SeaDoo FishPro at Ramp C. Started across the lake at trolling speed & deployed a light chartreuse wiggle hoochie & pot the rod in a holder. Then started letting out a pink smile hoochie on with one oz of weight. At about 60’ out it gets hit & I get the reel engaged. Manage to get the fish in even though it took a run toward the ski. A nice fat 11 1/2” stocker.

Thought it might be a pretty good day, but that was it for me. Closest I got to anyone else were the Sheriff’s that came over to see how it was going.

I did realize the nitrile gloves made me remember to not touch my face with my hands, just used a sleeve instead.

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Old 04-05-2020, 06:51 AM   #14
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Any hagg reports from the past few days?

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Old 04-05-2020, 08:34 PM   #15
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Very slow from shore. Fished from 2pm-5pm near ramp A. Lots of boaters and shore guys. Didnt see too many fish caught near us. Nice to get some sun though.
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Sorry late report for Saturday!
Good fishing still
Took the kids out and limited the boat in about 3 hours of trolling. No giants this time. But good quality stockers.
Usual suspects/lures worked well. 2.0 maglip 6-7 feet down on the rigger killed the most. Had to add 1/2-1oz of lead to produce a consistent bite. Whereas the previous week was all flatlined.
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Old 04-07-2020, 06:35 AM   #17
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4/6/20 That big full moon did not do the fishing any good! Usually a limit is pretty easy trolling at Hagg but when the fish can feed all night it slows down any propensity for the trout to want to take a bait.

It was not too cold and no wind was forecast so hitting the lake EARLY seemed like a good idea. It was mostly cloudy and the sun was just thinking about making an appearance when the long line with the plug was deployed. I got it out the obligatory distance only about half way when BAM, fish on. It was a fat little 12 incher and it hit the cooler. I knew I had dinner at least!

Didn't want to waste any of the remaining lack of sun so I set about getting the downrigger rod out. I've been putting it back 75 feet and down only five in the low light situations. The plug was buzzing nicely in my fingers at I attempted to get it in the clip but it was hung up on something..... A Fish!. Hand set the hook on that one which was a little over 13 inches. In the cooler he goes and I go back to the long line. It's in place and working nicely so back to the downrigger. The counter was almost finished and I heard a splash break the quiet. Why is that fish jumping behind the bo........? The same reason the rod is all bent over and wiggley! Landed another 12 incher and as I was netting it I noticed the rigger rod was sliding across the deck to the back of the boat. A light application of my foot to the handle stopped that catastrophe in progress and a brooder jumped way behind the boat and spit the unset hook.

A bright ray of sun pierced the cloud layer and the show was over. I trolled two more hours without a sniff. I could see them on the fish finder but they had no interest in ANYTHING that I ran right under their noses.

I packed it up and headed home after a beautiful morning on the lake without a ripple on the water. A very industrious hawk was working the big green field apposite Ramp C really hard without any success. In many ways I felt blessed because I had several meals and he didn't.

Please practice social distancing to assure access to the few remaining fisheries remain open and that you remain healthy and help others to do the same.
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Great report Pensacola, thanks!
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Old 04-07-2020, 10:01 AM   #19
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Is still fishing with the kids from the drift boat a viable option for success? I have a drifter but no motor. I would plan on rowing around trolling but not sure how long I could sustain that or if I would go fast enough for trolling? Looking to get some fresh air and put my 6 y/o on a trout or two. Thank you
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Fished on Sunday the 5th. Catching started out slow and I was catching about one an hour trolling, getting a lot of short strikes. All the early fish came a tiny crankbait. Spinner got only drive-bys in the morning.

Later in the day once the sun had been out for a while (I spent an hour or two not catching bass there) the spinner bite really turned on. I ended up with 12 for the day (best around 13-14"). I was mostly trolling along the no wake buoys at the end and I would hook 2 to 4 fish each pass. My landing percentage was pretty poor but the bite was awesome.

I stopped around 3pm but the bite was really great when I left. I wanted to make sure I got up the ramp when it was relatively empty so I booked when I saw an open window.

I will write up a long report with pics and some video later in the week but figured a quick update was in order.

I was trolling 70' back, 1/8oz on the dropper, 1/24oz roostertail + 1/2 nightcrawler or Strike King Bitsy-Minnow. Water surface temp was around 49 when I got there and around 53 when I left.
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