Written by Greg Koch On
Was fishing with a friend.... We caught 4 bass, 17 keeper walleye and one really nice trout..... Weeds are starting to come in..... We focused and did best in 15-16 feet of water..... The fish were a bit larger than the normal mix of dinks..... One fish might have been 17, but most were about 15-16 inches.....great eaters..... We fished from 5:30 AM to to 10:30.......
Ken has wanted to go to the Snake River for a couple of years. We finally made the day trip on Wednesday. Fishing was pretty good. We caught 13 walleyes ranging from 15 inches to 22.5 inches. Most of the walleyes were between 16 and 17 inches, but we did catch a 19, 20, 21, and 22.5. All of the walleyes were thick and pulled hard. We also caught and released about 10 perch and several smallmouth bass. The water temperature was 69 degrees. There was a good deal of current with 3 gates at Little Goose dam open and flowing. Air temperature reached the low 90s in the afternoon. A 10 to 15 mph wind helped us from getting too hot, but did make boat control a challenge at times.
We had 4 club boats at Hunters on Saturday. Sam and Janett, Bruce and Greg, Travis, and Larry Q. None of us had fished the area this year, so it took a while to find a decent bite. We fished 3 or 4 spots in the morning before settling on a productive shoreline in the afternoon. Travis had the hot hand catching 13 keepers. Bruce and Greg put 9 walleyes and 2 trout into the boat. Sam and Janett caught a handful of small fish. We lost track of Larry around lunch time, but he had at least one walleye in the boat.
Walleye fishing report from Gifford on Lake Roosevelt
Went to Gifford Campground after our club outing in Kettle Falls for a few days of extra fishing. Friday June 23rd, Linda caught this 19 1/2 inch Walleye. Mark cleaned about a dozen keepers threw several under 12" back to grow bigger. Fished all day but only caught fish in the morning and evening hours.
We had friends from Kansas City visiting over the 4th. Gus and his teenage boys joined me and my 2 kids for a day on Lake Roosevelt. You couldn't have asked for a better day on the lake! It was in the low 90s with light winds. Everyone enjoyed swimming, tubing and fishing. The kids ended up catching 17 walleyes and 1 rainbow while the dads kept lines untangled and baited. Most of the walleyes were 13 to 15 inches (several released), but the the KC boys ended up getting a couple in the 16 to 18 inch range. We ended the day with shore lunch on the beach. Our KC friends polished off the rest of the walleyes at lunch the next day...fish tacos!
Paul's text message: Here it is...short and sweet. Paul L and Ron S spent seven hour at the "Gifford bake oven" for 12 keepers and several throw backs. It was an endurance outing as much as fishing.
Travis fished the evening bite on Roosevelt Thursday. He caught a mixed bag of walleyes and smallmouth bass. He estimated 15 to 20 walleyes and several smallmouth. Most of the walleyes were in the 12 to 16 inch range, but he did catch and release a 27 incher.
Went to Gifford with a friend on the 27th. Got on the water about 9 AM and headed for Barnaby Island. Got ready and my Minn Kota remote needed a new battery and my depth finder was acting up. Not good. Went to Chalk Point after some repairs, then the A Frame, and south to various points on the map. Never really found fish consistently. Got off the water at 2 PM since it was 94 degrees. We caught 9 walleyes. The largest was 22 inches.
Ken fished Roosevelt. He said that the fishing was slow. He had problems with boat control and wind. He quit early with 6 or 8 fish in the well.
The weather was perfect for a day on Lake Roosevelt. New member Larry and I got on the water around 930 AM and fished until 5 PM. It had been almost a month since fishing on Roosevelt. Wow! What a difference. The lake is up 30 feet and near summer pool. Fishing was steady for small fish. We caught 18 walleyes (12 to 16 inch range) and a 17 inch rainbow trout.
For most of the day, it was just the two of us on the boat. However, an unwelcome guest climbed aboard for a short time. We noticed a snake crossing the channel while trolling, so we reeled up our lines to go take a closer look. Sure enough, it was a two foot rattlesnake. As we turned around to resume fishing, the darn thing followed the boat. I kicked up the speed of the trolling motor, but it wasn't soon enough. The snake had reached the outboard. I thought that there was no way a snake could crawl up the back of my boat, but I was WRONG! A couple minutes later, it was in my splash well. When I exclaimed, "the snake is in the boat", Larry jumped onto the front deck and yelled "where?". We managed to poke the snake with fishing rods and pull him out of the steering cables. The snake was back in the lake! But..no. The snake climbed back up the motor two more times! It finally took getting the boat on plane, and dragging the snake for 30 yards before it finally let go.
Fished Banks Lake last half of Memorial day weekend and Tuesday AM. Based on my own time on the water, and from everyone I talked to including the campground host of Steamboat Rock State Park walleye fishing remains very slow. I only talked to (or even heard of) anyone that had caught any walleyes. One other fisherman had only caught two walleyes in three days.
For walleye on morning #1 I started off pitching jigs and casting a variety of crank baits over the scattered weed beds in devil’s punchbowl, fishing everywhere from the edges of the weeds up to where they were about 8’ below the surface. I continued with similar pattern over and in the weeds of Kruk’s bay. With the jigs over the weeds I just was ticking the tops of the weeds and also pitched 1/8 oz jigs with plastic letting it fall between the weeds, basically working it through the cover. Again, I worked various depths from weed tops 6’ below the surface to the edge of the weeds. Ran to Barker’s Flats… same poor results.
On morning #2 there was a bit of a breeze out of the North so I headed to a North facing shoreline just up from rose bush. I casted variety of cranks from 15’ to 1’. I also bottom bounced with spinners & crawlers out to 30’. I scouted with my electronics out to 35-40’. All signs of walleye were absent on electronics all weekend.
Thought out the lake I often ran across schools of whitefish as verified with my video camera. Next time, especially during a slow walleye bite I may drop a small jigging rap down to them and see if I can hook up.
The remainder of my fishing time was spent scouting for “kids fishing”, or fishing with my family. I had extremely good luck for small mouth bass using Ultra Light Rippin’ Raps in far backs of numerous tiny coves where water level was only a few feet deep. Most times one could not keep the small ones off, but I managed to catch a 17”, 15” and a 14” SMB while targeting the smaller bass.
Hi-light of the trip was the 13” SMB caught by my son Seth. It was his first fish to do it all alone… casting, retrieve, setting the hook, reeling it in!
My six year old daughter has been asking to go fishing this spring. I finally had a weekend off with some nice weather, so my Father-In-Law and I put her in the truck and we headed to Rock Lake. We fished from 430 pm to 7 pm. We caught 7 trout. It was a mixed bag of rainbows, steelhead, and a brown trout.
We started trolling 3 rods (two with crankbaits and one with a spinner and crawler). I hadn't even put the spinner and crawler rod in the rod holder before I hooked up with the first steelhead. Within 30 minutes, we were all fishing with spinners and crawlers. We used 1 or 2 ounce snap weights to get the baits down about 15 to 20 feet. Troll speed was 1.5 to 1.8 mph. Lindsay reeled in all of the fish. Most of them were on her little purple Zebco rod. A silver spinner was the hot color. She exclaimed, "Daddy these fish are really tough! They fight hard when they see the boat, but I'm not going to give up."
My Father-In-Law (from Illinois) and I made a day trip to Fort Spokane. The launch is open! The lake level was around 1249 when we launched, and rising about 2 feet per day. There was a lot of debris in the Spokane Arm, but I have seen it worse. The water was surprisingly clear except for a layer of scum on the surface from all of the pine pollen. The bite was on!!! We caught at least 30 walleyes and a couple bass. Most of the fish we found were too small to keep (11 to 13 inches), but we did get our share of 14 to 17 inchers.
I was still recovering from night shifts, so I didn't get on the road very early on Friday. I didn't get the boat on the water until 1130 AM. I fished until about 7 PM. I got 5 walleyes, 2 trout, and 3 pike minnows. The walleyes were 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21.5 inches. There were only 5 other boats at the Seaton's Grove launch, about half of the number I saw a couple of weeks ago. The current remains strong about 5 mph in the channel by the launch. Water temperature is only 47 degrees.
Ken and Sharon went to Moses for a day trip. It was warm and sunny with a high near 80. Ken said all they had to show for their trip was a sunburn. He said he saw 60 boats, and didn't see a net the entire time he was on the water.
My neighbor has Mondays off and his 5 year old loves to talk about fishing on my boat. He often asks to play pretend fishing on my boat while it is in my garage. Today we decided to do some fishing for real, and headed to West Medical Lake for a couple of hours. After the first hour of trolling, I was beginning to think that we were going to have to "pretend to catch some fish". We trolled the middle of the lake (25-30 feet of water) adding weights to get our spinners and crawlers to various depths. I couldn't even mark a fish. The few boats that were on the lake didn't seem to be catching anything, either.
By hour two, we were at the far north end of the lake. Finally, little Aidan's Mutant Ninja Turtle pole bent, and he exclaimed that he had a fish. Sure enough, he reeled in a 9 inch rainbow. For the next hour, we trolled the shallows (8 to 15 feet deep) along the bank and caught 5 more little trout. As we put fish in my live well, we noticed several chironomids up to 3/4" in length in the well. Evidently, the fish were in the warmer, shallow water eating these aquatic insects before they hatched.
Met Bill J from Kettle Falls at Banks lake. He got there Sat and I got there on sunday. Weather was poor with wind. White caps on Monday stayed on the beach. Mainly because fishing was terrible. Bill said that he talked to three different boats who had been there since Friday They are there every year at the same time we are and generally stay for one or two weeks... They all left early, not one fish for all three boats A couple of Kettle Falls club guys came in Wednesday to fish with us. End result, three boats fished north of Steamboat Rock using spinners, jigs, dropshot and crank baits. 1 Walleye on a shallow running crank bait all day... Thursday the Kettle Falls guys went down to Rufus, Bill went home and I fished about four hours in Devils Lake and a couple of other bays that the wind had been blowing into and finally picked one up on a jig in about 18 feet of water. Funny thing was all the time we were out all of us marked tons fish on the graph in water from 18 to 40 feet. Finally I pulled into Coulee Playland and ask Lew where all the fish were? The answer..Bolivar
I know this isn't a walleye, but conditions and circumstances have prevented my usual participation in walleye catching. Yesterday I was able to fish a nearby lake and landed and released this 20# 38" Mackinaw. Will have to do until I can pursue some walleye.
No details from Jim, just a couple of pictures from Rufus Woods.