Since I had a successful outing 2 weeks ago at Quincy, I wanted to get back on the water to see if I could duplicate the same conditions. Conditions was the word for the day as the weather was full of oddities for the 2nd day into Spring. I woke to a couple of inches of snow on my truck. I met up with Jeff H. at 5 am for a push off around 5:30 from Eastgate.
The snow flurries started to hit around Snoqualmie parkway and was coming down pretty heavily from North Bend all the way until Cle Elum. The pass had compact snow and ice, but WSDOT did a great job clearing and our average speed was 60 mph. The pass temp was 32 degrees and once we eased by Lake Easton the roads became smooth sailing and we pit stopped in Ellensburg for breakfast sandwiches and sailor jacks, which are Jeff’s favorite 1-2 combo from the Super 1 Foods off the main drag.
Steve Y. was finished up with breakfast and saw us passing by and we’d caravan to Quincy. The Wind wasn’t howling but it was chilly with air temps around 29 degrees. Amazingly just an hour and half into the day the sun made its appearance and it warmed up to the low 50s which was a warm welcome versus the dreary rain and snow we escaped in Seattle.
I started on the cove near the north bay and proceeded to hook a few fish on a micro leech under an indicator. Since there was no visible hatch going I like using this setup to search for hungry fish. I throat sampled 4 fish and found size 14 and 16 damsels, 18 green worms, daphnia, and these round insects as I would call tumblers.
Most of the fish were small apart from an 18″ that was a nice surprise.
A nice surprise was to fish with Chuck G. and Jim T. As they made the drive down from the Bellingham area early as well. Both of these guys are great Chironomid fishermen and I consider to be amongst the very best. Jim shared with me some of his new ties with impressive wing cases and coloration.
I wanted to check out the north bay for depth and fish activity but didn’t get a chance to wet a line. I did talk to Steve and he had a few fish but were in the 12″ range. Since the clouds cleared and the temps warmed we wanted to get back to the east wall, so decided it was time to make a row.
Noticeably the water temps seem I have improved over the weeks as I was registering 48 degrees. With the warmer temps I would hope for a nice Chironomid hatch but it was weak and short-lived. It was good for about an hour and half and by 12:30 it slowed to a crawl. Jeff was able to pick off “over 10 and under 20 fish in the bowl and I ended up with 9 more with three of those fish being over 16″, with the largest at 19”.
It would seem like all the sizable catches are being harvested by the bank fishermen, which is a shame as we think this lake has the ability to grow big fish with the good insect populations and hatches. Too bad! We paddled back to the launch around 2:30 as things slowed, Jeff would pick up 4 more fish in the north cove but I wasn’t able to connect with three small hits. All in all a great day with decent fishing and time catching up with some fishing friends. I ended up with 19 fish to hand, and many more which we’re on briefly but not connected. Jeff landed 24, all rainbows with a few nice holdover trout.
Here is Jeff’s nice fish shot with the Go Pro HERO courtesy of Phil K.