Lake Washington 05/11/2019

May 11, 2019

Fishing Time: 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Rating: 7

Weather Conditions: Sunny with Clear Skies

Bait: Gary Yamamoto 5″ Green Pumpkin/Watermelon Senko with 1/0 Gamakatsu Wacky Worm Hook; Drop Shot with Poor Boy’s Baits Green Pumpkin Erie Darter and Quick Drop 1/4 ounce weight

Rod: Megabass Orochi XX Whipsnake; G-Loomis GX2 Jig and Worm Rod

Reel: Shimano Sustain; Quantum Catalyst PT

Line: 8-pound Sunline Sniper FC Fluorocarbon; 8-pound Seaguar InvizX Fluorocarbon

Total Bass Caught: 3

Final Weigh in Weight: 5.32 pounds

After getting a solid start to the season last week, I decided to hit the lake bright and early to see if I could continue the positive momentum and get a few more bass in the boat. I was anxious to get a line in the water, so I started off by fishing the patch of lilies just right of the boat launch. My initial plan was to work the lilies with my wacky worm, but after seeing a few bass jump, I switched over to a topwater frog. I fished my frog along the edge of the lilies, but wasn’t able to get anything to bite, so I motored over to the Newcastle Beach flats to try and target some bedding bass. I wanted to cover water quickly, so I used a jerkbait to fish the docks and any isolated rock piles that I spotted from the boat. After working half of the Newcastle Beach stretch, it became apparent that there were no fish in the area, so I decided to try something different and fish the deeper docks on the Mercer Island side of the lake. I came up empty-handed on the first few docks that I tried over there, but eventually I ended up at a dock located on a grassy point that looked promising. I made a cast over to its swim ladder and after a few twitches of my wacky worm saw my line take off. I quickly reeled up the slack in my line, gave a big hookset, and managed to land the 1.25 smallmouth that had devoured my bait. After releasing the bass, I tried the exact same thing on the next dock and cast over to the swim ladder. I let my worm fall on slack line and before it could even hit the bottom I saw my line jump. I set the hook and was into another solid smallmouth. This one was a little bigger and came in at around 1.50 pounds. With two bass in less than 10 minutes, I was convinced that the bite was heating up, so I headed over to the V-Mac to see if I could get some bigger bass to bite. I worked the fallen lumber with my wacky worm and my drop shot, but there weren’t any signs of life. After going twenty minutes without a bite, I decided to move on and motor over to fish the docks on the point of Gene Coulon Park. Despite there being a rocky bottom, none of the docks produced any bass and I was just about ready to head in when I spotted a few isolated pilings in deeper water. I cast my drop shot to the base of them and before I could even close the bail felt something hammer my bait. I quickly set the hook and knew that I was into a quality bass. It took a while to pull the bass out of the depths, but when I finally got it into the boat it came out to be a 2.57 pound smallmouth. I was thrilled to get a bass over two pounds and wanted to continue on fishing, but the steady increase of ski boats entering the lake and people sitting on their docks made it difficult, so I decided to call it a day and head in.

Observations: The water temperature ranged from 62-64 degrees, which is about what I expected it to be given the recent heat wave that we have been having. I caught my bass in all sorts of different depths today, catching two in less than 5 feet of water and one in over 20 feet of water. I spotted a lot of empty nests today, which tells me that the bass are entering post-spawn mode. However, I’ve been unable to get the bass to chase a moving bait yet, which tells me that they are still holding tight to cover. I expect that the warm weather that we have been having will make the bass more active, making docks and rocky flats great spots to look for bass moving forward.


May 2019

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