Henry Hagg Lake fishing reports

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I had another great day out on Hagg on Sunday, March 31st. There are so many fish in the lake right now. When the wind dies you can see them chasing flies all over the lake. They are in what I would call loose schools but the schools are spread all over the lake.

I ended up with 44 trout on the day with about 10 of them being in the 14" range. I think the smallest I caught was about 11" and even those seemed to be reasonable chunky. Last time out I fished out of boat ramp A but this time I launched at ramp C just to try something different. I spent the whole day in the no-wake zone and the fish are as thick back there as they are closer to the dam.

This was my first of the day and typical of the size of the smaller fish:

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This was the size of the nicer fish:

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I did run into a school of nicer fish that I was able to stay on top of for about 1/2 hour before they spooked. I ended up catch 6 of the 10 nicer fish during that period. I tried a micro plug for a while but I did not hook anything on it. I spent 90% of the day trolling 2 spinners. I kept my speed between about 1.1 and 1.6mph. The exact speed did not seem to matter too much.

I did hook one beast that was probably in the 4-5lb range. That fish was crazy and spent the 30 seconds I had it hooked almost completely in the air. It seemed like it would just kiss the water and be back into the air. On the last jump he through my spinner about 20'. Just a completely loco fish.

I made a small video early in the day. It shows me catching a couple and missing one bite. The end of the video shows me rigging my roostertail with the nightcrawler in case anyone is interested in seeing that. The action during the video is pretty typical of how the bite was all day long when I around a school (which was most of the time).


I think the longest I went between bites was probably 10 minutes. My strategy was to mark the location when I get a couple of bites and then make a second mark when I stop getting bites (while going straight). Then I would circle around and troll back and forth through the marked area until the bite stopped. Usually, I could make a bunch of passes through an area before spooking the school. I do think the kayak is particularly stealthy and good for this approach.

Also, I wanted to point out that the boat rentals are happening at ramp C again. The place is now called Robinson Family Lake House. I got a burger there for lunch and it was pretty darn good. It also looks like they sell some fishing supplies as well.

Lastly, I did spend about an hour and a half in the afternoon chasing bass but I did not get any love. The afternoon water temp in Tanner Creek arm was around 50 on my FF versus 54 in the main lake. I think my FF usually reads about 2 degrees cold. I was surpised I did not even get a bite. Perhaps I was fishing too shallow. I thought for sure some fish would be up looking for a meal but if they were they did not like what I had on the menu.

Golfbum, I am not sure if you were out on Saturday or Sunday. I was there on Sunday.
 

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Thanks guys. The trout have been feeding well on insects on the surface for a couple of weeks now. I think you could really clean up with a fly rod and midge emerger, about at #14 or #16. I keep thinking about taking my fly rod but if I take any more tackle with me I will probably sink straight to the bottom :)
 

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I keep thinking about taking my fly rod but if I take any more tackle with me I will probably sink straight to the bottom :)
Well said Obi Wan! ROTFL! Thanks for showing how you rig the worm trailer.

P.S. My favorite trolling rods right there...Lamiglas fiberglass 7 or 7.5 footers with light action tips. Are yours the Jared Johnson signature models? Also...your reels look like D.A.M. Quick models. Am I correct?
 

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The rods are 8' Lamiglas TournamentKokanee. The red rods are Jared Johnson signature. I believe these are also designed by Jared Johnson and are the slightly higher end version (micro-guides). Might even be the same blank painted differently. I got them at Fisherman's about 4 or 5 years back during the sportsman's show for 50% off. That was a steal. I was going to just get one but my son convinced me to get 2. What a good boy :)

The reels are Daiwa ICV15 electronic line counter reels. When I got them they were the only lightweight trolling reels with a line counter. If I were buying today I would be tempted to get a Daiwa Lexa 100 line counter. It is a small reel with a mechanical line counter. The electronic version is really nice but changing the batteries every couple of years is a pain.
 

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Oh yeah...Team Kokanee rods. I have, or have had, two of those. Plus two of the JJ rods as well. I've been giving stuff away to my friends sons the last couple of summers. So I can't keep track anymore. Had a couple of nice DAM Quick hollow S-Glass rods too. Which may now also be in younger hands. They are kinda like my own boys; as we've all done a lot together. And yeah...your son did the right thing for his pops! lol

Nice lookin' Daiwa reels for sure. The coloration, and style, is just like my Quick low profile reel on my vintage browning glass bass rod. But as many Quicks as I've seen in more than 50 years of fishing...it's the ONLY Quick casting reel of that style that has crossed my path.

Keep up the good work.
 
Hey bass

I had a quick question. I just bought a kayak. I have a Garmin striker 4 and I can’t seem to mount my transducer in the proper position to read correctly. I was wondering if you had any advice or suggest. Currently I put it right underneath me in my dry storage that is in the waterline. It came with a suction cup and that is what I use to hold it in place.

When I was at Hagg last week first time on the water with the new yak the whole time it read 11.9-12.1 ft.

I appreciate any help you could give me on getting that thing reading correctly.

Also when you were trolling did you have any lead on there and how much line were you letting out.

Thank you so much for your help.
 

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@bass I just grabbed one of the rods from my utility room. It's a red CGR 762L labeled "Team Kokanee", as well as having the Jared Johnson signature. It's a 7' 6" rod that is one of my go to trout trolling rigs.
 

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@305to503fishermen When I had a non-SI FF I would make a donut of plumbers putty inside the hull to form a well, On each trip I would fill that with water and put the xducer into the well. I would kind of squeeze the plumber's putty to push the xducer down into the water against the hull at the bottom of the well. That worked very nicely. With my present SI FF I made an arm that has many joints on it to give me many degrees of freedom. It screws down into a track and the end of the arm and the xducer are in the water beside the kayak. Perhaps one of those approaches can work for you. I am still not quite sure how you are set up.

As for trolling. Right now I have a 1/8oz weight on the dropper. That is only there to stop line twist. It is not really adding any meaningful depth. I have been setting back 50'. I don't think that is super critical. Basically I am trolling near the surface.

@troutdude I am trying out your advice on tagging people :) Pretty cool about your rods. Probably very similar to mine but more vintage.

Good luck to everyone. I might fish this weekend (family issues make this iffy). If I do fish I am not sure if will be Hagg or the Willy for sturgeon. Ian any case best of luck to all.
 

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@bass most excellent. Think I got my rods maybe 6-8 years ago. Had another red one, and two white ones as well. Must've given those 3 away. The originals, if you can find them, were yellow/golden blanks.

@305to503fishermen trout will be in the top 10' of the surface at this time of the year. But will dive deeper, if/when the sun pops out. The way bass has described is how I see most fish caught, in the early Spring each year.
Lamiglas Kokanee rod.JPG
 
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bass

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I fished long an hard this day and was rewarded with 53 trout including a 20" fish. That is a lot of fish to catch, but I did spend 10.5 hours on the water to get them. For me, it was a day of hot and cold. I would hit stretches where I was spanking them like crazy and then all of a sudden it was crickets. I tried to stay tuned in to this, it is easy for me sometimes to not notice the bite has slowed when I have already caught a lot of fish. I think keeping my intensity up all day was really key to the final number.

I launched at ramp C and stayed in the no wake zone all day. I fished pretty much the whole day with my normal setup of a 1/24oz roostertail with a trailer hook and a 1/2 nightcrawler. I think I only had 2 fish on the treble all day. I trolled 50' back with a 1/8oz on the spreader (really just to prevent line twist). I varied my speed but it seemed like a slightly faster pace (compared to previous weeks) resulted in more hookups. I was mostly trolling 1.3-1.5mph.

I started the day fishing close to the edge of the wake zone and the bite was outstanding for a while. I caught a bunch there including my best fish. As the wind picked up a bit the bite slowed down for me. I looked around the lake and noticed that back towards the Scoggins arm was more alee. I was not sure if the extra chop was the issue so I decided to head back that way to see if the calmer water would be better.

That turned out to be a good move. I spend the rest of the day trolling between the Tanner arm and into the Scoggins arm a bit. There were a lot of active fish back there and they were hitting nice and hard for the most part. I do have to admit my big mistake though. The night before when I was loading up I thought I should re-tie my leaders on the trolling rods. In my laziness, I did not. Late in the day I hooked a beast of a fish. I am not sure if it was a big trout or a big smallie but my drag was ripping. I thumbed the spool to try and slow the fish and POP goes the leader. That really hurt but I fully deserved it. At least I learned from my lesson and immediately stopped fishing and re-tied both rods.

Here is a video of a few of the fish. The editing is terrible but that is why I am not in the film industry :)

 
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troutdude

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@Anatoliy can you please add a JEALOUS button on this site?! Cuz I wanna be like @bass!

Another great report Mr. Bass! You've got me Jonesin' for a trip to Hagg fo' sho'. Just may have to head up, and bank it in a few days.

Keep up the great work and the groovy reports.
 

bass

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Thanks @troutdude! As far as the groovy reports, I do my part by going fishing but the key is for the fish to do theirs :)
 

Troutman007

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What a fun time! My son and I decided to head to Hagg Lake on Tuesday afternoon, we got on the water just around 4:00 pm at boat ramp A. I was the first to cast, before I could even tighten the slack my rod bent like a tree branch in the wind! We ended up staying for 2 hours and caught 9 legals with a couple of fatties! Bait used was Salmon Peach and Garlic power bait. Does anyone know how or what to do to catch the big trophy/brood trout in Hagg?
 

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Great job!

I don't spend any time from the bank there but I have read that floating a whole nightcrawler (inject with air) off the bottom works for the bigger fish but that is just hearsay.
 
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