The Best Trout Fishing I've Ever Seen!

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I just got back from a trip to a place NOT in Oregon called Sprague Lake in eastern Washington. This lake is about a 5-6 hour drive from Portland near Spokane. It is what you might consider a desert lake I suppose. This lake is rather big. Me, my brother in law and my cousin in law spent a couple days at this place after reading about it on the net. It is quite an experiment from the state of Washington DFW. They killed everything in the lake in 2007 because of warm water species overtaking it, and planted it with HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of triploid trout. This lake gets little pressure at all so these triploids have been cruising the lake eating insects and larvae for 2 years now. We stayed at Sprague Lake resort and the lady that runs it (Monica) said that we needed a landing net for these trout and I laughed and smiled a bit thinking that this was part of the sales pitch to get us all fired up. She wasn't BS'ing at all. Not bringing a net with me was my first mistake. Now, I went to this lake with my ultralight setup freshly spooled with some P-Line 6lb. This was my second mistake. So we get down to this concrete 'pier' that she claimed was the best bank fishing spot on the lake. My first glance at the water was very discouraging because it was fully bloomed with algae and the weeds in the lake were totally out of control. So I decided that I would use some chartreuse power eggs with the 'stripper-glitter' on them because I seem to have the best luck with that color in stained water. I put a cpl of them on my hook with a chunk of worm and cast into the water. I found out quickly that you have to cast a long way to get past the weeds. However, my first cast beyond the weeds made me a believer. My pole bent in half and I was spooled as fast as you can imagine. I didn't let the tenacity of this fish discourage me. I just fought it for 10 minutes and landed a 20" rainbow. These fish are shaped like footballs or chubby torpedos. This single fish fed 3 grown men with leftovers. This was not the only fish we caught by any means. We kept getting hook ups and the fish would run for the weeds and wrap you and snap you off. But we hooked and landed a total of 5 monsters. They averaged 2lbs each. Biggest was 23" and smallest was 16". The flesh of these fish is bright pink and tastes like the best steelhead I have had. We grilled it up on cedar planks and ate like kings. This is not a scenic lake by any means. It is simply a destination lake that you would go to for the purpose of catching HUGE and ANGRY trout. But don't bring your ultralight setup. Next time I go I am spooling up some braid and bringing a net. This is a NO BS trout fishery. Bring your A-game and A-gear or you will hook and LOSE 10 fish like I did.

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Great report and congrats, almost makes me want to hope into the car and drive 6 hours!!!
 
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Chubby footballs

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Thanks for the informative and encouraging report. If I ever find myself up by Spokane, I will keep you and your fat fish in mind. That had to be one heck of a fish to feed three grown men and have leftovers! :shock: :D I need to hook fish like that. What kind of accomedations do they have? How much for the license? You didn't say,or I missed it,how long did you guys stay?
Congrats on the chubby footballs! :clap: :dance:
Be safe.
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We were there for 2 days. They have tent camping sites and RV hook-ups at the place we were staying. You just have to buy a WA state fishing license for $15 a day for out of staters. Its totally worth it. The surface of the lake literally BOILS with fish between 6-9PM. I have never seen fish jumping like this in the wild. It was like a salmon acclimation pond at a hatchery. These fish are also jumpers once hooked if you can keep them out of the weeds by holding your rod high. I had one chunky monkey jump about 18" out of water and travel 2' before reentering the water. It was crazy. TOTALLY FREAKING NUTS!

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Sweet trip...

Sweet trip...

First of all congratulations on a great weekend...:clap: :clap: :clap: Now the big question...do they allow boats? If so what type of ramp is it; paved, rustic...and do they have a web site?

Chuck
 
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I grade so did u guys just fish from the bank or boat also???? sounds like fun. Do they allow dogs??? if not my girlfriend has to stay at home (with the dog, dogs not my GF).
 
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So after reading this report and doing a little research I found out that part of the lake is open year round. My dad and I have tentatively scheduled a trip for early next spring. The regs say that part of the lake is open year round. Anyone have any info on if there are any boat in campsites there? That place has some BIG FISH! Big fat suckers like the ones in Krumbo!
 
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Sprague info

Sprague info

I did some searching and found:Open year round. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed, clean up after, and do not tie to the trees. Restocked with Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow and Lahonton Cutthroat Trout, (including Triploids, fingerlings, over 500,000 have been planted since spring'08 of various sizes). They have recorded fish growth rates of over 12" per year:shock: as they have massive aquatic insect hatches to feed these hogs. Both the Sprague Lake Resort on the east end and Four Seasons Campground at the northwest side offer boat rentals and campsites for all your needs. Sounds like a great place to visit very soon:pray::pray:
 

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