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Hot August Night on Loon Lake, Stevens County Washington fishing for Silvers

Monday, August 15th, 2011
Nice wake and sunset as we head sto silvers territory

Nice wake and sunset as we head to silvers territory

Anticipation builds.  Fishing should be great!

Anticipation builds. Fishing should be great!

Loon Lake is always beautiful this time of night.  The terrain silhouettes like an old shadow box picture but is somehow alive.  Our target for the evening is Silvers for Jim and his son Andrew.  For me and Andrew’s young friend, it is probably anything that bites.   That probably means bluegills and sunfish for us.

Jim decided to fish the southeast side of the lake.  Not all the way to the end of the lake but in such a place as the garish, but somehow beautiful electronic palm tree seemed like you could actually climb it and perhaps find a coconut or something to eat with the fish you were going to catch.

We arrived at our desired location about 8:20 or so and Jim set about doing the hundred little things that make the fishing possible or better–at least in his and a lot of fishermen minds.  He has been working on a set of lights which make it possible to see what you are doing and another set of lights that float around on the water.  All this is designed to bring fish close to the boat.  In about ten minutes we were all there with lines in the water.  I opted for a regular small hook with a leader and a tad of marshmallow run up the leader to act as a float to lift the hook up off the bottom.  I topped the hook off with a good old fashioned night crawler.  Old habits die hard.   Being an impatient soul, I could not just through the line in, let it sink to the bottom, reel it up three turns of the handle and wait for a fish to bite.  This is the way to catch Silvers, I am told.  NOOOOO!  I have to throw it in, let it go to the bottom and gradually reel it in.  By my second cast, I had a nice, fat little blue gill flopping on the floor!

First blood of the evening!

First blood of the evening!

What a nice little pan fish to get the day started!  I was using my Emmrod Packrod®, Spinning version.  Notice the eye bolt in the butt end.  This would have let me hook a lanyard should that have been desired.  Folks in float tubes, kayaks and canoes have found that to be particularly useful.  I would suggest it is also not a bad idea when you take your kids and grand kids fishing.  You hate to loose a fish just ’cause the kid can’t hold on to the pole!  I was using the seven coil spinning/universal rod here.  It is amazing how much play you get when you have even such a small fish.  Too much fun!

Jim being a purist, wanted those silvers.  He was finally rewarded with the first about 40 minutes into it.  Silvers are a landlocked salmon which live about three years.  Normally they are not that big in Loon Lake, but this year, they have caught a lot of them in the 12-14 inch range and that is a nice fish!  I thought Jim caught 5 over the evening but only got four pictures which I will post below.  It was really fun to watch Jim trying to hook these sneaky little bait thieves.  The really do not hit the bait.  They come up to it and gum it.  Probably lick it.  Suck on it softly and you can barely feel them but your hook is empty when you reel it in.  I probably had three silver hits–based on the near the bottom nibble zone vice ten feet from the top blue gill zone–and was not able to hook any.  Once they bit on his bait, Jim would jerk his pole with all his might then let out a massive groan when they did not get hooked.  Sigh!  I think we counted about seven sets of fish dentures on the boat floor by the time we were done.  You just can not jerk the pole that hard! When he did hook them, he had to reel like crazy because the Silvers tend to try to outrace the reeling process to get slack line to spit out the hook.  Do they actually calculate that?  Sure beats me.  But, they do come flying towards the top of the water and Jim managed to stay ahead of what he hooked on the bottom and get them in the boat.

Speaking of bait, Jim was using a tiny glow hook which he would light up by flashing a camera flash attachment like tool at the hook which was cupped in his hand.  He used a green color which worked better than the red color I tried later.  Below the head of the hook, he would impale two maggots so they extended crosswise from the hook vice running them on the hook like you do with a worm.  Finally he topped that off with a kernel off white canned corn.    Later, he bagged the corn as it did not seem to make that much difference and caught at least two of the Silvers without corn on the hook.

About 10:15, the wind really picked up.  The fish quit biting and about 10:30 we called it a night and headed back in.  All in all, a great night fishing and an awful lot of fun!

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Here are photos of two of the fish we caught.

another nice silverThis one was swimming the other direction when we caught it.




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Loon Lake, Stevens County Washington, a report

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I am blessed to live in an area of Spokane County which is surrounded by lakes. I have finally started fishing them! I just listed a couple properties in Loon Lake. One of them has lake access through Morgan Park, a subdivision on the north side of the lake. You can check out a tour of that listing at www.MyCountryHomes.com. The point is, I am going to take advantage of that listing to do some shore fishing here in a month when the season opens!

In the meantime, here is some internet research on the lake.

Here is some information from the Washington State Department of Ecology:

LOON LAKE — STEVENS COUNTY: 1997

Size (acres) 1100
Maximum Depth (feet) 100
Mean Depth (feet) 46
Lake Volume (acre-feet) 50600
Drainage Area (square miles) 14.10
Altitude (feet) 2381
Shoreline Length (miles) 7.9

loon lake department of ecology

There is a lot of other generic information through which most folks will not enjoy plowing. For the severely masochistic, here is the link: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/lakes/wq/docs/lkloost1.html

Shore Acres Resort has a great description of the fishing opportunities. Here it is in toto. Their link is at the end:

Fishing at Shore Acres Resort
Fishing season begins in April and ends in October. Loon Lake is considered one of the best fishery’s in the entire area.
Loon Lake is one of Eastern Washington’s largest lakes covering over 1100 acres. The water is crystal clear, coming from a natural spring, and reaches a depth of 140 feet. Elevation at Loon Lake is 2400 feet.
Fish species include Kokanee, Mackinaw, Small & Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout & Eastern Brook Trout. In addition there are Perch, Crappie, Brown Bullhead Catfish and Pumpkinseed Sunfish.

Check the Fishing in Washington Regulation Pamphlet for rules on freshwater fishing and eastside lakes. Youth under 15 years of age do not need a license to fish. License requirements and fees are available from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Recreational fishing licenses can be purchased at All Seasons Grocery and Hardware in the town of Loon Lake.

Pontoon boat and aluminum fishing boats are available to rent. Reservations are recommended. Ask about hourly and weekly rates.

Boat launch and moorage are available if you’ll be bringing your own boat. Ask about weekly, monthly and seasonal boat slip rates. We also have boat fuel available.

We carry a variety of fishing tackle and live bait.

When you arrive, ask for a map of Loon Lake’s favorite fishing spots.

Here is their link: http://www.shoreacresresort.com/fishing.html

(Incidentally, I believe this resort and a huge piece of land is available for sale. If you are interested, please contact me as I am a licensed Realtor. (CompactFishing@gmail.com))

This lake has another resort at Granite Point. There is also a public dock near the NW corner of the lake. As with all other state access points, you need to buy a public parks parking sticker to park there.

The silvers are a great fish to catch here. Any of our rods using the Top Water Tip would be great for these soft biting fish.

Enjoy this great fishing experience! Only about 5 weeks to go. (Usually opens 31 April but check with the State.)

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