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What?! The Crappie landed me! (A hot August night on Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Nice Eloika Lake Crappie20 Acres for sale!

20 Acres for sale!
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
calm before the storm.
calm before the storm.

All ya’all know I really like Eloika Lake which is one of the many small lakes through which the Little Spokane River flows as it wends its weary way to The Spokane River. Recently, I listed 20 acres on the southwestern shore and desperately needed to get some good photos of the shoreline from the lake’s point of view.  With that in mind, I called up Jerry and Lori at Jerry’s landing on the other side of the lake and asked if they had any canoes for that Saturday afternoon.  I was in luck! Or, was I?

At 6 pm, I started paddling towards my objective.  But of course, IF you are going out on the lake,  why wouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity to do a bit of fishing while you were at it?  Having been armed with some nice plastic worms which anglers have used all summer to bring in up to six pound bass and some nice little yellow jigs to try for those crappie which make this lake famous, I had to stop along the way every 100 paddle strokes or so and do a little fishin’.  Not much happening that night.  I watched a few little crappie chase the jig which you suspend about 18 inches below a bobber, throw out and reel slowly in.  I think they were too small to even get their mouths around the tiny hook.

I gradually worked my way across and followed the weed beds along the west shore line down to my photographic target.  I enjoyed looking at the nice big houses and fancy white docks jutting out into the lake.  Finally, I reached my friend’s land and took several photos.  This time, I headed straight out across the lake and planned to go north along the east side of the lake, fishing as I went.  The lake was like glass.  Looked like a big parking lot where you could get out and walk home.  The sunlight  filtering through the trees along the west side of the lake as dusk arrived dappled the water creating all sorts of interesting shadows.  The natural drift of the current and very slight wind pushed my canoe gently out to the middle of the lake and slightly northward so I was able to crappie fish without much paddling.  I removed my sinker so just had the bobber weight but was still able to throw it out about 30 feet on each cast.

Finally!  I entered an area where I had hits on virtually every cast!  OOH BOY!  Was this fun!  I hooked a big one, but it got off after about a minute of play.  Several hits later and I had another on the line, As it got closer to the boat I thought it must be about two feet long!  This one was not gonna get away.  I reeled him in towards the boat.  Finally, he was just feet away.  I jerked him quickly out of the water.  I did not realize you do this gently.  No hard yanks.  No big excitement.  So, out of the water he flew, across the canoe and out the other side.  I did not know Crappie were flying fish!  I also did not know the release of tension on the left side of the boat coupled with the addition of a shooting fish ten feet beyond the right side of the boat, added to 240 pounds of weight high on a seat in a canoe equals a fine swim in the middle of Eloika Lake about 15 minutes before dark on a hot August night.

Well, the cool water got my head thinking.  First, put my pole in the still upright canoe.  Second, YES! the dang crappie is still on the line and he IS going to pay for dumping me in the water so get him into the boat.  Next, where are my flip flops?  They cost 20 bucks!  Well, I found one so the one legged guy gleaning stuff along the shore is going to be either happy or sad depending on which leg is missing.

Being in the water was not a part of the plans for the evening so I set about getting back into the canoe while swimming in 30 feet of water.  After several minutes of trying it from the side, I came to realization that was just not going to happen.  I asked myself, how do I find enough weight to counterbalance me as I get in?  Climb in on the end so the whole canoe works against your weight I thought.  Like a lot of theory, the practice just is not there.  NOOOO! Maybe when I was a hot young 150 pound stud full of whim, whigor and wytality.  But now at 240 lbs, tired and old, I just could not get myself in any position to be able to climb the 2 foot mountain of the end of the boat.

Now, what were my options? The closest shore was about a half mile away.  There was also a pretty good weed and mud bank around most of the lake so actually getting to a place where you could walk out of the lake was a real problem.  I had to find a dock which might also mean a clearer, less weed filled path to travel.  So, back toward my friends corner of the lake I went.  In the gathering gloom, the white beacon of the trex decking  covered boat launcher shone like the sun.  Grabbing the boat by the middle, lying on my back and floating with the help of my life preserver and the canoe, I began kicking and gradually we moved towards the dock.  About 30 minutes later, we hit the weeds.  We hit the mud.  As of yet, I had never experienced any fear or significant worry.  Just another exercise.  Just another problem to solve.  Just more grist for the story mill.

After about five minutes of fighting the weeds and the ever thicker, higher mud level I realized I had a big problem.  You literally could not move through this goo.  If you got vertical, you had no bottom to stand on, there was just a light 20 weight viscosity to what you were swimming in,  but you could not move through it.  Now, I had moved beyond just another fun problem to getting a bit scared.  As in all these types of situations, panic is not the answer.  So I began screaming hysterically for help…not.  Even if I had wanted to, there was no one around to hear.  So, I had a little conversation with My Creator and asked for help and calmness.  It came to me, if you can not walk or swim through it, maybe you can slide over it.  So that is what the canoe and I did.  Staying as horizontal as possible, I grabbed and pulled on the weeds in conjunction with me kicking (swimming.)  Gradually, it took another 30 minutes, I finally got to the edge of the dock.  Again, no ladders and that 18 to 20 inches defied any ability to pull myself up.  So, I went around the side and found the mooring line.  I was able to use that to climb onto the dock.

Safety at last!  I laid there like a great grey beached whale for a few minutes gathering what was left of my energy and dignity and then got up.  I looked in the boat to see if my camera and phone were still there and if the ziplock bag had done its job of protecting them.  Yes and yes!  I called Jerry’s Landing and Lori answered.  “I have good news, bad news and good news, Lori.  I landed a huge crappie!  The crappie landed me!  But I made it to a dock here on the SW corner of the lake. ”  I went on to ask her recommendations as I was too exhausted to take another shot at the lake, especially after dark, to paddle the 25 minutes back to the resort.  She told me to stand fast and they would mount a rescue.

Twenty minutes later, my knights in a shining bass boat arrived.  Soon, we were back “home.”  I do not think I have been as filthy as I was since I was a kid swimming in the water buffalo wallows back in Mindanao, Philippines (http://www.mycompactfishing.com/blog/swimming-water-buffalo-wallow-or-clean-crystal-clear-spring/).  Later, I just threw away my undershirt and pants and wallet because they were not salvageable.   Jerry pointed out the canoe had a great livewell as the bottom six inches were filled with water and that miserable crappie was still alive!  While I had intended to eat it to get even with it, in the end, I felt it had taught me a great many lessons and it deserved another day or two in the water, so I cut the hook which it had swallowed and released it. (You can check out the crappie blog (www.crappielife.com//narrowescapesatEloikaLake//) for his version of the night’s events.)

Safe and sound, a lot more adventure than I had planned for but happy and content and grateful to God for the peace we can have in tough times to help us get through our ordeals.

ADDENDUM:  Lessons learned:  Fat, old boys should probably think twice about fishing from platforms as unstable as a canoe.   Always wear your life jacket!  You go from fine to the thick of it in less than a second.  Don’t panic!  Stabilize the situation, calm down and think through it to figure out a course of action.  You will have to repeat this more than once in many circumstances.  I had three of these times in this spot:  When I fell into the lake, when I hit the weeds and mud, and finally trying to figure out how to get onto the dock.  Make sure someone knows where you are and when you should be back.  Keep your electronics in a waterproof container which floats.   Finally and perhaps most important, seek God’s help and comfort.

Jerry’s Landing has one more month before they close for the winter.  Check them out!  They are great and will tell you what to use for bait and where to fish.  To visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

What Pound Test Line should I use with an Emmrod Compact Fishing System?

Friday, December 17th, 2010
The Emmrod Short Top Water Rod

The Emmrod Short Top Water Rod

Obviously, the size of the fish you are targeting plays a role here.  Frankly, I am not that concerned with the top end of the scale.  I am more interested in our efforts to catch minnows.  How LIGHT of  a line can we get away with using?

The Nature of the Emmrod Fishing gear rods is they are a bit stiffer.  One of the very few abilities we do not have is to go to those ultra-light lines.  As a general rule, use ten pound test line as a minimum weight line.  You will find the act of casting or vigorous pull backs snapping those two to four pound lines. 

As with all rules, there are exceptions.  One of my customers, Phillip, has terrified the fish in the ocean near where he lives with his fishing prowess and collection of Emmrod Compact Fishing poles.  He is a fair sort of person who DOES want to give the fish a fighting chance so he likes to stretch the effort by using lighter lines. 

 

He expressed his excitement to me recently after trying out his Emmrod Top Water Rod.  He could actually use his lighter lines.  I provided him the shorter version; however, I imagine the longer version would accomplish the same thing.

 

Long and short Emmrod Top Water Rods

Long and short Emmrod Top Water Rods

So, I have a request from all you Emmrod Fishermen out there.  Please send me feedback on how you stretch your system to use lighter lines. 

I am going to make a category of blogs called “Fishing Tips” where I can share the wisdom of the various fishermen and women out there who are enjoying Emmrod.  Every tool has its tricks.  Let’s Collaborate!

 

See the Bass hit when using your Rugged Flex Jr with a Top Water Rod

See the Bass hit when using your Rugged Flex Jr with a Top Water Rod

Check out the Rugged Flex family of Emmrod Compact Fishing Rods

Eloika Lake Fishing Report from Jerry’s Landing, Early September

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This will be short because I can not find my notes.  I will try to find them and get a longer report on here.  Trying to squeeze too much into too little!

 

Bottom line, it continues to be a strange year.  The good news is the bass are still biting and have moved in closer to the shore. There were a couple four pound bass photos on the wall when I went in just before going to the Colfax (Palouse Empire) Fair last week.  Those were recent catches.  Black was the lure color they were hitting on.

The crappie were a bit slow but still a few nice ones coming out.  The Perch were pretty good and some had been caught off of their docks there. 

 

Jerry’s landing is going into its last couple weeks of the season so hurry on up and take advantage of their great service and especially of their knowledge of the lake.  Free at the public dock w/ no info or $3. to launch from Jerry’s Landing with an instant fishing report.  You tell me which is the better deal!

 

Also, September 19th, the local Kayak Club will be having their annual whing ding deploying from Jerry’s Landing.

I need to encourage them to each get a Kayak King Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole  http://www.mycompactfishing.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=KAYA to enhance their Kayaking and Kayak Fishing experience.  Actually, I think the Emmrod Packrod http://www.mycompactfishing.com/packrod-compact-fishing-poles is probably even more convenient.  In either case, the 7 coil rod  is probably the best bet as it is gentle enough to give you a lot of fun on the small fish but tough enought to handle the bigger bass and perch you might run into.  Also, keep in mind, those big Crappie are really scrappy and a tougher tip (7 vice 8) is probably still a good idea.  A second Rod that is great is the Top Water Rod which is great for the top water lures and give you more action. http://www.mycompactfishing.com/product/top-water-special-rod/1-1128.php

Enjoy the weekend and look for a new report next week.  Thanks! Dave Atherton

Address:
N 41114 Lake Shore Dr
Elk, Washington 99009

Phone: 509-292-2337

Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Wa Fishing conditions update Aug 10

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Hi Spokane County area fishermen, ladies, boys and girls.  Here is your August 10th Eloika Lake fishing update.   I touch bases with Lauri and Jerry of Jerry’s landing every couple weeks or so to find out how the fish are biting.  They are the experts who are on scene providing much of the bait, the lures, and some of the non-motorized boats to the fisher folk who stay at their resort and campground.  They are a convenient place to fill up on those necessities you forgot to bring with you through their small store so stop in and visit.  Their contact information is below.

If it is perch and crappie you crave, disappointment may be in your future as both are slow right now.  If you want to go wit to wit, hook to fin with bass, load up and head for Eloika Lake.  People using Jerry’s Landing caught a five pound bass last week and others caught two four pound bass this week.

There are two ways to get your boat in the water.  The public launch is located at the end of Bridges road on the east side of the lake–North on Highway two to Miller’s One Stop, left at the flashing light and you drive right to the public launch area. Do not forget the parking pass available at any fishing license seller.

The second is Jerry’s landing where there is a small fee  ($3) to park and launch your boat but you also have the store where you can stock up on the last minute needs you forgot or replenish what you use up.  You can also get updates on where the action is and how to fish.  Huge value for small dollars.  Tell them “Dave sent me.”

Jerry’s Landing:  41114 N Lake Shore Road, Elk Washington.  PHONE:  (509) 292 2337.  N on HWY 2 past Miller’s onestop to Oregon Road.  (If you get to the divided highway, you have gone too far.)    After turning left, go to Regal/Eloika Lake Front Road (Same intersection, regal to the right, E. L. front road to the left.) Turn left and follow that around to Jerry’s landing.

Happy fishing.

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Loon Lake, Stevens County, Washington Fishing 28 July 10

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Loon Lake, Just before Dusk

Loon Lake, Just before Dusk

My Good friend Jim M and I have been threatening to go fishing for quite a while.  We had three problems.  We both thought we were too busy.  That should never be an excuse to keep you from fishing!   I did not have a boat.  Finally, his boat was not working.  As neither of us can walk on water and there is not that much open shoreline at Loon Lake, we were dead in the water.

Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole, Mountaineer

Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole, Mountaineer

Finally, Jim got his boat licensed, the motor running, the life preservers in place and everything except the running lights squared away.  So, we made our date with destiny and headed off to fish.  I provided the night crawlers, the canned corn and we stopped at the Loon Lake Grocery and I picked up marshmallows and maggots.

The public launch is around the back side of the lake at the NW corner of the Lake.  It is very up-to-date and convenient.  Plenty of parking, a nice ramp and a great dock donated by Knight’s Ez Dock in Deer Park Washington.      (Touch bases w/ them if you need to install a dock: Daved@knightconst.com Knight Ez Dock, 28308 N Cedar Road, Deer Park, WA 99006   (800) 654-8168.)

So, off we went to catch a few whales.  Theory vs. Practice!

Leaving the Public Launch at Loon Lake, Stevens County, Washington

Heading out for the Big Ones

Heading out for the Big Ones

Jim's son, Andrew, CMMIC of the front Anchor.

 

Well, the motor was working OK but not great.  In fact, it moved us along at about 25 percent efficiency.  It was late, we did not have lights, so, we decided to limit our distance.  While Andrew was excited about the chance of rowing back, the idea failed to excite either Jim or myself.  We went around the first corner of the lake and threw in our anchor.  We got our gear ready, baited and threw the lines in.  We were using about two feet leaders on a swivel with an egg type weight just above the swivel.  We were in about 30 feet of water and fishing just above the bottom.  Jim drew first blood with a small bass.  Unfortunately it swallowed the hook so we had to keep it.  I caught the next fish which came easily off the hook and we released it.  Pretty quickly, the wind picked up so we retreated around the corner of lake back towards the dock.  Our fishing there was fruitless.  After about 20 minutes, we returned to where we had been previously and just dealt with the wind.  The fish were biting as fast as we could throw in the bait.  All were small blue gill and sunfish, but a great deal of fun.

 

Our First Catch, a little bass.

Our First Catch, a little bass.

This was a fine day for me as I had a chance to do some boat fishing with my Emmrod Packer.  I was using the seven coil rod tip.  Frankly, I should have used the 8 coil or the top water rod for the additional sensitivity I would have had with those rods.  Never-the-less, the 7 coil was gentle enough to provide a lot of fun.  It clearly transmitted the bites and nibbles of these little fish.

A little blue gill like many we caught this evening

A little blue gill like many we caught this evening

The four fish we ended up keeping.

The four fish we ended up keeping.

I would have liked to release all these fish, but, sometimes, you just can not help but injure them too much to release them.  Andrew had a good time cleaning them up for later consumption when we got back to shore.

Check out the Emmrod compact fishing system at my web site. You will find a wide range of Emmrod Fishing products.  Also, there are videos to watch showing the Emmrod Compact Fishing system in use pulling in nice big fish.

<a href=”http://www.mycompactfishing.com/“>The Emmrod Compact Fishing Pole System</a>

While you are thinking about fishing at Loon Lake, Stevens County, WA, why not think about buying a home up there so you can do it more conveniently?  I have two listings, one single family home at 40490 Gwenelen Road,in Morgan Acres.  This home comes with access to a beautiful beach park. It is now reduced to only $114,900!

http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=586565&home=www.mycountryhomes.com&slink=-1&sReferer=http://mycountryhomes.com/&idx=&r=http%3A%2F%2Fmycountryhomes.com%2F

The other home is a great place to live, a business opportunity and a Man Cave all wrapped up in one property.  The zoning is commercial and the building would lend itself to many uses. This turn of the century home has so much character and has beautiful stained glass accents throughout.  Best of all, it is only about 6 minutes from the Loon Lake Public Launch. Perhaps you could open a great fishing tackle or fly tying school here?  Check out the tour!  

http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=596611&home=www.mycountryhomes.com&slink=-1&sReferer=http://mycountryhomes.com/&idx=&r=http%3A%2F%2Fmycountryhomes.com%2F

Keep Loon Lake in your mind for both fishing and living. It is only about 30 minutes north of Spokane about 15 minutes north of Deer Park.  There are many other lakes in close proximity.  Eloika Lake, Deer Lake, Jump off Joe Lake, Diamond Lake, Sasheen Lake are all within about 30 minutes of Loon Lake.  Come visit!

 Sponsored by Atherton Enterprises and Emmrod Mountaineer Combo.  Like the Kayak King, the Mountaineer is great for all those tight space fishing requirements.  It has an added perk in its adjustable handle.  This really helps those with arthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome. http://www.mycompactfishing.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=MOUN 

 


26 July 2010 Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, WA fishing update

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The good folks at Jerry’s Landing have forwarded an Eloika Lake Fishing update to me.

Give them a call or visit:

Jerry’s Landing

41114 North Lake Shore Road
Elk, WA 99009-8743
(509) 292-2337

The fishing has been a little slow the last week.  Our water temp. is 81 degrees and the lake turned over, so we think that maybe by next week the fishing should improve.  They are using top water baits right now out in the center of the lake.  The crappie are found in the open holes in the center of the lake, mainly in the evenings.  The best time for the bass have been at dawn and evening.

In an earlier conversation, Julie told me they had some very nice large bass and the crappie were a good size as well. Keep your eye on Eloika Lake as it is one of the most fun lakes for me to fish.  I like it that you never know, just like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, what is going to be on the end of the line.  Perch, Bass, Crappie, Trout?  Who knows. That is what makes it fun.

Dave Atherton

http://www.mycompactfishing.com/compact-fishing-products.html

Chataqua Craft Fair 9-11 July 2010 In Chewelah

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Quick update on Chewelah’s Chataqua Craft Fair.

Two days down, Sunday to go.  It has been an interesting show.  My main regret is not being able to actually enjoy the show!  Selling Emmrod by myself in my booth pretty much nails my foot to the floor.  If I can get up there a bit early today, I might run through the craft show.

There has been a regular stream of people moving up and down the street and it has been a friendly show.  Sales are reflective of the current state of economic affairs, sadly.  I will remind folks who read this today that I have a fine selection of daylilies.  I really rather not carry them all home so, if you are interested in daylilies, come by and dicker with me today!

Hi folks. I will be setting up across from Zips during the Chewelah Chataqua Craft Fair this weekend. I will have a full array of Emmrod products as well as the Rhino Tarp Clip on hand so come by and learn about these great products.  Bring the wife, I will have a great selection of Daylilies as well.  The Daylilies come from my Garden in the Deer Park area. We grow about 250 kinds and I have about 80 kinds potted up and available for sale.

The Rhino Tarp Clips are the perfect product for all those camping tie down needs. Come see them in action!

Look for the Emmrod Packer, the Emmrod Mountaineer, the Emmrod Kayak King, the Emmrod Stream Master Fly Rod, The Emmrod Gulf Master I and II and the Rugged Flex pole designed for those big guys over 100 pounds.  Catching minnows to monsters, little to lunker, Emmrod is the rod for you!

www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com, www.EmmrodFun.com, www.MyCompactFishing.com

Plans are also underway to attend the Sandpoint Idaho and Colfax Washington Fairs in August and September. Stay tuned for details.

Loon Lake Opening Weekend and Safety inspections by Sherrif’s Department

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Today was open house day for me at Loon Lake.  I had two listings open and another agent in the office had a third open.  I did not have to personally sit at any of these homes so I went to the public access point for Loon Lake.  I figured I would cast my Emmrod Packer for an hour or so and see if I could either get a fishing pole sold or get someone to go to the opens.  I put an open house sign on the back of my car and went fishing.  Well, I think any fish in that little estuary where the ramp is were scared away by the boats.  No nibbles from either lake fish or house fishers.

Here are my listings in Loon Lake.  The first includes a house, a shop and retail store and a newer heavy duty man’s domain with its own electrical meter. Zoning permits both residential and commercial.  Loon Lake access is through the public access point.  http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=596611&home=www.mycountryhomes.com&slink=-1&sReferer=http://mycountryhomes.com/text12.swf&idx=&r=http%3A%2F%2Fmycountryhomes%2Ecom%2Ftext12%2Eswf

My Second is in Morgan Acres on the North side of the lake.  It has a wonderul private park area with a great big dock, picknic areas and restrooms.  Living here lets you have access to the lake for ease of fishing.  There are some boat slips but are on a waitlist.  This is a lovely home which could be a vacation get away or a year round home as it is for the owners now.  http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=586565&home=www.mycountryhomes.com&slink=-1&sReferer=http://mycountryhomes.com/text12.swf&idx=&r=http%3A%2F%2Fmycountryhomes%2Ecom%2Ftext12%2Eswf

Apparently, the guys who were out on the lake did ok.  Several indicated they had limited out and others had caught one or two trout.  They all seemed pretty happy at having gone out onto the lake.

I thought it would be good to put a bit of safety information on this blog so I talked with Jim, the Sherrif’s Deputy and one of his co-workers.  They gave me a copy of the citation form so I could cover it all.  I believe they were providing courtesy inspections but ultimately, these will morph into ticketing events so we all need to get our ducks in order (That season actually starts about September.)

Here is the check list for your records.  This comes directly from the Washington State Vessel Inspection form which the Deputy gave to me.

These are all required items:

Registration Numbers Properly Displayed

Current Decal Properly Displayed

Certificate of Numbers on Board.  (Not sure what this is)

Mandatory Education Card

Motor Vessel Checklist (for rentals only)

Flotation devices: USCG approved and correct size (kids, adults etc) Adequate number and condition.  Type IV (16′ and over.)  Floatation device must be worn by Child 12 & Under on less than 19 footer.

Fire Extinguisher (on motorized boats) approved model and charged.

Muffler in Adequate Condition. I assume this is thefor the engine and not to keep your neck warm.

Lights with proper display (Night Only)  I would think it would be a good idea for them to be squared away regardless.

Adequate distress signals–flares, louldspeaker.

Flame Arrestor Adequate for your vessel.

Sound Device like a horn or whistle.

Ventilation/Blower for the Engine.

Ski Flag properly displayed and of proper Size.

Carbon Monoxide Decal (Gas Only, No PWC)

PWC Lanyard Used

PWC Operator 14 & Older

Also important but not a major focus of the Sherrif’s depart is the invasive Aquatic Species.  Read up on those issues and be smart.

 

Well, that is a quick list.  If any of that is Greek to you, because some of it is to me, you might give the Sherrif’s department a call and check it out. 

Bottom line, be safe or be on the bottom.  The former is far better than the later.

Happy fishing!

This blog is sponsored by the Kayak King, a fine fishing product from Emmrod Fishing Systems.  Check it and many others out at www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com or www.MyCompactFishing.com

Real Estate for sale at Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Those who know me, know I am a licensed real estate agent in the Spokane WA area.  Being a Realtor, I have access to all the information on what is listed for sale at any of the lakes in this area.  I just printed a list of properties on the lots just at Deer Lake, Sacheen Lake, Diamond Lake, Reflection Lake, and Eloika Lake.  There were well over 100 properties on just that list.  If you search the Spokane Multiple Listing Service (MLS), you will find over 800 waterfront lots.

Waterfront lots come in two varieties.  Primary and SecondaryPrimary waterfront means you walk out of your house or RV and go straight to the beach.  Secondary waterfront means you are in the development and theoretically have access to the water through a community or shared waterfront access.  The waters get a bit murkier when we have land near the lake and there is a convenient public access.  Personally, I would not consider that as a Secondary waterfront lot.  But, practically, it works the same way except there is a much larger population base using the ramp, the dock or whatever facilities are there. 

Take my two listings in Loon Lake.  One is in Morgan Acres and has access to a lovely park, ramp and dock.  That is quintessential secondary waterfront.  My other listing there is in the middle of town, about 7 minutes from the public access and while it has a home, a store front and a shop on a second electrical meter–all with commercial zoning, it is not a “waterfront” lot.

Getting to Eloika Lake, there are currently ten lake properties for sale.  The prices run from 80,ooo to 1,150,000 dollars.  Four are vacant lots.  One is a Mobile Home.  The balance are stick built homes.  Eight are primary lots and 2 are secondary lots.  Two are less than an acre and the balance are between 1 and 10 acres EXCEPT a 60 acre estate with frontage and located close to the public access point.  Not unexpectedly, this is the one which is priced at 1,150,000.

A couple of the homes priced in the 750,000 price range are beautiful newer homes.  Other lots are running in the 2-300k price range. 

So, if you love bass, crappie, trout and bullhead  fishing, this may be the place for you.  If you would like to keep track of what is going on at any lake in the pacific northwest area covered by the Spokane Association of Realtors, shoot me an email and I will set you up in a free program which delivers you immediate information as a property becomes available or changes prices.  Track one property, one lake or the whole area.  My real estate email is DavidWAtherton@gmail.com

 

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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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