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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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Deer Lake, Stevens County Fishing Report

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I just talked with Cindy at the Deer Lake Resort in Stevens County Washington.  All their contact information is at the bottom of this report.  She said they have a photo box for people to drop off photos of what they are catching.   Today’s catch included photos of a six pound trout and a 15 pound mackinaw.  Recent reports indicated perch, bass and rainbows were finding their way onto hooks and lures pretty regularly.   The wide range of fish and dilligent efforts of several parties to stock both rainbow trout and silvers insures good fishing at Deer Lake.  The rainbow trout have been released but the silvers are still in the pens.   Fishing tip, the Mac’s know the silvers are going to be set free from capitivity soon.  They are hanging around the pens waiting for this newest stimulus package to be released. Come and catch some of these guys so there are fewer Silvers eaten in the water and more of them caught by the fishermen!

Deer Lake resort provides camping, boating, fishing opportunities galore not to mention it is a great place to stop and get some fat pills to help you through the inevitable slow times.  Here is an excerpt from their website: 

Kayaking
1 Hour $8, 1/2 Day $25, Day $40
Glide soundlessly on the lake and see the abundant beauty Deer Lake has to offer. Single & doubles available.

Paddle Boat
1/2 Hour, 1 Hour $8, 1/2 Day $25, Day $40
Go on a tour while getting your aerobics in!  Youths love to paddle these things, wear them out!  Seats 2

Row Boat
1/2 Hour, 1 Hour $8, 1/2 Day $25, Day $40
Go out and get some trout for dinner!  A quiet healthy way to get around on the water.  Max 4 people

Motor Boat
1/2 Day $50 (4 hours), Day $80 (8 hours)
Take a trip around the lake and find a fishing spot or just take in the beautiful scenery.  Max 4 people

 

If you do not want to rent a boat, the $8 day charge lets you fish from their very roomy docks!

The Saturday Brunch and Thursday potlucks are opportunities to not cook and enjoy some great food and visit with your camping neighbors.

Give them a call and check out their website:  http://www.deerlakeresort.com/Home.html.  They are located on the west or north side of the lake.   There are great directions on the web site!

Address:    3906 WEST CANYON SPRINGS WAY, DEER LAKE, WASHINGTON 99148

Email:     deerlakeresort@sisna.com  
Deer Lake Resort Phone:   509 233 2081
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