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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

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Philip’s question: Using 2 pound test line with Emmrd Compact Fishing Systems.

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Philip asked me if it was possible to cast a 1/8th oz crappie lure using 2 lb test line with the Emmrod System.  I have not had a chance to go out and try that yet because the weather here has been horrible.  Horrible from the point of view of going out in it to fish.  Actually, from the point of view of my garden and fields and getting drinking water next year and going skiing this winter (Not me, the effect of gravity on my rather heavy body is more than I can handle.), the rain and wind and coldness has been very good.

 

Here is what I have been able to find out by asking around.

–If you “shoot” your bait/lure out, forget anything under 10lb test line.

–If you cast, you should be fine, just don’t snap it out.  If you do, you will pop the lines, maybe even a 4 pound test line.  So, in the end, you should be able to cast with the emmrod using the lighter lures and lines, just practice and go gently in the lapping waves. I will try this when I can get out on the lake.

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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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

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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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Spokane County Lake List for 2010 Fishing

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Greetings to all!  This blog is going to be about 90 percent plagiarized!  The information is just too cool to pass up. I was researching Eloika Lake, a Lake near my home and found a great data sheet on Spokane County, Washington Lakes. I am going to paste it below.

I like Eloika Lake a lot and am working at getting to know it better this year.  The ice is mostly off the lake already–at least the south end and the east side of the lake.  The west side and North gets a lot of protection from the sun so according to a gentleman I met there this week (Mid February) who had a boat and was out fishing there was still a lot of ice to the west and the north.  It is going fast.  He had tried many places and had not had a single hit.

The lake itself is still pretty frigid! I know, I slipped and got my feet soaked.  I have fished there the past couple weeks for an hour or so as the afternoon slipped away.  One tiny nibble.  Watching the water, there is very little movement of fish surfacing so I guess they may still just be hanging out in their little fish beds with their little fish blankets pulled up to their chins and their little night caps pulled down over the gills waiting for it to warm up!  So, without further silliness on my part, here is the great list I found listing Spokane County, Washington Lakes.

This is a great start document.  Reading through it, much of the information appears to be older so I would strongly recommend checking online for current access and conditions. Some of the lakes had no information and I have sought that elsewhere. Where I could find it, that info is in Italics.

Lakes in Spokane County


Amber Lake (117 acres)

Selective gear rules are designed to create a quality fishery at this popular rainbow and cutthroat trout fry-planted lake 11 miles southwest of Cheney. Electric motors are allowed. The trout daily limit from the last Saturday in April through September 30 is two fish over 14 inches. Anglers must release all trout with a missing adipose fin — only unmarked trout may be retained as part of the legal limit. There is an additional catch-and-release only season from October 1 to November 30. Amber has a public access.

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Badger Lake (244 acres)

This lake 12 miles south of Cheney on the Cheney-Plaza Road was rehabilitated in the fall of 1995. It receives rainbow trout fry each spring. Fishing should be excellent this year. A Mayfly hatch later in the season usually provides great dry fly fishing. Badger has a public access. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Disabled accessibility � level 1. WCT, Blk Tpa, level.

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Bailey Lake   is totally surrounded by a private gated community (private lake) and is a no motor lake. This lake is 11 acres and is stocked with fish for its community members fishing pleasure. The lakes is 5-10′ deep and 15′ at its deepest; its a nice little sailing lake as well.  No Motorized boats permitted.  As a licensed realtor, I will be happy to help you purchase a property in this subdivision so you can fish here!

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Bear lake (34 acres)

Located in a county park off Highway 2 about half-way between Spokane and Newport, this lake offers largemouth bass, perch, and planted rainbow trout. Bear Lake changes from juveniles-only to family fishing rules on May 1, 2000: Only juveniles or licensed adults accompanied by a juvenile are allowed to fish. Check with the regional office in Spokane for details. Access depends on whether or not the county park is open. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through October.

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Bonnie Lake

This lake is located SE from Cheney about 15 miles on Cheny-Plaza Road, then go south 1 1/2 miles on a private road.Bonnie Lake has Bass, Crappie, Perch,Sunfish and Catfish.

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Chapman Lake (146 acres)

This lake has a late closure so you can take advantage of good action on its large mouth and small mouth bass then. Chapman also provides good catches of rainbow trout and kokanee, with a generous kokanee limit; check the regulations pamphlet for details. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through October 31.

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Clear Lake (375 acres)

This spring’s plants of yearling rainbow and brown trout, along with fall fry plants of both, should provide good action. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. A good largemouth bass fishery is available here as well. Located two miles south of the town of Medical Lake, Clear Lake has resorts and a public access on the south end. Low water conditions can make launching trailered boats very difficult. Small car-top boats, rafts and canoes are recommended. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through October 31.

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Cooks Lake Maybe in Pend Orielle County. Could not find any information.

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Downs Lake (225 acres)

With a mild late winter, anglers can count on large mouth bass, perch, and other warm water fish here, along with stocked rainbow and brown trout. Downs warms up earlier than other area lakes because it’s located in the southwest corner of the county (partially in Lincoln County). There is a resort with a small boat launch. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Eloika Lake (660 acres)

Perch, large mouth bass and crappie in the spring and fall are the best bets at this year-round fishery, located 7 miles north of Chattaroy off the Newport Highway. A few 4- to 6-pound large mouth bass will be caught, but because it takes 8 to 11 years for them to reach that size, many anglers voluntarily practice catch-and-release. Some brown trout yearling plants are made, and a few eastern brook trout are also available. Eloika has several resorts with launches, and a public access south of Gray’s Landing. Open year-round.   Jerry’s Landing and the public landing is nice and new.

July 28, 2010 update.  Eloika Lake has been a bit slow but looked like the water was turning.  Crappie and bass both doing ok.  Check out Jerry’s Landing 41114 North Lake Shore Road  Elk, WA 99009-8743  (509) 292-2337 for the current status.  They carry all the bait and emergency supplies including fat pills that you might need. Boats, cabins for rent as well.  Brought to you by:  http://www.mycompactfishing.com/compact-fishing-products.html

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Fish Lake (47 acres)

Rehabilitated in fall of 1998, Fish Lake will be planted with 15,000 catchable-size brook trout, 2,000 brood brook trout, plus fry brook trout in April and May of 1999. The lake will provide excellent fishing. Located 2-1/2 miles northeast of Cheney on the Cheney-Spokane Hwy, access is via county park property. Gasoline-powered boats are not allowed. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Hog Canyon Lake (53 acres)

Also known as Hog Lake, the winter-only season here should produce nice catches of rainbow trout to 10 or 11 inches. Rehabilitated in fall of 1998, Hog Canyon was restocked with catchable and fry rainbows during spring of 1999 and 2000. Dam construction has been completed, and this water levels should be at a maximum for the winter 2000 season. To find this lake 10 miles northeast of Sprague, take the Fishtrap Lake exit from I-90. Check the regulations pamphlet for winter season and catch limits.

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Horseshoe Lake (68 acres)

A shallow lake 10 miles west of Nine Mile Falls, Horseshoe gets annual plants of rainbow trout to provide some fair fishing early in the season. Open all year.

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Liberty Lake (711 acres)

Although large mouth bass, perch and other warm water species dominate here, yearling and brood stock rainbow trout and yearling brown trout are planted. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. Walleyes have been planted and may be of legal size by now. Liberty is just 15 miles east of Spokane at the town of Liberty Lake. Public access is available. Disabled accessibility � level surfaces, can fish from bank at access. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Long Lake (5020 acres)

This is actually a reservoir on the Spokane River, created by a hydroelectric dam 23 miles northwest of town. It provides good large mouth bass, perch, crappie, and bullhead fishing, plus an occasional northern pike. Planted catchable-size brown trout are also taken, and small mouth bass have been stocked. Long Lake is open year-round and has several resorts, plus a DNR camp and boat launch off the Nine Mile Falls road.

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Mason Lake is a Lake in the state of Washington (county of Spokane), located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 47.35183 and W -117.76632. Mason Lake is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Fishtrap Lake quad. The nearest major town is Edwall, WA. No real information available on conditions.

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Medical Lake (149 acres)

This selective gear rules lake is open during a limited season in compliance with local ordinances of the town of Medical Lake. Brown trout are the target here, with regular plants providing catches in the 15-inch range. Check the pamphlet for any special regulations.

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Newman Lake (1200 acres)

This lake 14 miles east of Spokane on Highway 290 has something for everybody: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, catfish, plus some rainbow, brown and eastern brook trout. The lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. In addition, Newman has been stocked with tiger muskies, with a one-fish, 36-inch minimum size limit; please check your regulations pamphlet for details. There is public access on the east shore, and resorts. Year-round open season. Disabled accessibility � Level 1. 3 WCTs, Blk Tpa, level, good WC accessibility.

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North Silver  I believe this is part of the Silver Lake system at Medical Lake. This is a good spiny ray lake.  I have heard late summer fish do not taste that great.

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Queen Lucas Lake
No significant information available. Small Lake between the rail roads.

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Ring Lake
Another small lake south of Medical Lake.  No Data on access or fishing available.

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Silver Lake (486 acres)

This lake receives a small plant of catchable-size rainbow trout. Because of a large tench population, fishing is expected to be poor for trout. Silver has several resorts and public access on the north shore. Open year-round.

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Spokane Lake Nice information at this web site: http://www.riversidestatepark.org/lake_spokane.htm.
Aka Long Lake, Lake Spokane.
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West Medical Lake (235 acres)

Rainbow trout fry plants, plus catchable-size plants in the spring will provide good fishing for the April opener. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). Winter aeration and lots of moisture have greatly improved the outlook for this popular water located about a mile west of the town of Medical Lake. Minimal irrigation withdrawals are critical to annual fish survival and related recreation. Because of expanding goldfish and pumpkinseed sunfish populations, West Medical is scheduled to be rehabilitated in the fall of 2000. The lake has a resort and west shore public access. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Disabled accessibility � Level 1.DP, 2 WCTs, Blk Tpa, level, Blk Tpa paths to bankside fishing area. Excellent WC fishing site highly recommended for HC/WC persons.

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Williams Lake (319 acres)

Williams Lake was rehabilitated in the fall of 1995. It is planted with rainbow trout fry annually. Good fishing is expected this year. The Mayfly hatch in mid-May is usually the peak fishing time. Located 12 miles southwest of Cheney via Mullinex Road, it has public access on the northwest shore and several resorts. Shallow water some seasons may limit access for larger boats at the public access site. The lake also has two full-service resorts. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through September.

Here is the web site from which I obtained this information:  http://www.angelfire.com/wa/nwfishing/

There you go.  A lot of great places to take your Emmrod Compact Fishing System and have a great day!  Check out the different products available to you at www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com or www.MyCompactFishing.com

Landing a Five Pound Sunfish!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
I moved to the Inland Northwest (Spokane) about 13 years ago.  Part of the plan was to relax.  I have not done much of that since getting here.  When I made the decision to sell the Emmrod Fishing System, I said, “Well, I better figure out how to use it.” I have always been the type who could sell something I believed in but could not sell something I did not believe in. Boy did I have a hard time as a door to door shoe salesman at 18 years old in Birmingham Alabama! (Knapp shoes? Good shoes, but I did not understand the measuring system) Even in my Real Estate business, I do not sell, I educate. It is pretty hard to educate if you have never used a product. An old communist I worked with in Vietnam in the late 1980’s and I used to discuss the difference between theory and practice. I understood the Emmrod theory, but did not have a clue about the practice.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I prostrated myself before my bride of 30 some years and requested her concurrence with a short pass to go liberate the denizens of the deep. I spent the 50 bucks or so to buy a license, a parking permit, some weights, leaders, orange marshmallows and some other stuff and headed on to Eloika Lake.
Eloika Lake is a great 2 mile long, 800 acre, if I recall correctly, lake. It is one of several lakes filled and drained by the Little Spokane River as it wends its weary way south to its confluence with the Spokane River which then joins the Columbia River. It is open year round to fishing, is one of the top four bass lakes in the NW and is convenient to my home. It also has Jerry’s landing where you can rent a boat and get whatever supplies you forgot to bring as well as a nice assortment of fat pills. Unfortunately, I got there the last day of the season and they were out of worms and out of Jerry who had gone firewood hunting. I got a great big ice cream sandwich and that made up for some of my disappointment. I did pick up a couple little 1/4 inch long lures. I think they were called poppers but would not bet on it. I went out to the end of the dock and threw out the lures I had from a yard sale and the poppers I had bought, but no cigar. I enjoyed relaxing in the sun for about an hour and headed up to Miller’s One Stop and bought some night crawlers, drove down to the public boat launch and put a line w/ a big fat crawler into the water.
About ten minutes later my bobber dove for the bottom. I pulled back on my Rod which was the standard Emmrod Packer handle with an Emmrod eight coil fly rod tip. OOOH was that fun. Five minutes later I pulled in what I knew would be at least a five pound fish. So much luck on my first day in 7 years of fishing! I was elated and prancing around like a six year old girl.
I eagerly rushed to the edge of the water and lifted the fish out of the lake. FIVE INCHES! How can a five inch fish weigh 5 pounds? Then, I weighed the weeds—4 pounds 12 ounces.
What a disappointment! No world record! Well, not really. I had a great time, talked to some nice folks coming to bass fish for supper and had