Headed back to Cooper Lake this summer, just for a day after reading about WDFW throwing some 3-4lb trout in early in June. I rowed into the wind, which brought me to the NW section of the lake. This is shallower water and where the Cooper River feeds into the lake. Hooked up with lots of small fish trolling a woolly bugger and even caught my first Kokanee. It was great fun just letting tons of line out and having them hit about a mile off the back of the pontoon.
A cold day of fishing started at Proctor Creek where I hooked a chum at about 7:30 and then didn’t have a float down for the rest of our time there. My buddy Scott landed one and then we headed out to explore farther up river.
This shot was taken a nice tailout accessed by a river kayak boat launch. No bites but beautiful scenery and very, very cold. I don’t think it got above 27 all day. There was in the guides and cold hands continuously.
We stayed at Wallace Falls State Park which has about 4 cabins offered for rental at a reasonable offseason rate. The Prospector Tavern down the road had some decent food for diner and a pool table that helped warm us up. Looking forward to heading back to the same area for some more steelhead fishing. Let’s hope the river is in shape and the fish a bit more active this next time around.
In this off season while the rivers are closed I’ve taken it upon myself to start tying my own jigs. There’s obviously much to learn and little feedback on the effectiveness of anything I tie up with the rivers mostly closed until June 1st. I’ve been trying a lot of techniques and generally tying up a wide variety of jigs for trout, salmon, and steelhead. I refuse to pour lead for protection of my own health and that of the river systems I fish in, so I’m tying almost exclusively bead and pin jigs. I’ve got quite the variety of beads and hook sizes to work with and look forward to the river’s opening up again so that I can start narrowing down what works for me and what I can leave behind. This jig above is one of my first forays into tying hackle feathers. Obviously I’ve got a lot of work to do.