I rafted the Upper Yakima River from the mouth of the Teanaway River to the diversion dam at Thorp on Saturday. We casted red #1 Mepps spinners almost all day, with some occasional bronze ones thrown into the mix. The fishing was incredible, with the hits coming on nearly every cast over some stretches. We got a late start and were hustling to make the take-out for most of the day. Regardless we landed and released around a dozen small rainbows and I caught a cutthroat during a layover on shore while we snacked and rested. The large fish of the day was a 16″ rainbow that I hooked on the water and ran multiple times under my pontoon and back up the river.
I camped two nights at Fairholme Campground in the Olympic Peninsula over last Sunday and Monday night and fished Lake Crescent for Beardslee Rainbows, catching two on Monday and catching only bites on Tuesday morning. I launched the pontoon from the Fairholme boat launch and was even able to moor it on the gas dock overnight. I fished the northwestern shore from the end of the lake sides campsites east and got consistent bites and many spotted fish along with the two landed. It was both eerie and fascinating spotting the blue backs of the trout following my spinner or meandering by below my pontoon. The water is clarity is an unreal blue, due to a lack of nitrogen in the water and the absence of any plant life in the lake because of it. There was a significant amount of insect activity right along shore and below overhanging trees, which is where most of the trout I saw were rising and feeding. The lake drops off deep very quickly and I stayed in the shallows, not wanting to troll without a depth finder. There is also a 2 oz. limit to your tackle. So I stuck to the surface feeders along shore and cast a bronze Mepps #1 spinner, which got all of the bites and both trout.
Camped and fished Lost Lake in Kittitas County with a buddy and our pontoons. We figured to slide into a camp site empty after the 4th of July weekend and were lucky enough to have the entire site and lake to ourselves. Fishing was great on Sunday night with lots of action and we looked forward to more of the same on Monday morning, but unfortunately the bite died down as the winds and temperature increased. It seems to be an evening fishery at Lost Lake during summer months, at least for the type of fishing we were doing with spinning gear. I bet a fly fisherman working the shore in the evening would see even more fish in the net.