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Hagg Lake Last Couple Weekends

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by JSchuster, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. JSchuster

    JSchuster Beaverton Member

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    I've been trying to get back into fishing so I went trout hunting the past couple weekends up at Hagg Lake.

    First on a warm and sunny Sunday I went out on the peninsula west of Tanner Creek and got skunked. Played with Rainbow powerbait, Salmon eggs, and the Hatchery formula "trout nuggets".

    Yesterday I went out in the in afternoon right about the time the wind slowed down and turned into rain and fished from just east of the Sain Creek Picnic area. I was fishing with Powerbait only: garlic Chartreuse with sparkles was blank, red/white/blue (original flavor) did better and got a couple hits and pulled in a solid 10" rainbow that I threw back in on a whim.

    Anybody have any advice for this lake?? What works, what spots?? I don't expect you to spill all the beans here... but point me in the right direction maybe??? :rolleyes:
     
  2. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Fishing near the boat ramp, with every one else! Those planters will stay in the area for a good while. The people that target hold-overs have boats and troll. Try using a half a worm on a size 6 hook with a marsh mallow with an 1/8-1/4 oz sinker, swivel and 12'-18' leader, that was always my favorite. Filling a clear bubble all the way with water, half a worm and let it sink to the bottom and real in start and stop or slowly.

    Mike
     
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  3. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Now this could be complete BS, but I saw this on Facebook today. This guy has been catching some of the larger fish lately up there. There are brood trout that have been stocked in Hagg Lake. This is one big axx trout. I live just across the ridge and go up there quite a bit.

    The Sain Creek areas, and actually most of the creek outflow areas are fairly shallow water until you get out in the center of the channels of the creek. Where he is catching these based upon the timber and back ground is a bit deeper , most likely on the south side of the lake. You are going to have to hike a bit to those areas, but they are easy hikes. You can catch decent fish off the bank. Go up there in September to see the geography of the lake at low water, or look for some online topo maps.

    Off the bank, I am going to use a medium size 8 foot rod and put a bobber on it with about 18 to 24 inches of leader with a night crawler or orange power bait on it. Sit back and drink a cold one and enjoy the scenery. From the southside, you can see the 1500 year old landslides on the south ridges of the hills.

    The boat guys get them with the usual Fender arrays and night crawlers slowly trolled about 35 feet down.

    I am not a big trout eater, I would probably just kick them all back, even that big one after a couple pictures. I am going to be getting a drift boat here soon, I have a couple of 6 year old grand sons that need to get catching trout.

    I looked up a couple of topo maps, and have a pretty good idea this fish was caught on the north side of the lake close to the one inflow freshet. I would be looking to fish as close to the main body of the lake where the freshet areas expand out. There is a ton of feed coming down those creeks and the fish will gravitate to those.

    The bass guys just knock them dead by the dam and along all the shores, even by the boat docks.

    http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/sediment/projects/ReservoirSurveys/Reports/Henry Hagg Lake 2001 Survey.pdf



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  4. JSchuster

    JSchuster Beaverton Member

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    Amazing!!!
    Fantastic layout, thank you!!! Catch you on the shore!
     
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