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Merwin lake OPEN SEATS, NOW!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by Caveman Jim, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Alright all you keyboard fishermen, time to pony up and actually show all the other cyber space viewers that you do go fishin!!!!!!

    I had a friend cancel at the last minuet so my 18' Jetcraft needs some ballast. Tuesday evening 7-21 through Thursday evening 7-23, if limits are the norm I'll stay through Friday!!!!!

    I have all the gear, unless you think you have more and you can bring what you like. No need to be shy cause the Caveman ain't.....

    So if you feel like catching fish, want to attempting to catch fish or you just want to take a slow boat ride & BS with a Caveman then meet me at the lake.....
    Text (can't hear squat on the phones) @ 36zero -47zero-two475.

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  2. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    I'd be there but I'm in Id. right now. Merwin is only about 15 min. From the homestead.
     
  3. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    By the way be careful the water is very low.
     
  4. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Don't forget the white shoepeg corn. Last time I was up there trollin a guy pulls up along side me and asked if I had any to spare, he'd forgot to get some. I'd be curios how deep they are now with the warm water.
     
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  6. Ian1816

    Ian1816 Oregon City Active Member

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    How is the fishing?
     
  7. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    100 feet is where the fish are though........ lol:p
     
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  8. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    It was awesome, adapted to the situation and figured out Kokes are Kokes and will eat anything with shrimp, anise or tuna oil rubbed all over it.

    Limited by 1pm.....
     
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  9. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Limited out at 1 pm, I'd say it was good... am taking a NWF member this evening and hope they are still where I left em.:D
     
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  10. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    I know this will not affect you but it's a headsup

    The Merwin flows will be reduced to 800 cfs on July 31st in reaction to the drought conditions and to conserve water for the fall spawning. Today the inflow to Merwin from the entire upper basin is 680 cfs. The inflow to Swift Reservoir is 520 cfs. The key upper river tributary, Muddy River has a flow of 116 cfs and Speelyai Creek flow (tributary to Merwin) is 2.1 cfs. - 8:27 a.m. 7/21/2015
    The Merwin flows will be reduced to 800 cfs on July 31st in reaction to the drought conditions and to conserve water for the fall spawning. Today the inflow to Merwin from the entire upper basin is 680 cfs. The inflow to Swift Reservoir is 520 cfs. The key upper river tributary, Muddy River has a flow of 116 cfs and Speelyai Creek flow (tributary to Merwin) is 2.1 cfs.
     
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    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    Yep guess it's that time a year for them to migrate to china
     
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  12. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't think my 2 oz banana weight would reach em.:rolleyes:
     
  13. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I meant that there is 100+ feet of depth all around but the Kokes we're around 37- 57' of water. I'd mark fish & raise or lower the electric DR (so easy) and most of the times WHAMMO!!! Never trusted a FF for salmon because there were never on the graph when they bit, kokes, they are there and hungry!!!!!!

    If you were vertical jiggin they would.... lol
     
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  14. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    OK folks due to limited WIFI bandwidth available in Cougar and on the lake (Hell there ain't even any cell service on the lake except in the western portion) I decided to wait till I returned to post the highlights of my trip...


    Well all I can say about Merwin Lake is..... WOW!!!!

    It is a top notch fishing destination for anyone who wants to catch fish, it's so easy even a Caveman can do it!!!

    I stopped in the evening before I intended to fish (takes me a bit to do things by myself anymore) just to make sure I was at the right place. Speelyai ramp, check, talk to some old timers to get the dope on the area & tackle, check, spent the last remaining minuets till the loss of consciousness pondering the thought of if they (the two old timers) were pulling my leg because I slipped up and told them it was my first time here, check....o_Oo_Oo_O

    I always go with my gut when it comes to fishing, no matter the species so I did not make a bee line it to the dam (sorry guys) but ran till I saw a boat "HOOK UP". I know, but honestly I did not technically "LOW HOLE" the guy....... 1/4 mile is safe distance so deployed the tried and true KokaneeJim offering (my creation from experienced outings) on the Port DR at 43' and another rig which I'll call the "Sad Smily" in blue, hence the name sad at 51' OTW (downrigger talk, On The Wire).... I did adjust the electric DR to the depth of the fish finder was showing both days & WHAMMO!!!!!

    Trolled for 5 mins and the Starboard rigger rod started acting up and sure enough it was a pike minnow... Re thinking my stopping point to fish choice I stayed nad 3 mins later anothe pole dancer on the starboard side, 10" Koke this time. In the next hour and 1/2 it was pretty consistent for the 10-12" fish on the starboard side, then NOTHING!!!!! With 2 hours of trolling the Honey Hole and having no success I was trolling back towards the ramp in hopes of picking up 3 more for the limit and got bit 3 more times by the linebacker school at 53' OTW .... 3, 14"rs came to my net within 20 minutes around the point before Spellyai bay.;)

    Thursday I knew better than to go back to the same place that I had had success the day before, but I did & wasted 2 hours for 2 10"rs..... Went to the point and it was "LIGHTS OUT FISHIN" that ended around 12:30 with another limit. I had two back to back doubles that popped the releases and landed them all, it must have been a scene out of an old comedy movie (maybe the tthree for the spectators trolling by & cheering me on. Look he already has 3 fish in the net & is going to net another one!!!! :eek::eek::eek::eek::p

    Two epic days of fishing a new lake and having success has lifted my spirits as far as putting meat in the freezer and memories that no camera can do justice. ;)

    Oh, and I was reminded by scrandell01215 of the trip he accompanied with me on Wednesday afternoon, it was so windy and the fish didn't want to play, AT ALL.... good to see you again my friend!!!!

    SO, maybe next time I post an open seat, some of you might think of calling in sick for a day or two...:oops::oops:

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  15. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice haul!
     
  16. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    Darn work keeps getting in the way.
    Nice showing.
     
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  17. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I would have had no problem free loading off the likes of you had I not been in Yakima all week;)

    It's pretty cool you put the offer out there to the community. I'm sure it would have been a blast.
    Thanks. And congrats on the haul.
     
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  18. scrandall01215

    scrandall01215 Washougal,WA Well-Known Member

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    Jim,
    You forgot part of the story, what about the 2 1/2 hrs we didn't get even a bite. LOL
    It was still fun hanging out with you though. Maybe next time I'll catch something! Lol
    Stacy
     
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  19. edslhead

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    There's some big 4' + Tiger Muskies in there too. My buddy got this one many years ago.

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  20. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    No freeloading, I'd make you work it off by baiting hooks, reeling in fish and driving the boat!!!! :eek::D:p