Left last Friday for an annual assault on two of eastern Washington’s best trout lakes, dos super-productive scud, leech and chironomid-rich waters where rainbows grow to the 30-inches long and nobody bats and eye at 22-inchers.
So, let’s cut to the chase. On Saturday I hooked 21 rainbows and landed 16 of them, with these appealing measurements—two 23-inch fish; two 25-inch fish; a 26-inch fish; and a 28-inch fish. I lost the biggest fish I hooked, a mega-beast I figured to go 29 or 30-inches and weigh 10 pounds or more.
Spent most of my time wandering the banks with George Cook, who hosted me on those lakes at Back to the Wall Ranch outside Coulee City, formerly know as Issac Ranch. For big rainbows, that are especially hot during spring, you can’t beat this place. We blind casted leeches and chironomids some of the time, but also sight-fished to some cruisers that made our jaws drop, fish that we didn’t end up hooking. We broke for an awesome lunch of fine wines and hard salami, Cougar Gold cheese, roasted peppers and onions. By the end of the second day we hand’t made it back to Land of The Lost, which leaves much reason to return again next year, same dates.
Spent some time on some bass lakes, too, and found a couple pigs. Sorry. I haven’t eaten a bass in 20 years. Had to do what I had to do. Releasing them from here on out, but tomorrow night I’m preparing a special meal for Myka and Tate. RIP Senor Bass.
Here are some pictures from the trip. Hope you enjoy. And, if you have any interest in fishing these lakes, this year or next year, contact George Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org If you can get on these waters there’s no way you’ll think anything other than, That was worth the price!