April 1st came and went, and didn’t make it out to Eastern WA for my annual stillwater trip. The 23rd also came by without even a trip to any lowland lakes. I wanted to give Buck Lake a try since I’d heard good things about it and it was good reason to get outside as the clouds and rain cleared from the morning and I had finished most of my chores around the house.
Buck Lake is located near Point No Point and is maintained by Kitsap County. Wdfw recently planted it with trout and was a good chance to explore this little lake.
Chris M. was gracious enough to hitch up his driftboat so we could catch up and have a stable fishing platform. I especially got a kick out of the vintage alumaweld decal. Not politically correct by today’s standards but then again today’s standards have deviated so much from what I was used to growing up.
There isn’t much room at the launch to turn around, but we managed by using a neighbors driveway to turn driftboat in order to launch it. There were two other vehicles at the launch and as we were heading out two ladies in a join boat were coming in. I could see two fly fishermen in pontoon boats along the west end of the lake with fish on.
This gave us some extra energy to get our lines into the water pronto. I had my rod still set up with chironomids under an indicator. Chris used a dry dropper combo with a flashback pheasant tail as the emerger. We both missed a few takedowns but landed 4 trout one being a recent 1.5# planter. Chris likes to harvest these fish for crab bait and or chum for halibut scent.
What a pretty little Lake, trees, birds, and a gorgeous Friday afternoon. We even witnessed an osprey take down a trout to feed her young.
All my fish came on a size 16 Amber with gold ribbed snowcone chironomid. Throat samples were devoid of any chironomids but lots of amber colored Daphnia.
We didn’t have a sounder but I estimate we were fishing 6-8′ of water and temps according to Chris were colder than typical for this time of year. There want a problem with milfoil, but Chris says that it does grow and the muddy bottom gets overgrown with the stuff.
While it’s not wide open panoramas of eastern WA, or the deep blue of those BC lakes it was a slice of solitude and relaxation even for a few hours.