Jeff and I left Quincy around 6 pm as we had our sights set on fishing Coffeepot lake. Our plan was to either camp out in the cars, but being cold and hungry we opted to bed down in Moses Lake. We ended up at the Best Western, not exactly cheap, but it was comfortable and the hot shower and Prime rib dinner was a nice way to unwind. They have a nice breakfast buffet with made to order omelettes, good selection of breads and cereal items including a waffle station.
We pushed off from the parking lot at 08:00 and headed east towards Odessa and beyond taking in the scenery and enjoying the hour or so drive.
We pulled into the lot and only 2 other vehicles were parked or or launching. So far the weather would look to be favorable. From what I understand last year the launch was closed due to low water levels. Nice to see the lake at normal or above normal levels.
The first thing I noticed was the colder water temps. Apparently, the lake just iced off and the bottom was mostly devoid of fish. I was marking fish on the side finder, but it wasn’t as active as the day before at Quincy, which concerned me.
Heres a view of the north bay where the feeder creek comes into the lake. In the past we’ve done very well at this spot, but today I’d have a tough time coaxing a fish to take.
I moved around to various spots even drifting the granite walls that houses the empty swallow nests. The depth of water I was marking along this was between 62-70+ feet! I was marking fish on the side finding, but even the Loche style drifting couldn’t coax a fish to hit, which has me puzzled.
After circling around a few times from place to place I met up with Jeff to see the samples. Leeches, Scuds and even some small black Chironomids later in the afternoon could be seen in the throat samples. This is a bio rich habitat that helps these fish grow large and strong.
It was slow even for Jeff, by the time I left, he only landed 7 fish ranging from 16-18″. I pulled out of the parking lot at 3 pm and heading back home to make dinner with my family. When I talked to Jeff later, he only pulled two more fish after a full day pounding the lake.
While it was a long drive to go for a skunking, I suppose it is fishing. What would I have done differently next time? I think I should have swapped the Outboard Intermediate tip with a full slime line or full intermediate. The fish were suspended and I was probably above the strike zone. Jeff was using a very slow retrieve after allowing the flyline to fully sink to the depth he was anchored and or fishing.
I probably won’t make it back to Coffeepot again but I may probe some other Eastern WA lakes as I still have some unfinished work to complete for a client along with some catching of some trout in the high desert lakes.