Fishing New Lakes for Kokanee & Trout by Rob Phillips
May 22nd, 2019 by Keith Worrall 256
Modified May 22nd, 2019 at 9:59 PM
Just on a whim a couple of years ago, one of my fishing buddies, Merle Shuyler and I decided we were going to try fishing Rock Lake, in Eastern Washington. We had never fished there before, but we had heard there were some trophy-sized brown trout in the lake, and we decided we would go give it a try.
So, on the following Saturday morning, about two hours before daylight, Shuyler, towing his 18-foot Lund, picked me up at the park-and-ride outside of Yakima, where I live, and off we went.
When we arrived at the lake we discovered the boat launch was not much of a launch, and the only other boat on the water was a mini-hydroplane boat that was spinning donuts around in the water in front of us. As we sat there trying to figure out how we were going to get the boat in the water and through the miniature race course, I wondered if we were on the verge of wasting a precious day off.
Arriving at a new lake to fish is always a little bit daunting and can present a surprise or two. But there are things a person can do to help make sure they have a decent chance to catch some fish. Here is what I like to do when I want to try someplace new.