Located just fifteen minutes away from the heart of downtown Seattle sits Lake Sammamish, a beautiful lake surrounded by gorgeous homes and pristine shoreline. During the summer months, this lake is a recreational mecca for watersport enthusiasts, kayakers, and leisure-boaters alike, however as the summer heat dissipates and the water temperature drops, the recreational activities are suspended until next year. Just as the recreational activities cease as winter sets in, the changing of the seasons signifies the time to put the rods in storage until next year for fisherman statewide. The hot salmon season in the rivers has ended, and for even the most stubborn of anglers, fishing opportunities throughout the state have become extremely limited. Most fishing opportunities that remain open through the winter require hours pounding the water in hopes of catching one fish, with most trips leaving even experienced anglers skunked. This is not the case for Lake Sammamish. In the winter time, the costal cutthroat trout on the lake are active, hungry and abundant! These fish are often 16-18 inches, with a chance of catching fish 20 inches or larger.
Lake Sammamish cutthroat trout fishing during the winter is quite different than most other trout fisheries, as these fish are mainly in the first twenty feet in the water column actively feeding on Midges. Midges (often called mayflies) are a small black insect that hatch on the surface on the lake during the winter, providing an easy target for these fish. On a calm day, you can see black masses of Midge eggs floating on the surface. Like the trout, seagulls feed on the Midges, so look for large groups of seagulls and other waterfowl while trying to find the fish. If there are no birds in the area, keep your eyes peeled for jumping fish, as they will fly out of the water to eat these bugs.
Lucky for the angler, fishing does not usually require an early start and these fish are willing to bite almost anything, however trolling small spoons, plugs, or spinners are usually most successful. For a little extra flash while trolling, try adding a small dodger such as a Dick Nite dodger or pop-gear such as the Ford Fender. In addition to your lure and flash, putting some attractant/scent in the water can be the key difference between struggling for a bite and catching fish. Fresh night crawlers are the go to me, however when worms aren’t getting it done, Pro-Cure trophy trout, krill, or shrimp scent work great, as well as Super Dipping Sauce in all flavors. When starting the day, the weather buoy is a fantastic place to start. Located in the middle of the lake on the south side, this place is a constant producer of quality fish.If you plan to troll for these fish, 1.4-2 mph all work and the speed varies daily. If you’re not looking to troll or don’t have access to a boat, casting the same lures works as well as bobber fishing with worms or eggs.
Lake Sammamish trout fishing is an incredible hidden gem just minutes away from downtown. If you are looking for a great winter fishery that with a bit of learning can be very productive for all fisherman, look no further than this lake. Launching facilities are provided at Lake Sammamish State Park on the south end of the lake.
TIGHT LINES AND GOOD TIMES TO YOU
~Captain Paul Lewis – Fast Action Fishing Adventures