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Monday, October 23, 2023
By Dave Graybill
I took my good friend Rollie Schmitten to Omak Lake a couple of years ago and he was eager to go again. I was finally able to get him up there last week. On Thursday we got our first fish at 10:30 and at 2:55 we caught and released 55 Lahontan cutthroat. We trolled a variety of plugs and lures. I have a favorite darting plug and also found large Apex very effective. Out the back, with only a small 3/8-ounce weight, two lures were really popular with the cutts. One was a Coho Killer and the other was a Coyote spoon. These “surface” rods were as busy as the downrigger rods, that I was fishing very deep to try to get bigger fish. The next day we didn’t run anything with treble hooks. Even though we pinched the barbs on our lures, we spent too much time getting the hooks out of the net. We knew where to find the fish and the depth they were at and by noon we had released 37. The wind came up, so we headed for the launch. On Thursday we saw three other boats on the lake, the most I had seen in years.