Lake Washington: With great weather in the forecast, fishing at Lake Washington is in full swing. Boats are crowding the ramps and eager to hit the water. Anglers are out in great numbers to take advantage of the great weather and hoping to take in some great fishing.
As we all know, spring time is the best time of the year to get out on the lake and do some crappie fishing. There have been reports of anglers catching nice sized crappie in 2-4 feet of water. However, anglers are catching majority of crappie in deeper waters. Some are trolling in 12-15 feet of water and are fishing about 8 feet deep. These fish are being caught with jigs, minnows, and crankbaits. Most of these fish are being caught along the western shoreline. See lake depth map below for depths in different area of the lake, and talk with bait shop owners for up to date info.
For catfish, yo-yos fished in the cypress swamps baited with stink bait or nightcrawlers are always a great bet. Or try tightlining with worms or liver in 2 - 4 feet of water near the shoreline. There are lots of 1 - 3 pound channel catfish in the lake, and every so often you'll pick up a bigger one.
For bass, look for fish in 4-6 feet of water around logs, cypress knees, or under the fishing piers. Jigs or soft plastics may work well, or try throwing a spinnerbait along the edge of the cypress trees on the eastern shoreline.
There are not many reports of anglers fishing for bream at this time, as bream fishing is still usually slow during this time of the year. Expect to see bream fishing start to pick up in the next couple months. However, while doing some sampling on the lake this week, it was noticed that a great number of bream are hanging around the tall grasses along the bank. For best results, try fishing in 4-6 ft of water using crickets or red worms near the cypress trees on the western bank. Or try targeting brush piles near the fishing piers along the eastern shoreline.