Lake Washington: Windy and rainy conditions have kept many anglers from going out on the lake. The anglers that have been going out have had a lot of luck fishing for catfish. Crappie, bass, and bream fishermen are not having as much luck at this time. Check back next week for the latest reports
Although anglers are not having much success now, we all know spring time is the best time of the year to get out on the lake and do some crappie fishing. 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.
There are reports of anglers having much success catching catfish at this time. 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.
Bass fishing is a hit and miss right about now. You may want to try to 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.
Bream fishing at Lake Washington is still kind of slow at this time. A few anglers are going out with bucket of crickets here and there. However, reports have it that they just have not found them yet. With temperatures starting to heat up, expect bream fishing to heat up also. 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.