Lake Washington: Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 17, 2020. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Lake Washington.
With water temperatures being cooler, look for bass activity to slow down a little. Look for bass in water 6-12 feet deep, especially around structure. Try around the cypress trees on the west side of the lake, or target the docks on the eastern shoreline. Use soft plastic worms or lizards, jigs, or spinnerbaits. Most bass from Washington are fat and healthy due to a large shad population in the lake.
Crappie action is pretty slow at Lake Washington during this time of the year. Anglers usually target deeper holes of the lake while using a slow-troll technique. Minnows and jigs are the bait of choice for most anglers at Lake Washington. Stop by and talk with someone at the local bait shops for the most up to date information.
Bream fishing during the winter months is also kind of slow on Lake Washington. For bream try using crickets or red worms around the grass beds near the shoreline or around the cypress knees in water between 4 and 6 feet deep.
Catfish fishing is always pretty good at Lake Washington due to the large population of Channel Catfish in the lake. Lots of anglers like to fish yo-yo's in the cypress trees on the southern end of the lake. Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or other catfish baits, or try fishing trotlines along the shallow flats. Channel catfish are the dominant catfish species in the lake, but flathead catfish are also present in the lake. Remember that yo-yo's must be tagged and attended at Lake Washington.