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Lake Washington Sponsored by
Date 20-Aug-15
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Conditions : Lake Washington: Fishing pressure saw a slight increase on Lake Washington as we had some cooler afternoon and morning temperatures come through. Recent showers are keeping the temperatures bareable on the lake and anglers are trying to find breaks in the weather to get out on the water.

Crappie anglers are still having some luck trolling very early in the morning before the temperature starts to rise. It's hard to catch them once the sun gets up. Many are fishing in the northern sections of the lake in 5 - 10 feet of water. Using jigs or minnows is productive, but pulling crankbaits can also work well too.

For bream, try fishing in 3-4 ft of water using crickets near the cypress trees on the western bank. Or try targeting brush piles near the fishing piers along the eastern shoreline.If you find a bed you can fill up a cooler quickly. Some anglers are catching a good number of bream early in the morning and late in the evenings.

For catfish, 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, the best fishing should be very early in the morning around the fishing piers on the eastern shoreline or around cypress stumps and brush piles using soft plastics and crankbaits. Top water lures for bass like buzzbaits or zara spooks could also produce good fish. Though the bite has been slow, most bass being caught are fat and healthy.

Reported by: MDWFP


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About: - Directions to Lake Washington Lake Washington is located off of Hwy 1 south of Greenville in Washington County. To get to the public boat ramp, Turn off Hwy 1 on Hwy 436 going west towards Glen Allan. When the road ends at the lake, take a left and the ramp is located in the town of Glen Allan by the old Cotton Country Inn. Lake Washington Rd. E runs along the entire eastern shoreline of the lake and has multiple boat ramps, RV parks and cabins, and bait shops.

Yo-Yo Requirements All yo-yo's must have a waterproof or metal tag attached and visible above the water surface. The tags must contain the angler's full name and address. Yo-yo's must be attended on Lake Washington. Attended means devices must remain within sight of the angler during daylight hours.


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Anglers please note that on Lake Washington the limit on crappie is 30 but only 5 crapie can be kept that are under 10 inches in length, the limit on bream is 100, and the limit on bass is 5, but only 2 bass can be less than 15 inches in length. Last fall the size of many of the crappie were slightly under 10 inches.

- Regulations concerning fishing of YO-YO'S - Over the last several years the MDWFP received many letters from residents and nonresidents about yo-yo's and limb lines at Lake Washington. Most of the people complained that too much gear was being left in the water tied to trees, hindering access to their fishing spots. Other letters listed complaints that people were fishing more than the legal limit of yo-yo's; that some people were exceeding the legal daily and possession creel limits; that people were seeing many dead fish out of the water captured by yo-yo's; that some anglers were running other people lines and that some anglers were discourteous. To enhance enforcement efforts fishing regulations (Public Notice 3428) were changed to require yo-yo's on Lake Washington to be tagged and attended during daylight hours.

Yo-Yo Tagging Requirements - Yo-Yo's must have a waterproof or metal tag attached to the line above the water surface. The tags shall be furnished by the angler and must contain all of the following information: the angler's full name, full residence address including zip code of the angler. This information must be legibly written with waterproof ink, legibly inscribed or legibly stamped on the tag. Yo-Yo Attendance Requirements: Yo-yo's must be attended on Lake Washington. Attended means devices must remain within sight of the angler during daylight hours.




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