Lake Washington: Cooler temperatures are definitely helping crappie fishermen. Anglers are catching more crappie trolling in deeper waters of the lake. Anglers should expect to see crappie moving into more shallow waters as temperatures continue to stay cool. Bass fishermen are still catching a few fish here and there. Bream fishing is starting to slow a bit. However, contrary to many belief, fall is still a great time to get out and fill a cooler with some slab bream.
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 is starting to slow a bit. However, you still may get out and catch a cooler full on a nice sunny day.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.