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STUMP LAKE

fishing reports

Stump Lake is producing kokanee in the one to two pound range as well as some big rainbow trout. Read more about  Stump Lake

July 19, 2024

I got home from work in the early a.m. and my boat looked so lonely in the driveway I figured I'd better just hook it up and head out fishing. It doesn't take much to twist my rubber arm.

I arrived at Stump Lake at 8 a.m. and there were 8 boats out in the deepest part of the lake in front of the highway launch. I watched them as I was getting the boat unloaded but wasn't seeing anyone go for their net.

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I also saw two boats a little to the north where I had done well last time I was out, but I opted for the less busy area and was rewarded!

I first went out towards the busier area just to scan the water for marks. There were a few marks at 25 feet but not many. I then headed north to the location I wanted to fish. Here there were far more fish marking. Some at 25 to 30 feet, but most were at 45 to 50 feet.

I set up with my slim swing tail dodgers and wiggle hoochies- one gold and one pink.

I sent the gear down to 45 feet and within seconds I got a bite on the pink wiggle hoochie. A short while later I landed a nice kokanee and lost another, both on the pink wiggle hoochie. I decided it was time to change up the gold hoochie and put on a pink Chrome's double spinner tipped with scented shoepeg corn. I managed to get one bite on it, but not before catching another on the pink wiggle hoochie along with two more bites. The next thing I tried was a pink and purple spinner hoochie but with no success. Finally I broke down and geared up both rods with pink wiggle hoochies. The next 45 minutes were busy: I caught three and lost three. A couple of times I was netting a fish as the other rod was bouncing.

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I trolled at 1.2 mph, and because I was fishing fairly deep (45 to 50 feet) I used a short 25 foot set back. All in all I caught my limit of five fish, lost four others, and had a few bites all on the pink wiggle hoochie, with the exception of one bite that came on the double spinner with shoepeg. The gold wiggle hoochie has been working so well for me recently but not today! I fished kokanee from 8:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. and once my limit of kokanee was filled I tried jigging chironomids in 30 feet of water for rainbows. They chased it lots, but I only managed one small one along with two bites.

the Strategy

rod one: A slim swing tail dodger with 14 inches of leader to a Chrome's pink wiggle hoochie

rod two: A slim swing tail dodger with 14 inches of leader to a Chrome's gold wiggle hoochie

THE CATCH

Pink wiggle hoochies getting it done. 5 laned, 4 lost and a few bites.

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 1

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July 3, 2024

I arrived at Stump Lake just before 10 a.m. and headed straight out from the  highway boat launch.

After going to Monte Lake yesterday I wanted to start off with jigging today.  I sent down the chironomid gear as I was setting up the downriggers. I could get the kokanee to chase the gear from 35 feet up to around 20 feet but I couldn't get them to bite.

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I switched to the pink wiggle hoochie and Chrome's double spinner tipped with scented shoepeg corn. Both were paired with Chrome's custom 4.5 inch bendable dodgers. I trolled in front of the boat launch for about an hour where I was marking fish at depths of 25 and 45 feet.  I couldn't seem to get a bite! I then cruised over just north of the campground on the east side of the lake.  Here I marked more fish than I had been near the boat launch. Most of the marks were at 25 feet with the odd mark near the bottom. I put my gear down to 25 feet and began trolling. It didn't take very long for the double Chrome's spinner to catch the first kokanee of the day, and a second shortly after that!

I still hadn't caught anything on the pink wiggle hoochie so I changed it out to a pink Chrome's single spinner. Still, though, the double spinner was getting all the action. I had another bite and lost two on the double spinner before it caught my third kokanee of the day.  A short while later I lost two kokanee by the boat on the double spinner, caught one kokanee on the Chrome's single spinner, and a good sized rainbow that I released.  Just after that, the double spinner finally caught the limit kokanee. 

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the Strategy

rod one: A custom bendable 4-inch flasher with 14 inches of leader to a pink wiggle hoochie

rod two: A custom bendable 4-inch flasher with 14 inches of leader to a pink double Chrome's spinner tipped with scented shoepeg

THE CATCH

It was a fun day! Double Chrome's spinner for the win!

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 1

PHOTO GALLERY

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