Regional Reports-West

Lake Washington

I always get on the water early to hook into June's topwater smallmouth bite on Lake Washington and the smaller Lake Sammamish right in the heart of Seattle. It's fast and furious action and the only thing that can take me away from chasing steelhead in the summertime. Darkness or cloudy skies are key. Once the sun is up, the smashing strikes on your buzzbaits and topwater stickbaits will subside. On overcast days burn a willow-leaf spinnerbait by pilings, docks and other fishy cover. Or try chartreuse spinnerbaits; chartreuse causes smallmouths to suffer some kind of hunger spasm. On these two lakes overcast skies are the one situation in which this garish color will catch fish. Normally, white-colored spinnerbaits with a touch of blue are the best producers. You can access Lake Washington easily at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park launch. Also launch at Lake Sammamish State Park to get on Sammamish. Contact: Western Bass Club (253-531-2284).