We at Peninsula Outfitters love fishing lakes this time of year. Lakes provide the single most important spring trout fishery across Washington State. Two of our favorite local lakes are Teal located a few miles across the Hood Canal floating bridge, and Cady in north Mason County just a few miles southeast of Seabeck. Both have fish well in excess of 2 pounds. Cady is fly fishing only, Teal does not allow bait and has a one fish limit. But if time is an issue you do not have to go far. Kitsap County lakes that are fun, productive, and easily accessible include Buck Lake near Hansville, Kitsap Lake in Bremerton, and Island lake in Silverdale. All have good numbers of fish.
However, the most productive Washington lakes by far are located in the dry country east of the Cascades. One very popular fishery is Lenore Lake in Grant County. Lenore is reputed for large Lahontan cutthroat trout, many running three to four pounds. Other lakes that have large Lahontan cutthroat are Grimes Lake in Douglas County and Omak and Blue Lake in Okanagan County. High quality rainbow fisheries can be had in Lenice and Nunnally Lakes east of Mattawa just across the Columbia River, and Dry Falls Lake in Grant County. Trout in these lakes run 12-20 inches and are great fighters in cool spring waters.
We think one of the most enjoyable ways to fish lakes in from a float tube. Some consider float tubes as poor angler’s boats. However, experienced lake anglers more than often choose a float tube over a boat. They are easy to transport, easy to launch, very maneuverable, safe, very comfortable, and get you to spots you would not otherwise be able to get to fishing from the shore. We carry Outcast float tubes. We consider them the best on the market!
As for what flies to use this varies somewhat depending on the lake. Generally, midges and streamers like woolly buggers are excellent in Western Washington lakes. Damsel fly and dragon fly nymph imitations are often productive in eastern Washington lakes. Questions about what, when, where and how? Just come in and ask. We would be glad to assist.