Growing up in Seattle my Dad would sometimes take us fishing as a pre-season test of gear and riggings before trekking to Eastern Wa. One favorite place was Green Lake in Seattle. If you would like to experience Inner city fishing at its best? Let’s go Mom and Dad. You would do fine casting from shore or if you have a small boat, even better. Now for MC’s secrets of Green Lake.
· Seattle Parks is in charge of everything around Green Lake but not the Lake itself, that falls into Washington Dept. Fish and Wildlife.
· Dept of Fish and Wildlife says legally you could use a boat motor on the lake (like when I was a kid) Somehow over the years many people just stopped using gas motors thinking there was a law in effect. To this day I can’t find one. That’s why Crew teams have people in a chase boat with a gas powered motor. Last time I used a motor on lake we got yelled at and I showed them all the rules and regs. This has been a long time mystery and question no one knows the answer to. Now you do. Maybe an electric motor is best or just row the boat.
· Trout are planted in March. They just loaded the Lake last week.
· Best fishing is (see picture) to the bottom right (near Aqua Dive area of long ago and now its where Crew store boats) As weather gets warmer go right out in middle. Also early morning and just before dark along shoreline when few people are around (top and right shore in picture best-Eastside of Lake). Fish can hear the steps of all the joggers and dogs and get spooked.
· Use all basic trout gear for casting. If in a boat, let line out 20-30 pulls and move fast in the boat 3-4 mph.
· Yes, there are some Triploid Trout in here. These are big daddy’s used at the hatchery. Some can be the size of Salmon. Big fish, Big Gear applies here.
· Know limits and get a license. Kids under 14 don’t need one. Mom and Dad if your child asks you to hold that fishing rod and reel with line in water (and you have no license) and the kid is grabbing a snack? You could get nailed by Fish and Wildlife. “The act of fishing” is what they will say. I’ve seen it many times.
· Fishing is best now till late June, then Sept to Oct. (July and Aug we see growth of algae and fish would taste muddy)
· Best bait, ask anyone there fishing and watch what they do. Send an e-mail and share your fishing report with me anytime.