Fished Rock Lake, south of Cheney, Washington on Saturday morning.
The fishing was slow initially; but, around 10:30am, it turned on. In about 30 minutes, we caught four steelhead and a rainbow. All were in the 16- to 17-inch range.
The lure that took the most fish was a 2.8" OG1 with red-oxide and black scales on the outside and orange on the inside. The runner-up was a 3.9" OG1 in the same colors.
We fished the 2.8" OG1 behind a one-ounce trolling weight. We fished the 3.9" OG1 on a lead-core line with three colors out behind the boat.
Here's a short video clip on YouTube: https://youtu.be/W0t3KZQLFY4
Dana Cowell tested the OG1 lure again off of Vancouver Island and submitted this report:
"OG1 got the fish in the box! Fishing two poles allowed me to compare OG1 lures on one pole, to spoons and hoochies on the second pole. I was getting better hookups with the Old Goat lures so I switched both poles to OG 1's. Both Coho in the photo where caught with OG1 lures!"
Dana was fishing the green and white OG1 with the red lip behind a green flasher.
Dana: Many thanks for taking the time to test the lures and submit a report! (We absolutely appreciate it!!)
This is the second trip in Canadian waters where the OG1 out-fished the goto lures that salmon fishermen have been using for years.
Steve Moore, a retired fisheries biologist in Tennessee, has been testing the OG1 in various fisheries in the South East.
He just emailed the below picture of a white bass that he took yesterday:
Steve notes that he tested both the 2.8" and 1.8" OG1 lures and took quite a few more bass with the 1.8" version of the lure. (His friends were fishing Foley Spoons and nailing the bass. Steve said that as soon as he tied on the 1.8" OG1, he was catching as many fish as they were.)
Steve: Many thanks for your help testing our lures! (We absolutely appreciate it!!)
Fished out of Sekiu last week. Since the salmon fishing is closed off of Washington, we crossed into Canadian waters and fished the south end of Vancouver Island. (In order to do this, you’ll need a Canadian fishing license, a completed I68 form, your passport, etc. And, you’ll need to phone each country’s reporting center before entering their waters.)
Based on reports at Mason’s Resort, the hot lure was the Coho Killer in the Herring Aide pattern (#395). On Thursday morning, we decided to put a new version of the OG1 to the test—fishing the Coho Killer off of a downrigger on one side of the boat and the new OG1 behind a green/chrome Big Al’s fish flash and a small diving planer on the other side.
Below is a picture of the new OG1 in 2.8”, it has a fluorescent white body, a green back, and a red lip:
We were fishing the upper 30 feet of water, just inside the Canadian border. When all was said and done, the Coho Killer caught 1 hatchery fish and the OG1 nailed 3. (We had our limit in several hours.) Both lures took a number of native fish (with the adipose intact) which we released.
Below is a picture of the results:
If you're looking to catch Coho, I'd get the necessary Canadian paperwork, head for Sekiu, and stay at Mason's. (Excellent resort and great staff!)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.