Coffee Pot Lake
Some of the members will be going to Coffee Pot Lake June 4-6, 2020. The purpose of this description and registration is to allow members who may want to join them. There is no fee and meals will not be provided. If you decide to go you may want to contact another registrant to car pool. Camping is available at the lake and there are motels in Wilbur and Odessa.
Coffee Pot Lake is best known for its prodigious chironomid hatches that feed rainbow trout reaching nearly 24" long. In addition to those big trout, swimming under the fly fishers radar are plenty of largemouth bass that go up to 5 pounds. It has black crappie and some yellow perch as well. Coffeepot Lake is located in a deep coulee a few miles northeast of Odessa, so a floating device is necessary.
You'll want chironomids; some with weight and some without. If the water is still cool, then the fish will be working deep. Last June, the fish were cruising the surface. TDC's, Ice Cream Cones, and your favorite chironomid patterns in size 14-18 work. Dragonfly nymphs such as Chickabou Dragon or Draper Dragon (Flies of the Northwest pattern book) on a sinking line will take fish. Of course the ubiquitous black or olive rabbit bugger will catch most anything. All you need to have the most topwater fun with the largemouth is The Hamster (Flyfishing for Western Smallmouth) and expect a nasty strike from a big rainbow as well. Add a white baitfish pattern (ask Eric Olson for his pattern) and you'll be set.
This lake is in a remote location but there is a small BLM campground and boat launch available there. The campground has approximately 10 campsites with picnic tables and campfire rings, a large covered pavilion, plenty of parking for RVs, and a vault toilet. There is no potable water on site so each of us will need to bring drinking water, approximately 1 gallon per person per day.
What to Bring for Fishing:
- Washington state fishing license
- Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube
- PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats
- 4-6 weight rods and both floating and sink lines
- 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use.
What to Bring for Camping:
- Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
- Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights
- Rain gear
- Sun screen, hat, and sunglasses
- Folding Chair
- Water Bottle
- I-90 east to Exit 206
- Take WA-21 north towards Odessa
- Get ice and other last minute supplies in Odessa, continue north on WA-21
- Turn right (east) on Coffeepot Road
- Turn right at Coffeepot Lake. We will be staying at the campground at Coffeepot Lake.