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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Reel Time trivia winner hails from Seattle

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Congratulations to Tyler Liebhart of Seattle who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

The one thing that makes this northern county lake such a boon for kokanee populations is the excellent thermocline and 160-foot depth at its deepest section.

It is a natural lake that covers more than 1,000 acres, and those huge schools of kokanee landlocked salmon bite best in spring time and early summer, and are some of the most tasty eating fish around.

The fishing pressure is extremely light and it is a very under-fished year-round lake. The lake also get a hefty plant of rainbow trout in the spring, and has a wide variety of other warm-water fish species.

The key to success at this lake is hitting it early in the morning as the water skiers and jet skiers come out in force during the day time, and summer time can be maddening for anglers looking for a piece of solitude. Many will get over it quickly once they figure out how well the kokanee fishery produces.

The correct answer Liebhart gave was Lake Stevens.

“I began fishing at a young age, when my dad would take me and my two brothers out for some early morning excursions on Lake Sammamish,” Liebhart said. “I spent my childhood years fishing the lakes around town, primarily Cottage lake and Crystal Lake both in Woodinville fishing for Trout and anything else that would take my bait.”

“It wasn’t until recently when my passion for fishing was reignited,” he said.

In the past year, Liebhart has spent countless hours with his brother and father “really hitting the salmon fisheries.”

“Generally we like to fish the shore off the west side of Whidbey Island at either Bush Point or Lagoon Point as well as local rivers,” Liebhart said. “My attention has recently been turned toward steelhead, and I’m still putting in my hours in hopes of bagging my first. I love the challenge and tranquillity that fishing brings to my life.”

(Photo courtesy of Tyler Liebhart with a pink salmon he caught buzz bombing at Bush Point.)

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