Back from the Lake
UPDATE: KeeWee at KeeWee's Corner has posted a bunch of pictures from the Mayfield Lake trip HERE.
KeeWee and I have returned from our outing to Mayfield lake, in S.W. Washington. This was an exploratory trip by our fishing club to scout out the lake for a possible Fall club outing next year. Driving South through Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia Friday afternoon was *UGLY*.
The Resort and marina at Mayfield lake was absolutely beautiful. Lots of camp spaces, RV spaces, motel rooms, and multi-bedroom cabins, a store, and even their own private treed mini-ispland for tent camping. Everything was recent construction, clean, and in excellent condition. The boat launch, docks, and marina were also first rate.
I suspected something was up, however, when I walked by the fish cleaning sink and noticed a spider had built a nice web between the faucet spout and the drain in the sink. The sink hadn't been used in some time! Hmmmm..........
All of the boats tied up in the slips looked like they were set up for waterskiing, not for fishing. Double Hmmmmm......
I spent some time talking to George, the owner, about fishing in Mayfielsd lake, and he had a lot of "how to/where to" information, and it all sounded like he knew what he was talking about.
I spent a goodly number of hours over the next two days fishing, and the best I could come up with was one perch and one squawfish! It LOOKED like there should be lots of fish, lots of great structure, drop-offs, weed faces, all the stuff you look for. Just no fish.
To be fair, it may just have been too late in the year for much activity from the bass, but I have no idea why we didn't pick up a few trout or kokanee.
If you are looking for a really nice place to spend a couple of days in S.W. Washington, it's a really nice place. It' about twenty minutes east of Interstate 5 near Chehalis, Washington. Just don't count on catching your dinner.......
We'll have to give it another try when the lake is a bit warmer, earlier in the year.