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So I just moved to Lake Tapps and haven't gotten out yet...want to soon before all the as#$holes get out there! So, are their largies in this lake? The reason I ask, is bec. I was driving by snag island the other day and saw two boats fishing a cove/stump field in what i guessed couldn't be more than about 3 to 4 ft. of water (I drove by it once when it was empty, so I know what the bottom looks like)...anyways, I'm assuming they were fish'n large mouth. No need to give up any secrets, just want to know if I'm wasting my time fishing for largies on this body of water...or should I stick to smallies?

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Comment by David Griffis on March 29, 2010 at 4:15pm
I have been to Tapps a few times and it has been very good to me. Every time i managed a muskie and 5-6 smallies. The biggest being over 5lbs. The muskies were all caught on accident while fishing for smallies.
Comment by Mike Bess on May 5, 2009 at 10:32am
In 8 years of living on the lake have never experienced the homeowner/watercraft issues described above. Yes you have the idiots in the PWC's, but overall you just need when to time your trip. Early or late in the day works best. The lake can be frustrating to fish at times, but it is a unique resource to have here locally that doesn't receive alot of pressure
Comment by Wayne Smith on May 4, 2009 at 7:57pm
I have fished Tapps many times living close by in B. Lake and continue to be frustrated by this lake, seem to have most success east channel of Tapps Island, and Dike 4 area. But very hit and miss. mostly miss. Any body have any suggestions or consistent spots that produce they are willing to reveal?
Comment by troy kelly on May 4, 2009 at 4:12pm
i live on inlet island and fish it quite frequently. i have caught a few largmouth out of there but wouldnt advise targeting them exclusively. the lake has a healthy pop of smallies that for the most part dont run real big, but some days can be good out there with several 3+ fish. largest i've got is a 5 1/2.

Comment by Willie Parsons on May 3, 2009 at 11:00pm
After going out to Tapps for the last 2 years on a semi-regular basis I can verify the warnings that were given. I have been threatened several times by people that were just renting a house on the lake to" get the %$*# away from their shoreline" it came down to an unprovoked, by me, standoff with one of them on a water craft with his exhaust/jet pointed at my boat ready to blast me and the person fishing with me. Along with that, and the fact that they charge an arm and most of a leg to launch there I won't be going back. If you go on a sunny day go early and plan to deal with a bunch of frustration.
They also have a rule there that allows homeowners to ski through no wake zones to get to their docks.....someone will get hurt because of this idiotic rule.
My son hooked into a largemouth last year that would have easily went 8 lbs. he got broke off under a dock after a rather short battle with a drop shot rig and 6lb line in close quarters.
Comment by 2000subaru on May 3, 2009 at 8:16pm
I have seen pictures of the largies in the lake. I guess there used to be quite a few, but the constant draining has done some damage to the weedbeds and habitat for them. I did hear of an 8lber last year out of the stumpfield you are talking about, although I didn't verify it with the fisherman so your guess is as good as mine. The smallies are getting hungry, so I would probably just focus on them and the muskies. Hopes are that a 50" fish will be around this year, I know they were close last year. Although, if you want to go largie hunting, let me know and we can explore. I was shown a few promising spots from people who had caught them last year. I want one there badly. Just message me, I'm always looking for another partner out on the lake. I need help with the largies.
Comment by bassmasterderek on May 3, 2009 at 7:51pm
jason, i have heard there are largemouth in there but your better off fishing the smallies! get yourself a nice muskie too I would if I lived that close to tapps! Lots of crazy peeps out there too be careful out on that water!

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