Video: Catching Cutthroats on Washington’s Omak Lake
By Mike Stevens
Eastern Washington’s Omak Lake is a trophy cutthroat fishery that stands as one of the best-kept secrets in the west, and as indicated in this video, trolling for them from kayak is deadly effective.
Featured in the video is Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington who was drawn to Omak because it is stocked with the same strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout that reach double-digit weights in Nevada’s Pyramid Lake, which is known worldwide in trout circles as one of the premier watersheds for cuts on the planet.
In a matter of hours of trolling a simple rig from his Hobie, Hole caught and released 27 fish despite some windy conditions toward the end of the day.
Having the same strain of Lahontans as Pyramid is nothing to shake a stick at, as the impoundment owns the world record at 41 pounds, and it regularly kicks them out over 10. This ancient subspecies is the state fish of Nevada, and while Pyramid proudly boasts that world record, there is historical photographic evidence that even bigger fish came from the lake decades ago.
Whether or not their cousins in Omak Lake can compete with the size of the Pyramid fish remains to be seen, but either way, if catching a cutthroat north of 10-pounds is on your radar, Omak needs to be also.