Didn't want to interrupt the written report from November 5th by overwriting it with another one, so I'll just use the reply feature in this strand from October 23rd. I fished Hattie on Sunday, November 5th as well and had a great day with the red spawning kokanee males. I was surprised how willing they were to attack the spoons and small crankbaits I was using, and I was also surprised at their size -- none of them under 16" and one over 18" - as well as how vigorously they fought once hooked. Though most were of the deep red color like the one I photographed and attached here, they all seemed very much in pre rather than post spawn condition.
I also caught a very nice 21" female brown trout which was clearly gravid - you can see the distended belly in the photo I could take on the shore. It is VERY difficult to get decent shots of live trout when I'm by myself, so I was lucky to get the one picture while the fish stayed relaxed for a moment on the net which provides a reference as to size. Very nice fish -- very healthy, very lively fighter on the line. All fish I caught (four nice salmon and the single brown) were between the dam and the boat ramp between the hours of 1:30 and 4:00. It was windy and spitting light snow off and on all day, but just before 4:00 o'clock the storm that had been settling on the Snowies all day finally came over the lake. It succeeded in shooing most of the remaining die hard fisherman (about five of us in total) off the lake for good! Odd day as there were moments of complete breaks in the wind and occasional sunshine, but overall we were fishing in near storm-like conditions all day.
Curious: Though this is only my second year fishing Lake Hattie, I've caught only two brown trout, many rainbows, cutbows and cutthroats. I've never caught, nor have I seen anyone catch, a lake trout or a yellow perch. Are there any recent reports with photos and verification of those two species coming out of Hattie in the last two years? The FishExplorer Lake Hattie description says the lake is known for its big browns, but I've found the rainbows, cutthroats and cutbows are by far the more prevalent species I catch as far as larger trout over 2 pounds. Would be nice to see some pics and hear recent reports of lake trout and perch being caught in the last two years.