|The Tiger Musky is a sterile hybrid that is the result of the cross breeding of a female Northern Pike (Exox lucius) and a male Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy). These fish were introduced to help reduce the population of the Pikeminnow, a species that preys on more desirable game fish like salmon and trout. On July 16, 1919, John Knobla caught a 54″ Tiger Musky in the Lac Vieux Desert, located in both Michigan and Wisconsin. It is listed as the state record in Michigan at 51 lbs. 7 oz. The Washington state record was caught by John V. Bays while fishing on Lake Mayfield and weighed in at 31 lbs and 4 oz. We support CPR (Catch Photo & Release) for these magnificent creatures. Lake Mayfield Resort & Marina is also host of Cascade Musky Association’s Annual “Mayfield Open.” Come be a part of Washington’s Largest Musky Tournament.|
|Perch fishing is great most of the year with the best catches taken near the weed beds or in the Tilton River Arm. This is easy fishing, just drop a worm over the side or from the bank and wait for the 10 to 14 inch fish to do their thing. They run in schools so when you get into them the action will be fast and furious.|
|Smallmouth Bass have been planted in Mayfield Lake but have not been as successful as in neighboring Rife Lake. Pound for pound no other fresh water game fish puts up more of a fight than the Smallmouth Bass. Smallmouth Bass roam the lake looking for food. They patrol the rocky flats and humps in the lake. During the colder winter months they go deep and gather in large schools. Finding one means there are others in the area. Plastic worms fished on jig heads and deep diving crank baits are very productive. Smallmouth Bass are sight feeders so adjust your lure color for water clarity.|
|If you are looking for the best Largemouth Bass fishing in Washington fish up to 9 pounds can be taken in Swofford Pond just a short drive from the resort. Swofford Pond is about 240 acres and just over 18 feet deep. No gas motors are permitted. Largemouth Bass can also be found in Mayfield Lake in the weed beds and in the Tilton River arm. Warm weather can bring explosive top water action. Plastic worms, crank bait and spinner baits are good choices here.|
|Catching a limit is commonplace and most stringers will have one or two in the 16 to 18 inch range. The lake is heavily stocked, yet produces its own native trout as well. Lake Mayfield is open to fishing all year, and since it is not a flood control lake, it is always full of water. Trout fishing is great most of the year; however, with the heavy December and January rains small streams carry in enough runoff to cloud the lake and the bite trails off.While trout are taken from shore (particularly in the warmer months) the best results come from a slow troll using several flashers such as large Ford Fenders or Pop Geer followed by a Wedding Ring baited either with worm, Shoepeg corn, or Power Bait. All are available in our store. The newly released hatchery fish stay near the shore and are best fished right at the surface. Trout planted in previous years, natives, and salmon tend to go a bit deeper with good results trolling at 20 to 40 foot depths. If you don’t have downriggers just add a little weight and slow the troll, you’ll soon find the strike zone.Our trout and salmon all think big; and the bigger your flashers, the better the results. Those trolling with the big flashers also have the big fish – lots of them too.
|Chinook salmon are easily the largest of any salmon, with adults often exceeding 40 pounds; individuals over 120 pounds have been reported. Chinook salmon are very similar to Coho salmon in appearance while at sea (blue-green back with silver flanks), except for their large size, small black spots on both lobes of the tail, and black pigment along the base of the teeth. Chinook salmon are anadromous (adults migrate from a marine environment into the fresh water streams and rivers of their birth) and semelparous (spawn only once and then die).There are different seasonal “runs” in the migration of Chinook salmon from the ocean to freshwater. These runs have been identified on the basis of when adult Chinook salmon enter freshwater to begin their spawning migration.Adult female Chinook will prepare a spawning bed, called a redd, in a stream area with suitable gravel composition, water depth and velocity. The adult female Chinook may deposit eggs in 4 to 5 “nesting pockets” within a single redd. After laying eggs in a redd, adult Chinook will guard the redd from 4 to 25 days before dying. Chinook salmon eggs will hatch, depending upon water temperatures, between 90 to 150 days after deposition.
Chinook salmon remain at sea for 1 to 6 years (more commonly 2 to 4 years), with the exception of a small proportion of yearling males (called jack salmon) which mature in freshwater or return after 2 or 3 months in salt water.
Coho salmon are anadromous (adults migrate from a marine environment into the fresh water streams and rivers of their birth) and semelparous (spawn only once and then die). Coho spend approximately the first half of their life cycle rearing in streams and small freshwater tributaries. The remainder of the life cycle is spent foraging in estuarine and marine waters of the Pacific Ocean prior to returning to their stream of origin to spawn and die. Most adults are three-year old fish, however, some precocious males known as “jacks” return as two-year old spawners. A returning adult may measure more than two feet in length and weigh an average of eight pounds.