Chopaka!

#1
So my grandfather had fished Chopaka pretty regularly in the late 70's through the 80's and has always told me tales. I'm planning on going there this May for the first time to try my hand at it. What I'm curious about, since I don't know the area well and have limited time to research, is what other bodies of water would be worth checking out in the area? I'm planning on making a 4 day trip over from Port Angeles and would like to check out and hopefully fish a couple other locations along the way and back.

Any info would be great.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#4
If Chopaka is fishing well, you would do well to stay put. The scenery there beats the other lakes, hands down.
To many trees and not enough sage to be pretty. However, it is a nice lake to camp and watch other people fish while drinking coffee.

Had a great time last year in perfect weather even though the fishing was slower than the good old days.
 

Topstoy

In search of Trout
#7
Several lakes in the Sinlahekin valley. Blue near Wannacut has Lahontan cuts, Aeneas should be good. Lot's of small lakes on the east side of highway 97 that should fish well. The Omak Chronicle online has a special "Fish Wrapper" that comes out every spring that has some great info on all the lakes in the North Central. But Bob Jateff ( state fish Biologist that authored the wrapper) retired last fall and I am not sure if his replacement or anyone else is going to take over it.
Hope you enjoy your visit.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#8
So my grandfather had fished Chopaka pretty regularly in the late 70's through the 80's and has always told me tales. I'm planning on going there this May for the first time to try my hand at it. What I'm curious about, since I don't know the area well and have limited time to research, is what other bodies of water would be worth checking out in the area? I'm planning on making a 4 day trip over from Port Angeles and would like to check out and hopefully fish a couple other locations along the way and back.

Any info would be great.
Didn't I see a picture of you a couple of years ago that involved fire?
 
#13
Memoirs of Chopaka

Cho Pack uh - why am I here? That is now - It used to be:

Oh now I remember ...to watch my tent blow into the lake.

To catch a lot of really nice fish.

To watch the evening moon rise over the mountainous silhouette.

To teach my young son how to tie flies on the picnic table. At 7 years old I knew he was a prodigy when he tied a perfect flying ant pattern with no guidance. He simply caught a big flying ant and tied it to a size 14 hook. I was a "life like " imitation!

To lay in the tent with my son when he was 12 and listen to 3 bumbling fools stay up late, get drunk, and talk nonsense for 2 hours while we quietly laughed and mocked them inside the protection of our nylon fortress.

Then the next year the joy of listening to F-Bombs all night long from the campsite next to us when they knew I had kids in ear shot...

Oh Well,

Time to find a new lake...
 

Tacoma Red

Active Member
#15
Don't expect it to be anything like Gramps said it was but it is still nice. With just 4 days and coming from PA you're going to have just 2 to 2 1/2 days of fishing which might not be enough to explore much.