Anderson Lake

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Rob Ast, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Rob Ast Active Member

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    West Pugetopolis WA
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    I Finally made it out to Anderson to fish, after all of the closures over the last few summers. I arrived under a light breeze and light rain about 11:00 and kicked south (right) from the put in. It was deeper than I thought from prior research, with the "shallow" end still reading 12-18 feet . I tried casting an intermediate line into the weeds/lily pads for about an hour with no luck as I circled the south end. I then decided to change to a deep line with a purple string leach and slowly finned and wind-drifted to the north. As I was eating my lunch (figures) I had a hard take by a big fish that put a nice bend in my 6wt (the rod I use for the fast sinker). After about 5 minutes with several strong runs I had a nice fat 21" fish to net. I then continued to drift down to the north end with the deep line, but no more fish to hand. I then pulled the intermediate line out again and tied on a cammo willy and rowed up wind to the south end again and ended up hooking a 12" fish . By now the breeze and rain had died down, and I could see lots of very small dimples along the edges. Casting a dry fly resulted in many splashy attacks by tiny little fish too small to even inhale a sz 20. I eventually landed a few more 12-14" fish before calling it a day at 3:00. All-in-all, it was a nice spot to spend am afternoon.
  2. Matthew Kaphan Active Member

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    Olympia, WA
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    I used to fish Anderson Lake a ton in the late 90s. I always did exceedingly well with a Sheep Creek on a type 3 sinking line trolling across the south end.

    Good luck. I miss that lake. I had heard it closed. Good to hear it's open again. I may make a trip up there later this month for old times sake.

  3. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    No photos = fabricated

  4. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Absolutely fabricated. I'll never believe this guy again. :clown:
  5. Mark Yoshida Active Member

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    Seattle WA
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    Glad to hear you caught some.
    FYI if planning a trip to Anderson. I wrote and got this reply from WDFW on May 9, 2011.

    This year the lake opened on schedule and is still opened. But before making a trip out I would encourage you to contact the Jefferson County Health Department for the latest information:

    Greg Thomason
    Environmental Health Specialist
    Jefferson County Public Health
    615 Sheridan St.
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    (360) 344-9303

    According to the Anderson Lake Parks website a $7 fee is required for boat launching.

    I hope this answers your questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can provide further assistance, and if you do fish the lake we would be interested in how your trip goes.


    Mark Downen

    Area Fish Biologist
    District 15, Hood Canal

    (360) 202-7005
  6. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    Langley, WA
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    Great fishing report and nice fish!

    Mark - appreciate the added information from WDFW and the launch fee. ouch!
  7. Wes Neuenschwander New Member

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    I believe the launch fee only applies if you use the boat ramp. When we stopped by ("Opening Day" - what a zoo!) the helpful staff (lots of 'em, mainly volunteers I believe) said that if we inflated our boats in the parking area and launched from the shore, rather than the ramp, the fee did not apply. The Opening Day scene was worth a look and a chuckle, but we opted for Teal instead.
  8. Rob Ast Active Member

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    West Pugetopolis WA
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    Or "forgotten camera". I'll let you decide :rofl:
  9. Go Fish Language, its a virus

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    I caught a 4 pound bass there
    about 5 years ago.

  10. Nick Clayton Active Member

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    Nice report. I used to fish Anderson some when I was younger, but haven't been there in years, and never fly fished it. I always associate it with big crowds, but thats probably because I've seen it on opening day so many times. What a zoo.
  11. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    An anglers excuse of convenience perhaps? Looking forward to spending some time with your family soon. Hope we can fish before then though.
  12. Jim Riggins Member

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    Battle Ground, Wa.
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    Rob, where is Anderson Lake? I'm not from up there and haven't heard of it before. thanks Jim
  13. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    Anderson Lake is in Chimacum, WA. Home of the 2011 Single A State Baseball Champs :)

    Turn off 104 onto Beaver Valley Road. Once this turns to Rhody Drive, continue past the High School and then left on Anderson Lake Road. It's a State Park.