Hike-In Lake Report

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by TD, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. TD Active Member

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    Sunday afternoon I decided to get out of the house and stretch my legs out. Hiked into a lake up on the Mountain Loop out of Granite Fall and fished for a few hours. This lake sits at about 3,000 ft elevation. There were still some snow patches along the trail but they were not an issue. Lots of blow-downs still and negotiating around them with an inflated float tube was interesting. Normally, I use a light weight packbacking boat, but I wanted to try out the float tube for a change. I'm pretty certain that I'll be returning to the boat from now on. The lake was nearly completely clear of snow and ice. One small corner still had a bit of ice and snow. The outlet had accumulated some Snow Cones, but other than that the water was clear and COLD. Normally, I fish this lake in late July/August to escape summer heat. On those trips I usually find a handful of Brook Trout that are willing to play. This trip, however, was not productive. The lake seemed eerily sterile of fish. There were a few tan colored chronomids coming off in one quiet corner. It was nice to get out and hike in the woods again. Fun to be out on a mountain lake. When the sun came out it would feel down-right warm. When it went behind the clouds you were glad for the jacket you decided to stuff in at the last minute. A nice cold glass of Brown & Hairy from Skookums was a welcome treat when we returned to my truck at the end of the day.

    Looking back at the outlet from the float tube.
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    Looking at the main inlet. A couple of weeks ago the entire end of this lake was still ice & snow.
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  2. Top in my class Member

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    washington, Spanaway
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    Well thanks for the report. I am planning on going to leech this Saturday. Do you think its to early?
    Spencer
  3. Roper Idiot Savant

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    Depending on the depth of the lake, winter kill can be an issue...
  4. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    Bothell,WA
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    Damn I wish I wasn't a lazy bastard and still had the gumption to hike into a lake. Day 1 of my weight loss starts today! Or at least next Monday
  5. TD Active Member

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    Not sure about Leech. I'd call the forest service and see if the gate is unlocked and what they can tell you about ice & snow.
  6. TD Active Member

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    We wondered about that too. It just seemed odd to not see any fish or rises. Normally you can always see 1 or 2 in the shallows or a rise here and there when evening comes on.
  7. Peyton00 Active Member

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    Puyallup, Wa.
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    I drove up last week to attempt an alpine lake . The road still had plenty of snow on it. I am eager and itching to hike into some mnt lakes. I fish around Mt. Rainer and Adams and its gonna be a while before the handful of mnt lakes i fish are ready for a visitor. Thanks for the report, it gets my blood pumping just thinking about the hike, the lake and the scenery.