The Arboretum??

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by daveypetey, May 28, 2013.

  1. daveypetey Active Member

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    Hey all-

    I am on my final stretch here in WA sadly, and want to make the most of my time. That hopefully can include pounding the area around the arboretum for smallies, etc... but my question is can I launch my little kick boat in from that little area by the parking lot just past the residential area entrance? I sadly don't own a canoe yet. Also is it even worth it? Looks muddy and potentially shallow but all the lilly pads sure look inviting. Any advice, thoughts, or commentary would be great.

    Dave
  2. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    You can launch there no prob. It's not really muddy, although it is shallow, hence the pond lilies. The bottom is mud/muck. My 2 brief fishing sessions there over the past years have not yielded fish but I have talked to others who have done well.
  3. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    UW rents canoes or used to. Think outside of the marina box.
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  4. daveypetey Active Member

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  5. Nate Buchanan Member

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    out there
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    biggest bass I ever hooked was there...7-8lbs
  6. daveypetey Active Member

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    Was this on fly gear?

    So kicking will be out of the question? Just gonna muck it up?
    I would rent a canoe but I usually am not out of work until 6 or later in the evenings.
  7. Jake Dixon Member

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  8. Gary Knowels Active Member

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    I think the WAC at UW is open until 9:00 now.

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  9. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Fishing the Arboretum was included in an article on fishing urban settings in Seattle that was published in NW Fly Fishing a few years ago. You might be able to find it online.
    D
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  10. daveypetey Active Member

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    Thanks! Googling as we speak.

    Dave
  11. daveypetey Active Member

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    Out of work early!!! Looking at water temps and am not to familiar with what temp the smallies up here start to become active. I'd hate to rent a canoe with temps that are way to cold. Any thoughts?
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  13. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    Did well many years ago in the general area with a UW canoe after crawdads.
    They go real well with beer and co-eds.
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  14. Jake Dixon Member

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    Any thing to report back? Curious how you fared. I live close by and could meet up sometime after work.
  15. daveypetey Active Member

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    I kicked boated it which really wasn't bad at all. The channel between the lilies is plenty deep to not stir anything up. Sadly the bait fish I had seen schooling along the gravel put in were no where to be seen, and I think it's might just to muddy to reliably catch fish through there. It sure does look like it should be fishing better for sure, though.

    JD, I'd love to hit it up some time, I live right up the street.

    Dave