Bait fishing alpine lakes

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Trashfisher, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Keith Hixson

    Keith Hixson Active Member

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    Awe the heart of true purist!

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  2. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    wait does powerbait actually work? I never caught a fish on it and I tried a ton when I was like 10, the freaking freshly stocked pellet heads wouldn't even touch it :rofl:

    thats how I started fly fishing, bait was just too big of a pain in the ass and flies work better... For pellet heads in lakes anyway
     
  3. Tim Lockhart

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    Oh yeah, it works...that and corn and bread and cheese and pepperoni and, my old M.O., single egg & anise flavored mallow. Or keep one and use the guts if you run out of bait. For that matter we're talking hungry trout...a booger, an old sweatsock or a pair of pliers would be just as effective :thumb: (entomologists don't make good fly fishermen...this is the stuff I'd imitate if I owned a vice)
     
  4. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    I would never fish alpine lakes with any sort of bait. The ecosystem is too fragile. There's probably already hundreds of people every summer trampling the banks to bare dirt, swimming and silting up the water, etc. Plus there's a much better chance of hooking a fish badly and it dying after release. Spin fishing or fly fishing is the way to go.

    Truth is, on the high lakes, the fish will eat just about anything you throw at them.

    Also, I'm with powder monkey. I can't remember catching anything on powerbait in my bait fishing career. :D
    -Ethan
     
  5. Ed Call

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    I fished a high alpine lake shortly after ice off one year. Ranger said it was the toughest short hike in in the Olympics and she thought I was a stud. My heart was pounding out of my chest most of the three point scramble up most of that route. When I got there with my Cabela's combo starter 5 wt fly rod kit and fly wallet of 30 flies I was fishing like a champ. I tossed every fly and hooked fish on every fly. Those hungry little bastards would in fact eat anything. Probably a bare hook or cigarette butt fly too. Fish take flies, that one trip, stupid as it might sound, was the primary reason that I decided to work toward only fly fishing. I have not been back there in some time, access has gotten more complicated, but I should. This time I'll hike in with my float tube, a stupid move for the hiking phase, but a much better idea for accessing more area with a 3wt rod more approprite for their size and maybe better acccess will find some more mature fish. Who'd want to spoil that using bait? Not this guy.
     
  6. g_smolt

    g_smolt Recreational User

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    First the "Z-axis of shotguns" thread, and now this?

    We have obviously lost contact with the real world.

    Baitfishing alpine lakes as a discussion?

    Seriously?
     
  7. Jim Speaker

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    Somebody put me out of my misery. I wish I had never read that, and now it cannot be undone. Why the hell did I click on this thread?

    Appropriate name, Trashfisher... well thought out. Too bad you joined so recently, I'm sure we all really would have enjoyed hearing about what brand of lawn chair, rod-tip bell and beer cooler you got for Christmas.
     
  8. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    That never seemed to work either maybe I was just a shitty bait fisherman, thank god fly fishing is a lot more fun and I get to act like an asshole to bait fishermen :rofl: if I was still a bait fisherman I'd only get to be an asshole to the guy next to me, I'd probably drink more beer while fishing though... :beer1:
     
  9. Ed Call

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    AKPM, what do you mean "get to act like an asshole" and what does "be an asshole to the guy next to me" get you? Are you one of those likeable guys who works hard to keep everyone else at a distance?:rofl:
     
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    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Elitism is fun
     
  11. Flyborg

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    I used to fish power bait a ton. I got tired of having to kill every fish I caught cause they inhale it so deep. Similar thing with dough. I used to fish a local lake with dough after the spring plant, but the fish have no sense of when to stop eating it. It doesn't trigger whatever hormone it is that tells them they're full, so they'd just eat it 'til they went tits up. You'd catch fish with it coming out of every orifice. Great stuff :)
     
  12. Trashfisher

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    Well for one thing you have pre-judged me as I have never used power bait or any bait for trout for that matter. Also almost all of those lakes are stocked and if you are such a purist prick like you sound like you are, you would know that for the restoration of these lakes back to their original environmental state it would require removing the trout without any chemicals. I was just kidding about the tipped fly thing...Just for spite I just might haul my new Coleman lawn chair with beer holders, rod-tip bell, and cooler full of bush light and a CASE of POWER BAIT up to Colchuck Lake and have my self a good ole time!
     
  13. Jim Speaker

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    Sweet. Have fun with that.
     
  14. ak_powder_monkey

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    I'm still suprised people actually catch fish on power bait
     
  15. Pete Bridge

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    This thread is like a train wreck, I just couldnt help but look. That being said, I'm with the powerbait is B.S. crowd, fished it when i was a kid never worked. Spinners behind a boat in the summertime with some beers does have its place but I'm talkin like Tanwax not beautiful alpine lakes where you have to earn your casts.

    Thats my two cents. :ray1: