Camping at Sprague Lake

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Vladimir Steblina, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. BDD

    BDD Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2005
    Messages:
    2,760
    Likes Received:
    847
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA
    Home Page:
    Lugan, I responded to your PM.

    Yeah, I did a small article on Cow a few years ago in NWFF. It was prime time after the rehab and we caught some nice fish there for a while, without much pressure. But it was a mysterious lake as much of it is uninhabitable for trout and we never did see much surface activity that would lead you to believe it was much of a trout lake. It also has a bit of tannin color to the water so you can't really see much activity in that regard either. I got the impression that trout survival from fry to adult was not super high. Still, I don't think I ever saw another fly angler on the lake, though I did see some gear folks fishing it, but never what I would consider heavy pressure.

    I have not been back since I did the article, mostly because there are so many other lakes that I have yet to fish.
     
  2. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,355
    Likes Received:
    692
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA
    Isn't Sprague being set up at a spiny ray lake? Someone (might have been BDD) or Steve Worley) told me that they were stocking it with Lahontan Cutts while also managing it for a future trophy bass fishery.
     
  3. Old406Kid

    Old406Kid Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2012
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    645
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Here's a pretty good article on the history and management plan going forward.
    http://www.gameandfishmag.com/2010/09/29/fishing_trout-fishing_wo_0509_01/

    And yes a spiny ray fishery is their primary intent. Personally I think WDFW, the resorts, and community would benefit more
    if it was managed as a trout fishery with tighter regs (maybe only 2 over 16 or 18")
    Nothing against spiny rays but most fishermen, both gear and fly, mainly target trout.
    I guess time will tell.
     
  4. Starman77

    Starman77 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2004
    Messages:
    324
    Likes Received:
    524
    Location:
    Kent, WA, USA.

    So, do you know if camping is allowed at that launch area?

    Rex
     
  5. suckegg

    suckegg Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2003
    Messages:
    426
    Likes Received:
    181
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA,
    Last time I fished it some old codgers local pulled into the lot as we were leaving as said we were early for the big fish and you could get one over 12lbs. I think the rehab threw the food supply off but that was years ago so there should be plenty of smaller fish to grow the beasts you dream of. Best bet for the trophy they said was once the fish come into the shallows after the waters cools(October) in the fall looking for a real meal. The NWFF article came out two year after it was written so it was a bit dated. We've got some good fish on Cow. One made the first issue of American Fly Fishing magazines premier issue. You may still be able to download that issue for free on iTunes.