Coldwater Lake Sunrise Trout

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Strike Zone, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Strike Zone

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    Went up to watch the sun come up over the mountains at Coldwater Lake on the 6th. It was 19 drgrees and clear as a bell at the launch at 5:30 AM. A geougeous full moon was out in the west and the road was clear all the way including the launch.It was absolutely breathtaking up there. There was snow all over the mountains whever you looked. Never saw any elk or deer, but did see lots of geese, ducks, eagles and a cyotee was talking to another one across the lake.
    The lake was 2/3 frozen over in the early morning, but it melted quite a bit as it warmed up. My reel and rod guides never thawed out till about 10:00, so I had to keep dipping them into the water to get them to work. Frustrating.
    Fishing was slow during the morning. Could only get 5 to the boat. But the afternoon it was a different story. Ended up with 16 released from 11-19 inches and a few more that got off while playing them. Anything blackish or olive/brownish worked well on a #2 sink line with 8 foot of 4 lb. leader.
    It was definately a wonderful day to say the least. The weather couldn't have been nicer this time of year, and I was suprised that the fish cooperated with the water barely above freezing. All in all I had a super day.
    Denny
     
  2. Scott Salzer

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    Denny:

    Great report, love that lake. Wish I lived closer.
     
  3. Jim Riggins

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    Sounds like it's aboout time to head up there.
     
  4. Tim Lockhart

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    Really enjoyed - thanks for posting that. Have seen a lot of days lately where afternoon turns on like a light.
     
  5. Strike Zone

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    Glad to share the beauty of that area. The weather doesn't look real good for the next week or so, but hopefully we'll get a nice day again before too long. Then I will be spending another day up there. It's only an hour from here so I enjoy it quite often. Been doing it for years now. It has a beauty all its own.
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  6. Drifter

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    Sounds like a great day up their! I checked the temps for this coming week and like you mention - going to be cold with wind. Thanks for the report with the ice still forming during the mornings! hoping we get some long warmer weather spells this month to turn them fish on. If you see some none wind days and want some company shoot me a p.m.
     
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    I am with Scott, I love that lake. Wish I lived closer. Good report. Thanks.
     
  8. Matt Baerwalde

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    Okay, I have to finally make my first visit there, sooner the better.
     
  9. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

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    You'll love it Matt It's a great area and the senic beauty is wonderful. trying to catch the fsh can be a challenge but that's why I go with Mark. HE's the one to do the catching while i do the foul ups, and take pictures.
     
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    Strike Zone.....What was the condition of the boat launch area? Lot of debris yet.....What was the water color like?
    I have yet to have one of those nice weather days free to travel up there....soon I hope.

    Thanks......
     
  11. Strike Zone

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    Woodcanoeguy:
    Hi. Well, all I can tell ya is that the launch was totally clear of any brush or logs on that particular morning. And the water clairity was at least 8 feet or so. Can't say what it's like now tho. We've had a lot of bad weather up there in the last couple weeks. You can call Roger at 1 360 274 2133 at about 6:50 AM or so and he can give you the local condition up there each day. Hope this helps.
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    Woodcanoeguy:

    Yes, he works there at the momument. He's up there pretty much every day unless there's too much snow, so I'm sure he wouldn't mind it if you checked with him to save you from going all the way up there to find out it's not fishable.
    Denny
     
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    Got in a few hours on Coldwater Sunday mid day....lots of snow alongside road but recently plowed to launch. Fish rising everywhere when I arrived 11 am and fishing good till about 2 pm when low pressure pushed clouds down....then bite turned flat off. Had three dozen hits, hooked 9 and brought 7 to the boat. All fish 13 to 16". No one else on lake. All fish hit a black/red seal nymph.... near surface.
     
  14. Strike Zone

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    Woodcanoeguy:
    Glad you had such a sweet day of fishing up there. That size if fish is what you're going to usually get up there. There are a few bigger ones left, but they are alot harder to find than they used to be. Are you fishing out of a wooden canoe when you're up there ? I will be there in my 10 foot mahogany fly pram or my new Lund 1650 Renagade tiller boat. I hope my 80 lb. thrust motor will work on it up there. I'm not sure if the wind is going to be a problem yet because I haven't had it up there yet. Hope to soon. I'm only about an hour away from the lake, and I'm retired so I can get up there about any nice day that comes along. Give me a holler if you want some company sometime up there.
    Denny
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    Love the fact that there were risers! been waiting for that to start fishing up their again. during winter they didn't fight very well from the coldwater - how were they fighting? reel screaming?

    strike - I will be going many times in April and will give you a P.M. to possibly hook-up out of my drifter. I've been watching the wind and it's been blowing alot!