Hancock Timber & North Fork Snoqualmie

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  1. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    When you find out, you can tell us.

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  2. MountainTrout

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    Ha, no thanks. There seems to be plenty of free skinny water around that I'll go to before I pay $$.
     
  3. weirdwindknot

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    Hey Kent, thanks for the great stories. Any way to get copies of your maps? will to drive. :)
     
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    I wish I could remember....
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Thanks but no thanks!

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  7. Jay Burman

    Jay Burman Fly Fisher, Bon Vivant, Layabout.

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    I just bought a pass. I hope its worth it. Has anyone fished Black Lake? Any other worthwhile lakes this year?
     
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  8. Darryl Pahl

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    Certainly all of the lakes are fishable and worthwhile, including Black. You're not going to get stocker triploids, but you will get some peace and quite.

    Some like Black seem to be 100% rainbows, others lakes are 100% cutthroat, and other various other mixes, including Brook, RB, and CT in the same lake. On Klaus I've caught a cutthroat, perch, and large-mouth bass all on the same pattern. As the summer warms up, deeper lakes like Calligan are going to be good too. Exploring is half the fun.

    As a matter of fact, here's my daughter with a nice Black Lake Rainbow. That smile alone makes Hancock worth it for me.


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  9. SteveA

    SteveA Gnu to the board

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    Anybody know how to find out which of these lakes are planted and when? One of my favorite lakes on the Hancock property began fishing poorly a couple years ago. I contacted WDFW and was told they no longer plant them and it's up to the property owner. I contacted Hancock by email and they were useless.

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  10. Darryl Pahl

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    This is just my opinion, but I assume that since Hancock Forest Management is in the business of forest products, they wouldn't be spending any money on fish plants if they had to pay for it themselves. They do make money off permits, but one forest fire would wipe that out for the next 20 years. So I don't even think they are all that keen on letting people in anyways, and permits are more public relations than profit for them. I also don't think WDFW is keen on stocking "private" land.

    I emailed my Hancock contact with the stocking question - I'll post any reply unless they request otherwise.

    From what I've seen, some lakes have good natural capacity for reproduction. Other lakes, perhaps less or maybe even none. So I assume that every fish there is precious, and practice careful C&R.
     
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  11. Jay Burman

    Jay Burman Fly Fisher, Bon Vivant, Layabout.

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    How close can you drive to Klaus Lake? I am wondering how far I will need to drag my pontoon boat. Also, is the bass fishing worthwhile?
     
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    I'd say that unless you are used to dragging your pontoon boat for more than a mile, it would be too far. I've caught bass there, but I wouldn't say it was a great bass lake - more of a pleasant surprise to catch one. The one time I did actively target bass of course I didn't catch any.
     
  13. wlai

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    For those who has access, what is the place like? Are there pretty active security patrols? Active logging? How are the roads?

    Reason I ask is because I don't have a AWD, and also want to make sure it is not a place where random crazies go target practice or hole up for the armageddon :)
     
  14. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    The Hancock Snoqualmie Tree Farm is roughly 100,000 acres and is completely gated to prohibit random public access. Permit holders are given a key, a window decal and a map that allows them access to a huge maze of logging roads through the two locked gates at Spur Ten.

    HRM has it's own security staff and additionally contracts with WDFW so the area is regularly patrolled and HRM and state regs are strictly enforced. Shooting is permitted only during statewide hunting seasons. No target shooting is allowed.

    The farm is indeed an active logging operation, so those activites take precedence over any other use. In general, the roads are in much better shape than county or USFS roads. 4wd is not required but a pickup or high-clearance van makes the best sense.

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  15. wlai

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    Thanks Kent!
     
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