Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by KerryS, Mar 15, 2009.
I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand it would be awesome to fish for trout that haven't been caught in 29 years. On the other hand its sort of cool knowing that there is a place in the lower 48 where fish don't know what humans are. Maybe I am too sentimental. Make no mistake if it opens up I'll be trying to fish there, just saying....
I vote FF'ing, C&R, and barbless only. If careful, that would be a hell of a place to fish and protect!
No, I say leave it alone. Even if C&R really happens (and there is no poaching) any fishing will result in some accidental mortality. If you remember, there was similar excitement when they opened Coldwater Lake, but the size of fish has gone down steadily since it opened. These lakes are not very productive for their size and can't support much angling pressure.
Leave it closed .
The rainbows in there were planted by humans and are non-native so it would make sense for humans to utilize a resource we created. I know of many closed waters in this state that are loaded with huge fish. This lake isn't the only one.
Thats odd. The article stated that the fish mysteriously showed up. No mention of plants.
"But when giant-sized trout mysteriously appeared a decade ago, fishermen started salivating over the area that is off limits to everyone except scientists. "
The past being what it is, why C&R if you don't believe its safe for fish? <-- Question for cabezon. If you believe this, replace your rod for a mask, snorkel, fins, camera, and take pictures of the fish.
Saw this awhile ago.
Have seen a couple different videos on fish in there. no evidence of fish being planeted as previously stated. The streams around the lake were iced over at the time of eruption allowing fish in the streams a chance to survive.
Some evidence suggesting the fish were introduced.
Here's some good info-
Without knowing the lake, I cant say for sure whether there are any fish bearing streams connected to it, but with the few fish that were likely to have survived, I doubt they could establish that dense of a population unless there was a major spawning trib connected to it.
Very few lakes in this region supported trout populations (and rarely were they rainbows) before humans arrived . I would be willing to bet that the fishery in this lake prior to the eruption was entirely supported by WDFW plants. Bucket biologists have a lot more to do with what fish go where than what nature allows.
as much as i would like to fish it, i say keep it closed because i don't poach but there would be somebody out there that does and then there would be nothing left. it would probably go under selective gear rules. 3 flies only/ c&R/ barbless hooks only.
and besides i wouldn't want to eat any wierd fish that just show up, radiation, mercury, nuclear. who knows what the hell is in the lake
No brainer here "I would be willing to bet that the fishery in this lake prior to the eruption was entirely supported by WDFW plants." Of course it was planeted before the eruption . Talking after the fact. There is more video and papers out there regarding the fish in there. Look and you will find.
Won't these fish just naturally start getting smaller as the food sources that were made available by the eruption are used up? I mean the average size of the fish. I am sure that when a lake is raised or something like this eruption happens it is a bonanza as far as food for the fish goes, but that food, like grubs in fallen trees and whatnot would eventually be used and the size of the fish would go down.
Not a biologist I have just kind of noticed this in, like Spada after it was raised, and Lake Packwood. What do you guys think?
I think it all depends on alot of different things. How many fish are in there now? I thought that they get stunted from over population? I believe the feed in the lake would be quite good and self sustaining with the weed growth and the log matt providing good habitat for the insect life.