Where in Washington to find Browns?

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  1. Simplebugger

    Simplebugger Active Member

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    Hey all, first time post so I hope you all will be able to help me out. I'm looking for a river/stream here in Washington to find browns. It's one that I've been trying to check off my "fish list" for a while now but it just hasn't happened. I'm not looking for a trophy here but I'd sure like to get this one done. Also any tips for my fly selection would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    There's more lakes with browns than streams. One to consider is Park lake over north of Soap Lake. It opens up on the standard end of April lowland lake opener.
     
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    Just lakes man have them up here. I could tell you some good spots in Cali.
     
  4. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Cooper lake by salmon la sac in the summer once the snow melts, and the river in the fall is well known for browns, theyve even been stocking triploids recently
     
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    Hi SB,
    I do not believe that there are any self-sustaining populations of brown trout in Washington (at least western and central Washington). Therefore, all brown trout are stocked. You can find out which lakes have been stocked with brown trout from WaDFW web site: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.

    Steve
     
  6. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Forgot to mention Pass Lake (westside), Leniece (eastside) and Fish lake by Wenatchee.
     
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    go to WDFW site and check the trout plants for lakes and what they plant.
    very helpful on where to go in your area. you also can read what future plants are to be made.
     
  8. Jason Rolfe

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    I caught a nice brown in Green Lake (Seattle) several years ago. Was the biggest fish I'd ever caught at the time.

    Got it middle of february on a muddler minnow stripped along the shore from a dock.

    J
     
  9. Simplebugger

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    Thanks for the input guys. I'd heard about the cooper lake stock above salmon la sac, although the river above lake cle elum is not all that productive for trout; I think I'll make that a target when the snow melts...I guess I've got a few months to wait. I was curious zen leecher if you are talking about pass lake in deception pass state park?
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    yep, that Pass lake.
     
  11. Pat Lat

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    I'll agree to disagree on this one, I've had really good luck in the cle elum river in the last couple years, sight fishing in the summer is cool up there, definately not yakima river quality, but a handful of rainbows every time I've been there. I met a guy working at creekside in issaquah who said he does well there also. Plus I love fishing in the snow when the fall comes to an end.
     
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    Also When the season opens I've heard about but not seen nice size browns in pine lake issaquah, probably few and far between, not to mention its hard to keep the stocked rainbows off your line there.
     
  13. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Ive seen some VERY large browns come out of greenlake. I was extremely impressed. Also seen Bull trout pulled out from the same part of the lake.
    If I were to target browns on the West side, Id choose Pass or Cranberry lake. East side, Id choose crab creek
     
  14. skokomish fly

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    Not trying to be a douche but I think this shoud belong on the main forum or stillwater section as there are not any browns found in the saltwater here in washington.
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Well, there ARE a few errant sea run browns that show up every once in a while. Mike Kinney has a pic of one from the NF Stilly years ago