Trip Report Lake Lenore - not a fishing report

Buzzy

Active Member
After yesterday's snow and wind, the sun came out and the wind stopped blowing. Cabin fever - I wanted to fish but had too many chores till later this afternoon. A hike along Lake Lenore was called for.

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I haven't fished this lake for two years and that was in June at Damsel Point. Rumor has it the lake is producing some pretty nice trout. I don't know what the lake's trout density is compared to past years; it has been poached several times in recent years.

IMG_2167.jpg It was really calm. I hoped to see a fish or two cruising or a riser but didn't. Didn't matter, I was hiking and not fishing (WTH?). There is still some algae floating on the surface and some suspended but I didn't see any of the acre sized floating mats of decaying plant matter which is very encouraging.

In years past, from late September to early November, this lake could be absolutely phenomenal for catching some large Lahontan cutthroat. You know what? I saw one old guy land a nice fish, he whacked it in the head and stayed on the lake.
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The sun sets pretty early up there this time of year.
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I hiked up on top of a large basalt butte at the south end of the lake. There are two concrete foundations up there, each with a pipe embedded into the concrete. I'm told these used to be "anti aircraft gun mounts".
 

Old406Kid

Active Member
Oh for the glory days of old.
I recently ran across an old photo album that had some pictures of me fishing there
when I was just a "yute" (Watched My Cousin Vinny last night)
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
That was our first trout outing after the spring ice-out back in the 80's - nice fish & very cold water. Thanks for the photos, Pat!
 

freestonebound

Active Member
At first I couldn't wait to admonish you 4 not posting a trip report but posting a thread in trip reports. Then I opened this thread. You don't have to bring a rod or catch fish to have a nice trip. Thanks for posting.
 

GeorgeV

Active Member
The airfield at Ephrata was an Army Air Corp base during WWII. Anti air craft gunnery was taught in the Grand Coulee. There was an anti aircraft gun mounted on that basalt rock. A plane would tow a drone or dummy plane down the coulee for 'target practice'. I've never heard what type of gun was used. Someone might know at the museum on the east end of Ephrata.
 

GeorgeV

Active Member
I read an article on 'History Link. org.' about the building of airfields in the late 1930's, Ephrata was mentioned, maybe further research there would reveal something. A number of people have told me about the gun location and aircraft target practice over the years, I think I first heard it in the late fifty's. I don't know if it's for real or alternative facts, I should have said that in my first post.
 

Gary Thompson

dirty dog
I love the coulee's.
Dry Falls, down to Soap lake. Moses coulee, Palisades, Banks lake.
When I think about all that water that ran out of Montana and across Washington, what a wonder.
 

Buzzy

Active Member
I love the coulee's.
Dry Falls, down to Soap lake. Moses coulee, Palisades, Banks lake.
When I think about all that water that ran out of Montana and across Washington, what a wonder.
When I'm fishing Dry Falls, especially along the northern shore - my mind wanders to how the lake was formed with Glacial Lake Missoula flood events. Fascinating. Imagine Dry Falls as the plunge pool at the end of those events - if science and geologists have it right, Soap Lake was the original plunge pool.

I've posted this link several times, I never tire of the regions geology and how it has been formed over time: https://iafi.org/the-great-blade-video/
 

Gary Thompson

dirty dog
When I'm fishing Dry Falls, especially along the northern shore - my mind wanders to how the lake was formed with Glacial Lake Missoula flood events. Fascinating. Imagine Dry Falls as the plunge pool at the end of those events - if science and geologists have it right, Soap Lake was the original plunge pool.

I've posted this link several times, I never tire of the regions geology and how it has been formed over time: https://iafi.org/the-great-blade-video/
One of my theory's on why Washington doesn't have bison or antelope was the Missoula floods.
 

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