Cedar River opening?

Old Man

Just an Old Man
The rivers used to open sometimes in the Middle of May. Then it went the Saturday before Memorial Day and then the first Saturday in June Then they changed it again. The high lakes used to open the same day as the rivers did. Then they bunched the lakes altogether so now they are open all year around and some open in April. They just don't seem to do anything forever.
 

Elliott5400

Active Member
The rivers used to open sometimes in the Middle of May. Then it went the Saturday before Memorial Day and then the first Saturday in June Then they changed it again. The high lakes used to open the same day as the rivers did. Then they bunched the lakes altogether so now they are open all year around and some open in April. They just don't seem to do anything forever.
High Lakes are mostly untouched and inaccessible until near mid July is most cases here. Nature pretty much sets the season of High Lakes. That's good because those fine fishing gems are only harassed around 4-5 months a year (if that) I've seen some real concerning limits of trout within large groups.

Thankfully there are plenty of alpine gems out there that don't get disturbed much :cool:
 

Nick Clayton

Active Member
Never fished the Cedar and most likely never will, but I sure do enjoy seeing all the passion you all show towards that river and fishery. I also highly enjoy reading the yearly Cedar thread where you all post pics, share stories, techniques, flies etc. It's a shining example of what is so great about this forum.
 

Elliott5400

Active Member
Never fished the Cedar and most likely never will, but I sure do enjoy seeing all the passion you all show towards that river and fishery. I also highly enjoy reading the yearly Cedar thread where you all post pics, share stories, techniques, flies etc. It's a shining example of what is so great about this forum.
It definitely takes a bit of courage to fish the Cedar at times. Some occupants can be borderline dangerous to be around.

Lots of citizens we chat with are curious on the fishery and have even offered to keep an eye on foul behavior when anglers are not around.

It's a pretty incredible world class wild trout fishery in a split of urban/semi wilderness setting. Some parts are heavily developed and modified, while you can easily drive to multiple spots that offer a bit of seclusion, plenty of trees and even a little noise cancelation of the busy town.

It's a fishery that deserves the dedication and protection. It's actually a great candidate for a C&R fly fish only system for us westsiders imo.
 

GeorgeV

Active Member
Fifty plus years ago the Cedar had good runs of steelhead and salmon. People would stand on the Bronson Way and Wells St. bridges to watch the silvers and Chinook. Lots of sockeye also, many of them tagged. In the spring the McKnight Middle School fishing club would fish for Donaldson trout from Logan St. to the mouth, nice heavy 12" & 14" fish. Dr. Donaldson was a U.of W. fisheries professor. I don't remember ever fishing the Cedar for trout, but spent quite a few cold wet days steelheading. Shot a few ducks on the river also.
 

AdrianM

I am no longer new here!
I imagine floating would be dangerous but I've heard it done before. There are tons of areas where trees are down making floating it a challenge. I only walk/wade.
 
Never fished the Cedar and most likely never will, but I sure do enjoy seeing all the passion you all show towards that river and fishery. I also highly enjoy reading the yearly Cedar thread where you all post pics, share stories, techniques, flies etc. It's a shining example of what is so great about this forum.
Why won't you ever fish it?
 
It definitely takes a bit of courage to fish the Cedar at times. Some occupants can be borderline dangerous to be around.

Lots of citizens we chat with are curious on the fishery and have even offered to keep an eye on foul behavior when anglers are not around.

It's a pretty incredible world class wild trout fishery in a split of urban/semi wilderness setting. Some parts are heavily developed and modified, while you can easily drive to multiple spots that offer a bit of seclusion, plenty of trees and even a little noise cancelation of the busy town.

It's a fishery that deserves the dedication and protection. It's actually a great candidate for a C&R fly fish only system for us westsiders imo.
never been hassled by others, always see other anglers. but I definitely keep my head on a swivel...
 

Nick Clayton

Active Member
Why won't you ever fish it?

Mainly because I'm 2+ hours away and fish the saltwater pretty much exclusively any more. Nothing against the fishery at all but its not one that gives me much motivation to buy new gear and drive that far to fish. I'd have to drive right by too much good beach fishing just to try it, and to be perfectly honest trout fishing in rivers just doesn't appeal enough to me any more.

Seems like a cool local fishery, I'm just too pre occupied with my own local fishing to consider it.
 

Lakota

Member
I imagine floating would be dangerous but I've heard it done before. There are tons of areas where trees are down making floating it a challenge. I only walk/wade.
I've floated short sections in my little catchercraft raft. I wouldn't recommend attempting it in anything you can't easily portage. Lots of wood.
 

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