Bait fishing alpine lakes

#1
I was speaking with an individual recently about fishing some of the lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth. He said he used power bait in Colchuck Lake and had huge success. Is this legal? Maybe I am mistaken but I was under the impression that the high alpine lakes were single barbless artificial lures and flies only.
 

509

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#2
I was speaking with an individual recently about fishing some of the lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth. He said he used power bait in Colchuck Lake and had huge success. Is this legal? Maybe I am mistaken but I was under the impression that the high alpine lakes were single barbless artificial lures and flies only.
Unless the regulation book says otherwise they are under the statewide fishing rules.

There are very, very few Wilderness lakes that come under special regulation rules.

Hey, I don't know about powerbait, but I had a great time fishing an Idaho Wilderness with live stoneflies!!! Casting, however, was a real difficult.
 
#4
I was speaking with an individual recently about fishing some of the lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth. He said he used power bait in Colchuck Lake and had huge success. Is this legal? Maybe I am mistaken but I was under the impression that the high alpine lakes were single barbless artificial lures and flies only.

Some of those lakes also don't fall under the 'Alpine Lakes Wilderness' specifically either. They are near the border, but outside the designated wilderness so the rules might be different and could fall under the normal statewide rules.

I've been meaning to get up there and do some overnight hiking/trout slaying - I've heard it's a great trip.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#12
Porter, I'm trying to picture that pattern...would that two ounces of lead be the same as pencil lead from coils? I can envision about four wraps around a giant treble with huge barbs that should do the trick. Should we enhance the pattern with one of those rattlers and scent sponges too?

Ah pondring the Thanksgiving simplicity of a simple hook dressed with various soft materials to replicate or imitate something that is life like to trigger a striking response. Thank you for fly fishing and both the patience and persistence to practice it when possible.
 

CovingtonFly

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#14
I love trolling wedding rings in red with a single niblet of corn at the end. I recommend 2 ounces of lead to get deep.
Yes yes, do not forget the lead! I find it best to have a couple of balls of lead on there because every time I cast you know some of those balls of lead are going to fly off the line and go shooting halfway across the lake! :ray1: Come to think of it better put some extra bait on for the same reason. :thumb:
 
#15
legal or not... it would ruin my day to see someone fishing colchuck with power bait. such a gorgeous lake, i don't know why anyone would hike all the way to that to sling power bait. spin fishing is fine, but i draw the line at dough bait
 

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