High Lake washout...

Roper

Idiot Savant
#1
During a four day visit to the Okanogan I headed for one of my favorite high lakes in search of brookies and cutties. Past visits have been hit and miss, I was hoping for a hit. The Okanogan is still verdant from heavier than normal snowfall and steady spring rains. The lake was no exception. You have to walk in from the road about a hundred yards or so.



Once I reached the shoreline I saw the lake was overflowing from it's normal levels. Those who have fished this lake with me can see the difference.



I slid the FatCat into the lake and started with a halfback pattern from Ivan. Nada. Next was a marabou leech pattern, nada. Then a bugger, nada. What else could I do, a chironomid, still nothing. Not even a bump. My trusty Fishin' Buddy showed me the depth and something that may be a clue to no bites...



Hundreds of little blips on the screen. All over the lake, everywhere and no exceptions. Sure, there were spots that showed fewer blips, but still more than should be normal. Tucked in the tiny blips were larger ones indicating that the hold overs were tucked in amongst the tiny plants. I've seen these "storms" of tiny blips before in other lakes and the bite is always off when I see them. I'll be quizzing Bob Jateff on the lake to see just what they dumped in there and how many. I'll wait until the fall and see what it looks like then.

The area is still pretty so I loaded up my gear, got out of my waders and grabbed the camera. Here's some of the flora since the fishing was a bust.





 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#2
Roper makes the best damn lemonade on the planet. That is some great photography sir, sorry the fishing was off.
 

Scott Salzer

previously micro brew
#3
I love that lake. Roper spotted a bear on the hillside a few trips back.

Love those Mariposa lillies, and the scarlet gilia.

Too bad you didn't connect. I can't keep the big ones on in that lake....

Hope you and the girls had a good trip.
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#6
Big Twin has also slowed up a lot in the last week! Fortunately, the Methow above the Chewuch is looking clear, and I'm thinking it will be fishing in a week or so! I always look forward to getting back on moving water this time of year! Also, some of the higher lakes in our area are probably worth a try. Rick
 

dbk

Active Member
#7
That lake winter killed this year as the aerator broke down.... they just recently replanted with fingerlings (triploid brookies I believe). Its sad... my first fish on that lake three years ago was a 22" tiger and I remember late spring evenings when the bigger fish would be all over chiros in the shallow water... I hope it comes back.
 

Roper

Idiot Savant
#9
Bob said there are 1,000 triploid brookies in there, 3-6 inches. I did notice the aerator pad was missing...

I wonder what the survival rate will be for the trips...?
 
#10
Bob said there are 1,000 triploid brookies in there, 3-6 inches. I did notice the aerator pad was missing...

I wonder what the survival rate will be for the trips...?
I love that lake as well. I noticed two years ago that the wind mill that powered the aerator was missing. Is there plans to put it back or are they using a different method?
 

dflett68

Active Member
#11
That lake winter killed this year as the aerator broke down.... they just recently replanted with fingerlings (triploid brookies I believe). Its sad... my first fish on that lake three years ago was a 22" tiger and I remember late spring evenings when the bigger fish would be all over chiros in the shallow water... I hope it comes back.
this is a question for the guys who understand these things better than i do: if the lake requires an aerator to maintain a livable oxygen level, and there was a kill cause it's broken down, and roper's comment made it sound like it's still not there/functioning, and if i'm not mistaken brookies require perhaps more dissolved oxygen than most other species....why restock it again without the aerator back in order?
 

dbk

Active Member
#12
My presumption is there are plans to get it up and running again.... the fish will not survive without it running. I was told that it was not checked during the winter months and at some point it broke down and nobody discovered it until it was too late and the fish all died... Whatever happened, its clear they need to get it working again or this will just repeat itself again.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#13
this is a question for the guys who understand these things better than i do: if the lake requires an aerator to maintain a livable oxygen level, and there was a kill cause it's broken down, and roper's comment made it sound like it's still not there/functioning, and if i'm not mistaken brookies require perhaps more dissolved oxygen than most other species....why restock it again without the aerator back in order?
Well, I can give you a Forester's perspective.

Winter kill is dependent on the winter we have. Even on that lake it is NOT an annual thing.

Cost of stocking fry is cheap. If the lake does not freeze out next winter you will have a good fishery until the next freeze.

I remember a decision making class with probabilities attached, costs and rates of return. Same thing. But I suspect Bob did not do such an in-depth analysis.
 

dflett68

Active Member
#14
Well, I can give you a Forester's perspective.

Winter kill is dependent on the winter we have. Even on that lake it is NOT an annual thing.

Cost of stocking fry is cheap. If the lake does not freeze out next winter you will have a good fishery until the next freeze.

I remember a decision making class with probabilities attached, costs and rates of return. Same thing. But I suspect Bob did not do such an in-depth analysis.
maybe i've misunderstood what the aerator is for in the first place. looks like i know even less than i thought i did.
 
#15
Just got back from Okanogan County. I was told by folks at Wannacut that they had four feet of snow on the ground last winter. Every lake we fished was as high as I have ever seen. A couple of them were disappointing and a couple were off the hook good. Nice really warm weather except for a couple of days that featured high winds. All in all a really good trip.