Ira nailed it here. And same story for me...another WWU grad. I've found exactly the same stuff to be true about how these fish and the cycles they have. If you're taking fly gear, float or don't bother. But great for spinning from shore (and nothing wrong with that...most of what I learned about stillwater fishing was with spin gear). Anyhow, Pine is overpopulated at the moment. I haven't seen the stocking reports but it was obvious last spring it had been recently planted...8 inchers by the ton at surface and not a lot else. Took a few good-sized ones but they weren't looking all that "healthy." Prior year was quite good and the lake was nicely balanced. Cedar is generally "the lesser" of those two, however this is where more dedicated stillwater fishermen will be handsomely rewarded...and where the less dedicated will be sorry they went.
I've observed over the years that the Chuck/Blanchard lakes tend to overpopulate easily, even more so in the ones where brookies live. If I remember, they tend to stock a thousand or so each time but that seems like too many given the size of these lakes and lack of fishing pressure. And, as Ira says, you have to catch it at the right time...usually "the window" tends to open within a single season. You can definitely follow those trends but it takes some commitment and you have to like hiking...99.9% of guys won't bother so those places won't get overfished.