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Dude,

Have you ever checked either Anderson Lake up by Port Townsend or Martha Lake west of Arlington and over on Lakewood Rd? Martha Lake, which I have fished numerous times, has lots of big trout--and they can be very big. The only deal is figuring out what they happen to be interested in. After talking with Skip Morris, I recommend checking the regs on Anderson. There has been a lot of work to make this lake a quality fishery; however, this has resulted in a slice of the season being only C&R. What part, I don't know, as well as whether it is also a seasonal lake. Still, I've caught fish as big as anything I've pulled out of even Dry Falls--and even larger than Lone.

As far as Martha Lake's temperature, it's been running around the mid to lower 50's in the past week. I've even seen trout lurking in the very shallows nipping at some mystery bugs. I did twice get a strike on a Quigley cripple but ended up putting off that zone after losing both. Haven't seen much there in that paticular location since. Still, I know there are fish in the shallower waters. It's just a matter of figuring out what they're interested in. I suppose that goes for any piece of water, eh? But once you know, you're in the $$$$! :THUMBSUP

Tight Lines!

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The only reason I'm spilling the beans on my favorite local lake is that I'm gonna be out of the fishing picture for a couple of months, due to work. All I ask is that people let me in on what is working on those temperamental fish and not keep everything you catch. Email me at [[email protected]} for all you who check out this sometimes very phat fishery. There is a very nice 16 inch rainbow that I C&R'd a little over a week ago--and that's not the biggest I've scored there so far.
 

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Hey Old Man, your third sentence is the answer to your question. I like fishing Martha Lake because everyone else makes the Spring openers at Ki and Goodwin or would rather not have to drive so far to make a lake. This translates into myself usually being the only person fishing. Even on the weekends I've only shared it with one or two other people when I've actually thought to dare to go.

True there are homes around 2/3 the lake, but there's plenty of varied shoreline habitat to provide food and cover for trout and other fish. I've seen excellent chironomid hatches, some mayflies, and even rather large crayfish.

One last reason to give Martha a shot. You can catch rainbows, cutthroats, AND browns. My best day there gave me four cutthroats at around 12" and two rainbows at 16" and 18"--all within an hour on a hot chironomid hatch in mid-March. The water temperature was either in the low 50's or the mid 40's. Have fun.
 
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