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[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Jul-30-01 AT 08:43 AM (PST)[/font][p]Good, well known lakes around there are the Mount St Helens lakes. Silver Lake is really fun for some big bucketmouth bass, and some on topwaters. Recently, however, eel-like streamers have been working best for me. Coldwater is huge, deep, and indimidating, but has special regs, and if ya like sinking lines, has some monster bows to be taken. Merril Lake has nice brown trout, and is famous for the Hex hatch. Castle is extremely hard to get to, but is well worht the effort. Look thorugh the old stuff in this forum for info on Castle. Have fun out there, and tight lines!

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Coldwater is huge and deep, and is right by Mt St Helens- you cant miss it on a map. It is brand new, formed during the blast when mudflows and debri dammed up Colwater Creek. The lake has introduced rainbows, and native cutts that survived the blast, that used to live in the creek. It is relatively rich and has nice 16 - 22 inch fish. The best technique is definitely sinking lines ans streamers, as hatches rarely draw the rainbows attention. You can only launch at the boat launch, because the laeside vegetation is being protected. It is no bait, barbless single hook regs, and you can keep one fish over maybe 16 inches (it might be 18). I have only fished it twice, but was pretty successful, with a few really nice hard-fisghting bows. For more info just look in guidebooks like the Flyfishers guide to Washington.

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