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For years, Pass Lake used to be a super place to catch and release fish year round! But these days, seems no one is fishing it? The State Fish and Game has eliminated stocking it with catchable trout! The few times I have been on the lake, the only ones catching trout are the eagles. I watched an eagle get a nice brown trout the last trip out.
 

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skyrise nailed it! The evil empire has been conspiring against the fly anglers and any chance of a quality fishery.

Or it could be that for several years WDFW staff has been working with the members of the Fidalgo Fly club and others reviewing the quality of the trout; especially the carry-overs. The last several year the carry-over fish had been in poor condition and less than what some would desire. WDFW staff the last two springs worked with the local fly anglers in sampling the trout; both rod and reel sampling by anglers collecting lengths and weight of the trout and gill net sampling as well as review available water quality information. The focus on a potential "fix" to address the quality of the carry-over fish landed on the planting levels. After discussions the number of fish planted has been adjusted in an experimental fashion. The number of fry released in 2015 was lowered. The results have been both as expected and hoped. With lower competition from the small fry the carry-over fish did well; with larger and better conditioned fish. Of course that also means fewer yearling trout. That planting strategy was repeated in 2016.

As with all waters there are some biological limitations ont he productivity of Pass Lake and the management trick is to match that productivity with the desires of the anglers. While the adjustments to date has produced some very nice carry-overs it is also clear that many anglers are not finding the current fishing acceptable. Maybe instread of taking unfounded shots at others folks that have or expect to enjoy to become involved by providing feed back to those involved and maybe taking the time to become informed - just an idea.

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I fished it a week ago and landed 5 lost 1 in 3 hours, in the morning. Largest 18", other's 14 to 16. Water was murky brown and 67 degrees. 11 boats out, but only saw one other fish caught. 2 on buggers and 4 casting skulpin into weeds. Left because wind was a pain.
 

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I'm not fishing lately because of a bum knee. It's an old fishing injury.
I've been pretty happy with the fishing this year but the eagles are a problem.
Time to hit Baker Lake for sockeye now for a while.
 

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skyrise nailed it! The evil empire has been conspiring against the fly anglers and any chance of a quality fishery.

Or it could be that for several years WDFW staff has been working with the members of the Fidalgo Fly club and others reviewing the quality of the trout; especially the carry-overs. The last several year the carry-over fish had been in poor condition and less than what some would desire. WDFW staff the last two springs worked with the local fly anglers in sampling the trout; both rod and reel sampling by anglers collecting lengths and weight of the trout and gill net sampling as well as review available water quality information. The focus on a potential "fix" to address the quality of the carry-over fish landed on the planting levels. After discussions the number of fish planted has been adjusted in an experimental fashion. The number of fry released in 2015 was lowered. The results have been both as expected and hoped. With lower competition from the small fry the carry-over fish did well; with larger and better conditioned fish. Of course that also means fewer yearling trout. That planting strategy was repeated in 2016.

As with all waters there are some biological limitations ont he productivity of Pass Lake and the management trick is to match that productivity with the desires of the anglers. While the adjustments to date has produced some very nice carry-overs it is also clear that many anglers are not finding the current fishing acceptable. Maybe instread of taking unfounded shots at others folks that have or expect to enjoy to become involved by providing feed back to those involved and maybe taking the time to become informed - just an idea.

Curt
My feedback would be take 2016 and cut that in half. Still way too many fish and, yeah, I've seen sizes recently that I haven't seen in 7 or 8 years. Working harder for fewer yet larger fish tends to be only a dream anymore. Seems most would rather catch fish than get good at catching fish.
 

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Catching salmon in a lake sounds like a blast. Best of luck!

Someday I will give this a try, but it's a long haul from Langley
It is a long haul.
Thanks. It is a long haul.
So is Lone lake from Blaine but I did it this year once finally. I'm going Sunday and need a first mate if you'd like to join me.:)
 

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I guess the new stocking plan is working good. Fewer fish, but larger. Still no one seems to be fishing Pass Lake. Another successful strategy and implementation!
 
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