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I made it up to a few of the lakes on the West Fork Foss River this past weekend. Left the trailhead at about 8 in the morning and quickly got to Trout Lake. There were quite a few fish surfacing, although most seemed on the small side. I tossed a spoon in for about 2 minutes and pulled in a 7″ Brook and fished for another couple of minutes to no avail.
We continued up the trail as it became considerably tougher and steeper. The sights of the valley and the spectacular waterfall were a joy. When we neared the top of the ridge where a side trail shoots off to Malachite we headed that way. We lost the trail in a matter of minutes and despite our confidence that we could find the lake by bushwhacking along the outlet stream we decided to head right to Copper. We at lunch there at about 11:00 and fished for about 45 minutes near the outlet with no bites or fish sightings. We ran into some campers that said there were a few fish surfacing the night before just before and after sunset. We also spent some time near the inlet with similar results.
We moved on the Little Heart and did some fishing there with no luck so we headed back down. We stopped at trout again and did some fishing, pulling in 2 more little Brook trout and a gorgeous 11″ rainbow, all of which were sent back to fight another day.
The day was clear, warm, and beautiful. It was one of the best days I have had in recent memories despite not catch a lot of fish or big fish. Now its time to plan another trip and another wonderful day.
Thanks Bob. Great info. I can hardly contain my excitement.
Only 40 hours of work stand between me and a wonderful day of high lake fishing!
Is that amidst the Forgotten Forest?
I was planning on avoiding bait, as I don’t want to keep a 7″ fish, but might keep a decently sized fish for supper and I didn’t want to deal with carrying the bait up the trail.
I appreciate the help and will keep a log of where I fished, what I caught (if anything at all) and report back to the board. I will be taking the camera, hopefully I will be able to snap some pics of gorgeous fish.
Thanks for the tip.
I guess the thing that I most would like assistance with is how to fish spoons for trout in lakes. In my past I have predominantly fished for trout with bait (night crawlers, sand shrimp, eggs, even salmonberries) in rivers. I am unsure of the techniques of fishing spoons.
Regardless of whether I know what I’m doing or not, we should have a good time making stuff up and enjoying what mother nature has to offer.
I will definitely give her a hug for you, my excitement builds by the day. I think we will be heading up on 9/25. I buy a combo license every year to hit the coastal rivers a couple of times and do some salmon fishing out of Westport.