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I had the smallest Sevylor pack raft. I gave it away. It was heavy and I just never could justify that much weight for anything but short trips. Used curtis rafts are what you want but good luck finding one. They go up for sale on ebay sometimes.
This ranger has been telling other people this too. I spoke to someone last year at my climbing gym that was told the exact same thing. I told him I did not think the ranger was correct. It may help to get the ranger’s name so someone can ask him to clarify his statements.
Snow level is at 3500 ft in the shade in that area. Just got back from that drainage.
Cairns are good sometimes. I don’t really mind them. I just don’t want to see them every 20 ft.
No flagging please. Eat all of it up you want. I remove it all the time.
Thats what I figured. Now we get spam forum messages. Lame
Spoons are easy. Brass with some orange works the best for most high lakes. I put my thomas boyant directly on a swivel without a leader. You dont add any weight either. Just cast and reel in. Sometimes they hit it right away. Sometimes you need to let it sink a bit first. Some times you should let it sink a lot. Sometimes reel in faster sometimes slower. You never really know whats going to make the fish bite at it. You also need to set the hook to as they are just nibbling at it.
I use a treble hook with the barbs pinched back if I need to actually catch a fish to eat or for a survey. Then I switch to barbless. Barbless works better if your hook is hyperdermicaly sharp. bring a hook sharpener.
If you use bait the regulations say you have to count every fish towards your limit whether you keep it or not. Best not to use bait anyway as most high lake fisherman folk will think you are a jerk.
If you ask more specific questions you could get more response. Its good to find people that know what they are doing and go fish with them. Mountain fish are fickle at times and brain dead biting machines other times.
There are some tricks. Dont make noise, or wear bright clothes. Usually your first few casts in an area are your best shot. Being able to cast further out or having a raft helps wonders. Some of the small lakes will be good fishing for the first 20 minutes and then the fish get spooked and your are done. Moving to different parts of a lake, often the more remote spots get better results. Its rare to get the bigger fish next to the big campsite or log that everyone else uses.
Dont use bait or treble hooks unless you plan on eating the fish. Thats the newbie info I would say helps the most.
Leave no trace!
Good luck! I have never caught one myself. Hopefully someone will fill you in. You already know all that I know about catching lake trout. I hear that in high lakes they hang out in the deepest hole usually and come out at night to eat the lakes inhabitants.
make sure you let us know when you get one and how you did it. pictures too.
Upper Eagle near twisp is 100%frozen, Lower Eagle is open. Crater is Frozen. This is as of last july 4th.
Im using the olympus stylus tough – 8000
its waterproof up to 33 ft. and drop resistant to 6ft. There is no extra shell on the camera, it is just tough.
here is another one from last monday
starts with a j and is a lady’s name. I stocked her boyfriend d yesterday. And from there I think I could see the iceholes you took me too earlier this year!
My hand is fine!
I caught one of your fish!