Hey, sorry I didn't see this 'til now - pretty much stopped checking in on this forum for awhile.
Originally Posted by regct
Big rivers around here are tough and I haven't fished them much. I really prefer the smaller, higher mountain creeks. Smaller fish, but much more productive fishing and never any people around. I don't want to give away any secrets, but look for tributaries to bigger rivers like the Cascade, Skykomish & such that drain large areas and have multiple tributaries of their own and lakes feeding them.
Two bigger rivers that everyone knows about are the Entiat below Ice Creek and the Methow. Eastern WA fishing rules!
Just about any of the alpine lakes have fish in them. Some more and bigger than others. Stay away from anything close to I-90 and you should be golden. It's a tough game this year, some of the really cool high mountain lakes aren't even thawed yet in mid-August and I'm afraid there may be a lot of winter-kill this year.
I just got back from a 7 day trip into the North-Eastern Pasayten Wilderness area. Some good fishing in the lakes up around Cathedral & Remmel Mts. but the price of admission is a long walk in. I'm taking a buddy of mine and his boy up to my "secret" lake near Leavenworth in two weeks. I've been tracking the fish up there - they've been growing about 1.5"/year and should be in the 14" range now - lots of fun on ultralight gear. Pretty good for a 7000 ft. lake.
Okay, back to skiing. I need to get some August turns in. Thinking Baker or Rainier is the easy way to do it.
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