It’s Clear, This Lake’s A Good ‘Un

It’s been a fulfilling work day — I got to go fishing for a full day, and I’ll be filling my boys’ belly with fresh-caught rainbow trout from a lake way down where The Great Glacier ground to a halt a few years back.

KEEPIN' EM (SORTA) COOL IN CLEAR LAKE. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Clear Lake was a little stingy early this morning as we tried something a wee bit different, but once Northwest Sportsman trout columnist Uncle Westipher von Malbergian and I switched over to dark, large Woolly Buggers it was bloody murder.

Big fish was around 4 pounds while five went about a footlongish and another half dozen or so were kicked back into the 170-acre eastern Thurston County lake to grow a wee bit more.

WES MALMBERG CHECKS THE DIGITAL SCALE ON HIS BIG FISH, WHICH CAME IN JUST UNDER 4 POUNDS. IT'S LIKELY ONE OF THE 450 3-PLUS-POUND BROODSTOCK SEX WORKERS WDFW FURLOUGHED FROM THE EEL SPRINGS HATCHERY IN MID-APRIL. THE TAIL, HOWEVER, WAS PARTIALLY CHOPPED OFF IN THE PROP. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Using full-sink lines and Sage fly rods, initially we worked around the perimeter, gradually moving deeper. Most of our bites and fish came in the eastern half later in the day and fairly close to shore.

There was not another boat on Clear between 7 a.m. when I showed up and 2:30 p.m. when we left, though a handful of plunkers were doing their thang from shore in two areas.

BUGGER IT ALL ANYWAY. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

WDFW has stocked the lake with 13,500 1/3-pound-or better catchables, 343 1.5-plus-pound triploids and 450 3-plus-pound broodstock rainbows.

Clear is southeast of Yelm, along Bald Hill Road SE. The state access is on the south end. It features two concrete ramps, a large area for maneuvering, and plenty of parking. There are also vault toilets for guys and gals.

WITH MALMBERG LATE TO THE LAKE, THE EDITOR DID HIS CIVIC DUTY AND PICKED UP SOME OF THE TRASH AT THE STATE ACCESS. BESIDES BEER CANS AND FISHING LINE, THE MOST INTERESTING FIND WAS PARMESAN PACKETS FOR SPRINKLING ON A PIZZA. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: