View Full Version : Spicer Float Trip 8-2 w/pics

08-06-2008, 07:03 PM
Dog talked me into another camping trip so we headed out for a 2-hour downwind canoe ride to Spicers' east end only to find the most ever campers and lowest ever running Highland Creek. *The low lake water was barely cool, but I still saw a few nice stringers carried by folks soaking crawlers or bait off the muddy banks. *Due to very little top water action I left my fly rod in it's case...there were bugs all over the water at dawn and dusk but I only saw a couple tiny trout tipping the surface. *I did finally land a nice 15 incher for dinner twitching a gulp minnow along the bottom. *

I noticed hundreds of babies in the creek as the bigger ones aren't up there having a feast so it should make for good spawning production. *I also lit up lots of fingerlings along the shores at night. *Maybe the warmer water temp is keeping the predators away and lower level is letting the newborns hide around the exposed trees. Hopefully Spicer will contnue to rebound.

We headed back at 8 AM in calm waters and arrived 3 1/2 hours later in rough seas...typical early season late afternoon winds were summertime late morning winds. *While fishing for me was very slow, the scenery was still as good as ever, making for another worthwhile memorable float trip into the wilderness! *

Spicer from the day use area
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Looking south at the Dardanelles
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Entering the ghost forest
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Spicer's north side granite dome
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Looking out up canyon towards Highland lakes and peaks
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Spicer's eastern end of the trail
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Wild wilderness dinner ready for the coals
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Early morning calmness
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Blue waters, volcanic formations, clear skies, warm winds...to catch a fish was just a bonus! *FF
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08-06-2008, 07:16 PM
Wow!! Great place!! Thanks for the pictures, as I have never been there. Your dog looks very content. Have you ever tried sinking line? I use a WF
intermediate clear from RIO that has caught me numerous fish in the lakes.

Tight Lines


08-06-2008, 07:18 PM
I've never seen that part of Spicer thanks for the pic. The dog looks pretty content with his/her outing. Keep sharing memories of your adventures.


08-06-2008, 07:36 PM
Great pics and report. With all the minnows you saw it sure sounds like they'll be plenty of food this winter.

08-06-2008, 07:50 PM
Have you ever tried sinking line? I use a WF intermediate clear from RIO that has caught me numerous fish in the lakes.

Good tip Prowler...I only had floating as I was hoping to fish the creek. *(Missed out on doing May trip when the creek is high and washing down lots of feed). *I need to gear up for that especially when the lakes warm up, thanks.

08-06-2008, 07:59 PM
Great report. Love Spicer, but have never been into the wilderness area. Recognize the scenery, and your post only makes me want to get up there again soon....

08-06-2008, 08:54 PM
Thanks for the report and all the great pics. I've never hit the lakes up Hwy 4, but that looks like a great destination.

08-07-2008, 03:32 PM
Nice report and pictures. Looks like I may have to start taking my dog fishing with me. I liked your excuse that the "dog talked you into another camping trip." ;D :) My dog talks me into hunting all the time, now if he'll fish, I'm golden. My girlfriend shouldn't mind, she'll get us both out at once, killing to birds with one stone.

08-07-2008, 04:11 PM
My dog talks me into hunting all the time,

The dog looks pretty content with his/her outing.


Funny thing about my lab is she thought she was hunting, especially when she spotted the Canada geese (while I made a rest stop) and the chase was on. *The geese kept swimming away and she could not or would not hear me calling her upwind. *150 yards later out in the middle of the lake I went for the rescue, white caps and all in a 13 foot canoe. *I just laid down and hoisted her overboard. The pics below show her swimming out to where the geese were and the honkers sneaked around the rocks and then her chained to the seat afterwards still looking for the birds. *

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