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08-08-2012, 09:21 PM
I have been wanting to go hiking for some fish so I chose a few lakes called my dad up and we were off tuesday morning. Our destination was Glacier Lake, we chose the trailhead by Carr Lake rather than the Grouse ridge because we wanted to fish Large Island Lake on the way back. Saw a bear cub run across the road soon as we turned on to Bowman road, then I saw a Marmot on the Feely damn. I will be back to Carr and Feely with the kayak to fish at a later date so no report on them today. After stopping and looking at Round Lake and deciding it didn't look fishy, we decided to move on and check out MIlk Lake. That would be the first fishing stop.


It did not disappoint I caught multiple little rainbows with the whitest fin tips Id seen before.


Hard to see in this pic but look at the fin in the shadow of my wrist. They were going wild over the worms I had hiked in packed on ice, but I had to ration I only brought one container. They also would hit powerbait and lures but harder to get them to stick. Threw super dupers, mepps black fury, and various kastmasters. On a side note never mix salmon eggs, crave dough bait, patzuke firebait all in the same container unless you want an unusable substance that will not stay on the hook.
The next stop was Glacier Lake via the Glacier Lake trail. Thanks to Eagle Scout Schmidl for all the nice signs at every intersection.

Arrived at Glacier found a good spot to setup camp, there are lots to choose from. Though after this experience I will never camp within 100 yards of someone else again. I like to go to bed early and get up early, Im not there to build illegal campfires and make noise. Anyhow lots of spots cool rock built couches and benches. Fished Glacier for 4 or 5 hrs tuesday afternoon / evening. I only had one bite and it came while reeling in my inflated crawler from the middle of the lake. I had the fish on right to the back for a nice SDR, looked like a brookie. Got up around 5:30 and hit the lake, nice calm morning, not too many mosquitos and great scenery!

I fished hard for 3 hours and again only had one bite, this time I landed it!


Again with the super white tips!! Then I tried my first underwater shots with the new camera.


I caught it on......you guessed it the same setup from the night before. Except this morning I was using it like a lure. Egg sinker then snap swivel then 2-3 ft of fluorocarbon leader, bait holder hook and a worm with only 1/2 inch past the hook. Leave too much they get worm and no hook, at least the small fish. Cast it out let it hit the bottom and reeled it in. Called it good on Glacier and hiked down to Five Lakes Basin, this trail was not labeled but seemed obvious. Took the Sands Ridge trail back to Large Island Lake


Ate a snack, drank some water and harassed a school of 5-6 inch brooke trout for an hour or so then headed back to the truck. Stopped in Newcastle at the Newcastle Cheese Shop which was in a cool old fruit-packing warehouse from back in the horse and buggy days. Full of cheese old photos and they also had awesome sandwiches, and to think I almost ate Burger King instead! Beautiful country but if you want solitude and quiet I would choose another location. There were large (6-10 people) groups all over the place.

08-08-2012, 09:47 PM
Great post!!! Large Island Lake not much action?

08-08-2012, 09:52 PM
Solid post! Looks like nice country for sure. Those are some very white tips indeed. Good job, thanks for sharing.

08-09-2012, 07:28 AM
SahWeet! Great write up! Love the scenery and the fish. I like the casting out of a worm and letting it sink to the bottom before reeling back in. Good when the fish are holding a bit deeper than the cooler months.


08-09-2012, 10:43 AM
good job and thnx for the pictures :)

08-09-2012, 05:57 PM
looks like a great trip, thanks for the heads up on the report.

08-10-2012, 08:51 AM
Thanks for the report and great pics. It's also amazing how far sound travels in the back country. I feel your pain having to camp next to a noisy group.

08-10-2012, 09:14 AM
Nothin' much prettier than those little Brookies. I love fishing for them in little streams when they have full spawning colors. I just pinch the barbs on a little spinner, and it's easy to let them continue the cycle

08-10-2012, 08:47 PM
Great post!!! Large Island Lake not much action?
I didnt really give it a try. Ate lunch there and made a few casts. It really didnt help that I fell in the water right where I wanted to fish! LOL I'll give it a better shot when I go back to do Downey or Penner.

Oh and Ksquared the group wasnt that bad, no boom box or screaming and yelling or anything. I just really enjoy the quiet when Im out in the woods. I live by I-5 so I dont get many quiet nights.