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Name: kodiakman178 Date: August 23, 2012 Rating:
 
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Went on a four day backpacking trip to Colchuck AUG 21-24. my girlfriend and I fished the end of the lake nearest Aasgard pass. We both threw black rooster tails, and after letting them sink almost to the bottom retreived them at a fast pace. The fish hit all day long everyday, morning, noon, and evening. We caught rainbow, cutts, and some beautiful cutt-bows. The markings on all the fish were amazing so bright and colorful, they looked like a painting. Over the four days we caught around 30 fish between the two of us, with my girl out fishing me AGAIN both in total number and largest fish. Fish ranged in size from 8-16 inches. We both used super light weight collapsible rods which made those feisty fish feel like monsters, we even had a few jump for us. We released all except 4 which we cooked up with some couscous for a tasty dinner. The hike, scenery, and fishing was great, and I am so lucky to have such an amazing girlfriend to share it with. I highly recommend taking a trip up there.

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Name: fisherben Date: August 19, 2012 Rating:
 
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After fly fishing at Icicle Creek with great success, I hiked up to Colchuck Lake with some friends. For a good part of the hike the trail follows Mountaineer Creek, which flows out of Stuart Lake. Right before the Colchuck trail departed from the creek we decided to fish it, with good results. I used a damselfly pattern and caught one 7 inch brook trout, and my friend landed two slightly larger brook trout on a yellow/white spoon that was similar to a dick nite. I guess Mountaineer Creek holds lots of brook trout! We continued the arduous hike to Colchuck Lake, and after what seemed for an eternity, we finally arrived. After resting for a little bit I began to fish the lake, using a green, bead-head wolly bugger. I managed to land a 13 inch healthy, strong rainbow trout! I heard that Colchuck is stocked seldomly with rainbows and cutthroat, but the trout seem to be spawning and hybridizing naturally, as I spotted lots of small trout fry and the occasional 5 inch parr. Also there is adaquate spawning habitat in the lake, which makes this possible. The lack of fishing pressure due to the 4.5 mile hike allows for these fish to grow to good sizes, for I saw many trout in the 12 inch range, and a friend who was swimming said he caught sight of a big fish as well. After limited success on the wolly bugger I decided to start using a terrestrial dry fly. There were plenty of flying grasshoppers around, and I just happened to have a Dave's Hopper in my box. I tied it on and casted out directly in front of me, in about 10-15 feet of clear, turquiose water. A couple of trout surfaced to take insects within 20 feet of my fly. Then....BAM!! A trout rose to the hopper, but I was late on the hook-set. I casted out again, anticipating another rise. Giving the fly small, eratic twitches, I witnessed the swirl and splash as another fish inhaled my fly on the surface with a slightly explosive power. I set the hook just in time, and after a couple of awesome 3 foot jumps and dogged runs, I was able to land the fish, even without a net. A beautiful, strong, 12 inch rainbow trout, and a good end to my time at Colchuck Lake. If the trend of low fishing pressure and wild reproduction of fish continues, this lake could produce giants. Who knows, it possibly could have already! On my way back I stopped at the creek and caught another awesome looking 7 inch brook trout on an elk-hair caddis, which I used to imitate the many moths and other similar flying insects in the area. That lake is definately worth a visit, but for those of you who do hike the trail, keep in mind to at least practice some catch-and-release. The trout population in the lake could be endangered by fishing pressure and isn't stocked regularly, so spawning is it's best bet for continuity. The fish are great whether you fly fish or use gear, and the sights make it all the better! My total for the day was two nice rainbows, and two small brook trout. Not bad for a guy who is relatively new to fly fishing! Thanks guys!

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Name: John Kruse Date: July 16, 2005 Rating:
 
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My friend Mark Syria and I picked a beautiful day to hike to Colchuck Lake. Located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness SW of Leavenworth, this lake is dominated by the sight of Dragontail Peak. On the left flank of the peak is Aasgaard Pass. On the right is Colchuck Glacier. It's a 4.25 mile hike to the lake, and it is mostly uphill. However, it's not a really difficult hike and the views are well worth the effort. We were not the only ones to think so, the trail to the lake (and to the Enchantments via Aasgaard Pass) were crowded on this summer Saturday.

The fishing was fair. There were decent numbers of cutthroat trout visible in the lake. The two of us caught and released seven cutts between 7 and 10 inches in size over a 2 1/2 hour period. We used flies and spinners to draw strikes.

The weather was perfect. Not too warm going up, and the sunshine came out after we arrived at the lake. The winds were calm. All in all, a great trip!

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Name: Jseattle Date: June 04, 2005 Rating:
 
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Great hike and not a bit of snow. Wonderful fishing - everything from rooster tails to simply sinking a fly with a splitshot got fish. Appears to be a few different varieties/hybrids of trout in the water both shallow and deep. Please keep it barbless and single hook to minimize damage. NW Trail pass required.

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Name: Smooth Date: October 26, 2003 Rating:
 
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I Hiked off trail up and over the shoulder of Cannon Mt., descended to Coney Lk., ascended again, then descended to Earl Lk. on the Lost world Plateau. Mesa, Earl, and Shield lake all provided excellent action for small (6-10 inch) Cutthroats. I took them on a deer hair emerger pattern and then a green wooly bugger stripped just below the surface.
Sunday I made the trek up and out to Asgaard Pass and down to Colchuck. I fished the upper end, directly below the pass. Nothing.
I made my way around to the south side where the trail leaves the lake. There in a small cove with submerged trees/logs I had excellent action! Nice fish too! 10 -14 inches! (not bad for a high lake) Cutthroat mostly, but some looked like Cut-bows. Rainbow colors with throat slash. These fish were also taken on deer hair emerger and then those fish slaughtered a black wooly bugger. I fished it on a 16' leader and they would hit it as it sank after the cast. If nothing took it on the first sink, I would strip it in about 10 feet and let it sink again. Usually I would have a fish by then. That could be the last weekend of decent weather up there. The was some new snow in places that was starting to build up for the winter (drifts).
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Name: Bryan Date: August 28, 2000 Rating:
 
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I fished Colchuck lake last summer with great results. I caught 11 trout ranging from 9 to 14 inches long and 2 over 16 inches and weighing 3 pounds. And all were caught off the bank with salmon eggs. Though it is a long hike to get there it is well worth it and I suggest you check it out.

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