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Name: ElliottM Date: September 06, 2016 Rating:
 
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My wife and I hiked up to Stuart Lake the day after Labor Day. We saw a few folks at the lake, but we were the only anglers. We used black roostertail spinners and caught some nice cutthroat trout. Not huge fish - they topped out about 12" long.

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Name: ElliottM Date: July 11, 2016 Rating:
 
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A group of four of us - three of us fisherman - hiked up to Stuart Lake. The cutthroat trout were quite active at the surface, and we caught quite a few keepers using Rooster Tail spinners and flies. None of the fish were super big, as the largest were only around 12". We caught quite a few small trout as well that we released. Overall, considering we were there in the middle of the day, I was very happy with the action we got.

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Name: cwbraue Date: September 13, 2015 Rating:
 
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I had a great day last weekend hiking up to Stuart lake by Leavenworth. It is a long hike for me at 5 miles, especially when carrying a raft and fishing gear, but it was worth it. I started with casting from shore and didn't see a hint of a fish, so I blew up my raft and caught my first fish about 30 seconds after I started trolling. I probably had 15 bites in two hours and must have landed 7 or 8 of them. Cutthroats, mostly 9-10 inches, and they seemed to be around 10 to 20 feet down.The water was round 55 degrees according to my thermometer, so they may not be activc much longer. The biggest one I caught was maybe 12 inches.

It is so nice to find a lake in Wa again with a healthy fish population. I don't like to post areas like this usually to protect the fish, but the length of the hike and lateness of the season means that not many fishermen will make it up there again this year.

I fished the creek on the way down and had many follows, but only landed one tiny 5 incher, which is average for the stream. I did find a hole with one who looked to be around 8-10 inches, but couldn't get him to bite.

A nice trip overall, but long and I was quite tired at the end of it.

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Name: kodiakman178 Date: July 23, 2012 Rating:
 
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Did a day hike into Stuart lake, I threw a black rooster tail for about 30 min. Had to let it sink down before bringing it in. I caught 5 cuts ranging in size from 12in to bait size ha ha ha. As it usually goes my gf only caught 1 but it was a nice 13in cut. She was using salmon eggs on a bright colored jig. Released all fish caught. Heading back up in Aug for a 4 day backpacking trip, going to hit up Stuart, and Colchuck. Weather was beautiful along with the fish, great color and they were fiesty.

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Name: Justin C Date: August 03, 2006 Rating:
 
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Made the day hike up to this lake with my girlfriend. We got there by midday and I decided to throw a rod in with some powerbait just to see what grabbed on the other end. To my surprise I hooked a beautiful cutthroat trout within a minute. It had a dark green back and a bright red belly, one of the most colorful fish I have ever seen. The lake itself was breathtaking, crystal clear water and mountain views were abound. I did not fish much more because most of the fish in casting range were not very large, but I saw a few big fish jump for flies near the middle of the lake. This is a must do hike-in lake if you don't mind the climb to get there.

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Name: Debbie Date: August 04, 2001 Rating:
 
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Beautiful hike, no mosquitoes or black flies at lake. Using spinning gear and crimped hooks caught 8-9 small cutthroat; only one keepable. I saw a couple of others show their sides to me which were bigger and more interesting but didn't bother to change lures as I really didn't want to catch 'em. Lotsa action on the water early and late in day; fish lips galore!

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Name: Debbie Date: August 04, 2001 Rating:
 
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Beautiful hike, no mosquitoes or black flies at lake. Using spinning gear and crimped hooks caught 8-9 small cutthroat; only one keepable. I saw a couple of others show their sides to me which were bigger and more interesting but didn't bother to change lures as I really didn't want to catch 'em. Lotsa action on the water early and late in day; fish lips galore!

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Name: John Kruse Date: June 29, 2001 Rating:
 
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I made the five mile hike into Stuart Lake with my friends Keith Kellogg and Ken West. The weather was perfect, about 70 degrees with just enough of a breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Fishing was hit and miss, but we all caught a few cutthroat trout.. Keith caught a few more than the rest of us, and he got big fish at 12 inches. The average fish averaged about 6 to 8 inches long.

Wildlife was abundant. We saw a doe and her fawn, rabbits, squirrels, a marmot, an osprey, and camp robbers so bold they would perch on your hand to eat the morsels you offered them.

As always, the views of Mt. Stuart and the Enchantments was spectacular. Although my muscles are a wee bit sore, it was definitely a great day!

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Name: John Kruse Date: June 29, 2001 Rating:
 
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I made the five mile hike into Stuart Lake with my friends Keith Kellogg and Ken West. The weather was perfect, about 70 degrees with just enough of a breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Fishing was hit and miss, but we all caught a few cutthroat trout.. Keith caught a few more than the rest of us, and he got big fish at 12 inches. The average fish averaged about 6 to 8 inches long.

Wildlife was abundant. We saw a doe and her fawn, rabbits, squirrels, a marmot, an osprey, and camp robbers so bold they would perch on your hand to eat the morsels you offered them.

As always, the views of Mt. Stuart and the Enchantments was spectacular. Although my muscles are a wee bit sore, it was definitely a great day!

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Name: John Kruse Date: August 30, 2000 Rating:
 
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Excellent fishing and beautiful scenery for the price of a moderately strenuous five mile hike. If this sounds good, you might want to visit Stuart Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.

Stuart Lake is at 5600 feet elevation in the Enchantment Mountain range. It is about a 30 acre lake with clear water and easy fishing access in many places. The lake has a very healthy population of gorgeous cutthroat trout. I found the fish to be very hard hitting and in 3 and a half hours of fishing I hooked around 25 fish and landed 16, all of which were released. The trout ranged in size from 7 inches to a solid 12 inches. Reliable sources tell me of trout to 14 inches in this lake, monsters for an alpine lake!

I saw several fish rising, so flyfishermen could do well here with dry flies I suspect. I used spinners and spoons with single barbless hooks. I found that black Rooster Tails, silver #2 Mepps spinners with bucktail, and a gold/frog colored Krocodile spoon in 1/4 oz size all worked very well. I'd recommend using #2 spinners or #1 spinners with a little weight. It helps to cast a ways to get into deeper water in some of the spots available to fish.

The lake can be reached from Leavenworth by taking the road to the Icicle River campgrounds. At Bridge Creek campground, some 8 miles along the road, turn left and travel 4 miles to the end of this dirt road until you reach the Stuart/ Colchuck Lake Trailhead. This is a popular trail. A USFS Trailhead pass is required ($5) and if you are staying overnight, an Alpine Lakes Permit is also required. Both can be obtained from the Leavenworth USFS Ranger Station. No Dogs are allowed on the trail and no fires are allowed at either lake. The trail to the lake is well marked and well used. It follows Mountaineer Creek for over 3 miles, at which time you start getting great views of the Enchantment Mountain Range. The elevation gain to Lake Stuart is 1700 feet, but spread out over 5 miles, it really is not a very tough hike. Plan on 2 1/2 hours to get to the end of the lake on the trail and about 2 hours to get back.

Take your time at the lake though. With Mount Stuart towering over the lake, a glacier to gaze at, and a beautiful, uncrowded piece of water to fish, you may not want to leave!

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