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Name: mellorik Date: June 04, 2011 Rating:
 
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Lake Aldwell is no more!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alas, they draining the lake. Why do they have to screw things up all the time???
I have been fishing on Aldwell for 30+ years and always thought of it as one of the perfect lakes in Western Washington. It was never crowded, rain or shine. In all this time I have never been skunked, well until today because of lack of water. I don't understand the thinking behind the dams removal. Supposedly to restore the salmon run???? Horse hockey!!! What about all the Dolly Varden that were not legal to keep, and there were some big ones, but it is OK for the Gov to flush thousands of them out to sea??? Anyway I hope that many of you got the chance to fish Aldwell in the past.
IT WILL BE MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Name: BMGW Date: June 17, 2010 Rating:
 
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Well both my boats are in drydock, but my canoe is ever ready and my own personal pond that I stocked with fish many a years ago is always open to me. It's a beautiful 1.25 acre pond that holds some really big fish now. When I put the bass in they were probably under a # and now there is one that is over 12#, I caught him again this morning, he is getting harder to fool in his old age and hangs out in the nastiest brush, I have to throw in the lure and try to get it to hang over a branch and then I just pick the line up and make the lure jump in the same spot, I am using heavy line because he otherwise just breaks you off. Besides LMB there is bullhead, bluegill and perch in the pond, all the trout have died out. The last time I caught a perch it was close to 14" , but it was a jumbo when I put them in to start and they do not seem to be reproducing much or have become a food fish for the others. Any ways if you want a peek at my pond just get my personals and Google Earth my address and have a looksee. Note: not lake Aldwell, the program is a dumb one and will not allow for any other location selection...Klahowya!

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Name: Lee Date: September 05, 2008 Rating:
 
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A great lake with little pressure. The fish hang on the bank . Cast to the bank from a boat and work the shore.

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Name: rik Date: September 04, 2008 Rating:
 
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This lake is fantastic if you know what you are doing. I have never caught less than 4-6 fish each time. They could be bigger though! I've also caught Dolly Varden there(only species that was well over size limits). Too bad we can't keep them. I have best luck with a chrome spoon, no colors. Cast next to bank, especially under overhanging brush.

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Name: Willie Date: June 02, 2008 Rating:
 
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This lake is a bad joke. The Fishing blows. The only good news is that this P.O.S. is coming down with the dam.

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Name: Ben Date: August 05, 2003 Rating:
 
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Fished Aldwell with dry flies from a kickboat, not much doing. tally for the evening was 5 fish from 4"-9" all taken on red size 8-12 caddis and stonefly imitations. It would probably be better to fish with a wet fly on a sink tip, as the water temp seems to be a bit warm and most of the fish have headed for deeper water.

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Name: Dave King Date: August 01, 2003 Rating:
 
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This lake is great fishing for 6" to 12" rainbow late in the season. Most any small dry fly works although caddis can be thick. A few years back I did catch a 14" cutt so they are in there and probably from Lake Sutherland, since they are connected by Indian Creek. Can occasionally find big Brookies with a leech pattern. There are no toilets as mentioned at this launch site but the rafting and kayaking business 1/4 mile away allows use of theirs if you don't clean your fish in the sink. Numerous deadheads just under the surface throughout the lake so powerboats need to go very slow. Row boats, tubes, etc. are fine since most fishing is done near the launch in the shallow delta area where the Elwha River dumps in. WFW decal needed to park at launch..

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Name: Kurt Stokke Date: July 06, 2001 Rating:
 
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I have changed my tactics for trout in Lake Crescent & am now using a long rod (either a 10' bamboo fly rod or 6wt. 8/12'Sage) with fly reel loaded w/leadcore line and minimum 10-15' leader. The long leader is necessary I guess because the water is so clear.. On Fri. the 6th at 1:30 I caught 2 Beardslee--One was approx 16" and the other 20" exactly. I release all fish due to their dwindling numbers (so I hear). I was using a jointed Rainbow Trout Rapala with the trebles removed & replaced with a single siwash at the tail. Once fish are located, it pays to go back & forth through the area. I motor troll slowly in a zig-zag with about 100' of line out, and try to keep the line angle to minimum so I get deep enough. Using this method I have been able to hook fish in the middle of the day, unlike my success using fly gear, which was early morning. (I get to sleep in.) The fish have a beautiful gunmetal blue to them, and I'm always surprised at how hard they fight. I try to get them in quickly to minimize stress to them, and to better their chance of survival upon release. I haven't been skunked yet using this technique. (knock on wood) Take care.

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Name: Steve Fisher Date: May 29, 2000 Rating:
 
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Bad news about lake Crescent.
Emergency regulation change. Opener June1
catch and release only. 2ounce max weight,
no downriggers.
Single barbless hook.
Next year the park will probably close the fishing altogether.

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