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Lone Lake Outing
« Opened on July 21, 2017, 04:56:33 PM (Edited November 16, 2017, 04:44:42 PM) »
Lone Lake Outing

Coordinator Terry Abrams  Date: TBD

Need a minimum of 6 members
http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/394637561.html
http://offc.org/2016/lone-lake-fish-kill-mystery-solved/

An informal outing to Lone Lake, on Whidbey Island, will be held on xxxxxxxxth at 9AM weather permitting since it can be extremely windy there at times..  This will be a weekend opportunity/excuse to fish a lake that maybe new to some of our club members.   Maybe everybody can meet in park and bring your own lunch and meet at noon to compare notes. First timers can contact Terry with any questions.
Given the drive I will be there at xxam
 
Can be a good chironomid  and/or woolley bugger fishery.  The lake has just been re-stocked and Jake Jacobson has kept the club updated on the status of the Carp problem in the Lake.


This lake is managed as a quality fishing water with selective gear rules in effect, except electric motors are allowed.  Daily trout limit is one fish, with a minimum size of 18 inches. A mix of stocked catchable-size and larger triploid Rainbow Trout are stocked annually. Fishing is best in the spring and the fall, but fish can be consistently caught throughout the year. Anglers use various lures and flies here: leech and chironomid fly patterns, and large lures. A bloodworm fly pattern is often effective in February and early March. Introduced warmwater species (i.e. Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Brown Bullhead and Carp) are also present in the lake. They are regulated under statewide rules for size and daily limits, but selective gear rules still apply (i.e. no bait, unscented lures only, and single barbless hooks only). A large WDFW access on the north shore has a concrete boat ramp, parking area and toilets.



Directions: Off Highway 525 at light turn North onto Bayview Road. Turn West
on Andreason Road and then South on Lone Lake Road. Go to stop sign
(Corner of Andreason and Lone Lake Rd.) and then turn left. Follow the road to the park and fishing access on the right.
Amenities: Boat Ramp, 2 Vault Restroom, Picnic Area & BBQ, Parking Area.   Don’t forget your WDFW access pass.

I plan to be at the lake about 9am, bring your lunch and let’s go fishing!  If you have any questions or need directions send an e-mail to or talk to Terry Abrams at the April meeting.





Lone Lake Update 4
November 2017

In the fall of 2016, Lone Lake suffered a major fish kill after an algae bloom, wiping out all the trout.  In February of this year, local fishing clubs purchased approximately 450 trout to help speed the recovery to a quality fishery.  These fish were from a private hatchery in Darrington, had just recovered from spawning, and were between 1 and 1 ½ lbs. – more than twice the weight of fish available from the state.  The Darrington hatchery included a couple of larger 6lb fish as a bonus.  All the fish were in good shape.  In March, WDFW added 4000 catchables weighing an average of 7 oz. each.  The lake saw light fishing pressure in the spring and summer.   A toxic blue-green algae bloom then closed the lake to all activities from July through September, while the fish continued to grow. 
In October the lake reopened and we began fishing again.  To assess the stock, a few of us weighed and measured 34 fish we caught.  We then compared these fish to a prior fall assessment, completed in 2012.  See graphs on second page for a comparison of the two groups.  All but 2 of the fish we measured this fall were 16” or less.   The two that were bigger were possibly from the Darrington hatchery, but we can’t be sure.  The WDFW fish have grown quickly in the lake, increasing from 7 oz. to over 20 oz. in a little over 6 months - over 10% higher than the growth we saw in 2012.
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To increase sample size, additional fish (81) were caught during an Evergreen Club fish-out in early November.   Members were asked to report hours they fished, number of fish landed, and if any of the fish were obviously over 16”.    No jumbo fish were reported.  This leads us to believe that there was very low survival over the summer by the larger Darrington fish.  However, the catch rate (fish/hour) was quite good.  We caught a total of 137 fish in 79 hours for a catch rate of 1.7/hour.  These fish averaged 15.1” and a little over 20 oz.  Good fish!   
In summary, the forecast for next spring is excellent, and next year’s catch should include more of those 18” fish we are looking for.  Thanks go to the following clubs, who helped in the recovery effort – Evergreen FFC, Whidbey Island FFC, Fidalgo FFC, Olympic FFC, and the Whidbey FC.
 
Jake Jacobson, Evergreen FFC Jcjacobson1@frontier.com

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