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Big Alpine Trout

This post contains excerpts from a 2003 HL Forum discussion about big fish in the high lakes, edited to emphasize tips for catching them. We are mining past threads for interesting content and I hope you enjoy. Alas, the photo links from the orignal thread no longer work. But you can imagine those healthy fish […]

2020 Kingfish Results

Thanks to all who submitted entries for the 2020 Kingfish program! It was a great year for big fish as seven Hi-Lakers crossed the 20-inch threshold. The largest was a 24-inch rainbow caught by new member, Tanner Dutra. Those who attended the February meeting were treated to a story about Tanner’s trip to a lake […]

A Lake Too Far

This month from the archives we have another gem of a story from our friend Don Wicklund. This time he takes us on his fourth attempt at reaching a lake that beckoned his name from the moment he learned of it. Did he make it this time?? Read on to find out! — Tony Curless, […]

Comment on Eightmile Lake Dam in the ALW by Feb. 1, 2021

Eightmile Lake is one of four lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area managed to provide water storage. The 90-year-old dam on Eightmile Lake has been damaged by been flooding and was further damaged by the Jack Creek Fire in 2017.  Emergency repairs were made to the dam in 2018. Washington Department of Ecology is […]

A Terrifying Evening at Upper Falls Lake

This month from the archives we have a true story by Tom Bentzen about an encounter he had at Upper Falls Lake in July 2010. It’s a scenario that every Hi-Laker has thought about, but I’ll bet you never imagined it playing out like this. — Tony Curless, HL communications chair With the possible closing […]

Ben Eacker: Getting Home The Hard Way

This month from the archives we pay tribute to a Hi-Laker whose love of the mountains surpassed his life on this planet. Ben Eacker (1976-2018) was a talented angler with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Follow along in this true story of survival and will power. Thank you, Ben, for this important reminder to prepare for the […]

5 Tips to Improve Your High Lake Surveys

A key mission of the Hi-Lakers is to provide lake survey reports for better high lakes fishery management. Surveys are generally submitted online. Some of the most valuable data for biologists and fishery managers may not be obvious. The following components deserve special attention and should be included whenever possible. Access changes – Report any changes to […]

Old Goat

[Note: HL communications officer Tony Curless is mining past HL publications for hidden gems, and here is one such from member Don Wicklund, originally published in 2004.] 2004 Introduction:  As I write this story some nine summers after the trip took place, I find I did some things then that I wouldn’t do now. However, […]

Hi-Laker Fishing Techniques

by Randy Clark Tony Curless is mining the Hi-Laker archives for treasure and here’s a satirical piece by Hi-Laker Randy Clark, originally published in 1994 in the very first issue of the club newsletter, “The Alpine Angler.” Generally speaking, most folks in the Hi-Lakers probably asked themselves when they joined, “What will this club do […]

Confidence is a Strange Thing…

Most things in life are enjoyed more when confidence is built. Have you ever thrown a spoon, spinner or lure, and the size and color combination was dialed in and you “just know” you were going to catch fish? It happens regularly…and you gain confidence. The same is true throwing flies. They have proven true […]

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