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Lake: Saint Marys Lake

Trout

Post By: Abel1      Posted: 10/29/2016 11:03:31 PM     Points: 206    
Went up today along with most everyone from Denver. Windy/snow/rain/sunshine but overall nice day. Saw some people fishing. Are there any special rules/regs? Can you use bait and are there any size restrictions? Just thinking about taking a pole the next time. Are there any size to the fish? Saw a few dead brookies in the 6" - 8" range all laying on the bottom in the same area. Should you decide to check it out be prepared for a change in the weather as it was close to 80 downtown and spitting snow on and off up there.
 Reply by: fargingicehole      Posted: 10/29/2016 11:09:00 PM     Points: 24861    
There are no special rules or regs on using bait, other than no live bait fish above 7,000 feet elevation, and there no size restrictions. Most fish are small, usually under 12", some a bit bigger. Only brook trout and tiger trout here.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 10/30/2016 6:45:07 AM     Points: 3367    
Please release the tigers brown rubber jigs work well shouldn't need to use bait. Small flies and streamers work as well
Tight lines
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 10/30/2016 8:19:08 AM     Points: 206    
Thanks everyone! Will do. I was just wondering as I read one of the other posts from this area where the op said he had all the proper permits and everything and the only permit I see you need is for parking. I thought maybe there were additional lakes nearby but did not see anything. Thanks again for the help!
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 11/2/2016 5:37:57 PM     Points: 206    
Just a question. In the summer time do people dive off that rock cliff?
 Reply by: sinkingadams      Posted: 11/2/2016 9:55:20 PM     Points: 20    
yes, and ppl will ski and snowboard down the glacier
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 11/3/2016 10:46:19 AM     Points: 3367    
Ya people do dive but not recommended iv watched numbers of people carried out
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 11/3/2016 3:01:53 PM     Points: 206    
Crazy people! I didn't think the water was deep enough. My wife and I watched people go up the side to the glacier but some of them decided to walk to the edge of that cliff. Several of them. Its no wonder people fall off the rocks. Just a matter of time.
 Reply by: bardkin      Posted: 11/3/2016 9:57:23 PM     Points: 3907    
There are a lot of fishable waters up there, ponds creeks and rivers. but mostly its gonna be smaller stuff. water is pretty skinny this time of year so if your taking a zebco or a spinning rod then I'd aim for one of the ponds. Loch Lamond has several small ponds around it, then there is fall river res.

Fly rods are the only thing I will ever use in flowing water. Generally most people who use spoons and rigs in that area will loose several and get skunked.

Any parking area should have rules and regs. but yea- dont take any live bait up there..

River fishing this time of year might get you a couple decent cutties, maybe a 10 + bow. But they dont stock any browns up there which means there is no spawn happening right now. (which I prefer, actually..)
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 11/4/2016 4:10:45 PM     Points: 206    
Sorry for al the dumb questions but what is the name of the lake at the base of the glacier and can you access Loch Lomond from the same trail or the other areas? I'm just getting into hiking in to some of these alpine lakes after years and years. Is this one St Mary's?
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 11/4/2016 6:22:02 PM     Points: 38411    
Theres a gate on the road to Lomond and it may be closed now. Ive debated one more trip to Fall River this year but Im guessing it is close to being impassiblle. They predict several inches of snow above 10000' this weekend. Take a shovel and survival kit and know that theres no cell service up there. The last report on Fall River was our trip last month and the lake was crazy low. There is good fishing in the creeks but most spots are private property on the way to Fall River. Probably some hunting going on up there too.