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Name: kingfisher Date: May 14, 2009 Rating:
 
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Fished Curl lake for 2 hours, in the afternoon very windy 30 to 40 mile an hour. Lots of fun to cast your lures. I hooked up with 6 fish on 6 cast, caught and released many dozen of trout. We always pinch the barbs it makes for easy release. We fished curl, rainbow and blue all reports the same.We kept enough fish for dinner, we tent camped near rainbow lake. These lakes are a lot of fun to fish.I tried 15 different lures and caught fish on all them some better than others. The lakes have fresh water snails which the trout were eating. Great tasting fish over a fire. I knew the wind mph. becauce when I was driving on Patit creek rd. at 40 mph the shadows of the clouds on the road were going faster then us.Take the kids its a great bank fishery.
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Name: anon Date: April 27, 2002 Rating:
 
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My aunt and I went to Curl Lake on Saturday, April 27th. It was opening day at this lake because the lake was used as a steelhead smolt holding take for a month. The lake had just been planted but we didn't expect to have such good luck do to the rainy, cold weather. When we arrived, it was only a few minutes until I got a nice ten inch rainbow using a black/gold panther martin spinner. I decided to try bottom and that is when the magic started. When my aunt went to move the car, the rod tip sunk and I knew I had a huge fish. After a three or four minute fight, I landed a two and a half pond, 19 inch fat rainbow trout. We weren't done yet. My aunt soon hooked into a three pound trout only 30 minutes after mine. With our two large fish, we decided to keep some for other anglers. We were using powerbait on the bottom.
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Name: Donna Date: April 27, 2002 Rating:
 
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My nephew and I went up to Curl Lake for the opening day. We arrived at 7:30 from the Tri-Cities and went home around 10 with 2 big ones. My was 3 pounder and his was 2 pounders. My nephew start out using spinners the first hour, he was catching about 4 fish every other cast. I was using sinker and hook to get at the bottom. I started to use the white power bait eggs, but no bites - so switch to pink. Then I was getting bites. My nephew caught his 2 pounder at 8:30 and then 15 minute later I caught the 3 pounder. The weather was cloudy, rainy, and cold. We saw several people catching big ones and nobody went home empty handed.
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Name: Ron Tschetter Date: June 13, 2001 Rating:
 
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Wednesday, June 13th, I witnessed the worst practice and use of fishery
resource I've ever experienced in 51 years of fishing. I stopped by Curl Lake in Columbia County after staying overnight at the Tucannon Campground a couple miles to the south. Two hours of observation the following 2 items were noted: #1. Catch limits by two individuals were being completely disregarded (I am reasonably sure about this) #2.(which in my opinion was far worse - I am completely sure about this) - anglers catching and releasing with (my calculation) almost 100% mortality in "hopes of landing a larger one". I did confront one individual about two fish he just recently released flipping on the surface/bleeding badly but all I got was an earful. It did result in both him and his wife leaving a few minutes after the incident. . The lake is "littered" with dead fish lying on the bottom.

I think it is fine that people take fish home to eat but abusing a resource is a whole different subject. Furthermore, allowed to go on, teaches nobody a thing about sport fishing.

I've lived in this state almost 51 years. But the waste and abuse on this lake was appalling to me. I hope that someone takes note, as I would like to see our resources treated with some respect.
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Name: Mike Date: March 16, 1999 Rating:
 
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After reading that this lake was a well kept secret the article must have been read by many others! The lake was combat fishing at its finest. Everyone was polite and many fish were caught. The average size was about 10 inches. The largest one that I caught was about 12.5. However I did see fish caught in the 20 inch range. But this lake was not fun to fish it is a man made lake and no matter how many fish you catch it feels as though you are at a fish pond. The fishing is good if you just want to catch fish, just use a black #8,10,or 12, chironomid near the bottom you will catch fish until you are tired. Not much sport here but is fun if you are looking for a sure thing! Good luck!
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