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Red flag Hidden Lake (again)

Posted: May 23, 2011 - 3:41pm

Since 1990 I have personally requested more conservative regulations on Hidden Lake trout. By 1995 I wrote several letters and articles about the existing and impending problems. I discussed my reasons and predicted what was imminent many times publicly and directly to ADFG.

The first time I fished Hidden Lake was in 1968. Since that time as a serious hard core lake trout angler I have put in nearly a half century of experience and thousands of hours on that lake. Someone finally listened a year or two ago and a Hidden Lake trout study is now being conducted. What will ever come of the study is highly questionable.

*Another immediate red flag should wave of the Hidden Lake Campground and immediate emergency lake trout "conservative" regulations should be put in order as follows: 1. No retention of lake trout; 2. Single barbless hook only; 3. No bait dead or alive; 4. Season closure during the spawning months; 5. No professional guiding.

If you think this is too conservative then go ahead, completely support the liberal status quo and soon you will be able to put Hidden Lake trout on the endangered species list! Like I predicted 30 years ago and more recently, request drastic conservative measures now or your kids and grandkids will only see a lake trout in pictures.

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radiokenai 06/07/11 - 02:14 pm
How about Registered Rods?

How about fisherman required to register their fishing rods as sidearms and ban tackle boxes that hold over 10 flies?

Or should we pause a moment and see what we can do to enhance the fishery?

radiokenai 06/07/11 - 02:24 pm
Seems sort of ironic....

...that the author is a life-long guidesman who has spent many a years promoting overfishing of the Kenai River. Now he complains because other guides has ruined his secret hiding place where he goes because there is no space on the Kenai!

Hey Spence, I am rather galled that your overfishing and profiteering of the Kenai River for over 40 years has ruined fishing for myself and my kids!

LHART11 07/02/11 - 04:23 pm
Thank you!

Thanks for your concern Spence. I learned after meeting you one day at the Hidden Lake boat ramp back in the 1970's that your knowledge about Lakers and their habitat was invaluable. I remember you that day, carefully releasing several lakers using a barbless single hook. You set a great example of practicing conservation efforts. Obviously the critics that posted earlier have no clue about you or your fishing ethics.

I have also noticed a serious decline in fishing success in Hidden Lake over the years. From what I've read, Lake Trout are in fact a slow-growing, difficult breeding species that need serious conservation. There is no reason not to release them using single barbless hooks. If people need fish meat, then there is plenty of other trout and salmon around! And there is no reason to jeopordize a potentially fantastic fishery with commercial sportfishing impacts (guides). We've seen what happens there.

It is nice to see ADFG doing some research, however late it may be. Again, thanks for the foresight. Lets hope action is taken soon, so HL can thrive for days to come.

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