Alaska Outdoor Supersite: Alaska outdoor information
Home
Site Map
Directory -- Businesses serving the Alaska outdoors industry
Areas -- Information about Alaska outdoor areas
Forum
Fishing -- Information about fishin in Alaska
Hunting -- Information about Alaska hunting
Magazine -- Articles and photos about the Alaska outdoors
Products
Who is OAC?
   

Please click on image to visit our sponsors


You know of any

Complete catalogs

Alaska Hunting Books
Alaska Alaska Travel Books


Fishing Forum

 

The Alaska
Fishing Forum

[ Return to Contents | Post a Reply | Post a new message ]


McDonald Lake report 8/29-9/4, 2005
Posted by stevesch on Apr 05 2006
Maybe a useful post for those who are going there; I fished Mcdonald lake hard from 8/29-9/4, 2005 (last year):

1. Cabin - now I know why they charge $45/day for this one.  hasbig deck.  skylites in main cabin and above deck. boat and cabin recently redone.  no broken oarlocks, leaks or nothin.  really nice place.  floating dock that plane can pull up to. sweet.  my only caution would be to find a good-size motor (I used 6 hp and would have liked a little more), to push that boat - - - it is not light.

2. Lake - really big. I trolled and cast everything but the kitchen sink.  Caught one large cutthroat trout.  

3. Salmon - known for red salmon.  So where are they?  I saw, maybe a few thousand spawners in the inlet stream, but no pods of reds in the outlet stream.  Lots of very fresh pinks in the outlet stream.  Very large for pinks, like 6-8#.  They did not bite like pinks I have fished for in other locations, seemed very finicky.  Silvers - -what silvers?  I caught exactly 1 jack silver on last day.  Never saw any jumpers or anything.

4. Trout - good trout fishing for rainbows, cutts, and dollies on orange globugs, particularly in the inlet stream but also in outlet stream.

5. Pressure - none.  There is a lodge at yes bay but never saw anyone (except fish and game people checking a fish counting trap).

6. Streams -
a) outlet - (wolverine creek) - bigger water (was rainy). Swift, most holes accesable only from east bank. probably 1/2 mile of fishable water, then a mile of steep roily unfishable rapids. difficult wading at these flows.

b) inlet - (walker creek) - perfect flyfishing water. wadeable at all flows, even big rain. 1.5 miles of fishable water to some sort of waterfall feature, which I didn't go upstream of. nice cobble substrate.

c) tributary - (woodpecker creek) - downstream of cabin on east side of inlet stream.  more big pinks, some larger rainbows and dollies in confluence.  not that fishable or wadeable.

7.  Overall assessment - worthwhile for cabin comfort, otherwise had the timing off for reds and silvers, decent trout, large pinks. Most fun was trout in inlet stream. Would recommend earlier for reds, later for silveres, than when I went.

Any other reports?


Message Thread:

  • McDonald Lake report 8/29-9/4, 2005 stevesch Apr 05 2006

Post a Reply

Posting to this forum is now disabled. Please visit our new forums


1996 Outdoors America Communications

Alaska Outdoor Supersite: Alaska outdoor information
Home
Site Map
Directory -- Businesses serving the Alaska outdoors industry
Areas -- Information about Alaska outdoor areas
Forum
Alaska outdoor activities
Hunting -- Information about Alaska hunting
Magazine -- Articles and photos about the Alaska outdoors
Products
Who is AOS?