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Name: UpperSkagitFisher Date: April 28, 2012 Rating:
 
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My dad and I fished from the Highway 20 bridge on the upstream side and across from Colonial Creek campground for about two or so hours and caught 6 native rainbows. Most were between 10-12 inches but one was exactly 15 inches. Amazing day and great eating fish as well.
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Name: MartyMoose Date: July 09, 2011 Rating:
 
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Stayed the weekend at Colonial Creek Campground, and fished all day on Saturday. I had no luck whatsoever. In the morning I tried the fishing pier, and tried to get my bait into the deep channels that run through that area.

From there I tried the bank next to the pier for about an hour, still no luck.

After a meal break I headed over toward the highway bride and tried to fish the South side next to the bridge in the channel. They must have been letting water out because the current was strong enough to drift my 1/2 oz. sinker under the bridge.

I then tried the Northend of the bridge, into the cove near the boathouse, with still no luck. I even switched to a Wedding Ring for awhile before a snag took it. I switched to Powerbait for awhile with no luck.

Eventually I ended up back at the fishing pier in the late afternoon and early evening. I saw one person trolling flies catch and release something. Other than that one troller the only other thing catching was an Osprey, and even those birds had a hard time catching.
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Name: rseas Date: May 29, 2011 Rating:
 
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We were out the door at 9:30 and in the water at Diablo around 11:30. Because of a persistent breeze we decided to fish the Thunder Creek arm. We started our adventure by setting a couple baited crawdad traps at different depths. Traps in, we moved out to the deeper water between the bridge and the log boom and then set up for fishing. Running both downriggers we started with one of my custom tied beaded spinners running behind a green and gold dodger. Initially we ran this rig 25 pulls behind the downrigger ball, running at 21’. On the other side of the boat we ran a gold and red Cyclops spoon with a large worm impaled on the hook. The spoon was running 35 pulls behind the downrigger ball and I was chasing meter marks so the depth varied as the day went on. We started catching 12-14” rainbow almost immediately we had consistent action the entire time we fished.

With the gusty wind it was very difficult to maintain a given trolling speed so our trolling speed varied between 0.7 and 2.0 mph. The water temperature was running 45.6-46.8 degrees. The last fish and highlight of the day was a 7.6 pound dolly. It hit a beaded spinner at 21’. After a lengthy fight, it posed for a few pictures and an unofficial tare weight, weigh in before swimming off unharmed. After the dolly we decided that we had had enough of the wind and picked up the crawdad traps. As usual they were empty. With the corporative fish and scenery it was another great day on the water and we got to stop at Cascade Burger in Concrete so the day was perfect!
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Name: oldschoolguideservice Date: May 22, 2011 Rating:
 
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First at Diablo this year. Caught 4 rainbows on wedding ring/pautzke gold label eggs combo from dock area near boat launch. Can't wait to go back. Love this lake, always catch decent fish.
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Name: bob Date: October 11, 2006 Rating:
 
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went to diablo today. Perfect weather, lake was like glass all day. Didn't see another boat fishing only the city light boats. Wife and myself caught limits of nice 12 inch plus rainbows on our secret weapons. had one dolly aprox. 26". released unharmed. The fish were really hitting flies after 4:30. Great lake if you know how to fish it.
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Name: pkdunn Date: July 11, 2006 Rating:
 
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Fished 3 evenings with only 1 on the line while trolling with flatfish, roostertails and Hot Shot. Did not see much other activity from the few others that were fishing. Lots of variation in lake depth at Thunder Creek by Colonial Creek CG. This makes about 6 disappointint years now.
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Name: pkdunn Date: July 18, 2005 Rating:
 
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Fished for 3 days on 4 different occasions. Ended up with 3 fish less than 10", one of which was a Dolly. Nothing worth keeping! We tried everything; fishing in the evening and in the morning, red and green careys, deers hare on sinking tip and sinking line (no real surface action), rooster tails, Dick Nites and even resorted to some still-fishing with both Power Bait and Power Worms.

The water seemed fairly warm for what I remember being pretty darn cold in years past. I judge this by the number of swimmers that I saw this year (usually don't see any due to the bone-chilling glacier run-off). As usual, the lake was up and down, which made fishing in front of Colonial Creek Campground at the Thunder Creek inlet very difficult due to the "low tides". Frequent snags on the bottom and one grounding as well as lots of floating debris (natural).

Maybe will have to try this lake earlier in the year.
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Name: Kevin Date: May 04, 2005 Rating:
 
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I've heard this was a good lake to catch fish and i was right! I went camping at the local campground got in my boat and went fishing. On my first cast with just a worm on a bobber,BOOM! I pulled in a giant 16inch native rainbow.It started raining on the second day of camping but aleast I left happy with a good size fish.When i got home i cook the thing and it was GOOD!
See ya on the lake.
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Name: Jake Date: May 01, 2005 Rating:
 
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Fished Diablo from the shore at around 1 pm for about an hour. Fished right under the highway 20 bridge. Caught a 3-4 pound dolly on a 1/8 oz black rooster tail. Buddy of mine caught a rainbow around 12 inches or so.
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Name: CC Date: March 13, 2005 Rating:
 
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We went to Diablo Lake today and fished the Thunder Arm section which goes under the HWY 20 bridge. We started at 8:30am and got done at 12:30pm. We netted 5 rainbows 11-14 inches and lost 1 right at the boat. We had atleast 10 other really good hits but didn't hook them. We trolled with Rooster Tails tipped with worms with only a swivel. We fished to the north of the bridge. Most of our action was near the bridge and just up from there at the creek mouths. The wind kicked up and forced us to go in.
These fish are very good fighters and hit like freight trains. They are very firm and really taste great. The water is cold but the action was real good. Troll slow and don't put any weight on your rooster tail or Panther Martin. Troll close to the shore. The fish were full of small flies. There is absolutely no snow anywhere in sight up there.
Good luck
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