And now...Rattlesnake Lake.
As you've probably guessed by now, the lake was named after the ridge above it.
This is an absolutely beautiful lake. Not very deep at all. I think it's probably around 30 to 40 feet in the depths.
The bottom of this lake is absolutely covered with old tree stumps. Some of them are huge. A lot of lumber was taken out of here when this lake was created.
When I first started fishing here, the surroundings were a little "rustic". Much of that rustic appeal has been lost since the county made "improvements" out here. Improvements such as nice paved parking lots, toilets, and a little work on the boat launch area. I have to admit they've created a really great place for a family outing.
This lake falls under those Special Regulations mentioned earlier. No boats with motors are allowed, with exception of small, battery operated trolling motors on small fishing boats. No live bait, artificials only, catch and release, single barbless hooks, etc.
I've spent many pleasant mornings and evenings out here, hangin' out on my float tube with fly rod in tow. There are days when the rattlesnake has no bite. You can float and fish for hours without any sign of life. Then, just when you think all the fish are gone forever, a bald eagle will swoop down and grab a rainbow so big he can hardly fly with it! Now that's the way to fish!
There are some pretty nice fish in here. My largest catch this season, a fat rainbow trout measuring just under 17 inches, was caught right here, not too far from the tree you see in the previous picture.