Folks flock to fish for free

Brad Thompson and Nancy Barber are all smiles after a morning on Lone Lake.  - Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times
Brad Thompson and Nancy Barber are all smiles after a morning on Lone Lake.
— image credit: Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times

Little Bear, the lake’s unofficial mascot, was having a good time and the parking lot was nearly full of boaters taking advantage of the calm waters of Lone Lake on Sunday for the second day of Washington’s Free Fishing weekend.

Most of the anglers were employing float tubes or similar devices while casting flies in hopes of reeling in of one of the lake’s large rainbow trout. You can’t keep anything less than 21-inches in the trophy lake.

Nancy Barber was one of the successful anglers.

From Bellevue, Barber said she was out on the water for about an hour-and-a-half with her boyfriend, Brad Thompson from Mutiny Bay.

“I caught four of them using a black woolly something,” she said with a big smile. “All of them were rainbow trout and the largest one was about 14 inches.”

Barber said they threw all the fish back in the lake.

“This was the first time ever fishing for me and it was wonderful,” she said. “I had a great time today.”

Making preparations for his afternoon of fly fishing was Todd Hauser from Seattle.

“Lone Lake is one of the cheapest places for me to come to go fishing that has any large trout in it,” he said.

Hauser was getting ready to enter the water in his modified float tube.

“Actually, it’s a hybrid between a pontoon boat and a kicker tube,” Hauser said. “You still have control with your fins, but you sit up higher so you can cast. Lone Lake is a beautiful place.”

For anglers coming in off the lake, Little Bear, a mixed breed of boundless dog energy, was at the boat landing to extend his greeting. A soggy tennis ball clamped in his mouth, the pooch was ready to retrieve either in the water or on dry land.

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