Trapper’s Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Trapper’s Lake is a natural 200-acre, 180-foot-deep lake nestled among dense fir, pine, and spruce at an elevation of 9,600 feet on the western edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness. Immense lava walls tower 1,500 feet above the lake’s eastern edge.
Cutthroat trout in Trapper’s Lake average 12 to 14 inches and occasionally will grow to 18 inches. The best fishing is on the north side of the lake, where a shelf less than 20 feet deep grows thick underwater vegetation that produces most of the aquatic insects on the lake. Wading is fairly easy in this area, but anglers often position float tubes, canoes, and rowboats farther out on the lake and fish back toward the shore.
Since cutthroat trout are not particularly carnivorous, spinning lures are not particularly effective in this lake, but spin anglers can use the fly-and-bubble setup to great advantage because these fish will hit dry flies and nymphs retrieved vigorously. Both gold-ribbed Hare’s Ears and elk hair caddis are effective using this technique, even during choppy water conditions."