"Gods Country". That's what you will be thinking after hiking into the marvelous high lakes of the Wallowa mountains. Starting at 6 miles all the way up to 15 there is a lake for all ages. However don't let all this beauty take your attention to long for there is fish to be caught.
The "High Lakes" in the Eagle Cap Wilderness are full of some of the best brook trout around, with some rainbows to be found. Plan on eating them - nothing better. Take a selection of flies, including some small sz 16/18 dries and nymphs, wooly buggers of all varieties are also a sure bet. Some lakes have so many fish that a wide variety of larger flies will also work.
The high lakes hold some of the best brook trout around, with some rainbows to be found. If your willing to put in the work, there are astonishing numbers of fish to be had. Nothing beats a brook trout dinner in the Eagle Cap Wilderness after a long day.
High Lakes / Wilderness Fishing Reports:
10/10/17: Recent snows make it difficult to access lakes.
7/13/17: Many lakes are now ice free, but check with USFS for latest reports. Aneroid Lake produced 54 trout (but, hey, who's counting) on flies for one young man - one day last week.