There are Rainbow Trout and Grayling stocked in Lake Gertrude by the Department of Fish and Game so it is quite easy to catch your lunch! You will need very light tackle and very small spinners or single salmon eggs on a small hook for best results....If you want to fly fish you will have to wade out into the lake or use a fishing tube or canoe as the lake is heavily forested on all sides except the end where people swim.
For the hearty bunch...(tropicdiver...kenmerk) LOL You can do some Scuba diving at Mill Bay Beach or many of the other beaches around. I'm not a diver so I don't know the quality of the dives but I do see people doing it and there is a dive shop here in Kodiak. There is a funny story that goes with this photo......I noticed the guy out in the bay around some rocks then after about 20 minutes he started making his way back to shore at the surface of the water. As he got to within 50 feet of shore there were two dogs that families had brought to the beach that noticed him. They started barking like Wild Dogs as they thought he was a creature from the Deep Lagoon!!! He was wearing a black wet suit with big ol swim fins so he looked like a giant frog!!They were going to protect their families at all costs!! haha Luckily both families realized what was going on and called their normally friendly dogs back from the kill! They keep going back to he guy and wanted to sniff him just to make sure.....it was pretty interesting to watch.
From the end of July to mid September there are either Pink Salmon or Silver Salmon that return to Mill Bay. You can use a light to medium weight tackle for the the Pink Salmon as they average 3-6 Lbs each and for the Silver Salmon you will want med to heavy takle as they can run up to 20 Lbs. If you're not an angler and you would just like to watch the salmon migration walk to the stream at the left side of the beach. In the photo you can see some young anglers standing up on the cliffs to get a good view of the Pink salmon schools....they can get them on but it is very difficult to land them from that high up.
On the few "Hot" days that Kodiak receives each summer you will find lot's of local families staking their claim to various spots on the lake to swim and float on inner tubes and small rafts. There is also a spot for cliff jumping for the hearty. At that spot there used to be a Tarzan swing but it has been taken down or rotted away and not replaced.
My son enjoys his tube. Most of these "Hot" days that I'm talking about range from 68 F - 75F with possibly a 80F once per year.Gas Powered engines are not allowed on the lake.
Equipment: Swim Trunks, Inner Tube, Raft, Snorkle and Mask
A cool clear day like the one in the picture is perfect for hiking the trails of Fort Abercrombie. We should have worn some nice clothes and made a family portrait! Duke even enjoyed himself!
At the covered Picnic area you will find a volley ball net..bring your own ball (BYOB) and a horse shoe pit....BYOHS! One problem with the volley ball is the net is set up very close to a cliff!!
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