I am a former park ranger that worked at Mount St. Helens for several season including during the recent 2004 – 2008 dome building eruption. I also had the opportunity to witness the mountain erupt when on May 18, 1980. Needless to say the mountain means a lot to me. I have spent countless hours hiking, climbing and fishing in the Monument. The lake where I have done most of my fishing is called Coldwater Lake. This is a lake that was form the 1980 eruption and has been set aside for recreation, including fishing. In many ways, Coldwater Lake gives people the opportunity to recreate and protects the research zone. There is a boat launch, fish cleaning station, bathrooms and picnic area just to name a few amenities located at Coldwater Lake. Coldwater Lake was stocked with fish and has great fishing. Large trout in the lake can be over 20”. You would think that there would be tones of folks fishing the lake right? The answer is no. It is virtually deserted on the busiest of weekends. If these folks who want fishing on Spirit Lake, then we should let them in on the secret of the great fishing at Coldwater Lake. I believe Spirit Lake should not be opened up to fishing so that we can continue to protect the research area and the science that has been done out there. Human have exploited most of their environment, why not keep our hands off this little part of the world?
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