On to fishing.
I had one of those light bulbs go off in my head the other day. Seemed to me that it was nearing time for my yearly pilgrimage to Ice House Reservoir. I went out to my journal (formally know as the fish to cost of license ratio spreadsheet) and for the last couple of years it was somewhere between April 5th and April 29th so I figured that April 9th would be a good day to go up there.
I headed out at 0715 and after gas and coffee in Placerville (formally known as Old Hangtown during the gold rush.) I started up the hill. I didn't know what to expect since we had a storm on Sunday night and the snow level was down around 4000 ft. Ice House Reservoir being 5450 ft there was no telling how much snow I'd run into.
As it turned out, I didn't run into much at all, in fact look at the picture below.
|Where I parked|
I got to the lake at 0915 and put out one rod with plain rainbow Power Bait and the other with rainbow Power Bait and a couple dabs of Pro-Cure garlic scent. While I was waiting for that first bite, I shot a couple of pictures of the surrounding mountains for your pleasure.
|Across the lake|
|To the left|
|Across to the right|
|Telephoto (10X) of the snow|
Oh, did I mention it was COLD? How about WINDY? How about COLD & WINDY? Not a day for weenies. I was the only one up there fishing, but had my parka and gloves. The wind was coming off those mountains above, across the lake, and in my face for most of the hour and a half I was there, but for a limit, I can endure.
|Same mountain just down the road aways.|
|Telephoto (10X) down the same road.|
Double click on it and take a better look.
|Bridal Veil Falls|
|A limit of hold overs 9" to 13"|