Monday, January 20, 2014

Nothing Upcountry

As I mentioned two days ago, I wanted to take a drive upcountry and see if there was a little open water.

I pulled out of the house at 0700 and after a coffee stop at Cook's Station, drove to Bear River Reservoir. The lake was ice free, but several things stood in my way. One, the gate was closed. It is winter after all, but you just can't tell it. The water level was so low that it would have been a good 1/2 to 3/4's of a mile straight downhill to fish. I just don't have the energy after the flu bout the last month. I could have driven around the gate (there is a spot), but the fine, if caught, I understand is $500.00+ and I don't have a spare $500.00.

Ruling out Bear River I headed up the highway to Silver Lake. Yuki sent me an email on Saturday that said he took a drive up to Nevada and in passing Silver, Caples, and Red Lake they were all frozen.

Being from Missouri (the "show me" state), not really, I drove up anyway. What I was hoping, with the recent 60 degree temperatures, that there might have been a little open water along the shore, but as you can see in the picture below, twas not to be. 

Ice right to the sand.
I do have to hand it to these two (yes there two out there somewhere) brave souls ice fishing. You know I don't ice fish. The Killer Whale thing.

Ice fishing
So I'll have to settle for a trip out to New Melones Tomorrow or Wednesday to see if I can scare up something fishy. The Float Tube Cumberland is out for now because I just don't have enough energy quite yet.  

Stay tuned.


  1. Wow, that drought has taken a toll.

  2. Glad you're feeling better! Great pictures of a frozen silver lake!!

  3. Mark
    Glad you are back on the water---with what water you have left--unreal the absence of rain out that way

  4. Wish I could help by doing a 'Rain Dance" for your, Mark. The last time I did some serious Rain Dancing, we had mother of all floods here in Northern Colorado last Fall. I might just be too much help!