I got a coffee at Cooks Station and settled into the 60 mile drive to the lake. One would question why make a 60 mile drive (now this is mountain roads, not freeway) to fish a lake when you have one at 20 miles (Bear River), one at 30 miles (Silver Lake), and one at 40 miles (Caples Lake)?
I can answer that in a couple ways. one, it's finally open. Two, I always catch fish at this lake. Three, just take a look at the pictures below.
Normally I just show you a couple of shots across the lake from where I'm sitting, but today I did a 360 to give you a feel of the surrounding countryside.
|Behind to the right|
|Directly behind me|
|To the left|
|To the left with a little shoreline|
|Toward the inlet of the lake|
|Across the lake|
|The dam end|
|Back around to the right|
The stuff floating in the lake in the picture below is pollen. Good thing I'm not allergic to it because it was all over the lake. I'm thinking fir tree pollen.
|Pollen, loads of pollen|
I've always maintained that I've never caught less than four fish here, that was until today. A couple things to take into consideration. One, they haven't stocked the lake yet this year. Two, I would have had four if I could have hooked up the two bites I missed.
Then on the way out I almost got run over by the stocking truck. Some of the roads around the lakes are one lane, dirt, almost 4x4 roads. We met at a place where I could pull over enough for him to squeeze by. Maybe I should have turned around and went back. I could have had an 80 fish day like the "fish to extinction" crowd does.
The temperature was nice with the wind passing over the snow across the lake until about Noon. Then it started to get a might toasty so that's when I left. I was slathered up with sunscreen, but warm is warm any way you look at it, even at 8100 feet.
If I went back tomorrow, I bet I could catch a bunch. Naw, I'll wait for next time.
Now a little, no, a lot of bad news. This is mainly for the locals here in Nor Cal and second hand according to the Bob Sims Saturday Morning fishing show on KFBK. With the drought and the water levels dropping at an alarming pace, the Bureau of Reclamation (they control the output at the dams) has told the DFW at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery (where we get the stocked trout up the Highway 88 corridor) that they can not guarantee cold water (for the hatchery) past the end of June.
From what I've heard, the DFW has decided to close the hatchery and take all the fish in the hatchery up to the lakes along the Highway 88 corridor as well as the East and West Forks of the Carson and Upper and Lower Blue Lakes and a few others.
The question is: How long will recovery take to have stocking trout in the hatchery again, if we get water this winter or will it ever recover? What will happen to the Salmon and Steelhead Smolts and will that recover? I'm at a loss. What a disaster this will be. I think all our fishing flags should be at half mast. One can only hope I'm wrong.