Friday, October 26, 2018

Well That's A First

I figured that if I was going to have a day of fishing at Upper Blue Lake I'd better get to it.

Three things will be happening up there very shortly.

1. They will close the road for the Winter. Makes it difficult to get to the lake.
2. They make it into a snow park on November 1st. and it requires a permit to play in the snow (that is if they get any up there).
3. It gets 10's of feet of snow lakeside. 8100 feet in elevation tends to do that.

So I headed out of the house early since it's about a 2 hour drive to get there. 

On the way I noticed Hope Valley Campground is already closed. The West Fork of the Carson River is, for the most part, dry. All the PG & E campsites are closed. There was practically no one up there.

When I got to the lake I found a fairly smooth path to the lake and set up 2 rods with Power Bait.

Did I mention I have a new rod. One of my rods accidentally got caught up in the garage door when it was closing the other day. Snapped that sucker right in half. I stopped by Big 5 where I got the kayaks and they had (right in front of the row) a Diawa Laguna 6'6" medium weight rod. Exactly what I was looking for. In and out in minutes. 

At precisely 9:43 I got the first bite of the day. Must be a little out of practice because I missed it even though it was a good bite. While I was waiting for the next bite (seemed like it was going to be a good day) I took a couple photo's around the lake.

Toward the dam

Across the lake

To the right

See how far down the lake is?

Upside down mountains

Natures rod holder
OK, I was getting a little bored. The last photo is actually because it has a bunch of Lady Bugs on it. Thought you might be interested.

From 9:43 until about Noon 30 I sat. Not so much as a nibble.

Like the title says, being skunked at Upper Blue Lake is a first. I've not been up there when I haven't caught at least 4.

The lake was glass calm. Would have been a blast in the new kayak, BUT not a good idea doing that when you're pretty much the only person up there AND you're a Geezer. When you're OLD, one must be careful. remember that youngsters. 

It was really quiet up there too.

I'm back.


  1. Mark, fish caught or not it must have felt real good to able to fish that length of time. The lake was indeed calm.
    Are all the trout in that lake stocked?

    1. Hi Alan, They stock it a couple times a year, but there are a lot of holdovers. I've caught both Rainbow and Brown in this lake.

  2. Mark
    Sound as though you had the lake to yourself---that can be good or not so good, in case something goes wrong and you need help. I use to think I'd like it if there was no one on the tailrace I fish, but as I get older I realize that I like a little company now. The beauty of the lakes you fish makes up for the slow bite.