Friday, August 30, 2019

Upper Lake Sunday and Monday

We got to Upper Lake about 2:00 pm on Sunday. It's about a 4 hour drive from home. It took another hour or so to set up the trailer. Wasn't as bad as Redding last year (111 degrees), but still hovering just above 100.

We sat outside until the kids arrived about 4:00 pm. They got caught in a bad traffic accident by the airport on Interstate 5. Must have happened right after we went through there because we didn't have any problems.

Once they got set up and we had the required beer (805) at the beginning of every camping trip, I wandered down to the dock to see what was shaking. 

Usual Camping Spot

There were a couple guys fishing and they had caught a couple trout. TROUT !! Surface temperature of the lake was 76 degrees. TROUT ? Yup, Rainbows about 10 or 11 inches. Well I came to find out that out from the dock about 25 feet the water was so deep that it was probably 60 degrees down at the bottom. 

So I put out one rod with the usual rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig and low and behold, 5 minutes later I had my first rainbow trout out of Upper Lake. I gave it to the guy next to me since I wasn't keeping any and he held it up for a historic photo.

First Rainbow from Upper Lake
Shortly there after it was dinner time and I called it quits for the day.

After dinner, I took several sunset pictures and this is one of them.

Monday morning my son and I got the kayaks off the truck and down to the lake. My wife and I set out for the far end of the lake to see what was there. My son and daughter-in-law were out in their two person Inflate-a-Yak (not the Sea Eagle) and already to the other end.

The first picture was from our camp spot across the lake.

Fishing dock on the left
Then in the second picture, is a 10x telephoto to the far end of the lake, our goal. Can you see that little beach in the center (double click to make the picture big)? That is called the "narrows".

Narrows? More lake? Oh yeh. Actually we found another part of the lake just as big as the picture above. By the time we got to the end of that one and yes it was finally the end of the lake, we were ready for a rest. We had all the way back to go. We never knew that part was up there. 

So we finally got back, arms and shoulders aching, and called it a day. 

I decided to sit down on the dock and soak some Power Bait. Again, 5 minutes after casing out, another Rainbow the same size. Number two for the week. 

I'll end this post with another spectacular sunset. 

Tomorrow, the rest of the week.

Stay tuned. 

1 comment:

  1. Mark, fish were caught, a first for you on this lake.
    Quality time spent. All good.