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Rock Creek Message Board => Eastern Sierra Fishing => Topic started by: Obi96 on July 23, 2017, 02:51:11 PM

Title: Snow level
Post by: Obi96 on July 23, 2017, 02:51:11 PM
Hello all, after a 2 year drought I've started planning our next trip to fish the Sierras, but instead of late July it will be late May next year to catch Mule days. For those of you with a long history of the area, do you think the lakes above 10,000' would be fishable the last week in May? I'd like to start at Cottonwood lakes and include Treasure lakes 1 &2 since I'm a sucker for Goldens. This years massive snow levels in the Sierras have me worried that even a normal years snows could be an issue for access as well. Thanks.
Title: Re: Snow level
Post by: fishdad on July 23, 2017, 06:41:40 PM
Technically fishing is not open at cottonwood lakes until July 1st. I've never been so others can verify but I've heard of people being stopped by rangers that were fishing before July 1st.
Title: Re: Snow level
Post by: Gary C. on July 24, 2017, 01:21:12 AM
Absolutely right about the season not opening in the Cottonwood area until July 1st. May is an iffy time for most high country lakes. Sometimes the roads are not even open yet and the lakes can still be frozen over. I did a backpack up to Long Lake over Memorial Day weekend a few years ago. We froze our butts off but the lakes were clear so the Treasure lakes would have been open also. Of course this year is a crazy one but I just saw pictures of Saddlebag Lake from this past weekend and it still has some ice on it.
Title: Re: Snow level
Post by: bj on July 24, 2017, 07:20:23 AM
My experience is even in low snow years the high lakes are  usually frozen and access is iffy. This includes Onion Valley, Bishop Creek an the Duck Pass area. Also, our last trip to the Cottonwoods was lousy. Shutout at 4 and 5 and a few little guys at Lake 3. This was in October. Usually 4 and 5 produce a lot of 14-16" goldens on flies and mini jigs.
Title: Re: Snow level
Post by: Obi96 on July 24, 2017, 12:30:41 PM
Thanks for the info. Looks like I'll have to look a little lower next year. I only flogged the upper Owens for a few hours last trip, might be worth another look.