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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Trip report Friday May 1 – Tuesday May 5
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:23:58 AM »
Finally got out of Riverside at Friday 6 pm with my Brother his wife and boy in my 5th wheel. Took a little time getting up the hill but finally got on 395 and speeds were good and traffic was not too bad. Got into Silver Lake campground about 12:30 am. Crisp and cool with lots of stars. Saturday Woke up had morning breakfast with biscuits and gravy at Silver lake resort and a little morning fish at Silver Lake. Lake Level was high but no fish that morning. Josh did get 1 High Sierra Lobster.

Headed over to Lower Virginia for a late morning early afternoon fish. Lake level was same as the last few years, I would say high/normal. Lots of people and lots of fish. Hitting green power bait. Was able to release about a dozen. Nothing to brag about so no fish picks. Back to camp Silver Lake for a nap and evening fish and the Silver Lake gave up no fish again. Wind was up poles were low. Dogs over the fire for dinner.

Sunday decided to try Grant lake in the morning and the Lake is way way low and after 2 spots got 1 nice little rainbow.

Had breakfast and headed up to Rock Creek Lake. Could see all the work they were doing on the road but none was happening while I was on it. Got to Brown’s beach (boat launch area) and set up. Some people were fishing but not a lot. Lake is lower than October last year. Fishing was slow but I was able to get about 8 and release 4. Weather came up and we had some snow flurries. One thing that was strange is the Power Plant Creek was dry, no water out of it at all. I have never seen that creek by the docks not running. Not sure what it means. The next creek down with the walking bridge was running like normal. Open faced Turkey at Toms Place for dinner.

Monday woke up early and hit the back side of Crawley. Got the sun coming up and some really nice fish. Not a lot but very good Quality. Also broke off 2 times middle of my 2 lb leader. I up graded to 3lb after that. A Toyota Tundra rolled up on us and a guy gets out that looks normal. No writing on the truck and no uniform. The guy lifts up his shirt to show a badge and says “Fish and Game”. Backside of Crawley Monday late morning a week after opener. Can’t be 7 people total back there fishing and he is undercover. He was very nice and respectful as were we back to him. We all checked out fine but I though wow I bet there is a better place to be checking.

Back to camp for lunch and then back to Crawley for afternoon fish and again very nice fish. Hit Mammoth and Roberto’s for dinner. Ice Cold Beer and fajita.

Tuesday morning hit up Silver Lake one more time and again nothing. My brother did farm 2 so I blame him for not getting any. So for this trip Silver Lake 1 – Brown Family 0, but there is a lot of season left yet. Packed up and headed home. As always a great trip up in the Sierra’s.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Fishing License on line
« on: April 24, 2015, 11:42:39 AM »
Yes it was really easy all I did was put in my Drivers License number and it pulled up all my info, I did not even have to enter anything. Cannot make it this weekend but am headed up next.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Fishing License on line
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:42:48 AM »
This was cool and saved me some time. This might be old news to you all but I got my Fishing License on line today and it was way easy. Printed it out on my printer and they will be mailing me one as well. $61 now thats crazy high but that is also a different topic.

Purchase on line at


Eastern Sierra Forum / Camp Ground Closing Dates
« on: October 12, 2014, 09:51:27 PM »
Does anyone know the closing dates this year for the canyon. Im headed up this weekend and want to stay in the trees. I really don't want to go all the way to Silver Lake if I can help it.
Camp ground closing dates,
Rock Creek Lake - Sat Oct 10 2015
East Fork - Tue Oct 14 2014
Big Meadow - ?
Iris Meadow - ?

Got out of Riverside about 6:30 am Friday and got into site at Silver Lake about 1:30. Header over for some lunch at the cafe, unpacked and hit the lake. It was slow we only got one and got blown off the lake the winds were high. Saturday header over to Lake Mary but she was still frozen over, decided to go to old faithful and headed over to Rock Creek Lake. Got there about 11:30 am and the lake was about ¾ frozen over but the beach was open. What a great afternoon 56 trout in 4 hours for the 5 of us. We were able to release most but had to keep about 10 that were goners. All were under 1 lb and winter skinny, but we had double hookups, and 4 fish on same worm and hits within 30 seconds of casting and all the fun stuff when the fish are hitting. Wind was up but beach was mostly protected. We watched the ice retreat some that afternoon. Sunday decided to hit up the back side of Crawley so we drove the dirt road and found a nice beach. One of us got 3 nice ones, with one a nice brown. But it was slow so we headed back up to Rock Creek. Another gets day at the beach my bro John killed it with his waiters and worm but we all got a lot. The best part was the lake was about 40% frozen over when we got there, the wind was up again and we watched the ice melt off the rest of the way. Check out the pic to watch the ice melt away. Hit Toms place up for dinner and got the great open face turkey and a few cold ones. Monday was the best day, left Camp at Silver lake in the dark had to slam the break to avoid hitting a herd of deer on the road, got coffee and gas in Mammoth and hit the back side of Crawley again. Nice morning and we all got several large Crawley lake Trout including my big brown for the trip and my bro’s John 3 pounder. Winds came up about 12 and blew us off. We took the long way home and hit the back roads to view some hot tubs and the Hot Creek and Hatchery. Got back to camp and it started to snow so we hit the creek and my nephew got his big brown for the night, BBQ burgers in the snow and good fishing for the day. Tuesday we finally got a calm day and finally got to fish on Silver Lake as the winds were up then entire weekend. Fished a few hours, then pack up camp in the snow and headed home. We thought we were good but on the way home we found out the I-15 was closed and well the ride home took longer than normal but it was ok as the great weekend kept us company.

Friday afternoon chilling on Silver Lake.

Saturday morning Lake Mary.

Rock Creek Lake Saturday afternoon 3/4 frozen over.

Fish we kept from the day.

Rock Creek Lake when we were leaving Saturday afternoon showing some of the ice.

Crawley Brown and rainbow Sunday afternoon.

Rock Creek Sunday afternoon when we got there.

Josh my nephew getting one.

Bro John with a little bitty guy.

Another pic of the ice receding during the day Sunday.

End of the day leaving to go to Toms for dinner only this little bit of ice left on the shore. Went from 3/4 Saturday to nothing Sunday.

Mondays big fish my bros 3 lb rainbow from Crawley.

My Brown from Crawley on Monday.

End of morning fish stringer Monday Crawley Lake.

Monday afternoon long way home.

Monday evening back at Silver Lake on the creek as the storm was coming in.

Josh's big Brown from the creek Monday night.

Tuesday Morning woke up to this.

Tuesday morning fish in the snow on Silver Lake.

Packing to go home in the snow.

on more thing cuz my Brother John will read this... John got the First, Biggest, Smallest, Most and Last. Happy John ?

Till next time Creekers keep your powder dry.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: 20 Lakes Area (Saddlebag)
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:51:49 AM »
Saddlebag Lake is a must for anyone who wants a great back country day hike. It’s a nice long full day hike if your stopping to fish or enjoy or have lunch and you should do all. We (a group of about 20) have gone the last 2 years. We went clock wise around the loop. The first year we went around the entire loop after getting off the taxi and yea it was a workout. The group split up and one group got of trail at Excelsior (they went high) and ended way up on the mountain and they had a bad time of it. My group went low and were on the trail the whole time. It was great right up until we hit Helen lake. Helen Lake is interesting in its own way but the climb out of there ended us and the trail from Helen Lake to the water taxi was not as fun as the first half of the day. This last year we went left as far as shamrock and then turned around and went back out the same way we went in. We plan to do that most every time we go in. No need to hit Helen or that side again for us. Get to the resort book your Taxi ride there and a time that you are going to be coming back on the taxi. You start at 10,400 and have very little elevation climb during the hike but there are some minor ups and downs. The lakes are great and I really think I will be able to pull of a Grand Slam next year between all the lakes in the one day hike. Got 3 of 4 this year. Just needed the Brown. No more trips this year but give it a try next time your up. Oh yea and be sure to turn around once in a while to see the views.

I took this pic at the resort and the wall. They were out of maps so I had this on my phone. We started at the bottom by the Wilderness Ranger Cabin and went left toward Wasco Lake

Wasco Lake

Trail past Wasco

Steelhead Lake, this is the lower part of the lake a great grassy spot and rock to jump of f into the nice warm water.  Great water fall to.

I got one of my golden in a lake with no name just above Steelhead. Fly on bobber.

Shamrock Lake got brookies here.

This is the creek between Shamrock and Helen Lake. There is a steep rock wall you have to get down here. It not hard but you need to take your time. To me this was the best views of the whole area.

No pic of Helen Lake but no need it was not nice. This is where the trip turn into work for us. This is the climb out of Helen Lake headed to Odell. This was a messy crumbling rock garden that sucked for several hundred yards.. 

Helen Lake to back to Saddlebag before Odell.

Eastern Sierra Forum / 2011 Fall Colors... a teaser
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:42:14 AM »
Fall 2011 Pics to wet your appetite. Were headed up to June loop first of October to see the colors and to get last fishing in for us this season. These are from Parker Lake in fall 2011. Bring a pole but don’t expect to catch much if it’s as nice a day as this was.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: FIRST TRIP REPORT 2012
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:27:44 AM »
   Hey is the short cut road to CSI need 4 X 4 or can a nice big truck make it? I seen it up there on the ridge from the aerial maps but have not gone down it. The walk from the normal parking lot is getting kind of long.. also on the pintails are you still getting them in Japan when you go or is there a place in the states were you get them. I have not been able to find any.

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