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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip report
« on: August 02, 2018, 12:08:49 PM »
There are a lot of factors involved in DFG stocking county wide, but they're doing their best. We (the Fisheries Commission) finally convinced the powers that be in Sacramento that there was no reason to plant triploid (sterile) trout in Inyo/Mono waters, so they are in the process of switching the Fish Springs Hatchery (Big Pine) over to diploid (non-sterile) fish...they also had a significant fish die-off in the Spring, due to DWP problems...I'm not necessarily defending them, just letting you know what I know.
They use the same stocking truck to plant the creek and the lake...they only stock the creek in designated spots in the campgrounds, they have a map that someone made years ago, and can't deviate from that...believe me, I've tried to get them to change things, but they won't. They start at Tuff Camp, hit all the campgrounds up the canyon, then empty what's left in the truck into the lake at the boat docks.
East fork only gets stocked in a few places, behind Site # 111, maybe a few by Site 121, some by site 126....the "better" pools, in their minds. Tuff Camp get a few nets full, French camp gets hit in one spot only, Big and Iris get a couple of nets each, Pine Grove gets a couple of nets off of each bridge, nothing in between...and that's it for the creek.
I agree that they could do more, I can remember when they stocked every other day, and stocked lots more fish...this was a long time ago, I doubt that they'll ever go back to it.
No, I'm not judging you, or anyone else, I enjoy the input, so I can relay things to DFG....if it was easy, they'd call it "catching"....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip report
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:23:42 AM »
I'm on the Mono County Fisheries Commission, in direct contact with DFW Biologists, Wardens, and pretty much everyone else involved with stocking of trout. I talked with Jim King , owner of Rock Creek Lakes Resort, also a Commissioner, yesterday, he watches the weekly stocking up there....if they stock the Lake, they've stocked the creek on the way up the hill.
DFW hasn't stocked anywhere but the boat dock cove for quite a while (years). I worked at the Resort in the mid 80's, have helped with stocking in the early 2000's, have worked with the private hatchery that supplies the trophy trout, they all stock at the docks...
I trust my sources, and my experience...with respect

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip report
« on: August 01, 2018, 06:36:03 PM »
Rock Creek, as well as Rock Creek Lake, is still being stocked weekly by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The creek also received a load of trophy trout, some in the five pound range, about a month ago. The Lake gets more stockings of these trophy trout , supplied by Mono County, as well as some loads payed for by the Resort.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Furguson fire and smoke?
« on: July 28, 2018, 06:32:37 PM »
Still dependent on the wind...yesterday was nice up there, today wasn't..

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Furguson fire and smoke?
« on: July 20, 2018, 06:33:50 PM »
Spent the morning up there today, shoreline cleanup with Friends of the Inyo, beautiful, clouds, rain by noon, thunderstorms later. Come prepared. No smoke, except the campfires.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Furguson fire and smoke?
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:37:24 PM »
PAC is right, it changes all the time. I spent the morning fishing at the Lake, not crystal clear, but better than Long Valley....lots cooler too, 87 at my house, unheard of. Left about 1:00, still clear.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Hilton Lakes Hike
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:58:25 PM »
Go in from the trailhead below the Pack Station, much easier.

Anything Goes / Re: smoke
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:41:02 PM »
I haven't been up there since it got nasty. Needless to say, wind direction means everything....Long Valley has been filled with dense smoke for days, the wind shifted, I can see the Glass Mts. again....for now.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Conditions
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:33:20 PM »
The road is now open to Mosquito Flat.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Conditions
« on: May 11, 2018, 06:40:39 PM »
The road is open to the Pack Station, you can get to the boat docks, but not the upper end of the lake, at least as of noon today. Campgrounds are open up to East Fork. Rock Creek Lake is free of ice.
It just started snowing.....

Anything Goes / Re: campground opening dates:)
« on: May 01, 2018, 08:09:36 AM »
It wasn't that bad....anybody that stayed past the weekend probably got chased out by last night's snow...Retired's timing is perfect.

Anything Goes / Re: campground opening dates:)
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:58:46 AM »
It's open.

Hi Gale, welcome to the board. I remember those , I just called them fireballs, very impressive. I saw the Fourth of July show down there in the late 70's, they had at least one then.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Tenkara Fly Fishing
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:36:54 PM »
It's actually very easy, especially in the back country creeks. Look at Tenkara USA websites, it's got the best reputation. The guy that's been teaching me uses his on the Owens, for bigger fish, I'm not that brave yet. Without a reel, you have to chase the fish up and down the bank...easy enough thirty years ago, not now. Small brookies are a kick in the butt....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Road Report for Opener
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:08:50 PM »
I drove to the Pack Station this morning. Unless we have a real freak storm, the road is open. Ice on the Lake, open water at the inlet, outlet and Group Camp. Only a couple feet of snow left after the rain last weekend.

Strictly Media / Re: McCloud Lake
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:43:27 PM »
Looks good, nice picture.
Where will I find those instructions? I got a new computer, maybe I can post pics all by myself.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: INYO County - 'Pleasant' (Valley) Fire
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:31:36 PM »
I ran into some CalFire crews at Von's in Bishop this morning, the fire is out, except for mop up.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow Report?
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:02:35 PM »
I just got back from my weekly trip up the Canyon, the gate was open at East Fork, I was able to drive, on dry pavement, up to the Lake, actually to the Pack Station, the gate was closed there, but the road to Mosquito Flat was dry for as far as I could see. In all the years I've lived here, this is a first. The Lake has a few inches of snow, there are bare patches of dirt around the boat docks, I probably could have walked to the upper end without any problem.
It's going to be an interesting summer....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow Report?
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:02:52 AM »
As of last Friday, my last trip to the spring, there wasn't much snow at East Fork, maybe three inches, you may not need your snowshoes, unless you want to hike to the Lake....the shady road into your cabin might have more snow on it. It's been in the 40s and low 50s in Crowley the last few days, not much snow here at all. This is one of the worst winters I've seen in a long time, if ever. Maybe a Miracle March?

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:59:03 AM »
Marine One...if you were to PM me before you come up to shoot, I can describe a good spot that's close, or take you there if you like....I don't like to publicize it, but I'll share with people I know....happy to do it.

Try calling the Resort, somebody in there should have heard something.

I just got back from driving up the canyon, here's what I found out. I couldn't find any "authorities", meaning USFS people, but talked to people who are staying in Iris, and who did spend time with a USFS employee yesterday, at the site of the "problem". It is between Iris and Big Meadows, older beaver dam(s) from the mid 80's. I remember fishing in there years ago, pretty nice, Not a huge dam, by any means, and built from small aspens and willow, not big logs. As the runoff started in force, the water started backing up behind the dam, and some people got concerned. Within a few days, the current had found it's own way around the dam, started a new channel, problem solved.
Sometimes you can just leave it to Mother Nature.....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: eastfork
« on: June 09, 2017, 01:55:31 PM »
I just drove by, the gate is open.

I talked with Jim King, from the Resort, yesterday, he had heard nothing official about this, only the rumors. I'm sure he would have been informed of any problems. Later in the afternoon, I ran into a Mono County Sheriff and asked him if he knew anything about it, he didn't. He said the Sheriff's Department would definitely know about  anything of that magnitude.
It will be a couple of days before I go up there, then I'll look around. I think I know where the dam(s) are, may be more than one. I'll see if I can find any USFS people that I can talk to.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Beginner Fly Fishing
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:01:44 AM »
I've been fishing the back country with a 6 foot 3 weight Orvis that I built in the mid 90's....I'm not chagrined at all.

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