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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: Today at 06:45:23 AM »
Conness basin








Upper Conness Lake

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:49:27 AM »
This is the lower Conness Lake and its frozen!  The mornings have been cold (in the teens) so not real surprised but hoped for better weather (warmer).   I hate to say how often this has happened to me this season.   ;D






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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:31:04 AM »
Conness Basin






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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 15, 2018, 07:03:43 AM »
Heading to Conness Basin, plenty of water coming from the North Peak.




Back route to Hidden Conness Lake and Upper Conness Lakes.  Just be careful when its wet as the granite is dangerously slippery.



Top of Conness Falls.






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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:31:45 AM »
If you try following the trail to the mine it disappears completely but following the logical rout this is where the water flume ended.  Located here are two aditís that were blasted shut by the USFS some years ago and some building ruins are all thatís left.  This mining operation was well over hundred years ago as per dating the old mine ruins.



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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:02:46 AM »
On my way to Conness Lakes Basin hiking on a nearly invisible old trail.  Trail was there for the wooden water flume they built for water transport from Conness Creek to their mining sight.  Water out of Conness Basin was reliable year round water source in the 20 Lakes Basin.  Part of the Conness falls is still diverted today.







You can still see the metal spikes in the solid granite rock that supported the wooden water flume.


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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:36:02 PM »
Yes, thatís the one bj. :hiking2: :fishing3:

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:16:30 AM »
This Lake is nameless on Topo maps.  Listed as fishless on the CDFW website.  Nearly invisible until you stubble near it, so is a great place to reflect on life or just take it easy.  A true 20 Lakes Basin hidden golden gem!





And it's not fishless!

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:04:10 AM »
20 Lakes Basin Loop









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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:44:20 AM »
Their hard to catch but one of the best lakes to catch a large Golden Trout in 20 Lakes Basin Loop.  Use your best stealth fishing at this lake!









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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:38:38 AM »
Thanks RockToad!  20 Lakes Basin Loop is one of my favorites with its remote location and breath-taking views of beautiful lakes and majestic mountains.  Add to that the great fishing and you see why I keep coming back. :hiking2: :fishing3:

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:55:29 AM »
20 Lakes Loop






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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:04:15 AM »
One of the hidden gems of 20 Lakes Loop....



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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:37:50 PM »
Yes, this is a Juvenile Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. :clap:  CDFW planted Lake-Form LCT fingerlings in this lake in the 20 Lakes Basin.  They are considered fully grown at about 3-5 years of age.  Once their older, these cutthroat trout should have a distinguishing red to orange slash mark at the throat.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:27:30 AM »
Caught this little trout in 20 Lakes Loop.  Many different types of trout out there.  Can you identify what species of trout this is?



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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:23:59 AM »
20 Lakes Loop



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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:02:09 AM »
Chilly Morning.  20 Lakes Loop





20 Lakes Loop

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:36:29 AM »
Without the Water Taxis Service this year, you have to walk the extra 1.5 to 2.0 miles to the end of Saddlebag Lake and begin the 20 Lakes Loop Trail.





Greenstone Lake

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:57:54 PM »
I went back one last time to Tioga Pass and 20 Lakes Basin in October.  But it was almost too late as the upper lakes were already beginning to freeze over.  This had to be the shortest fishing season ever in the high country!

Mainly I did some hiking and fishing around the nearly deserted 20 Lakes Loop.  But I also had one last shot to catch (and release) some goldens.  Stay tuned if you wish and see if you can guess which lake(s) I caught them in?  Iíll call this post ďLast Golden Trout for 2017Ē.


Last Golden Trout for 2017



At the trailhead and looking out at the Sierra Crest and White Mountain. 

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:22:42 AM »
Always happy to share my photos and experiences as I wonder about in the back-country.  2 seconds after I took this photo my dog (Gracie) decided to go for a swim in Upper Gem Lake.  I take my dogs with me almost everywhere as they a part of our family.  But man that water was cold!

P A C, I always take a fishing pole with me and yes the fishing was quite good during this stage of the lakes thaw.  It was even better in the outlet creek where it flows toward Chickenfoot Lake. ; :fishing3:

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:31:17 AM »
Last photo for this post goes to Gem Lakes in Little Lakes Valley.  This was taken in August 2017.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:28:17 AM »
Ruby Lake



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:26:45 AM »
Ruby Lake/Mono Pass Trail Junction



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
This last winter was a year of extremes with nearly 200% of normal snow pack for the Eastern Sierra. Kind of why Iím sharing this post as most of us may never see another year like this again.  For me, this was a year of cancelled backpacking trips (Passes were still closed) and frozen high country lakes up until August and then freezing up again in October.  What a year!

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 20, 2017, 07:05:30 AM »
Mono Pass Trail






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