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Strictly Media / Yosemite Night Sky
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:20:55 AM »
Cool video on time-lapse taken in Yosemite National Park by Grind TV of the night sky and all the billions of stars!  Start video and put it in wide screen mode and turn on the sound.  Its in 1080p so bigger the screen the better.  Enjoy!

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: McLeod Lake
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:35:24 AM »
When I first came up to the lake, it looked dead.  Early morning with no wind with no rises seen.  There was no inlet or outlet (dry) and the lake was down quite a bit with the drought.  Your right, I did wade out a bit in this Lake.

It was mid-morning before I had any action and started to see any fish feeding.  Caught 6 fish in about 4 hours of fishing and plus lost one at shore and had a few bites.  Not sure how this rates with others, but I was happy.  Don’t see many reports from this lake.  3 different flies were successful for me that day.

When I went here with my family as a kid, this was a catch and keep the fish lake.  Don’t know when it went special regulation, C&R and barbless?  Anybody know approximately when that happened?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / McLeod Lake
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:53:27 AM »
McLeod Lake

McLeod Lake (also known as McCloud Lake) is a small alpine lake that is the only Lahontan Cutthroat trout water in the Mammoth Lakes Basin area and is a short 15-20 minute (half mile) hike from the Mammoth Pass Trail.  Located in a wilderness setting and surrounded by Lodgepole Pine forest, it is one beautiful lake and should be not missed!  If you’re a lowlander like me, this is an excellent lake for your first hike as you acclimate to the higher elevation.  This is a special regulations lake with only artificial lures, with barbless hooks and a daily Bag and Possession Limited of 0.


Dead Forest

Looking back to the parking lot

The trail begins at Horseshoe Lake parking area, which passes through a “dead forest of trees”; where 120 acres of trees have died off a few years back with a period of increased CO2 gas emission from volcanic activity underground.  There are danger signs posted all over the lake trailhead parking area so be aware of this.  The danger to people is that the gas, carbon dioxide, is heavier than air and collects in depressions or low areas.  So, I would suggest no napping in this area.  Children and pets should also be monitored.  I did see some re-growth in the area, so maybe this period is ending.  The trail takes off and climbs about three hundred feet to an elevation above 9000 ft. through a lodgepole pine forest to the outlet of McLeod Lake.  So those not acclimatized could feel somewhat winded.  When you first reach the lake at the outlet, the sandy white shoreline and the beautiful crystal clear water are a sight to behold!  The lake has a turquoise color to it, almost like glacier water.  This beautiful lake is nestled right under the Mammoth Crest.

Trail to McLeod Lake

First look at McLeod Lake at outlet

Mammoth Crest

McLeod Lake is popular for families with kids and dogs.  And they were in droves this pleasant day.  Labor Day weekend is perhaps not the best time to go to this lake for reflection and fishing!  But I had no choice as I’m a working stiff and have to take my fishing days as best I can.  I seemed to be a magnet for the kids and dogs and parents this day as most did not know there were any fish in this lake.  The men were the most interested if I was having any fishing success.  If I had a nickel for every time one of the men asked me how the fishing was and then said I wished I brought my pole, I’d be rich!  I’m sure you all experienced that.  But they were respectful bunch and kept their dogs and kids from swimming too close to me. 

McLeod Lake

You can easily fish this 11 acres lake in no time as you have excellent access all around the lake.  A quick jaunt around the lake will add maybe two-thirds of a mile to your hike.  When I first started fishing, I did not see any rising fish or fish activity and was concerned.  I fished mostly at the south end of the lake where the deep water drops off about 10 yards out.  It was easy “matching the hatch” for this lake as swarms of “black gnats” descended upon me throughout the day.

McLeod Lake looking north

In no time at all I was hooking and landing the coveted Cutthroat Trout.  The fish were ranging from 8” to 12”, with about 10” being the average size fish caught for me on this beautiful fishing day at McLeod Lake.  This is not a fish per cast lake, you will need to do some work to catch these Cutthroats, but they are there!  All the Cutthroat Trout were safely released back into the lake.

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout

This lake has a lot of history for me.  It is the first lake I hike to with my parents when I was a small lad of just 5 years old.  My mom would feed me raisins to get me up to the lake.  Fish seemed bigger then also.  Back then we called this lake McCloud Lake.  Even shows as McCloud Lake on my older maps, but newer maps are naming this lake McLeod Lake!  Not sure when the name change happened, but whatever the real name of this lake, it’s worth a stop just to catch some Lahontan Cutthroat!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bishop Creek Canyon 9/14-9/15
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:45:18 AM »
"After lunch I talked the both of them to hit up South lake.  At first the bite was slow, with a fish every 5 minutes or so.  Even found a lure and tossed it out and got hit on it.  It was a crawdad crankbait."

Fish every 5 minutes is slow?  That’s 20 per hour or 100+ if you fish all day!  That’s an Epic day in my book Incrediblehuck!

A friend was up there on that same weekend fishing at Intake 11 and was killing with many stockers and some browns sprinkled in.

Thanks for the report!

Anything Goes / Re: Dove season
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:40:56 PM »
Imperial County is the closest for dove hunting in Southern California as far as I know.  Over 2,500 acres of public land available for hunting doves there.  Best of all, the acreage is open to the public – with no charge and no sign-up.  On DFG site, hit the dove field map.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 16, 2012, 11:53:44 AM »
On the Trail to Rosalie Lake - Ansel Adams Wilderness

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 15, 2012, 07:45:47 AM »
Wildlife along the John Muir Trail

Anything Goes / Re: wipe out
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:03:34 AM »
Wow, that's great for your nephew!  I taped the show so should be fun to watch now that I know who will win!

Anything Goes / Re: I guess tomatoes are out of season
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:01:45 AM »
Can you imagine the look on somebody face when they open the can!  Priceless!   :lol2:  Thanks Fred!

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:59:40 AM »
Cockscomb Peak, located in the Yosemite Wilderness.  Was named by USGS in 1919 due to its likeness to a Cockscomb (roosters head). 

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:44:55 AM »
Small stream that flows into Garnet Lake

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: After Labor Day...
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:11:18 PM »
Good to see you getting out again OldSarge!  I also had great success this year at Saddlebag with larger than normal size fish.  That's always a plus! 

Just for your information, LA Water & Power controls the water in the lake.  It's their water.  The lake could be full by now if not for LA's thirst for water.  I noticed Tioga and Ellery Lake are down also.

Thanks for sharing!

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Tamarack Trail
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:02:02 PM »
Sorry to hear we lost another golden lake to the Brook Trout.  For those who never been up to Tamarack Lake, Tamarack is surrounded on 3 sides by 13,000 foot high peaks and ridges giving it the feeling of another world. Tamarack Lake itself, a dark lake situated in a glacier cirque with a massive rock jutting up from the middle of its dark waters.  It’s quite an experience being in such a scene.  Not a place I would want to be in a serious thunderstorm!

I figured Dorothy Lake was fishless, but did you get a chance to check out Francis Lake?  It’s been on the stocking list for a few years now, just hoping they put Cutthroats in there.

Thanks for posting your trip!

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 12, 2012, 08:24:51 AM »
Rosalie Lake.. A short hike out of Agnew Meadows in Mammoth Lakes.  Brook Trout and an occasional Rainbow Trout can be caught here.

Strictly Media / Re: Golden trout wilderness & cottonwood lakes
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:47:52 PM »
Love fishing that area!  Hopefully Gary sent you the info you requested.  I believe it’s about a 5 mile hike to the first lake with another ¼ mile to the second and another ¼ mile to #3.  I always have done best fishing the creeks between the lakes.  The lakes fish well too if you have a nice breeze (if your fly fishing).  The evening bite can be excellent.  Hope this helps!

Cottonwood #4 Outlet

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:16:49 PM »
Thousand Island Lake with some "Lupines" along the shoreline.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Fall Trips
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:04:17 PM »
I just came back from a quick Labor Day weekend fishing trip and visited Saddlebag Lake one afternoon.  Woolly Buggers did OK then went cold.  Tried a #10 Peacock Lady and fishing was great again.  For the 20 Lakes basin, Adams, Mosquito, Black Gnat or my favorite the Elk Hair Caddis did the trick.  Hope you have a successful fishing trip!

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 08, 2012, 07:05:49 AM »
Cathedral Peak - Yosemite

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Fall Trips
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:19:16 PM »
All the lakes you mention are still being stocked and all should be great fishing with the fewer folks around.  The fall season is my favorite time to visit and fish.  And the fall colors should be special this year.  Have a great time!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: McGee creek - Cutthroats
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:32:23 PM »
Could be wrong but I beleave Cutts usually spawn in spring/early summer ab-sn. 

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:41:43 AM »
Views along the John Muir Trail

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: RIP JJ
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:38:52 AM »
What a great life JJ had to spend his summers at the creek!  The goldens were so friendly.  You will be missed JJ!

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Eastern Sierras 8/23 - 8/26
« on: September 05, 2012, 05:18:04 PM »
Nice trip report Troutmom!  Wish you had some pictures but accidents happen!  Now atleast you can get a new camera! 

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Truckee area, August 29-30, 2012
« on: September 05, 2012, 05:14:51 PM »
Nice report and pictures eastcoastlurker.  Nice size rainbow, and wild too!  I might have to get me a new lure now.  Thanks for the report.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: September 01, 2012, 07:00:51 AM »
Unnamed creek & waterfall in the Ansel Adams Wilderness – Inyo National Forest

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