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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2018, 07:23:59 AM »
20 Lakes Loop


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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #26 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2018, 10:36:48 AM »
Thanks for sharing WSH!

The plentiful larger black marks (spots) are challenging and combined with the darker olive body could suggest a German Brown or Loch-Leven strain - but based on the altitude and the lack of lighter colored halos around the black spots my geuss is -

Either a young Cutthroat or a Hybrid Cutt-Bow?

Whatever it is, it looks beautiful - I hope they are plentiful and grow to large sizes in the 20 Lakes Basin.

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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #28 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2018, 07:04:15 AM »
One of the hidden gems of 20 Lakes Loop....


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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2018, 06:55:29 AM »
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2018, 07:34:56 AM »
Thanks so much for these incredible pictures :clap:

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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #32 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #33 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2018, 07:04:10 AM »
20 Lakes Basin Loop








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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #35 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2018, 11:06:12 AM »
Is that Hidden lake? Been a long time since I've been in that area.
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2018, 04:36:02 PM »
Yes, thatís the one bj. :hiking2: :fishing3:
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #38 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #39 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #40 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2018, 07:31:04 AM »
Conness Basin





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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #42 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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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #43 on: January 18, 2018, 06:45:23 AM »
Conness basin








Upper Conness Lake
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #44 on: January 18, 2018, 01:06:53 PM »
Beautiful pictures!! As always thank you for sharing!! I get to live a little vicariously through you everytime I see one of your reports!

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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #45 on: January 19, 2018, 07:01:56 AM »
Beautiful pictures!! As always thank you for sharing!! I get to live a little vicariously through you everytime I see one of your reports!


Thanks Fishdad!  Glad youíre enjoying them.  I knew I was taking my chances going fishing this late into the season in the high back-country with the potential of the lakes freezing, but good things can happen if your patient! 
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #46 on: January 19, 2018, 07:06:34 AM »
Going to the next Upper Lake, this one is ice-free! 








But it has some eager goldens!
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #47 on: January 20, 2018, 06:39:25 AM »
Hiking up to the next Lake.  Check out the glacier polishing on the granite rock!




The next lake is 3/4 filled with snow and completely froze over!
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #48 on: January 22, 2018, 06:51:13 AM »
Looking at the Conness Glacier.  The Conness Glacier is the largest glacier in the Sierra Nevada north of Tioga Pass.  In its prime, this glacier was a mile wide, 1500 feet deep and several miles long.  That was one big piece of ice!








Close up of the Glacier
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Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« Reply #49 on: January 23, 2018, 06:34:28 AM »
More frozen lakes!





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