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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2018, 11:14:39 AM »
I was wrong, thought you were for the lower lake. How is the hike from Red Lake. I've been to been to the target from the lower one but not cross country. Any Fish?
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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2018, 07:26:20 AM »
As bj knows, the “Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes” is Upper Woods Lake.  There is also a Lower Woods Lake, where you usually hike from to get up to Upper Woods Lake.  The cross country route to Upper Woods Lake can be difficult because you cannot see the lake until you’re within 20 feet of it, so it is quite hidden.


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« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2018, 07:27:28 AM »
Upper Woods Lake is a pristine back-country lake, so clear you can see to the bottom of the lake.  With no wind today, that makes fishing a bit harder.  Perfect lake to practice fly fishing with a dry fly.


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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2018, 07:29:20 AM »
Upper Woods Lake has a surprising heathy population of Rainbow Trout.  This tiny 2 acre lake will amaze you with acrobatic Rainbows on your line.  How they stock this lake is beyond me as it’s surrounded by mountains on three sides.





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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2018, 06:41:43 AM »
Beautiful Upper Woods Lake


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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2018, 06:52:52 AM »
Beautiful healthy Rainbow Trout, and boy do they fight.  All were sight casted to as this lake is super clear.  Use your best stealth fishing tactics for this lake as they spook easily if they see or hear you.  All Rainbows caught in this back-country lake were released back to the lake.





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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2018, 06:55:19 AM »
Heading cross-country back to the Duck Pass Trail and Barney Lake.  Couple of lakes coming into view.


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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2018, 06:53:24 AM »
Back to Barney Lake and still looking icy!


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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2018, 06:54:15 AM »
About 3 pm and at the heat of the day but the lake is still frozen.  No open water anywhere, lake is solid ice!  Fishing Barney Lake is over for this season! 


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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2018, 06:50:25 AM »
Last post for this Trip Report!  On my way back to the trailhead, stopped at Skelton Lake for some excellent Brookie fishing. 

Remember that Skelton Lake is a special Brook Trout bag and possession limit lake.  So take advantage of that if you’re up there, or not your choice!

Happy fishing!!!


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Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2018, 05:40:25 PM »
 :clap:   Gorgeous.