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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2014, 03:02:32 PM »
Yeah, Tower Lake was fishless also.   :(
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2014, 05:07:56 PM »
How's the fishing at Cinko and Stella? TIA
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2014, 07:18:46 AM »
Cinko had great fishing for Brookies in the 8-11" size.  Almost a fish per cast.  Just a beautiful, deep and  sparkling Sierra clear lake.  Loved fishing there.  The two Stella Lakes fished good too with 10-12" Rainbows mixed in with lots of Brookies.


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #28 on: March 13, 2014, 09:54:02 AM »
Cinko is one of the prettier lakes and more isolated.
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2014, 07:15:29 AM »
Moving down Dorothy Lake Pass  to Beautiful Dorothy Lake


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2014, 07:16:54 AM »
Fall Colors! 

What’s great about the Sonora Pass area is its different elevations make it a great place for brilliant fall colors.  There is one place not far from the Marine base where the aspen trees turn incredible colors.   It's hard to predict when the aspen trees standing in groves along the eastern side of Sonora Pass will turn, but the first week of October for most of Mono County should be close.  If you happen to be in the area in the fall, don't miss the opportunity to drive up the pass from Leavitt Meadow.  The colors are often so dazzling it's hard to believe they are real!



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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2014, 11:46:16 AM »
Dang Hawk. The pictures are killin me! I want to go now. Thanks for postings!
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2014, 07:25:30 AM »
If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, heading up Silver Creek makes for an interesting and fun adventure. To access the Silver Creek Road, you have to pass through a gate at the Marine Base.  You may have your vehicle searched so don’t have anything illegal inside. 


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2014, 07:27:00 AM »
Once on the back roads you may find the side roads confusing, but if you go at it with a sense of adventure, whichever way you go should turn out interesting. Climbing up to Summit Meadow you get spectacular views of the Sierra crest back to the west.  Often the Marines are in the area doing training exercises.


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2014, 07:12:03 AM »
Lots of small Cutthroats in upper Silver Creek but there are much bigger ones in the pools after the falls just off Highway 108.  This is one of the creeks that DFG has reintroduced the Lahonton Cutthroat back into.  I’m all for this, but it’s a bummer you can’t fish for them as it’s closed to all fishing all year.


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2014, 07:13:44 AM »
Always cool to see the trout do their thing!   :)



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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2014, 07:20:59 AM »
That's a cool pic, wshawkins.  Is Silver Creek designated to "no fishing" for a time duration to introduce the fish or perhaps indefinitely?
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2014, 05:29:31 PM »
It’s been a “No Fishing” creek for quite a few years now and Silver Creek Cutthroats have successfully reproduced in the creek, even during the drought years we are having now.  I think the next step should be to allow catch and release, no barbs, no bait, etc.  But DFG is slow to make any changes.   ;D
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2014, 07:18:58 AM »
Silver Creek plunges down from the heights near hwy 108.  There is plenty of parking here as this is also a trailhead parking for hiking up Silver Creek and Silver Meadow.


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2014, 07:20:41 AM »
Prospectors Cabin about mile plus at Silver Meadow in Upper Silver Creek located on the Marine Base


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2014, 06:52:30 AM »
About 1.5 to 2 miles up the trail is Upper Silver Creek, which is on the Marine Base.



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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2014, 06:55:08 AM »
Even way up Upper Silver Creek, you can see Cutthroats spawning in just a few inches of water!



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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2014, 07:37:06 AM »
Fishing is excellent on the West Fork of the Walker River, especially lower down toward Sonora Junction. The river is home to rainbow, brook, and brown trout.  Fishing is usually best beginning usually in late June when the peak of the snowmelt has passed and the river runs clearer.



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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #43 on: March 22, 2014, 07:38:04 AM »
Historic Sites


The Emigrant and the Walker River Trail


The Walker River Trail was opened in 1852 and used by emigrants pulling wagon trains.  Due to the difficulties along the trail, the Walker River Trail was abandoned by 1854.  The emigrant trail drops down the mountainside into the valley near the location of the Marine Mountain Training Center.  From there it crosses the Walker River into Poore Valley, moves up to Poore Lake, and then crosses the ridge into Leavitt Meadow.  From there it works it way through the winding canyons along the West Walker River until finally reaching Fremont Lake.  Beyond the lake they climbed to Chain of Lakes and then up the canyons to the summit of the Sierra Nevada and so on.

Not much left of this old wagon trail as most traces of the trail is long past gone.  While the emigrants camped among the massive granite rocks near Fremont Lake, they often wrote their names on the flat surfaces with axle grease.  If they chose a location that was protected from the weather like the one below, their names can be still visible today.



Emigrants Names along the Trail from 1852
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #44 on: March 24, 2014, 07:01:39 AM »
Another place you can see evidence of the Emigrants and the Walker River Trail is at Fremont Lake they had dug a trench at the lower end (outlet) of the lake to drain it several feet so that their wagons could skirt the shallows along one edge.  You can still see the trench today.
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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #45 on: March 24, 2014, 07:04:39 AM »
The Sonora and Mono Wagon Road


The oldest trans-Sierra emigrant trail to California crossed over the Sonora Pass.  Today’s Highway 108 is much the same route as the Old Sonora-Mono Toll Road.  Completed in 1864, it was finally constructed to increase the flow of supplies from Tuolumne County to new gold camps on the east side of the Sierra Nevada.  When the easy gold was exhausted, the area’s forest and grazing land resources became important to the economy.   The old Sonora and Mono Wagon Road came down the pass using the same twists and turns as present-day Highway 108.  Today, Sonora-Mono Road has been replaced by State Highway 108; however, traces of the old road are still visible from the highway if you know where to look!


The old Toll road near Sonora Pass

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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #46 on: March 25, 2014, 07:05:28 AM »
Old Sonora-Mono Toll Road near Sonora Pass



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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #47 on: March 25, 2014, 07:08:25 AM »
Good look at the Old Sonora-Mono Toll Road Near Deadman Creek!  It runs about 2 miles or so at this point and you can walk it.


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #48 on: March 26, 2014, 07:12:54 AM »
Sonora-Mono Toll Road


Oldest of the Trans-Sierra Emigrant Trails to California is spectacular Sonora Pass crossed by Highway 108, second highest (9,626 feet) of all the highway crossings of the range. The Bartleson-Bidwell Party, with mules, horses and oxen, made the first crossing on October 18, 1841. This route was not attempted by wagons until 1852. “Grizzly” Adams took the trail over Sonora Pass in April, 1854, and reported “on all sides lay old axle trees and wheels....melancholy evidence of the last season’s disasters.” The present route first projected in 1862 was finally completed as a toll road, due to the extreme cost, by Mono, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Counties in 1865. It was said to take three weeks for a six-horse team to make the round trip between Sonora and Bridgeport.


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Re: Hoover Lahonton Cutthroats
« Reply #49 on: March 26, 2014, 07:38:57 AM »
Great information and pictures, wshawkins.  Looks like one heck of a hard toll road to pass over.
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