Bill Holmes - Activities - Fishing - Eastern Sierras
Tahoe to Big Pine July, 2009 (Lone Pine to Tahoe)
If you select a panorama that is larger than your browser window, expand your browser window to see all of it. Lake Tahoe looking west from resort.
Stream from Eagle Lake to Emerald Cove had no fish.
Lake Tahoe looking east from Eagle Lake trail.
Eagle Lake panorama.
Drove to Fallen Leaf Lake, but photo at west end did not get recorded (107888, 7/13, 2:00 PM).
View from Highway 89 south of Lake Tahoe.
Did not bother to fish East Fork of Carson River (107949, 7/14, 3:20 PM) when other fisherman doing all the right things were only catching small fish.
Tried beautiful ponds near the Highway 395 overpass of the Walker River (107993, 7/14, 5:00 PM) to no avail. Lake Virginia panorama upon evening arrival.
Virginia Lake panorama in the morning.
Upper Virgina Lakes fish for dinner thanks to silver wobbler.
Panorama of Mono Valley from Highway 89.
Panorama of Mono Lake.
Panorama south of Mono Lake.
I neglected to take the camera with me when I hiked down to Walker Lake. Its private road access discouraged me, but another fisherman encouraged me to fish the streams and lakes above Walker Lake. It was a brutal and fruitless climb to a point where the streams from two waterfalls merged. My knees paid the price on the return trip. Little stream access and all of four fishable places due to the high water made it doubly painful.
Walker Creek had fish, but they were leery of salmon eggs (108062, 7/15, 11:00 AM).
It and Sawmill Canyon and Bohler Canyon Creeks are controlled by the Los Angeles Water District, so they will not cut the aqueduct traversing the hills below these flow rate control dams.
Mining buckets found at Silver Lake could be used on patented land.
The streams entering and leaving Silver Lake were recommended. Hooked a small and large trout multiple times, but they through the hook every time (109083, 7/16, 9:44 AM). The best time is mid October. Then Reverse Creek is also good. Glass Creek was tiny, but ponds are stocked. Mostly off-road folks in campground. Deadman Creek falls (cascade) were disappointing. Two large trout near the base of the falls refused free salmon eggs and worms I found upstream, but could not keep little fish from my worm-baited hook. Had to keep one (108100, 7/16, 1:10 PM).
McGee Creek is stocked in three places. Caught one fish.
Crowley Lake panorama from McGee Creek Road
First Big Pine Creek Falls.
The "Glaser Lodge" at the base of the first falls is nothing more that a collection of cabins and a store. There were lots of mule deer, birds and rodent in the area, but prohibition signs were everywhere leaving a very unfriendly feeling. One even said "Dead End - No Turnaround," yet there was a large turnaround.
Big Pine Creek panorama.
New behavior: startled flutterby with orange, black and white upper wing color and drab lower wing color landed on the flat 45 degree surface of a rock, folded its wings and laid againt the rock to blend with it.
Roaring Big Pine Creek
Big Pine Creek looked good, but no fish in the few eddies that could be found in the parts of the stream that could be accessed.
View toward second falls.
Flowers on Big Pine Creek trail.
View toward second falls.
Violet among others in meadow at base of second falls.
Flowers at second falls.
Second falls at Big Pine Creek.
A fellow fisherman from Riverside failed to take photo of me here before he continued in the quest for the lakes. I learned my lesson at Walker Lake, but still managed to abuse my knees on the return trip. These photos are out of sequence (108191, 7/17, 11:58 AM).
Returned to Lancaster (108390, 7/17, 2:00 PM) for a total of 1,170 miles.
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