Thursday, July 16, 2009
Fishing Report - Crooked Lakes, Placer Co.
I had never been to Crooked Lakes, and with an invite from Christine and promises of trout - I was there! We took off and made base camp at Long lake, from here we could do day hikes with light packs to dozens of lakes in the general area. It was so amazing how fast we reached a plateau of the alpine environment with little effort, more bang for your buck I might add. Many lakes held Brookies, Rainbow, and Brown trout. As usual with high alpine lakes they seem to know just how far an angler could cast, and hung out in the middle of the lake rising to insects. The fish wanted the fly on top with quick strips and lots of splashing to induce strikes, over sized hoppers and Airheads in orange got their attention! I got my fair share of hook ups, and with plenty of food on hand, I had a hard time keeping any fish as they were SO beautiful! Other than trout and gorgeous scenery, there were hundreds of wild flowers, many warblers sang their song without a glimpse of their presence, a spotted sandpiper bobbed its head and kept gaurd of our campsite, and mergansers cruised the lakes in search of juvenile trout. It was a great trip, one that will last in the memory banks for a long time.