Saturday, August 8, 2009
Now is a great time to search for our state fish "The Golden Trout" in the higher most elevations of the Sierra Nevada. To find these jewels one must plan and prepare to hike deep into the back country, like the the Golden Trout Wilderness. But there are some opportunities to find goldens north of Lake Tahoe, but it will require a search that resembles what the early pioneers of the gold rush went through. I know of a few lakes that hold them, but I'm sworn to secrecy and not about to spill the beans! On one secret lake the goldens cruise the shoreline mixed with cutthroat trout in search of blown in feed. In this case it was lady bugs, and the fish were being very selective - Nothing else worked that day. If you plan on mining for gold, use long leaders to 6x, and try lady bug and ant patterns. There is nothing like holding a golden trout for the first time, the glow they radiate is just like what the miners called "Gold Fever"!