Earlier this summer I did an overnight trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness with my sister Barb. She had never been there, nor had she ever caught a golden trout. We caught all three subspecies and had a great time.
Barb sneaking up on a Little Kern Golden Trout.
Barbs first golden trout.
Barb risking her life for a Kern River Rainbow Trout.
We crossed the bridge of death to catch this monster!
The California drought has really effected The Golden Trout Wilderness.
This little guy came from the mud puddle shown above.
We made it back to Sacramento on Sunday around 10:30 A.M. and decided to fish the creek by my house for bass.
A nice little spotted bass from the local creek.
This was a special weekend for Christy and I. It was our ten year wedding anniversary. We had thought about what we wanted to do for months to celebrate, but with the shop short staffed and me only able to take a couple of days off we decided to head up to our property in the Modoc Forest. We would do some camping, fishing and a bit of exploring.
Our first stop on the way up would be in the McCloud area. Christy needed a McCloud Redband Trout for her second Heritage Trout Certificate. It was only a few minutes off the path so we figured it would be a great place to take a break from the drive and catch a few fish.
Home of the McCloud Redband Trout.
Christy's first McCloud Redband.
That night I cooked up some delicious spicy sausage sandwiches in the dutch oven.
The next day we decided to get up early and head to the most beautiful swamp in California. To get to the swamp requires traveling on a long dirt road only suitable for high ground clearance vehicles. The road climbs for what feels like eternity passing abandoned cabins, old mines and all kinds interesting terrain. When you finally arrive at the swamp, you realize the name is not very fitting. There is a small creek that runs through the swamp that contains an extremely rare subspecies of the rainbow trout called the Warner Redband. Christy would also need this fish for her Heritage Trout Certificate.
Home of the Warner Redband Trout.
Christy's first Warner Redband.
On the way back to camp we decided to stop of at the Stringer Plum Winery. The winery uses the Native Pacific Plum which is extremely rare and only grows in that region. We bought two bottles. We were getting a bit hungry so we decided to just have lunch right there at the winery. They had nice picnic tables that offered a great view of Goose Lake. The wine went very well with our crackers, summer sausage and cheese.
On our third and final day we headed to the famous Lava Beds National Park. The park is somewhat close to the property and it really is amazing. The park blew us away and I have to warn that the next section of this post is going to get a little picture heavy.
Should I go in?????
A big one!!!!!
On the final night I made an amazing rosemary chicken in the dutch oven. Christy said it was the best chicken she ever had. It could of been the alcohol talking, but it was pretty good.
This past week Christy and I snuck out for an overnighter at our favorite catch and release lake near Truckee. It was an absolute perfect day and once again we had the lake to ourselves.
The campgrounds are some of the nicest around and always quiet. The fact that the lake is artificial only, barbless, catch and release really keeps the masses down.
The bite was not red hot but we managed to catch about a dozen and a half between the two of us.
Christy with a spunky rainbow.
I managed to catch all three flavors of trout in the lake: Cutthroat, Brown and Rainbow Trout.
Christy with another beautiful rainbow.
Brown Trout are the predominate fish in the lake and make up about eighty-five percent of the catch rate.
Christy still needs a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout for her second California Heritage Trout Challenge certificate.
On this trip, all she could muster up were browns and rainbows.
Oh well maybe next time.
Green Sunfish tacos.
Our local Brown Trout lake seems to be over run with small Green Sunfish and we are noticing a decline in the trout population. I usually always practice catch and release, but there are so many dam sunfish in the lake, I felt it would be a great time to make some tacos.
Beer battered sunfish.
There is not a lot of recipes on the internet for Green Sunfish tacos, so I had to wing it. I made a simple beer batter with flour, salt , pepper and of course beer. We topped them off with chopped lettuce, salsa, cheese and a lemon. They were extremely tasty.
One of over 100 fish caught this morning.
I was here the week before with Pete and we caught so many fish, I could not wait to get back here. I could only get one day off for the Memorial Weekend and Barb was the only one who was free to fish. I told her about all the fish we caught and I think she was a bit skeptical. After about an hour and a half and over twenty-five fish by herself she was a believer.
The two fly rig was lots of fun.
As the day went on and the water started warming up, the fishing got even better and at one point, it was a fish every cast. We put on double fly rigs and were catching two fish for every cast.
Barb with a small brown.
We did manage to catch a couple of small brown trout mixed in with all the sunfish. Barb also had a nice brown try to eat one of her sunfish, while she was reeling in.
We fished until about three in the afternoon and decided it was time to head out and make the tacos.