It was opening day at our favorite catch and release trout lake. We had never fished the lake on the opener and were a little concerned it might be crowded. Fortunately for us there wasn't another sole on the lake.
Randy by himself and enjoying the beauty of having the lake all to one's self.
We were hoping for Barb to catch a Lahonton Cutthroat, as this would be its native water and would certainly count for her Heritage Trout Challenge. We had caught them here in the past, but they were somewhat rare.
Barb's first Heritage Trout. Now the madness begins.
Considering our experiences in the past we were surprised at the catch rate of the Lahontans. Everybody in our group caught plenty. Barb and I caught over a dozen each.
I was surprised how small the Lahontans were, It made us wonder if DFG had done a stocking, or if these were from a healthy spawn.
Christy and Randy spent more time at the dam and caught more of a variety of fish including; browns, rainbows and Christy even caught what I thought was a mountain whitefish.
Christy with a nice little brownie.
Barb also caught a couple of little brownies.
Not sure of the make of this fish, but I think it could be a mountain whitefish.
We expected much bigger fish based on our past experiences, but we had a great time and it has started the quest for Barb's Heritage Trout Challenge.