Distinguishing Characteristics: Additional access is from the eastside at McGee Creek Trailhead off Highway 395 What you may not know is that the golden trout was also stocked in Colorado back in the 70s and 80s. Take McGee Pass Trail 7 miles from McGee Creek Road of Highway 395.Little McGee Lake: (8 acres) at an elevation of 11,050 feet. The Volcano Creek Golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita), also referred to as Golden Creek Golden Trout, has been isolated for tens of thousands The weekends are somewhat crowded but, if you go up the hill mid week to trout fish you’ll have better luck… It can be difficult to get one of the limited places to fish along the shore. Must go off-trail for about 1 miles from McGee Creek by way of Golden Lake.Big McGee Lake: (40 acres) at an elevation of 10,550 feet. There is a need to restore passage for golden trout, allow other riparian associates passage and improve the hydrologic design of the Sherman pass Road culvert at Fish Creek. These fish are a prized catch for their golden skin and appearance and the fact that they are found only in such a small area. The lake contains Goldens and Brookies.Izaak Walton lake: (8 acres) at an elevation of 10,300 feet. Another theory is that ultraviolet light may have had an influence. The trout tend to get larger This area has 6-10 inch Fly-fishing for golden trout is a time-consuming, obsession-creating adventure of a time. Lakes with Golden Trout make it even more exciting. through Cascade Valley on the way to the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River for about 19 miles. The headwaters consists of a number of pocket pools Local Lakes are:Lost Keys Lakes: There are three (8 acre) lakes to Lost Keys Lakes lying at an elevation of 9,400 feet. Consists of Brookies. The substrate of many of their native streams have granitic stones stained in eliminated fish life from higher elevation waters throughout the Sierra Nevada to the north. Best areas are the creek inlets.Peter Pande Lake: (60 acres) at an elevation of 10,000 feet with 1.5 miles of shoreline. Caddis, Hoppers and Ant Patterns. Generally these new waters are at high elevations and may include stretches of stream above impassible fish barriers. Just north of the outlet is 3 acre Minnie Lake. Some reports indicate that Goldens and Rainbow-Golden Hybrids also inhabit both the lake and Purple Creek. No trail, follow Fish Creek from where McGee Pass Trail intersects with the creek.Golden Lake: (7 acres) at an elevation of 10,377 feet. basically starts at the Indian Lakes below Silver Pass. On the plateau you will find both the Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork Kern River. Volcanic Creek, which is home to the rescued fish, connects with Golden Trout Creek during runoff and high-water level years. Westside access is from Edison Lake (15 miles) going over either Goodale or Silver Pass. from afternoon thundershowers. Golden trout fishing is allowed throughout the Kern Plateau (the location of the trout’s native waters). shallow, exposed, high elevation streams where goldens evolved would be more vulnerable to this solar lateral line. Fish the outlet channels of the lake. 4) the confluence of Jackass and Fish Creek have the potential to bring large volumes of water through the culvert which may exceed its capacity. Through this time, the Golden Trout has evolved into a fish so unique and colorful Purple Lake: Purple Lake (50 acres) is at an elevation of 9,860 feet is located right off the Pacific Crest Trail one ridge to the south of Duck Lake. All lakes and reservoirs except those in Inyo and Mono counties : All Year. Approximate hiking time to the lakes is 5-6 hours. Golden trout are one of California’s most iconic trout species. Golden Trout Creek is a designated Heritage and Wild Trout Water. color. class and Brookies in the 8-10 inch class. Consists of Goldens and Golden/Rainbow Hybrids. Fish these inlets. Clear Creek in Golden offers fisherman of levels and abilities an award-winning fishing experience, only 15 minutes from downtown Denver with free parking and easy access. closely related and are classified as a subspecies of their distant relative, Olive can also be reached by the trail from Grassy lake.Grassy Lake: (20 acres) at an elevation of 9,500 feet. The Golden Trout is a sub-species of the rainbow trout native to California. There are about 20 smaller lakes around Tully that are managed as "fishless". Anne Lake: (50 acres) at an elevation of 10,280 feet with 1.7 miles of shoreline. Fish Creek and an electrofish depletion survey at one location in Clicks Creek. California’s state fish, the California golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) is native to only two creeks draining the Kern Plateau but has been distributed throughout many of the high Sierra lakes where they now thrive. that the California Legislature has named them the official "state fish." Must go off-trail for .5 miles from McGee Creek. This area is also known as usually produce more brilliantly colored golden trout.A combination of those influences are probably Genetic testing of the South Fork Kern Goldens above the Templeton Barrier have indicated a pure strain. When I first saw the stream I thought to myself "if there is a heaven, this what it will be like for flyfisherman". It’s the state fish of California. Each trip reaffirms the fact that the road sucks. Fish Creek, tributary to Little Kern Fishing Reports Another lush meadow area further transplanted to many other lakes and streams of the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere. McGee Pack Station. A side trail of .4 miles with a 7.5 foot 6X leader. Saved by TOFLYFISH. Cascade Valley Distance from Lake Mary Trailhead is 12 miles.Hopkins Lakes: There are two lakes, each about 10 acres. Follow the creek It seems likely that fish in the white tips. from Red's Meadow (16 miles) or Duck Pass Trail from Lake Mary. 3.5 miles. Consists of Brookies. These lakes are within a short proximity to each other and are accessed by the McGee Creek contains Rainbows and Brookies. Repairs to the barriers have been made, and there are currently no browns or rainbows above the Templeton Barriers. I highly recommend going here, it's 9 miles from the trailhead, over a 11,600 foot pass and back down to 10,000 feet, but worth every step. through Cascade Valley. The lake does not have adequate spawning tributaries to enhance the population but does have a rich source of insect life to allow the few Goldens to get to a size of 11-16 inches. Red & White Mtn. Light leaders (usually 4 pound test or less) and a stalking approach are needed as the fish can see out of the lakes extremely well. Tackle suggestions are a 8.5 foot 3 wt. While wild golden trout are typically small, because they’re found in such high, nutrients lacking waters, large golden trout can found in some lakes across the country where they’ve been transplanted. The Golden Trout Creek drainage flows roughly 19 miles total moving south and then west from the Cirque Peak-Siberian Pass area of the southern Sierra Nevada. The water is very clear and the fish tend to get spooky. About 7 hour pack from It is commonly believed the Golden Trout developed their bright red and yellow colors in response to The lakes are situated at the head of Cascade Valley below Silver Pass. Most of the same techniques used for fishing for trout at lower elevation lakes will work for fishing for Golden Trout. Coloration Theories: Golden Trout Lakes Dayhike I've bumped my way up the Portal Creek road a bunch of times over the past forty years. Walk up Fish Creek, no trail, from there. You can reach the lake by travelling cross-country from there. Fish and Clicks creeks are both tributaries to the Little Kern River and contain putative populations of Little Kern golden trout. The back has a brassy or copper For-sure, for-sure! Survey goals and objectives included: Determine the upstream extent of fish distribution in Fish Creek Contains Rainbows mostly in the 8-9 inch class. 5 trout per day. The Golden Trout is also known as the California Golden Trout and is native to Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek, and the South Fork Kern River. coloration. of years above impassable barriers in the lake. All the native trout in the Kern drainage can be referred to as "golden trout." The lake is planted with rainbows periodically. Golden Trout Wilderness. responsible for the bright coloration of golden trout. Below Tully Hole, the creek becomes a classic 8-10 inch class. Consists of Rainbows. The Volcanoe Creek Golden can be distinguished by its bright golden body. Golden Trout Creek California. Although Assuming average annual survival rates from lowland waters, there might have been only 10-20 fish left in the 2.4-acre lake, and Golden Trout are notoriously elusive even when they're present. The lake is planted with rainbows periodically. containing Brookies, Rainbows The golden trout is also native to Golden Trout Creek and Volcano Creek, which can offer some great fishing for goldies. Lower & Upper Hortense Lakes: (12 and 24 acres, respectively) at an elevation of 10,400 feet. Portions of the Kern River drainage, where golden trout evolved, were spared the glacial action which Sierran stream with runs, pockets, and pools and drops into Cascade Valley. the most brilliantly colored, have the least number of black spots and have been This is an entrance to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Consists of Brookies. Consists of Brookies and Rainbows. Revered as one of the most beautiful trout in the world, golden trout have made the bucket list for many anglers, myself included. their natural environment. light source than those in more shaded waters at lower elevations. Take the Minnow Creek Trail from Lake of Lone Indian's western shore about Notes:Fish Creek begins at the headwaters of Red and White Lake below McGee Pass. Trail ends at Sheep Mountain entrance of the Golden Trout Wilderness (GTW). Contains Rainbows. Consists of Rainbows in the 12-13 inch Consists of Brookies and Rainbows. Both of these are designated Wild Trout Waters, and the Golden Trout Creek is a designated Heritage Water. Consists of Goldens. Saddle up and set out on horseback along popular trails such as Mule Peak Lookout, Lewis Camp, or Doe Meadow. The Volcano Creek Golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita), also referred to as Golden Creek Golden Trout, has been isolated for tens of thousands of years above impassable barriers in the southern Sierra Nevada. Glen Lake: (8 acres) at an elevation of 10,500 feet. 3.5 miles to Peter Pande Lake. Take the Minnow Creek Trail from Lake of Lone Indian's western shore about 1.25 miles. Through this time, the Golden Trout has evolved into a fish so unique and colorful that the California Legislature has named them the official "state fish." Each contains Brookies. rod It is believed to be a hybrid of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki). Those in the South Fork Kern River and Golden Trout Creek (Oncorhynchus Crocker Lake: (7 acres) at an elevation of 10,880 feet. Trail from McGee Pass trail about 1/3 mile. digest the color pigments of material in the trout's diet. 10 trout in possession. Golden Trout Creek is an approximately 9-mile (14 km) long tributary of the Kern River, flowing in northeastern Tulare County, California. Go off-trail southeasterly from Hoof Lake about 0.5 miles..Brave Lake: (10 acres) at an elevation of 9,950 feet. The lake has been regularly planted with rainbows since the 1930's and has an ample population of trout in the 7-12 inche class. Take McGee Pass Trail 8 miles from McGee Creek Road of Highway 395. Barriers to fish migration were built in the 1970's at Ramshaw Meadows, Templeton, and Schaeffer. Beetlebug Lake: Beetlebug Lake is about 4.6 miles on the trail up Long Canyon from Lost Keys Lake at an elevation of 9,700 feet. tributaries. It is 303,511 acres (1,228.3 km 2) in size and was created by the US Congress in 1978 as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. On the Minnow Creek Trail from the western edge of Lone Indian Lake the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Each lake consists of Brookies in the 6-8 inch class. Over 300 lakes and 700 miles of streams have been planted by this program since 1913. No trail, follow contours from Pacific Crest Trail where is enters Lake of Lone Indian.Chief Lake, Papoose Lake, Lake of Lone Indian: (20 acres, 5 acres, 20 acres, respectively) at an elevation of 10,500 feet. The big myth about Golden Trout is that you have to go on some backbreaking hike to 11,000 ft to catch a Golden Trout. Usually, goldens found in the former Upper Hopkins is at 11,000 feet . 10 trout in possession. Because of their short Generally you can’t just do a quick day trip for these ornate fish. They are native to only two stream systems in the southeast Sierra Nevada – Golden Trout Creek, and the South Fork Kern River in Tulare County. A pack trail reaches about halfway up to Upper Hopkins from Lower Hopkins along Hopkins Creek. Consists of Goldens. The South Fork Kern Golden were also threatened by the introductions of rainbows and browns within their habitat. All three lakes have Rainbow Trout. Golden trout are most often found in remote, alpine drainages over 9,000 feet in elevation. Golden Trout Creek, a large tributary of the upper main stem (North Fork) Kern River, supports a healthy population of the California golden trout. The South Fork Kern Golden are essentially the same subspecies as the Volcano Creek Golden but has some genetic distinctions and can be identified by the spots which sparsely cover the back up to the head. Fish Creek/Cascade Valley can be accessed through the Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail Cascade Valley basically starts at the Indian Lakes below Silver Pass. This seems quite likely since the headwaters of Purple Creek originate from known Golden trout waters of Glen Lake, Ram Lake, and Glenette Lakes at an elevation of 10,600 feet. brookies as well as some Rainbows and Rainbow-Golden hybrids. Small drys work well drifting within the foam lines. The There will be some portions within small meadows that will allow the creek to slowly If not metabolized, these red and yellow Also try the numerous points off the coves that surround the Most anglers know that golden trout are native to California (in fact, it’s the state fish) and are also stocked in Wyoming. California golden trout are found in their natal streams of Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork Kern River and in addition have been transplanted to many other isolated lakes and locations for the purpose of sportfishing. Genetic testing has found that the Volcano Creek Goldens in most of Golden Trout Creek and it's tributaries are pure strains. They are Fish Creek can also be easily accessed from Road 22S05 near Troy Meadows at 7800 ft. ele. for about 2 miles. about .25 miles to the lake. Fish Creek has about 5-6 waterfalls as it passes Be sure to check out our full guide on Trout Fishing Tips. Consists of Goldens. The first meadow is Horse Heaven with large shallow pools. Some speculate the goldens adapted to this background These barriers were damaged and in poor repair by the mid-90's that Brown trout were, once again, found above the Schaeffer Barrier. The Golden Trout Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare County and Inyo County, California.It is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Porterville, California within Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Forest.. No restrictions. Consists of Rainbows in the 12-13 inch class and Brookies in the Golden Trout. Fishing is available in Maggie and Twin Lakes. The lake consists of Brookies and Rainbows. It is 303,511 acres (1,228.3 km2) in size and was created by the US Congress in 1978 as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. drop-off along the northern shoreline. trouts is described in Behnke (2002) and in the California golden trout account in this report. It flows No restrictions. I just went fishing in the western Sierra and caught a Golden trout even bigger than the one in the picture. Pacific Crest Trail. One major point to keep in mind is that high lake waters are normally very clear. Try Wulffs, Humpies, Elk Hair through Nov. 15. The Little Kern Golden Trout, a threatened species, is found in the Little Kern River and portions of Fish Creek. and pocket waters. They have been planted since the 1930's and the California State record was caught here in August, 1952 at 9 lbs 8 ounces. 5 trout per day. We were going in search of golden trout. The north side of the lake is the most accessible with a trail that follows the shoreline. Nymph patterns also work well, particularly if the creek becomes discolored Trout Rivers Fly Fishing Lakes Golf Courses Beautiful Pictures California Brown Trout River. Take the Minnow Creek Trail from Lake of Lone Indian's western shore about the northern portion of the John Muir Wilderness. near Lake Crowley. Trail follows the tributary where it meets McGee Pass Trail for 3/4 miles.Cecil Lake: (18 acres) at an elevation of 10,900 feet. Franklin Lakes: 3 lakes, largest is about 15 acres at 11,000 feet. The South Fork Kern River is a designated Wild Trout Water. very cold temperatures during early egg development could deactivate certain enzymes. class and some small Rainbows.Wilbur May Lake: (40 acres) at an elevation of 9,980 feet. meander. While the Little Kern golden trout looks more similar to California golden trout than to coastal rainbow trout, genetically these two forms represent distinct evolutionary lineages of rainbow trout (Bagley and Gall 1998, M. Stephens 2007). The Kern River , originally Rio de San Felipe , later La Porciuncula , is a river in the U.S. state of California, approximately 165 miles (270 km) long. going south will go to Wilbur May Lake. Lake: (30 acres) at an elevation of 11,100 feet. mykiss aguabonita) often are referred to as "true goldens." Take McGee Pass Trail 6 miles from McGee Creek Road of Highway 395. situation are more brilliantly colored. The belly is usually a deep crimson and the pelvic, anal , and dorsal fins are orange and yellow with The wilderness is named for and protects the habitat of California's state freshwater fish, the golden trout. Go off-trail eastward from Ram Lake about 0.2 miles. The golden trout is commonly found at elevations from 6,890 feet (2,100 m) to 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level, and is native only to California's southern Sierra Nevada mountains. These enzymes would pigments could become deposited in the skin of the trout. It consists of Brookies. Upper MILL CREEK POND – Well, the Upper Mill Creek Pond is the BEST PLACE to fish right now! Station.Squaw Lake, Warrior Lake: (5 acres, 25 acres, respectively) at an elevation of 10,670 feet. The upper Kern River flows mostly through a deep canyon in a wild part of the southern Sierra. Lower Hopkins sits at 10,400 feet and can be reached from Rock Creek Trailhead to the east, a 5 hour pack trip. About 7 hour pack from McGee Pack Consists of Goldens. light yellow and reddish hues of volcanic origin. A bright red stripe goes through the center of the body with dark purple parr marks along the The rainbows would hybridize with the Goldens while the Browns would compete for habitat and prey upon the smaller Goldens. Midge & Scarab Lake: These lakes are at 10,600 feet. Last Saturday in Apr. Had Consisted of Rainbows, now managed as "Fishless". My first experience with Golden Trout occurred when I was a teenager and backpacked with a friend into Pioneer Basin high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. These lakes are within a short proximity to each other and are accessed by the Pacific Crest Trail. Genetic purity of the Goldens has been greatly reduced by the planting program of the DFG from Cottonwood Lakes. Lake Virginia: (98 acres) at an elevation of 10,320 feet is known for large Goldens. The “ Golden Mile ” of Clear Creek is a popular spot to fish for trout, including browns, brook, cuttbow, cutthroat, and rainbow. downstream is Tully Hole (elevation 9,600 feet), a good location for dry flies. Follow the trail on the north side of the lake to the Anne Lake Falls inlets. I just drove right up to the creek located at about 7000 ft elevation in my Jeep 4+4 and started to fish. Another reasonable explanation for their bright coloration has to do with genetics. Fish the smaller streams such as Salmon Creek, Trout Creek, Jackass Creek, Fish Creek, and Corral Creek. I knew the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife had stocked Golden Trout years ago. Between waterfalls, the creek will be a freestone type creek with pools, runs, rainbow trout reentered the Kern River drainage following the retreat of glaciers some 10,000 follow the outlet stream for .5 miles to the lake. growing season, golden trout in high elevation habitats spawn as early as snow-melt conditions allow. Take a day hike on the Baker Point Trail, Chute Trail, Jacobson Trail, Lion Ridge Trail, or any of dozens more. All waters on the Kern Plateau are open to angling, although many are accessible only by trail since both watersheds are largely encompassed within the … Follow the trail along Purple Creek above Purple Lake for 1 mile.Hoof Lake: (20 acres) at an elevation of 10,800 feet. southern Sierra Nevada. and Rainbow-Golden hybrids in the 6-8" range at about 10,350 feet. years ago, the presence of waterfalls prevented these fish from mixing with golden trout. Fish the They are The golden trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita) is native to the upper Kern River basin, where it was isolated and evolved separately from other trout. in size in the 10-12 inch with more Rainbows and Rainbow-Golden hybrids than brookies. Trail follows the tributary where it meets Pacific Crest Trail for 3/4 miles.Lee Lake: (18 acres) at an elevation of 10,800 feet. Not true. Fish Creek has about 5-6 waterfalls as it passes through Cascade Valley. As the name implies, this area is home to the Golden Trout, a subspecies of the Rainbow Trout that is native to California. The golden trout are found in cold, high mountain lakes above 8,000 feet. Plumas Corporation www.plumascorporation.org , in partnership with Trout Unlimited and the Kern Community Foundation, is raising funds to benefit California golden trout habitat on Sequoia National Forest lands along Fish Creek, a perennial tributary to the South Fork Kern River. Fishing high mountain lakes in the summer has always been one of my favorite adventures. From a small pond, Can reach the lake by going off-trail from Minnie Lake to the northwest. This portion of the creek contains Volcano Creek Golden Trout and is one of the only areas within the Sierras in which Goldens can be fished along a roadside. Two cascading waterfalls flow into the lake from Anne Lake. 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