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crazyfisher
02-25-2013, 11:12 AM
Hello everyone. We decided to give Alpine Lake a try instead of Bon Tempe where we usually go most of the time. We started at 11 am. Went through Fairfax and the usual bike traffic on a 2 lane road always make it interesting!! Bikers NEED to share the road as well.

Anyways, parked and started our hike. Going through the forest and bush we go.

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Emerging through the bush we see the lake.

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Finally down at the water. We all setup our lines. And wait

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First 5 minute in the water, we get our first bite. It was a good size 3 lb green trout aka largemouth that took a worm. Didn't get a picture, just released.

Then the wait continue. We covered the section pretty good with everything we had.

The wind wasn't too bad but it was definitely cold. I guess it was too chilly for the trout to come out. We definitely threw everything at them but it was not meant to be. We knew going into Alpine that it would be hit and miss on scoring a trout however we know that if we got one, we would be rewarded :)

As Alpine isn't stocked and the trout in there are holdover. We caught a few last year.

Anyways, I continue to practice my fly fishing technique while we wait and took some pictures to pass the time. haha.

Is that a grasshopper on my rod.

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Closer inspection:
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Place my fly rod on the grass and look what happens. It gets invaded, haha.

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Enough about that. Some wild life came out and play.

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Found this guy soaking in the sun.

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We were worried that the ticks were gonna come out to play too but good thing its too cold for them. I'm not looking forward to them coming out and playing. They need to just take a long long vacation :)

We will give Alpine another shot when it gets warmer. The trout in there is weird like that. They like the warm weather, I believe last year I caught the 23 inch beautiful trout when it was 80s degree. Until next time.

Jfitalia
02-25-2013, 12:30 PM
great pics!

were the cyclist riding side by side or single file? I am very big into cycling and I hate it when they "we" ride side by side on a on lane road. It's an A-hole move and gives the rest of a bad rap.

crazyfisher
02-25-2013, 12:49 PM
great pics!

were the cyclist riding side by side or single file? I am very big into cycling and I hate it when they "we" ride side by side on a on lane road. It's an A-hole move and gives the rest of a bad rap.

I don't mind the cyclist at all, its only those that think they own the road. Yes those who ride side by side. And sometime they bunch up riding 3-4 side by side...as you know the lanes there aren't that wide and the road are very curvy. I'm always mindful of the cyclist and know how dangerous it can be. I give them all the space when I pass so the wind doesn't get them off balance!

Its crazy how fast the cyclist go down the hill, pretty impressive!!

Jfitalia
02-25-2013, 01:05 PM
I don't mind the cyclist at all, its only those that think they own the road. Yes those who ride side by side. And sometime they bunch up riding 3-4 side by side...as you know the lanes there aren't that wide and the road are very curvy. I'm always mindful of the cyclist and know how dangerous it can be. I give them all the space when I pass so the wind doesn't get them off balance!

Its crazy how fast the cyclist go down the hill, pretty impressive!!



We appreciate the space but they need to go single file. There is only so far a car can move over! As for speed depending on how much the cyclist weighs they can reach some crazy speed. I don't weigh that much and I have hit the 40mph range before I start to apply the brakes a bit.

Sorry for the highjack! That lake looks amazing! Sorry you didn't catch any trout.

FresnoJack
02-25-2013, 01:18 PM
Beautiful photography.

And no, not grasshoppers, but mayflys.




Is that a grasshopper on my rod.

http://imageshack.us/a/img89/4330/dsc4995u.jpg

Closer inspection:
http://imageshack.us/a/img29/2889/dsc4988p.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img542/5438/dsc5012s.jpg

crazyfisher
02-25-2013, 01:26 PM
you are correct FresnoJack, it is a mayfly :)

Marinpaul
02-25-2013, 10:01 PM
Thanks for the great report, Crazyfisher. That's right in my backyard. I fish Alpine for bass once in a while, but I know there are some big Trout in there. Hope you get one next time!

My wife and I ride up to the dam from Fairfax regularly, and I am proud to report that we ride single file. I would say 80 to 90% do so as well. It's always the 10% or so that cause problems for the rest of us.

Fish on!

crazyfisher
02-26-2013, 11:42 PM
i'm totally not against bikers :) and I know its those 10 percent that ruin it for everyone. You can tell an experience rider from a non-experience one.

As for the bass in Alpine, you got that right. There are some monster bass in there. I got my personal best bass last year there at 7 lbs.

Can't wait to go back to some of the other spot at Alpine when it warms up. Love the solitude.

If I see a man and woman biking, I'll yell out MARINPAUL!! :)

iggybabble
02-28-2013, 10:14 AM
i used to love fishing both Alpine and Kent lakes, rarely got any quantity, but quality was great at times.........of course much of that was 1980's, back when Marin county actually considered fishing a sport, and not a barbaric act perpetrated by crass, cold blooded killers. i can remember in San Rafael alone, you could buy fishing gear at Thrifty and Merrill's drugs, Grand and Ed's Auto, Western Boat, Western Sport, Longs and Payless drugs, Big 5, Loch Lomond bait, probably forgotten others.........kids went fishing after school, on the weekends, and during summer vacation. i caught plenty of trout outta Phoenix, Lagunitas, Bon Tempe, Alpine and Kent, along with Papermill creek.

Marinpaul
02-28-2013, 01:00 PM
You are spot on, iggybabble. I just ignore the politics here and enjoy fishing and the outdoors. Kent Lake is one of my favorite spots for bass fishing. There are still kids who fish here, my son included. They just get their tackle through the internet. Heck, the Marin Bass Club is actually growing (give them a shout out if you are interested). My son and his friend are now members and participate in some of the local tournaments.

And Crazyfisher, in the summertime you will see about 10 couples per hour riding to the dam. So if I don't yell back, it probably wasn't me!

I am smiling as I type this because I love the fact that there are still good folks fishing around here. Keep up the good work.

Lifted
02-28-2013, 01:07 PM
i used to love fishing both Alpine and Kent lakes, rarely got any quantity, but quality was great at times.........of course much of that was 1980's, back when Marin county actually considered fishing a sport, and not a barbaric act perpetrated by crass, cold blooded killers. i can remember in San Rafael alone, you could buy fishing gear at Thrifty and Merrill's drugs, Grand and Ed's Auto, Western Boat, Western Sport, Longs and Payless drugs, Big 5, Loch Lomond bait, probably forgotten others.........kids went fishing after school, on the weekends, and during summer vacation. i caught plenty of trout outta Phoenix, Lagunitas, Bon Tempe, Alpine and Kent, along with Papermill creek.

I was looking up Kent Lake since I'm not familiar with it, when I saw these white things in the middle of Alpine Lake. What are they?

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.952971,-122.624958&spn=0.002995,0.00567&t=h&z=18

crazyfisher
02-28-2013, 01:28 PM
I was looking up Kent Lake since I'm not familiar with it, when I saw these white things in the middle of Alpine Lake. What are they?

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.952971,-122.624958&spn=0.002995,0.00567&t=h&z=18

They placed that a year or two ago. Its to pump water in and out of Alpine to Bon Tempe. I think?

Kent Lake is a great lake as well. We went there a couple of times. The hike into it is pretty brutal but that just mean I'm out of shape, haha. Its mostly concrete road but the incline up is gradual. Parking is limited as well.

Once you get into the lake, fishing spot are limited as the bank are steep but manageable. Just be careful of ticks!!

Like other have said, you won't get a lot of quantity but quality fish are in there.

Good luck if you go :)

alexdesignz
03-03-2013, 09:42 AM
I tried Alpine once but at the furthest point from Bon Tempe. The walls were like 20 feet tall and steep. I found a base of a tree that I got to sit on. It was peaceful as no one person was around there. I am still learning these lakes and trying to figure them out.

On another note, is this a bass? I was fishing Bon Tempe Shady side and there were 1000's of these.
http://i.imgur.com/BdHZfAA.jpg

Marinpaul
03-03-2013, 10:33 AM
I think that is a large mouth bass. There are large mouth and small mouth bass in Bon Tempe. I caught a 2.5 lb small mouth in December while tossing a Kastmaster for trout. I thought I had a monster trout until it rolled and the colors didn't seem right!

Here are some large mouth bass from Kent lake caught this Friday with my son in the early evening:

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That last one that Jake caught went 3.75 lbs. Pretty good for early March!

Paul

alexdesignz
03-03-2013, 03:48 PM
Thats great. How do you catch bass?

Marinpaul
03-03-2013, 04:19 PM
This time of year we use slow moving soft baits, like Senkos and Roboworms (4 to 8 inches long). In this case we were drop shotting, where you use a slim pencil weight at the end of the line, with the bait tied further up the line about 1 to 3 feet. This allows you to tighten the line and float the bait off the bottom, twitching it in place. Then you lift up the rod tip and twitch it several times, which picks the weight off the bottom and moves it a foot or two. Then you let the weight fall back to the bottom. Then repeat.

There are also some nice Trout in Kent, but they are tough to catch, with the best bite in late fall.

RideNfish
03-03-2013, 08:28 PM
That last one that Jake caught went 3.75 lbs.PaulHey doink... In case you didn't notice this is the "trout" board! LOL. J/K

crazyfisher
03-03-2013, 08:46 PM
great job marinpaul and alex. Thnx for the report from Kent :) keep it up.

Marinpaul
03-03-2013, 10:16 PM
I was waiting for Ride-n-Fish "The Enforcer" to come down heavy with the rule book :)

RideNfish
03-04-2013, 09:09 AM
I was waiting for Ride-n-Fish "The Enforcer" to come down heavy with the rule book :)

Yes, and the term I used, "Doink" is an official Sniffer term only to be usedd moderators. :rotfl2:

Marv
03-04-2013, 09:12 AM
This time of year we use slow moving soft baits, like Senkos and Roboworms (4 to 8 inches long). In this case we were drop shotting, where you use a slim pencil weight at the end of the line, with the bait tied further up the line about 1 to 3 feet. This allows you to tighten the line and float the bait off the bottom, twitching it in place. Then you lift up the rod tip and twitch it several times, which picks the weight off the bottom and moves it a foot or two. Then you let the weight fall back to the bottom. Then repeat.

There are also some nice Trout in Kent, but they are tough to catch, with the best bite in late fall.


Paul that's called drop shotting, works great on trout as well, just down size the tackle. I see your really learning the good stuff :) only thing ah lmb does that a trout won't it launch x3 his body length while smashing a topwater lure. Can scare ya when he does it 3' in front you:sad-smiley-023: