View Full Version : Walker and Plan A...mabye plan B... maybe....

09-21-2013, 02:34 PM
IsearchofFish (Kevin) MarinPaul, and I organized this nice adventure to work the Walker River for a bit then hike off to a secret lake for some goldens. We must of called each other 4 times the day before organizing meeting places and just sharing in the excitement of the upcoming journey. Paul was watching the weather closely since our secret lake was over 10,000 feet and several miles back into the country side. We unfortunately had to scratch that hike due to 60mph wind gust being forecast and we just didn't want to deal with that camping above the treeline. Plus a chance of snow was possibly going to be upon us.


Kevin met me at my house Thur morning so we could ride over in my car and fish the Walker until Paul showed up who was coming later in the evening. Kevin and I worked the Walker from Hwy 395 and along the 108 corridor and scored some fish. We started on 395 at noon and were instantly into fish. We worked this shallow riffle and must of pulled about 15 each out of just an area 25 yards long. We then moved to some other areas as well and continued with the fish slaying.

Here is one of our "double bendos" that we had a fair amount of.


Some pretty fish were in the mix too.


Kevin hooked up!


And his second best of the day.


We came across this guy just swimming in the water. Held his position in the riffle wasn't in a hurry to get to one side or the other.


This is the definition of boulder hopping...


We continued different areas of the river and ended the day with about 50 fish each! Pretty crazy. Just lost count but stayed close.

Met up with Paul at a prearranged fishing hole at 18:00 and fished for a bit continuing our assault on the planters. Then Paul said he would take Kevin and I to dinner HIS TREAT!!!! I told him I don't "put out" after just dinner but add some shiny new lures to deal and we shall see. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/rofl1.gif We ate at Rhino's in Bridgeport that he and Kevin have eaten at before. Good food and a crowded local watering hole. Thank you Paul!



Since it was to windy for our original plan we had "B" in place. I read about this lake in a magazine. The lake has some brooks and browns in it. So we headed that way finding our way up dirt roads in the dark never having been there before. We got to the trail head in short order and set up camp by headlights from the car and called it a night.

Now for the bummer. Poor Kevin this night got sick... real sick. Was up all night (won't give details) but it was ugly. This next morning he said he is staying put and for Paul and I to go to the lake. We were hoping that he had food poisoning even though Paul and I were fine from dinner. At least if it's food poisoning he will be feeling better soon.

Since we set up camp in the dark we had no idea what our view would be. Ugly camp ground as they go but a great view!



09-21-2013, 02:35 PM
Paul on the trail and a gorgeous hike until we reached the lake.


We worked this lake hard. Trying everything in the lure category, wooly buggers, streamers, pistol pete, damn near everything without bait. The wind was howling and confirmed that our decision to cancel our original lake up high was the correct one. We worked the entire south side of the lake until we got to the inlet where we found some protection from the wind. Here is Paul hooked up with the first fish of the day. Nice little brookie. At least the skunk is off!


The trees are starting to change in some areas and not in others. Will be prime fall colors in a couple weeks.


I finally gave way to Kevin's pressure of using worms. I tried to avoid it but nothing was working that well. So I threw out a worm on a casting bubble and let it hang out there as we continued casting lures. I finally catch a brook on a kastmaster and am thrilled that the skunk is off for me. But what was really cool is as I brought in my 8" book all of a sudden I see two dark shadows. They were big browns in the 4 lbs class following my distressed brook trout! Paul fired off a cast with his lure and one turned and looked at it but then left. I threw my brook back in the water (hence no pic) and started casting at them for no bite. Paul did see another big bruiser cruise by but couldn't get him to take any of our offerings. Paul also hooked into a brown in the 17" class that got off right at shore so that was fun.

A bit later I see my bobber rod bouncing a bit. I run over to it and fish on! As soon as I had tension on the line I knew this was a better fish. Pulled real good but since he had crossed two lines I rushed him in a bit faster than normal to avoid loosing him. Landed this gorgeous fish!


That would be then end or our catching there and we needed to get back to see how Kevin is doing. We had a visitor come up and say high right when we were getting ready to head out.


Looking back to say goodbye to this gorgeous lake that we now know has some big fish. We just have to time it right. Also the stream heading out of the lake is gorgeous.


We get back to camp and Kevin is still half dead. No more goofing around. He was even to sick to take down his tent. Into the car curled up he went. Paul and I took down the camp loaded up and headed for Bridgeport. I dropped Paul off at his car and I took Kevin home to my house. Poor dude was out even over Sonora Pass.


He still was not keeping anything down so set him up in my spare bedroom. He took a shower and went to bed. Got up this morning around 8 and ate a banana. Still sick but seemed to be better and headed home. Felt real bad for him and he felt bad cutting our trip short. Did not matter. NO WAY IN HELL was I letting him suffer like that. This is how we take care of our fellow fisherman. The fish will be there anytime we want.

Was a great trip just a little off from the plans we had. At least Kevin had the first day to slay over 50 fish so not all was lost.

Thanks guys for the great time can't wait until the next one. I'm sure it will go as planned. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif

09-21-2013, 03:04 PM
Great report. Could he have altitude poisoning? My uncle would be out of it almost comatose when we went to Tahoe for my cousins guys weekend trip. I'd say you guys got your fishing in and I am glad you didn't blame Kevin, it is not our fault we have week stomachs.

09-21-2013, 03:52 PM
Great post Doug,one of your best ever!!!!!!:thumbup:.....Don

09-21-2013, 04:31 PM
Definitely not altitude sickness, back at 10 ft and Im still sick :( Fun trip though... Slaying the bows on the Walker was like fishing in one of those kiddy ponds filled with fish. Just about one fish every cast. Doug even landed two fish in one cast...anyone ever done that? Heres a pic of my best of the day he was not very cooperative. LOL http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/ZBiggerone_zpsfa6063b3.jpgHHeres a shot of one of many doubles and when Paul arrived there were even some tripleshttp://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/zD_zpsf809e36a.jpg

Captain Compassion
09-21-2013, 06:22 PM
Very nice guys well except for the part where Kevin gets sick. Love the brown Doug. Lots of spots. Sense early july the West Walker has been full of fish. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and story. Get well Kevin.


Captain Compassion
09-21-2013, 06:49 PM
Maybe it's a good thing you guys left early. Ebbits, Sonora and Tioga passes are all closed due to snow. It's getting nasty up there.


09-21-2013, 07:08 PM
you guys,cc and Jetspray really know how to do it big when it comes to Trout!! That brown is one gorgeous fish, can't wait until I catch my first brown. As always great story thank you for sharing

Fish on!

09-21-2013, 07:19 PM
Great thread and picks as always. I'm totally jealous.

09-21-2013, 07:39 PM
I'm glad you fellas made it through with a slight change of plans. You might have caught a bug from all of the flowering fauna, the sagebrush, rabbitbrush, and some others go into bloom this time of year before the snow falls. It kills most all of us over here, you just about see yellow everywhere. Get well Kevin........Jetspray

09-21-2013, 08:30 PM
Excellent report as usual Doug. Mryosemite isnt the only one jealous. Congrats on the nice brown. That is one beautiful lake, in a area that has lots of beautiful lakes. I know its hard to capture in pics, but you guys seem to always get it done. Good job...

09-21-2013, 10:46 PM
Great report guys. Kevin I hope you feel better soon.

09-23-2013, 08:06 AM
Maybe it's a good thing you guys left early. Ebbits, Sonora and Tioga passes are all closed due to snow. It's getting nasty up there.


I think you may have been right since we were supposed to be driving home early afternoon over Sonora on Sat. All is good we still got fish! :)

09-23-2013, 08:33 AM
Those are some nice looking fish. Great report. Hope Kevin feels better soon. Sucks to get sick when the fish are Bitting.

09-23-2013, 11:24 AM
Great post & pics. Sucks getting sick at home so I can only imagine how bad it sucks in a dirt field. Glad Kevin got to kick a some a## on the Walker. Paul, I don't go and you guys out to eat, lol. When I go its pb&j in a tortilla :) haha jk we are never close to anywhere on our trips. See you guys on the water soon.

That is one unique looking brown, very cool.....

09-23-2013, 03:14 PM
great trip guys. Sorry to hear about kevin. Hope he feels better soon.

I been to that pizza place in Bridgeport...That place gets packed during 4th of July!!

09-24-2013, 10:32 AM
Great post & pics. Sucks getting sick at home so I can only imagine how bad it sucks in a dirt field. Glad Kevin got to kick a some a## on the Walker. Paul, I don't go and you guys out to eat, lol. When I go its pb&j in a tortilla :) haha jk we are never close to anywhere on our trips. See you guys on the water soon.

That is one unique looking brown, very cool.....
+1 but you should have taken a pic when I was laying on my back:nana:. This post shows others that there are fish to be had, ya never know who might make you drive a couple hundred miles to make you enjoy yourselves with some quality fish that are holdovers from the back of a truk at most. You had a better shot at the high lakes with a great looking brown.......Jetspray

09-25-2013, 09:26 AM
Awesome report and spectacular pics! Especially love the one of the brown.