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keller235
06-08-2009, 08:46 PM
My Aunt & I will take Hwy 88 to Bridgeport, get booked in a room, then head up to Big Virginia Lake & Trumbell Lake to finish off the day.
The tough decision I have to make is, do I zip right past two of my favorite lakes, Silver & Caples to get to Bridgport then BV & T?
I/we could always fish them on our way home, or do I stop and make a few cast's and take away time from V & T? * *:-/

Decision's decision's......! * ;)

Either way I can't loose, I just can't wait to get up there, it's been awhile, so I'm getting pretty stoked! * [smiley=yahoo.gif]

If anyone's up there, give me a hollar and/or wave, we'll be cruising around in a 10ft. Jon, WITH the stars proudly stuck on the bow of the boat. * [smiley=fishing5.gif]

troutfan
06-09-2009, 01:45 AM
Little Virginia is fishing very well right now so you may want to try there first. They just planted 1000 lbs. of 1lb. Browns. Good luck!

GCinGV
06-09-2009, 04:35 AM
Keith,
Not that you need any more options but if you get a chance and feel like exploring check out Dynamo Pond on Green Creek. Itís pretty small but sometimes holds some really nice fish. I think itís the turnoff just before Virginia Lakes ( the road to Green Lake) and about 4 miles in from 395.
Have a great trip.
GC

keller235
06-09-2009, 07:35 AM
Little Virginia is fishing very well right now so you may want to try there first. *They just planted 1000 lbs. of 1lb. Browns. *Good luck!

Thanks, I/we might give LV a try.
I always see people fishing that lake, but I love the surroundings/view and the fishing at the "BIG" lake, I always do well.
I/we usually fish from a float tube, but now that my Aunt has hit the 70 mark, she says she's done with tubing, so we'll be taking the Jon and cruise around.

keller235
06-09-2009, 07:40 AM
Keith,
Not that you need any more options but if you get a chance and feel like exploring check out Dynamo Pond on Green Creek. Itís pretty small but sometimes holds some really nice fish. I think itís the turnoff just before Virginia Lakes ( the road to Green Lake) and about 4 miles in from 395.
Have a great trip.
GC


Hmm, I like this, somewhere else to check out, I/we just might do that, thanks.
When you say before VL, is that coming from Bridgeport or Lee Vining?

We were going to borrow my Sister's motorhome, but we chose to stay in Bridgeport, my Wife & I stayed at the Walker River Lodge before, but it seems to be rather expensive at $145.00 a night, do you or anyone else having other recommend another motel that's clean and inexpensive?

Munnster
06-09-2009, 07:48 AM
That's coming from Bridgeport. Be aware that you will be on a dirt road to get to the pond. Might try a cabin at Virginia Lakes. They have some near Little V. I used to have a cabin there many years until we sold in the late 90's. Enjoy. Beautiful area!

Fisher-Munn

keller235
06-09-2009, 07:55 AM
That's coming from Bridgeport. Be aware that you will be on a dirt road to get to the pond. Might try a cabin at Virginia Lakes. They have some *near Little V. I used to have a cabin there many years until we sold in the late 90's. Enjoy. Beautiful area!

Fisher-Munn


Thanks!

I've always wanted to stay at one of those cabins, but their website says only 1 week rentals, minimum, we only can stay 1, possibly 2 nights.
I've tried to call a couple times, but keep getting a machine *:( , so I we'll just have to stay in BP.

keller235
06-13-2009, 06:23 PM
Hello fellow sniffers, what a great couple days!

Let's see, left my Aunt's ranch in Galt on Weds. the 10th at about 5:40AM, for our trek up Hwy 88 and beyond.
I/we did decide to stop at Caples to get our lines wet and boy was that a fun & smart move.
First we hit the dam, obviously, since it's the first thing you come upon, after using the restroom we cruised up to the top of the dam and parked.
First cast, Silver 1/4 oz. Kastmaster, FISH ON, that lasted about 15 minutes then it died, 6 trout by me and 2 by my Aunt, all released.

Then we headed up to the inlet of Caples, Woods Creek, many of you are familiar with is beautiful spot, but here's a few pictures:

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This is my 72 years "young" Aunt fishing her heart out,

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I still find it hard to believe that my lifes fishing partner is 72, you would never of known it, until we had to walk back up the hill, it almost killed me to walk back to the truck, not to mention she had a tough time, that's why we stopped a couple times for a scenic break. *;)

This was the view from my big ol flat rock:

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caught and released 7 Bow's in about 1/2 an hour, hooked into many more, but lost at the rock, my Aunt caught 4 and kept 2 bleeders.


This was our morning fishing spot on our way to Virginia Lakes/Bridgeport.

keller235
06-13-2009, 06:32 PM
Back in the truck and headed back Hwy 88, then to Hwy 89, here's a couple shots off Hwy 89:


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My Charoit awaits:

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keller235
06-13-2009, 07:13 PM
Back in the truck and head down Hwy 89 to Hwy 395 South for Bridgeport.
Once we get to BP we stop at Ken's Sporting Goods for a chat and some crawler's.
We then head over and get a couple sandwiches for the road and check in at the Silver Maple Inn on the suggestion's from the gentleman at the Meat/Sandwich shop, I will edit this when I find out the name of the place, great sandwich.
Silver Maple Inn was very quaint, clean and reasonably priced at $99 for a 2 Queen room, this was the AAA rate for those that are interested.

NOW it's time to head up to Virginia Lakes.

After all the playing we did, we finally make it ON the Lake by 12:45, Big Virginia for those that are wondering.
Once on the water I realized I left my camera in the truck, so the pictures you will see are from my Iphone.


We cruised out onto the lake at got my first fish, a small Brookie on a Black/Yellow Panther Martin.
MANY anglers on the shore, as well as tubers on ther lake, but it didn't feel as busy as it seemed.
Saw quite a few loaded stringers, but I thought the fishing was slow, I think it was because of the time of day and what was about to happen.
We decided to take our lunch break, we were starving, at about 1:30.
While doing so I decided to put on a crawler with a bobber about 3 ft. up and give it a toss, after doing so I just sit down to eat, I look up and my bobber is gone.
I jump and grab the rod that was heading into the water, I lift the rod, it bends and then SNAP!
I was like *:o did you just see that, I said to my Aunt, we both looked at each other in amazement, then continued to eat.
After we were done feeding our faces, I decided to try the crawler combo again, all I ended up getting was a small Brookie, so we jumped back in the boat again.

Now here's where things got interesting.

About 2 o'clock the tempeture seem to of drop quickly and out of nowhere dark clouds appeared and it got really quiet and the snow started coming down, the pictures don't even do justice on how much it was coming down, but it was a trip, check it out:

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We loaded up around 3 with only one fish in the boat, it was a bleeding brookie.

We drove over to Trumbell and walk arounfd the lake tossing every lure/spinner I had and all I got was 2 VERY small brookies.
The sky was looking quite ominous again, so we jumped back in the truck and went over to Little Virginia for a look see, we did and we left.

Decided to go for a drive and check out Dynamo Pond on Green Creek, we took the dirt road from Virgina Lakes to Dynamo Pond, boy was that a trip, I think I loosened every bolt on my truck. *[smiley=nerves.gif]

We didn't do any fishing, by this time it's been a long day and we were both tired, thanks GCinGV for the option, it was pretty up there.

keller235
06-13-2009, 08:19 PM
Day 2, Thursday the 11th.

Slept in, still wore out from the day before.

We got up and both said to each other, "where you wanna go"?
We decided to go up to Twin Lakes, never been there before.

The road up to the Twin's:

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Lower Twin"

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Upper Twin:

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Mono Village was very nice, we went to the general store for some ice & water, we were both amazed how well stocked this store was for being off the beaten path.
We fished "upper" twin for awhile and I caught a few small brookies, it seems to be a "brookie" trip.
We fished lower twin, but nothing, again, kinda of a late time to fish I think.
So now we head back down from Twin Lakes for Hwy 395 North.

I couldn't wait to fish this one stretch of the Walker where my Dad & I fished a few years back, boy was I glad we stopped there.
After a few cast's it was FISH on, nice fat hold over Rainbow, this one goes in the cooler.
A few minutes later, again, nice fat Rainbow again, but this one had the clipped fins, you know what that means, but ahh, in the cooler you go.
Started to rain so we pack up and headed back North on 395.
We decided to skip 89 and keep on 395 to check out Topaz, we used to go for opening day every year for about 15 years, those were the good ol days, fishing off the shore at Topaz on Jan. 1st, watching the line freeze on the eyes of your fishing rod *[smiley=grin.gif] but we always had good success.
After taking pictures of a FULL Lake Topaz, we headed North for 756 to get to Hwy 88.
We stopped at Sorenson's off Hwy 88 for a great cup of soup & a salad on our way home, well, with a stop at Caples again. *[smiley=winkfs.gif]

It rained a little going up 88, but it didn't last long.
The construction that was going on up the hill by Red Lake sounds like it has been a problem for some, some waiting as long as an hour to pass, but both times going thru there we must have got lucky, very little wait the first time and I made the end of the line the second time just as she was about to stop for the other direction folks.
They have rock climbers breaking away large rocks/boulders that fall to the Hwy, then the machines has to clean that up, THEN they let some traffic thru, the hours are from 7-4 for those that were wondering. *;)

We make it back to Caples, my Aunt said she really didn't want to hike back down to Woods Creek Falls, so we fished by the "other" dam and caught a couple 'bow's there, yes, they went in the cooler.
It rain a little there and hailed a little, but that didn't stop us.
We packed up after it REALLY slowed down and went to the REAL dam.
This time waaaaay to many people at the dam, we fished for awhile, but I was getting annoyed by the loud abnoxious people on the other side of the dam, in the corner.
No fish this time, so as we headed out a DFG youngin' asked us if he could ask us a few question's about or luck, where we were from, stuff like that, so we did.

After Caples we stopped at Silver, put the Jon in the water and cruised around for awhile.
Caught one Rainbow and released it, nothing else, not even a hit, so we packed it up and got back on 88.
As we were driving we look at each other again and said, "now what"?
Well, we decided to give Bear River Res. a try, by this time it's 6:45.
The lake was beautifully full, we fished on the oppposite side of the dam, in the corner, but no luck, saw a huge school of 'bow's follow my Kastmaster in, but nothing.

All in all a great trip and I was happy to spend time with my Aunt, my fishing buddy since I was 8 years old, I'm now 46, I can't wait to get out there again, maybe a day trip to Caples is in the cards.

Thanks for reading, once I start typing it's hard to stop. *:) *

Captain Compassion
06-13-2009, 08:39 PM
Wonderful story and pictures. Wondrtful places all. Wihin the next few weeks I'll be hitting most of those places. Will add Lundy which has usually been good to me.

CC