View Full Version : Kirman/East Walker/Donnells Reservoir - 05/30-31

06-03-2009, 03:58 PM
We heard the fishing was good at Kirman and the East Walker so we made the 5 hour pilgrimmage from the Bay Area last weekend. *The biggest disappointment was Kirman. *We've done very well here in the years past but only managed 6 fish in about 5 hours of fishing. *We saw a few groups of guys here and nobody was doing real well.The biggest one was a Cutthroat that went 19" and was caught in the first 5 minutes. *The brookies were all small, no fat boys...

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After being rained on for about 3 hours we headed over to the East Walker for about 30 minutes of fishing, and got the first hole coming out of the dam. *I got 2 browns, about 16-17" each, and a 18" rainbow, and my buddy Bob scored himself a couple of carp ;D. *The trout were all caught on a floating rainbow Rapala. *The rainbow did a death spiral in my mesh net rendering it useless, so I just took out the hook and let her free. *Bob either was cold from the rain or had the alcoholic shakes, these pics are a little grainy.

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If it wasn't raining so bad we would have camped, but in the end we decided to head over the hill and stayed in the cabin in Mi-Wuk. *On Sunday ended up driving into Donnells and float tubed there for about 3 hours before making the trek back home. *No big browns this time, just 3 11-13" rainbows but we did miss a few strikes on some countdown rapalas. *Didn't catch a bunch of fish here but just getting into Donnells is the fun part. *

Don't slip Bob
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Dam was open...
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The lake...
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A couple small bows...
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Even one for "The Sheik"
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Captain Compassion
06-03-2009, 04:34 PM
Excellent post. Wondering when someone would post on Kirman. Nice LCT. Too bad the Brooks were so small. Loved the pictures of Donnells. I have never been there. Looks like an awesome place.


06-03-2009, 04:34 PM
Nice report, and especially so for Donnells, we don't see many reports from there. I've looked at that lake many times, wondering......

06-03-2009, 04:37 PM
I always wanted to go to Donnells with a kayaks or canoe and camp out where the river hits the lake, but have never seen any posts about the lake. *What's the road like, and what's the camping like by the dam?

06-03-2009, 08:00 PM
Thanks guys, Donnells truly can get the mind racing with possibilities, beautiful place :o....great call kpl, I've dreamed several times of hatching a trip to the inlet as well. If you can get a canoe/kayak on the lake it would not be a problem and the fishing would be insane. The road into Donnells really isn't that bad, long and bumpy, but any 4X4 truck could pull it off.

Yeah, the big Kirman brookies were not biting unfortunately but it's at least good to see them in there. Two years ago I had a good day out there catching 12 fish, but they were all cutties, not one brook.

kokanee slow
06-03-2009, 08:20 PM
Good post, thanks for the report! :)

06-03-2009, 08:51 PM
Oh yeah, also got a grand slam on Saturday, a cuttroat, brook, brown and rainbow, that was cool.....

06-03-2009, 10:04 PM
Nice pics and report on Donnells. *I've been looking at going in there both directions while the lake is still high, the road with my canoe or inflatable kayak...or hike the stream to the inlet (about 6 miles on Goggle Earth) but mighty hot.

Were the gates below the dam open or locked?

06-04-2009, 08:46 AM
I believe the gates below the dam were locked but somebody had ripped away a part of the chain link fence, apparently to get some sort of craft in there. We four-wheeled up and around the dam and dropped in our tubes on the right side. Me and my buddy were also thinking that an inflatable kayak may be best way to get up to the river.

06-04-2009, 08:50 AM
Yeah buddy!! Tevas in the Walker. That's what I'm talkin' about.

Sounds like it was worth the effort, even if the fish count was a little lower than you expected. At least it wasn't a total skunk, and you got a nice Cutty. Good job.

06-04-2009, 09:40 AM
or hike the stream to the inlet (about 6 miles on Goggle Earth) but mighty hot.
I've thought about that too, but have never heard from anyone first hand who actually did it.

06-04-2009, 05:16 PM
Very good report. 6 fish in 5 hours ain't that bad. I can't wait to try Kirman, I'm looking for a hog brookie. I've never even heard of Donnell's. Judging by the pictures that is a surprisingly big dam.