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Captain Compassion
05-07-2008, 05:29 PM
Mrs. C. and I left with the intention of fishing the 4 closest Hwy 88 lakes and fished them we did. Fished Silver, Caples, Red and ICR. We caught 6 trout between us including 1 Brown, 1 Cutt, 3 Brookies (my first of the year) and 1 Bow. The fish ranged from 12 to 18 inches and all but the Bow were caught on a 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster. The Bow, 18 inches and 2 1/2 pounds, was caught on Green Gulp.

Silver Lake - Arrived at Silver Lake around 9:15. The wind was blowing a steady 20 MPH with gusts to 35. *The main body of the lake was covered with ice but the cove by the dam and boat ramp was mainly clear. The boat ramp was free of snow and extended into the water. The lake level had risen 5 feet sense my last visit *two weeks ago. Fished by the dam and boat ramp. Caught a nice fat 15 inch brown on the Kastmaster.

Silver Lake
Silver Lake Brown
Silver Lake Boat Ramp

Caples Lake - Caples is still mostly ice but there was a football field area that was ice free near the spillway. I fished there using a 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster. There were no takers but I had several followers from small Brookies. The ice in front of the dam seems to be starting to be retreat. Perhaps in a week or so worms might be able to get some hungry Browns.

Caples at the Spill Way
Caples by the Dam

Red Lake - Red Lake was over 90% clear of ice the main concentration being at the dam. The Ice was wind blown and rotten and will not last out the week. Access to the south shore was hindered by deep snow. We fished off the dam in a leed in the ice around 100 feet long and 20 feet wide. Using a gold Kastmater I caught 1 15 inch LCT and 3 fat brookies to 14 inches. Mrs. C. using Gulp was fish less. After fishing Red we cruised by the W. Carson across from the Hope Valley CG and went for lunch in Markleeville. Saw a beautifully restored 1920 Pierce Arrow motor car there. It was a museum piece.

Red Lake
Red Lake Dam
Red Lake LCT
Red Lake Brookie
West Carson at Hope Valley CG
1920 Pierce Arrow Motor Car

Indian Creek Res. - All I need now is a Bow to complete a little slam on Eastern Sierra trout. We fished ICR by the boat ramp I with my Kastmaster and the wife with Green Gulp. I was fishing around 50 yards down the shore from her when all of a sudden this trout bursts from the water to my right. I was about to cast toward it when I see her with her pole bent nearly double. Mrs. C got the Bow and the big fish of the day. Bet you didn't see this coming. 8-)

Fish on Mrs C.
18 inch ICR Bow


05-07-2008, 05:40 PM
Hi CC,
Thanks for the update on the Highway 88 corridor. I'm looking forward to fishing that area when time frees up. Like always, I enjoy the pictures.


05-07-2008, 05:50 PM
Todays the day you've been waiting for :) *Last week, you drove out to the coast, up, and back for some nice sight seeing and a little fishing. *But I think today was your official opener. *Brown, cutt, brookies, bow....... That's pretty cool!!!!! *Good job CC and Mrs. C Thanks for the great photo report

05-07-2008, 06:20 PM
Great report, you two! Now maybe I won't have to go as far as Lee Vining & Bishop for some good High Sierra action!! I can quit bouncing around[smiley=elmo.gif] & stay in my home turf!

05-07-2008, 06:24 PM
Amen alleluia... let the ice melt!

05-07-2008, 06:41 PM
Great report CC, love the pics and congrats on the slam ill be up on the 21st, looks like the lakes will be reay w carson running a little high but fish able. Thanks for the update.

Brad "Hunkfisher"


05-07-2008, 06:44 PM
Well I told you it was coming. I missed it by 4 days. >:(
So I go on Saturday and see a bunch of spots just ready to burst out. You go today and find the water.
I find myslef feeling happiness for you and envy at the same time. It might be 10 more days before I get a chance to go.
Capt. I will get in touch when I find the time but soon,, very soon. I have been waiting since our final trip last year in ??Oct??
I can almost taste that Red Lake brookie now.


05-07-2008, 06:48 PM
Nice job and report! Hopefully I'll be up there this weekend if everything goes as planned.

05-07-2008, 08:12 PM
CC by the looks of the Silver pic you can definatley get a tin can in the water but not sure how much of the lake is troll able (accessible to and from the boat ramp), if you could see, is the northern and eastern side pretty clear of ice, that is where I would want to concentrate. I am giving some serious consideration to coming up Friday and may drag the tin can and try to get on. The bottom of the boat ramp looks clear is the entrance in and to the ramp clear of snow. Thanks for all the info and if I do decide to go I will report back with pics on Sunday when I get home.


05-07-2008, 08:25 PM
Great report, I really enjoyed the pictures, they made the report wonderful.

05-08-2008, 07:03 AM
thanks for the report! I'm looking forward to geting up there, but won't be able to until mid June, but at least by then the camp sites will all be open.

05-08-2008, 08:13 AM
Looks like the old fishing holes are getting back to normal
slowly but surely............... ;)

All the water looks great and it should top off with all the snow melt. :D

One of these days you might get lucky and pick up a Mc !!

That would really put a "Feather" in your hats. 8-)

Thanks for the great post.

05-08-2008, 09:21 AM
Great report looks awesome for Tahoe trip coming up.


05-08-2008, 09:54 AM
Man, I'm going nuts!!!!! *[smiley=excited.gif] Hopefully we'll try Bear on Saturday evening. Bing15 got his boat in there last Saturday for nothing, he said it was the "eeriest" he'd seen it. Quiet, no fish rising... Thanks for the post and pics Capitan and Mrs. They're great.


05-08-2008, 11:01 AM
Nice report and pics as always Capt. Love those brookies, wish we had them down here.


05-08-2008, 11:16 AM
Super report and photos! Gives me mountain pine envy. The trout is very NICE ... the Mitchell 300 CLASSIC!

05-08-2008, 01:47 PM
Hmmm... South shore hindered by deep snow... Silver lake main body still iced. Maybe this weekend IS the weekend to strap on the snowshoes.

Captain Compassion
05-08-2008, 03:08 PM
Hmmm... *South shore hindered by deep snow... *Silver lake main body still iced. *Maybe this weekend IS the weekend to strap on the snowshoes.

I would certainly like to get down to where Woods Creek enters Caples but I'd need a Ski-doo for that. :D Will Fish Caples on Friday if ice allows and Red. Tried snowshoes once and kept tripping. :-[


05-08-2008, 07:41 PM
:)Thanks for the report will be heading up in that part of the country in about 2weeks. 8-)

05-08-2008, 07:56 PM
Maybe Saturday CC, I might make the run over to Red & Caples then. Haven't confirmed yet but it is possible.


I am like that kid in the Disneyland commercial I can't sleep I m to excited.

Soon, real soon.


05-08-2008, 08:26 PM
H,mm inflatable/elec. motor/large ice pick its do able for that adventurous angler [smiley=fishing5.gif]

05-08-2008, 08:30 PM
All this talk about fishing my favorite lakes is really giving me the itch, only 13 days till were up there Capt and i cannot wait those LCT and Brookies are already starting to smell good on the grill. Just counting the days gotta get that float tube ready too CG let us know how you do if you go and good luck to all who venture into that beautiful country.

Brad "Hunkfisher"


05-08-2008, 10:53 PM
We will be caming at Silver the first week of June. Have reservations already. Haven't camped there in over 10 years. Looking forward to it. I think I will bank it though.

05-09-2008, 10:17 AM
Bank fishing any of those lakes is very do-able, especially morning and evening, almost any time of year they aren't iced up.

05-09-2008, 10:58 AM
fished silver las night first boat on the water check the mac board for video 8-)

05-09-2008, 02:10 PM
It is unbelievable how fast the lakes ice out once they start. Last Saturday a small amount of water at the dam. Wednesday when the Capt went it was four times the size and now it is huge.
Red went from 1/4 clear to 95% in 4 days.
Like the post on the mack board.
It looks like I can pull off the trip up tomorrow. Start at Red with my pontton and then maybe hit Caples on the way back or Bear.


05-09-2008, 02:59 PM
caples was still pretty froze but i would say mid week and your goldn 8-)

05-09-2008, 03:09 PM
Macdaddy,, You just put a big pin in my little balloon !! !! I went up to Silver with the tin can and it was 90% clear so I thought" Great I will be the first boat on the water, then I get back to the internet and see you went and out did me with a trip last night Grrrrrrrr.. I have pics of Silver and Caples and the one lonely Mac I picked at Silver I will post and put pics when I get home and out of this pony so slow dial up service. Mac I look forward to seeing the video also when I get back home...


Captain Compassion
05-09-2008, 04:05 PM
Revisited Red Lake 05/09/08 with Mrs. C. I fished with a 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster and Mrs. C fished with Green Gulp. Final score Mrs. C. 3 the Captain zero. :-[ The lake is free of Ice except for some shore shelf ice in the SE corner of the dam. It was a bit windy but nice.


Fish on fro Mrs C.
Red Lake Brook Trout
Red Lake all clear.

Trout Tracker
05-09-2008, 04:38 PM
Great to get out and make a day of it.Good looking fish,wish i could find a week day to fish.
The pictures as usuall are beautiful.They say a picture is worth a thousand words.Your's are worth way more.

05-09-2008, 06:00 PM
decisions...........decisions! I am trying to decide if I should drag my Gregor up to Silver Lake or bank it at Red Lake on saturday. is there still floating ice at Silver Lake that you have to dodge while trolling?

Captain Compassion
05-09-2008, 06:26 PM
decisions...........decisions! *I am trying to decide if I should drag my Gregor up to Silver Lake or bank it at Red Lake on saturday. *is there still floating ice at Silver Lake that you have to dodge while trolling?

See the post by MacDaddy on the Mack Board. Seems to be a little ice but nothing serious. I, not being of the boating class, am going to Red early.


05-09-2008, 07:51 PM
Although I do plan on taking the toon and hope for a lack of wind.


Let me just say finally......


05-10-2008, 02:25 PM
What a difference a few days makes! while caples looks like its about the same in terms of fishability(limited),Silver and esp. Red look vastly different than when i went by on monday. I forgot to mention Red,i stopped there for a few minutes on monday afternoon,2 guys were camping there,in the am they threw a bunch of big rocks out onto the ice in front of there campsite to try and bust it up a bit,then went snowmobiling most of the day,when they got back,they had a little open lane about 6-8 ft wide by 25-30 feet out that they fished,and they had 3 or 4 respectable brookies to show for it.......Great report,and thanx for update

05-10-2008, 04:10 PM
my son and I were on the water at Silver Lake this morning at 7am. *the water was dead calm with no wind. *a bit cool in the am but warmed up to a nice high 50's or low 60's in the afternoon. *there were about 4 other boats on the water, what a difference from Amador with plenty of wide open water to troll around in without having to dodge other trollers and their gear. *water temp was 38 when we first got on the water and 44 when we left. *visibility was around 8', water was clear for the most part. *we trolled a variety of lures with a long setback and also anchored and tried power bait and gulp with nary a strike or nibble. *did not seem to show many fish on the fish finder. *we ended up with a skunk for the day but what a beautiful day on the water! *there were a few 40'x10' ice floes in the morning but by the time we left they had melted.
the water level was a bit lower than I expected for this time of year, usually the water level after snow melt is right at the top of the ramp, I would say the water level now is about halfway down the ramp. *hopefully the snow melt will bring the water level up more. *


05-10-2008, 04:23 PM
Beautiful pictures ... thank you.

05-10-2008, 06:04 PM
Well wasn't that fun !! !! !!
Fished Silver both Friday and Sat am as Attavus says it was dead calm in the morning and yes it was cool fortunately I brought the boat heater and it worked well and kept me warm following are yet more pics from Fri am and Sat and also Caples.

05-10-2008, 07:13 PM
Phishinfool2, were you in the Gregor with the older tiller motor.........the boat on the ramp in your picture? *is so, I was getting in my truck when you guys were leaving. *how did you do? *maybe it is my fishfinder but we did not see the fish like we did in previous trips.

05-10-2008, 08:27 PM
Atavus, No that was not me. I was the lone guy in the Valco with the Johnson. This morning when I got up I checked post at around 4 am and saw that you had posted fri eve, I figured you to make the trip up and I was keeping half an eye out for you but I didn't see you flying the flag you flew the last time I saw you and I thought that was your trademark. Sorry we didn't connect. I only saw a couple of markings with no regularity and several of my favorite spots had nothing at all with no hits at all. Of the 2 days and only 3 fish I was a little disappointed at how lethargic the fish were Fri picked up a mack that if it didn't wave its tail on the way in once or twice I may have thought it was a stick, the brown and trout today were not much better. Hopefully next weekend will be better fishin'. I am going back up next Sat am if you are going to be around, I am probably gonna bring Seon if he can pull away.


05-10-2008, 09:37 PM
Fished Silver Wed w? Macdaddy a couple rat macs and biggest 5 lbs 6 oz. Fished it today 1 5lbs 10oz mac, 1 rainbow, and 10 browns all caught and released nothing of size. I think theres been a lot of fishing pressure the last couple years and to many people don't release the larger fish and have put a hurt on brown and mac population. :(

05-11-2008, 05:46 AM
I think Mac may have a good point. Most everything I catch is realesed back unless it is bleeding. Seon and I were at Silver one day and watched a couple of guys keep baggin fish and not returning them and to me that stinks. I'm not overly convinced that this is what is up right now, The fish could be sitting elsewhere in the lake that we are not seeing, reason I say that is last year at the end before Silver froze Seon and I were up most weekends and hammered them hard and we put almost everything back which makes me believe they are there. But you will never stop Joe angler from going out and bagging a double or triple limit as I have yet to see DF&G at Silver


05-11-2008, 02:03 PM
I forgot to take the flag with me that trip, will have to stash it with my tacklebag so I don't forget it. *I am still in a Gregor, only a slightly larger one. *I wonder if the cold water temps is the reason we are not seeing much action so far? *
I have never seen any wardens at the high altitude lakes either.......

05-11-2008, 02:53 PM
I know of the 3 that I caught at Silver this year all were quite lethargic , cold water make em that way, I would be lethargic at best if I was in that water. I have been on Caples twice Ice fishing and had the warden come up and inspect catches (or lack there of) and licenses, but never seen a speck at Silver. For such an expanse how would you cover all much less the expense for them to tow and travel with a boat.


05-12-2008, 01:20 PM
I fished Silver Sat from 5:00 PM until dark- I caught 3- 2 browns and a 'bow. All were in the 14"-16" range.

The fish could be sitting elsewhere in the lake that we are not seeing

Fish are very shallow and were sitting on the bottom. Reason you wouldn't mark to many... I did manage to raise one brown of some size (maybe 6-8#) and keep it around for a couple casts, but I couldn't seal the deal.

Every strike I got was within spitting distance of the shoreline.

There was one boat out there (two on the water at dark, when I left) that was full of very drunk people- hope whoever that was made it someplace safely or had someone sober on board.

Anyway... I hit Red from about 5:10 AM to 7:30 AM Sunday for a couple strikes on a kastmaster and that's it. Hit LBR on the way back down the hill for a couple 13"-14" browns that were orange inside and tasty. When I cleaned them it looked like they'd been dining on ladybugs (all that was left were their little red wings...) and some sort of small isopod (explains the orange meat). Ton of people at LBR- both on the lake and on the bank. Gate to the CG is open, but there is still quite a bit of snow on the road at the far side of the dams...

05-12-2008, 06:06 PM
"There was one boat out there (two on the water at dark, when I left) that was full of very drunk people- hope whoever that was made it someplace safely or had someone sober on board." Quote from Big Sinus.

Thats a funny comment because me and MacDaddy were last on Silver Lake on Sat. and neither one of us drink. All that was in the cooler on my boat was lots of food, mountain do and pepsi. i like to fish from dawn patrol to dark thirty. ;) ;D

I wish the guy in the aluminum klamath would of had good enough boat etiquet to not cut us off every time we came by hugging the shorelines. He must be the drunk one your talking about.

05-12-2008, 07:06 PM
yes went to silver sat night barely made it due to work anyways fished till dark and kept finding a man and two other bodies on a boat that was excellent at the cutt off skill *8-)

05-13-2008, 11:55 AM
Drove up to Silver Lake today and made it there at 7am. The wind was blowing and white caps everywhere. Did not even bother to launch. Will try again on Thursday.

05-13-2008, 01:35 PM
With weather the way it is here it Sac, I'm thinking I'll try and head up and hit a few of the lakes on highway 88 tommorow.

05-13-2008, 01:52 PM
a man and two other bodies on a boat

That's the drunk one... Or, at least, it sure sounded that way.

The wind was blowing and white caps everywhere. Did not even bother to launch.

I don't know if it was safe for boating, but this is when I've done very, very well up there...

05-14-2008, 07:04 AM
The wind was blowing and white caps everywhere. Did not even bother to launch.

I don't know if it was safe for boating, but this is when I've done very, very well up there...

I have been there in borderline gale force winds and yes you can do quite well but with a smaller boat (like mine) it can be borderline dangerous and down right hard to track a decent line, but for some reason the breezes do kick up the fishing on some lakes. I am still planning to meet up with Seon, and give it a go on Sat am.


05-14-2008, 08:29 PM
Hopefully see you guys up there on Saturday. I'll be at the bank on the EAST side. I'll be wearing a black cap.

05-14-2008, 08:52 PM
Icha you need to bring your hiking shoes, according to a buddy of mine that has a cabin on Silver they are not going to plow the road til NEXT weekend. But I will look for the black cap, course then again I wear a black cap most of the time. When I was there last w/end the gate to Kit was locked with snow on it still. Best of luck to ya there.


05-15-2008, 08:57 AM
are not going to plow the road til NEXT weekend

And there is a downed tree about 42" diameter across the road about 1/2 mile in.

I used snowshoes, probably won't need them this weekend.

05-15-2008, 09:50 AM
Which side is easier to hike in? I've got 3 kids just dying to fish for trout. Plessey or the lodge side? Maybe I'll rent a boat at the lodge. Is the lodge already open?

05-15-2008, 05:26 PM
Drove back up to Silver Lake today and got there around 8am and the wind was blowing hard. No white caps, but it looked rough. I did see two boats out on the water.

I kept going and went by Caples and wind was blowing hard there and the launch ramp area still closed off. The portion of Caples I was able to see was about 90% thawed out.

Drove up to Red Lake, which I have never been too. It was windy, but looked fishable. Launched my boat and was able to catch a limit, all German brown, 9 to 10" except for (1) fat brown which was 16". I trolled using night crawlers and all the fish were caught in shallow water.

There were some happy people on the bank using lures, possibly Kastmasters and they were limiting out too.

Captain Compassion
05-15-2008, 05:51 PM
Drove up to Red Lake, which I have never been too. *It was windy, but looked fishable. *Launched my boat and was able to catch a limit, all German brown, 9 to 10" except for (1) fat brown which was 16". *I trolled using night crawlers and all the fish were caught in shallow water.

Browns out of Red? :o Caught lots of Brooks and some nice Cutts but never seen a Brown. Maybe I gotta try worms.


05-15-2008, 06:58 PM

Red Lake Brook

Red Lake Cutthroat

Bear River Brown

Wish the pics were better for you.

I'm with Capt. been fishing Red for quite a while and as much as I would love it I don't think there are any browns in there. More likely you caught one of the other two. Welcome to one of my three favorite lakes. If you ever see me kicking around on my bright yellow pontoon give a yell.


05-15-2008, 07:03 PM
This was my first trip to Red Lake. Fish were tan colored with brown spots and teeth. The large one had very sharp teeth. They were not rainbows and not brook, perhaps a cut. I apologize if i misidentified.

By the way, the water at Red was very murky, not clear; water temp was 46 degrees.

05-15-2008, 07:20 PM
Are there any campground open in the area? I want to hit Bear to silver to caples to red over this weekend. Just plan on sleeping in the campershell so I don't need much in the way of establishments.


05-15-2008, 07:27 PM
Are there any campground open in the area? I want to hit Bear to silver to caples to red over this weekend. Just plan on sleeping in the campershell so I don't need much in the way of establishments.


if you are self contained there are lots of places were you can camp for free without any need of a campground along highway 88. *just explore any of the side roads off of the highway for a likely spot. *that is what we do all summer as I dislike the campgrounds and they are usually full each weekend anyway. *

Hammerdog, what kind of boat did you use for Red Lake? and did you launch at the dam?

05-16-2008, 05:37 AM
Hey Hammer no problem, if that was your first time catching one of those cutts consider yourself lucky. When they change to spawning colors later in the year they are real pretty. The water at Red gets very cloudy green, wait till you see it around Sept. That might be why gold works so well there.
On the average day you will pull more brooks out that cutts at Red. On Saturday I caught 12 brooks & 0 cutts, CC caught 7 brooks and 1 cutt.
Give a yell when you see me out there, bright yellow pontoon. I am pretty regular at Red, Caples and Bear from now until the end of November.


05-16-2008, 10:05 AM
Will give you a waive.

I am retired, working part time, so I plan on fishing everyday I can. I only live 21 miles from Bear River Lake, but I really enjoy fishing Silver and Caples more than Bear. Bear has been slow for me.

I have a 12-foot Gregor; most of the time I have a black and tan long haired German Shepherd with me up front for ballast weight. You can't miss me!

I probably will not be back at Red with my boat only because it is difficult to launch from the shore. But on windy days, I will most definitely fish the bank.

05-16-2008, 10:18 AM
atavuss, I launched my 12 foot Gregor from the Highway 88 side of the lake. There is a dirt road leading down to the lake. You cannot see it going down the hill, only as you go back uphill on 88.

It was difficult to launch and you really should use a 4 wheel if you drive down that road. There was one other guy down there who had a kayak, but he did not launch because of the wind.

05-16-2008, 01:01 PM
Browns out of Red?

A couple years back, the DFG accidentally dropped a load of browns in there. They subsequently drained the lake and tried to get them all out (maybe even poisoned it)... However, they remain a rare catch out of Red. This is not the first report I've heard/read about them.

Captain Compassion
05-16-2008, 04:26 PM
Back to the area today, Friday 5/16. . Caples is completely clear of ice. Fished off the dam with a Kastmaster to no effect. Silver is really filling fast. It is a nearly 19 feet at the dam and only 5 feet from maximum pool. Fished by the dam and caught a 14 inch Brown on a 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster. Stopped at Red and found around 15 other fishermen. The water here is about maxed. Fished up the south shore from the dam. Had to go through some snow but it was doable. Only had one strike. On the way back stopped at the West Carson at Hope Valley CG. The warm weather has the water a little off color but it should go down after the warm weekend. Silver seems in the best shape fishing wise. Caples is very low but I suspect that will change. The Road to Blue Lakes is still closed but the Camp Grounds at Silver and Hope Valley are prepping to open. A nice but warm day.



05-16-2008, 07:24 PM
Hope the fishing gets better CC for next week i suspect this weekend those area will get hit hard! only a few days my compadre.

Brad "Hunkfisher"


05-16-2008, 08:12 PM
Hope to go up on Sunday to Silver Lake. If not Sunday Friday fo-sho.

05-17-2008, 05:46 PM
I hit Silver Lake by myself this morning, launched around 6:30. *water temp was 45 degrees, fish were moving and feeding. *had a few hard strikes and reeled one part of the way in to the boat but it got off, it felt like a big un! *ended up with a skunk for two weeks in a row at Silver Lake, but what a beautiful day! *water was dead calm again in the morning, I was running long setbacks. *only 6 or 7 boats on the water then the wind picked up and a lot of people left. *only one or two other boats still out when I left around 4. *water was clear, visiblity was maybe 6 to 8 feet. *lots of floating debris, wood, pine needles, etc. *
almost forgot to mention that EID is collecting 10.00 for launch fee now. it is on the honor system you fill out an envelope and put it in a steel pipe with your money.

05-17-2008, 10:23 PM
My son and I hit Silver this morning also. Unfortunately, we couldn't get to the East side because the road to Kit Carson Lodge is still not cleared. We were the only bankies until afternoon. Slow day, got two small browns on kastmaster, no rainbows for either powerbait or floating worm.

About noon, went up to Caples, my son caught a fat brown, but snapped his pole as he was dragging to the shore and the fish got away. But the wind kicked in and then nothing. Went back to Silver around 5, fished till 7, nothing.

05-18-2008, 06:14 AM
I saw a young couple on the east side of Silver Lake on the big boulders, did not see them catch anything though. *looked like the girl was sunbathing topless on the boulder! * :o *I need to get a better pair of binoculars! *
also, the water was littered with dead bugs, the trout must have been feasting on them.

05-18-2008, 07:56 AM
Or a telescope.

I was suprised that the water temp was so high already. Less than a week after ice out and Red ran from 43 at first light to 45 at the end of the day.
The plan is to head up for a mid-week Wednesday trip with the CC and Hunkfisher for a multiple location fishing excursion. Then back up some time over the holiday weekend.


05-18-2008, 07:11 PM
Fished Silver Sat, on water at 5:30am threw everything in the boat at them with no success until after noon I thought I had a snag but it ended up being a very lethargic 16-18" Mack @ about 2 - 2 1/2 # a passerby saw me reel it in came over to look at it and was so immpressed by it I ended up giving it to them. That was that for the day, pack it up and call it a day.

Attavus you were out there again, I thought that might be you but as I didnt see the flag again I didnt think it was you. I saw the same couple on the rocks near the river coming in but when I passed by everyone was fully clothed (maybe I shoulda stuck around).

Lchan sorry I didnt come by to see you I was so disgusted with the no trolling luck I wasnt gonna bother you. Was that you with the little ones on the ramp side of the dam?

Sun am gave Bear a quick shot with absolutely no success at all but still nice to be on the water.

When I was leaving Silver a gentleman was asking me how the fishing was, he proceeded in telling me his son owns Tahoe Topliners and charters and boy some of the pics I saw really impressed, He also told me that because of the high pressure the bite went south for the week and should return this weekend with the high moving out.

Some pics from the weekend:

The river feeding Silver which is why the lake is up 5 or so feet in under a week http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/Phishinfool2/Image001.jpg

Upper Bear into Lower Bear at full throttlehttp://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/Phishinfool2/IMG_2031.jpg
Bear dirt ramp gate still closedhttp://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/Phishinfool2/IMG_2029.jpg
Bear spillwayhttp://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/Phishinfool2/IMG_2030.jpg
I hope I got the picture size right this time.
Cgage though the gate was closed I did see several vehicles driving past the dam.


05-18-2008, 08:15 PM
Is bear right below silver by about twenty miles?
I swear that I have been there before?

05-18-2008, 10:55 PM
Hey everyone.

Thanks for all your posts! it was all helpful when I went to the fishing areas off HWY 88 on Saturday 5/17.

We first hit Silver Lake. Got there around 8am. The weather was great and so was the water. It was surprisingly very quiet there with not as many fishers as I thought there would be. Fished 2 different spots. We got our first fish around 10 and the last one around 1:30. Ended the day with 4 rainbows.

We then went to W. Carson River around 5pm and stayed until 7:30. We got 4 rainbows there as well.

It was my first time out there and had a blast! Only if it was closer to Sacramento.. I would be out there all weekend.

[Note: all fish were released back so they can grow big and live a longer life .. hopefully]

first rainbow


me with my first trout of the day and of the season

another rainbow

w. carson river

trout at w. carson

beautiful w. carson

beautiful w. carson

last trout of the day

05-19-2008, 05:37 AM
Or a telescope.

I was suprised that the water temp was so high already. Less than a week after ice out and Red ran from 43 at first light to 45 at the end of the day.
The plan is to head up for a mid-week Wednesday trip with the CC and Hunkfisher for a multiple location fishing excursion. Then back up some time over the holiday weekend.

Wolf74 and I will be at Red wednesday morning. Well be on the bank early and then out in the tubes in the afternoon. Give us a holler if you see us.

05-19-2008, 05:38 AM
Thanks for the update, maybe by next weekend they will have it open. I like the second dam best but it sure is nice to be able to drive down the dirt road to the water. My toon only weighs about 50# but that is a load to carry back up the hill.

Yes you are thinking of the right place. Just a couple miles after the 6000 ft elevation sign. They have some pretty decent browns in there.

Sounds like you stumbled on to some of my favorites. It sure is beautiful up there, especially this time of year with all the snow still on the hills. I am with you, wish it wasn't a 2 hour drive to get there. Then again if it was a 30 minute drive I would never get any work done.


05-19-2008, 06:07 AM
Great pictures and report Stacy. *Sounds like a solid day of fishing. *Extra good job on the west carson with it running high and muddy. *I probably would have skipped it. *Shows what I know :-?

05-19-2008, 08:39 AM
you didnt miss anything!!! I had my top on,it was just very low cut! all I got was a sunburn at silver on sat. did really well there ealyer this week.they had a big hatch of flying ants,the trout must of pigged out on them, they where not interested in any thing I had. Went to red,way to crowded caught 1 small brook ,kids got bored so we did not stay long.

05-19-2008, 10:25 AM
WELL ! ! guess I didnt miss anything, good to know. Attavus you may wanna have your glasses checked or just get a pair. When I passed by it didnt seem like they were there for any sunbathing. And yes there was a monsterous hatch, bugs all over the water it was incredible even big ladybugs all over.


Captain Compassion
05-19-2008, 05:27 PM
Mrs. C. wants to go fishing so off to Silver. Arrived 10 AM and left at 3 PM. Caught 8 trout all together. I caught 3 Browns and 2 hold over Bows on a 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster. Mrs. C. caught 3 hold over Bows using green Gulp. We fished between the dam and the boat ramp. While fishing off the dam i hooked a 2-3 pound Mack but I couldn't figure a way to land it so I slacked my line and it swam away. To answer the sun bather question there were some there today sunning themselves on the rocks. Mrs. C. Wouldn't let me take a picture. :( A very lovely day. 8-)



05-19-2008, 05:47 PM
I see you are really getting primed for Wednesday. Looks like the water is coming up, but still quite a beach by the dam. See you in two.



Captain Compassion
05-19-2008, 05:56 PM
I see you are really getting primed for Wednesday. Looks like the water is coming up, but still quite a beach by the dam.

The water was up over a foot from Friday. It is less than 4 feet from full pool. There were bugs all over the place and the fish were feeding like crazy when the wind died. I must have missed 20 strikes and had 8 LDRs. I suspect it will be even better in the early morning then mid day. See you in 2.


05-19-2008, 05:59 PM
WELL ! ! *guess I didnt miss anything, good to know. Attavus you may wanna have your glasses checked or just get a pair. When I passed by it didnt seem like they were there for any sunbathing. And yes there was a monsterous hatch, bugs all over the water it was incredible even big ladybugs all over.


jeez...........maybe if I turn the binoculars around the other way they would work better?! :D maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part........ :-?

05-20-2008, 08:31 PM
Fly rod is packed and ready to go sounds like tomorrow will be one heck of a day gents. See you guys in 9 hours! :D :D :D

Brad "Hunkfisher"


05-21-2008, 05:25 PM
Made a last minute trip to Silver Lake today. *Got there at just after 12 noon. *The wind was blowing, but no white caps. *I launched and got a limit in about (3) hours, but the wind was hard to troll in. *Got (1) 16, (1) 15 and (3) 12 fish. *Also released a couple. *There was one other boat on the lake near me and they were catching fish too.


05-21-2008, 08:09 PM
Nice Hammerdog, I like that 16" brown :)

05-21-2008, 08:32 PM
What's Bear River Res lookin like this time of year? Has anyone had a good fishing day there recently? I would like to catch some of those browns