Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Trout Fishing in the Sierra Snow - Outdoor Wednesday

We are very fortunate to live less than one hour from this beautiful fishing spot in the Central Sierra Nevada mountains just off Highway 108 east of Sonora, California.  

Highway 108 continues along Deadman Creek to the Sonora Pass and drops into Highway 395 on the eastern side of the Sierras. Just before Dardanelle is Clark Fork Road which will take you along the Clark Fork up to Sand Flat campground. We took these pictures on our fishing trip last month.

The Upper Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River contains both rainbows and browns.
It is heavily stocked by Department of Fish & Game (DFG) with about 30,000 rainbows annually.  

 The Hubs enjoying the day!

 The Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River is a small stream with runs and riffles. It is heavily used by campers and is stocked by DFG with about 13,000 rainbows annually.
For wild trout, you can hike in at the end of the road into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. 
Highland Creek which is the main headwaters for the North Fork Stanislaus offers good fishing.
 The outlying portions of the stream contain wild trout in the 9-12 inch class.
The river consists of deep pools, riffles, and runs.
The Spring runoff makes it difficult to fish until mid June. Usually, fall brings great fishing.

 The roads are closed now, this was just after the first snow.

 No fish caught this day, but we enjoyed our hot chocolate and picnic lunch.
Just being in the beauty of nature is very relaxing. 
Someday I hope to learn to fly fish!

Today I'm joining
Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for the 100th "Outdoor Wednesday".
Thanks Susan for hosting this event!



MeMaw said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos. You are truly blessed to live in such a lovely, peaceful place.

Donnie said...

Lovely photos. Sorry you didn't catch anything but some quiet in a beautiful place. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

LindyLouMac said...

Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful day out for Outdoor Wednesday this week.