Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Big Bass at Cottonwood Cove

Cottonwood Cove is known for it's big Striped Bass. The "Catch of the day" for 2-11-10 was 39 pounds 1 ounce. These Bass became land locked when the dams were built across the Colorado River.
The Cottonwood Cove Marina has everything an angler would need to go after these big Bass and they rent boats for a reasonable price to help get the job done.
For more info about Lake Mohave check out this link: Mohave

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Iron “Ranger” Man

Who is Iron Ranger Man? That’s the question on every campers mind. Simply put, “The identity of Iron Ranger Man must be made available to the American People”. This question has gone unanswered long enough!

If you've ever used an outhouse at a campground and found a roll of toilet paper during your visit then you can thank Iron Ranger Man. He doesn't fly down at night to clean out the fire pits and outhouses, his job is to collect camping fees which are used to provide these services to anyone who enjoys the campground. Finding a clean campsite is not an accident and it takes some funding to provide a few of the things most campers take for granted. These fees are small, 2 to 18 dollars per night, and need to be paid so we all can have a great camping experience. When you set up camp hang up a trash bag and clean up after yourself. When it is time to leave the campground throw that bag in a trash can and know that your fees paid to Iron Ranger Man will be used to collect that garbage and keep our campgrounds clean. When you fish the creek keep an eye out for garbage that you might find along the way and pick it up. I always carry a small trash bag with me when I work the creek and if it gets full I just drop it off at an empty campsite to be picked up later. When you get to a campground check in with the host and let them know that you intend to clean up a little as you fish, they will let you know what to do with the trash that you collect along the creek. Our creeks belong to us, lets all do our part!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Calling All Carps

 I decided to take a run out to Lake Mojave and get a line wet. It’s mid March and most of the creeks to the north are still running low and cold. The fever to fish is still burning hot so I needed to find a place to get it out of my system. Lake Mojave seemed like a good spot.

I got out on the lake around 4 am, tied up a slip rig and got it in the water. The water was calm and peaceful. With a cup of hot coffee I sat there at the waters edge and watched the sunrise. About an hour went by with not even a hope of a bite, and it started to look like a sunrise was all that I was going to get from this trip.

I was about ready to call it done and reel up my line when I noticed the water start to boil close to shore. With in minutes there were big Carp swimming everywhere and breaking water. I reeled up and watched as the fish came closer. They came right up to the edge and began poking their heads out of the water. It looked like they were begging for food or something. Like birds in the park.

I took some pictures and walked back to the parking area thinking, to bad I wasn’t fishing for those big boys. It would’ve been easy!

Friday, March 19, 2010

How To Catch a Trout on a Creek

The best place to look for Trout on a creek is in pools, banks and pockets.  Places like these offer good cover for Trout to hide.  I also look for log piles that dam up part or all of the creek.  If you run into spots that look tough to get to don't pass them up.  Chances are everyone else has gone around them as well!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hot Stocks For 2010!

Investing in stocks can be tricky. I received an email that was supposed to show me how to read the stock market. It was confusing to say the least and it made me think, there has got to be an easier way to understand this. So I came up with one that will make it much easier for anyone to:

Invest in stocks.
Find out which stock is best for you.
How to get the best returns from your investment.

Let me start out with the best stocks I know of and how to recognize them.

This is a Rainbow Trout stock.  It is a very common stock and is stocked in most creeks, streams and lakes.
This a Brown Trout stock.  Fun to catch and they fight well too.

Here we have a Brook Trout stock.  This is a very colorful one.
The Lake Trout.  This one can grow very large.

The Tiger Trout, a rare and beautiful breed.  It too is stocked in lakes, creeks, and streams.

The best way to invest in these stocks is to buy a fishing license. Some of the money from this investment goes to the hatchery where the fish are raised. Stay at a campground. Some of the campground fees are used for the Stocking program.

Which Stock is right for you? I prefer Rainbow. Pan fried or smoked.

How do I get the best returns for my investment? The answer is simple, go fishing as often as you can and use the top of the line baits. If you are starting out on a shoestring budget you can go out in the backyard and dig up some worms to get started. This time tested technique has been working for centuries and it still works today.

This new and improved program will make anyone a big winner and if you like numbers each time you go fishing write down how many fish, and which type you caught. At the end of the season you can get a grand total and email it to fellow investors.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tule Springs

Tule Springs is a close to home place that I fish often. When things start to get busy and I need to escape this is one place where time can stop for a while. If you seek out the little spots in the area where you live you might be surprised at just how easy it is to get away without getting far away. Just to spend an hour or two lying on a blanket with a line in the water while you watch the clouds go by can be enough to make the not so great moments in daily life easier to deal with.

This little lake is stocked each week with Rainbow Trout and Catfish.  I always keep my rod in the back of my truck in case I overhear of these little out of the way places.  I do get a strange look from time to time when I come home from work with a stringer of fish, but fresh Trout for dinner on a Friday night is better than pizza!  

Monday, March 15, 2010

I Don’t Have Time For a Fishing Trip!

Many people live busy lives and think they don’t have time to fish. If your idea of fishing involves the perfect trip to Alaska with a guide, or a tour of Wyoming Rivers and streams, it’s easy to see how time and money would be a major factor in getting on the water. Once or twice a year trips like these are well worth the wait, but there is something you can do once a week or so just to keep in touch with your angling skills. When these awesome trips do come around you don’t want to be the one who is asking the guide how to tie a hook on your line, or what is this thing on the reel used for.

You need to find a place that is close to home or work where you can spend an hour a week and get away. Make it a point to find ponds and reservoirs in your area. Most state parks that have a pond or two charge a few bucks to get in and they are stocked with Trout and other types of fish by the D.F.G. Every Friday I drive about 5 miles from my house and fish for about an hour at a state park that has four small ponds. I take my ultra light set up and a jar of Salmon Eggs. That’s about all you need. I catch a fish or two, and head back home. A good way to get this going is to first find a place to go. Look on the web and I’m sure that you’ll find something close to home. Then put your rod in your truck, or car and take it with you wherever you go. Don’t feel strange about keeping your rig with you. I know many people who carry around a tennis racket, baseball glove, workout bag, purse, or brief case like they think they are going to use something like that during the day. Crazy!

After you find a spot to fish set aside 1 day, 1 hour that will be your time to go. Don’t let anything get in the way. Friday is my day, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. It’s a meeting that I cannot miss. “I know its Friday, but do you think you could stay for just an extra half hour. It would mean a lot to me”. No! I have a very important meeting to attend at 3:00.

Now, once you have your priorities straight, and you’re on the water you need to catch a fish to get the fire burning. If you’re on a small pond like the one I go to then you should use this simple set up that works every time.

Line a single #8 or #10 (or whatever you have) hook with Salmon Eggs. I use Atlas Best Bite because they have more body to them. Place a bobber 24 inches away from the hook. Toss your bait 15 to 25 feet from the shore line and within 15 minutes you should see your bobber begin to dance around in the water. Set the hook and enjoy the fight. If you use an ultra light set up even a small fish will fight like a whale, and it’s much more fun. In a small body of water the fish will tend to circle the pond or lake. Moving around like this keeps water flowing through their gills, which in turn allows them to “breathe”. Fish like carp or catfish can just set on the bottom and suck up mud or whatever they do, but Trout must move. It pays to know about the contour of the bottom of the pond because Trout will cruise at a certain depth where they can find oxygen rich water with the right temperature. They will move around the water and at some point swim past your bait. That’s when you’ll hook up. If you don’t hook up right away try casting a little farther from the shore line until you find the “sweet spot”.

Make time to get away on a mini trip and when your perfect trip comes along you’ll be ready. Always keep a camera with you in case you land a big fish. When you show it off to your friends and family they will be amazed at how you’re able to make time to do the things you like to do!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Where to Find Big Trout!

This picture of a Big Rainbow Trout was sent in by Betty Holtsnider of Camarillo, California.  If you know where to look you can find Big Trout on the creek. Look for places where the water runs over an obstruction and then falls into a pool. Some of the smaller pools can hold big fish so don’t pass up a spot just because of its size.   Try to drop your bait in at the white water, then move it down stream.

Sometimes the dark places on the creek are overlooked by other anglers so take your time working the creek and try to spot these out of the way places.
If a spot looks overgrown with tree branches and brush it might be tough to get into.  Not many fishermen will risk getting hung up to try these spots.  If you take your time and place your bait carefully you stand a better chance of getting in and out without a problem.

Working the tight spots can get frustrating and more than once I've crawled away from the creek covered with scratches, ants, and spider bites.  The reward is when you drop your bait in the water and your rod bends in half.  You see a huge Trout jerking the line out of your reel and you know that you're into a lunker!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tough Water On The Creek

Sometimes when you're working the creek you come across one of those spots that you would like to try and then you might stop and think, how in the world would I ever get a fish out of there if I caught one?  Well there in no easy answer, but here are a few ideas that might help.  Before you move into a hole take a look around and figure out what you options are.  Can you swing a fish over to the other side, could you lift one straight up, or if you're on your knees can you drag one out.  Chances are if you're in a tough spot, you're going to have a tough time landing whatever you catch.  Make sure that you set the hook good and you might have a better chance, but in a situation like this its anyones guess what the outcome will be.  More than a few times I've stood back from the creek with a blank look on my face after losing a big fish that was under some type of impossible to get to under brush infested piece of water, but that is why the big ones are still there!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Cold Opener On Lone Pine Creek

Opening day on Lone Pine Creek was a cold one to be sure. Saturday March 6th I got the first look at a creek that had gone through a long winter. The water was ice cold, the fish were in hibernation. The Cottonwood trees that line the banks were half frozen in the grip of Old Man Winter. With patches of snow, a cold wind blowing down the mountains, and snow flurries it began to look like I was a little early in the season for any type of Trout action. As I walked along the banks of the creek I noticed signs of life in the water. In the shallow pools small Brown Trout would scatter as I approached, and larger fish could be seen locked in tight to the sides. The creek volume is dependent on run-off from snow melt and it didn’t look like that was going to be happening any time soon. Still it’s opening day, so I had to give it a shot and see if this creek was ready to give up a bite or two. The first few pools I tried gave me no response. Working my way up the creek I stumbled upon a few pockets that held hungry Trout. After a twitch on the end of my line, my rod tip finally bent sharply towards the surface of the water and I knew I had hooked into a nice fish. The ice cold water made for a brief fight and I landed my first Rainbow of the season. This thin 14 inch long fish looked like he hadn’t eaten in months. I released him back into his pool and continued on up the creek. After an hour or so the snow began falling heavily so I decided to head back to camp for some hot coffee and a spot next to the fire. This creek will be much more inviting around July when the Cottonwoods are green and the warm summer breeze blows down through the canyons, the campground filled with tents and trailers. Afternoons warmed by the heat of the summer sun. That time will come, but for now the bitter cold of winter must run its course. It’s warm next to the fire, with hot coffee in hand I’ll write down the events of this trip and begin plans for the next one.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Cottonwood Creek is located off the 395 highway about 15 miles back in the mountains. I decided to check this creek out. After driving way back on a road that looked more like a game trail I got to an area that looked like it might be fishable. The creek bed was filled with boulders and tree trunks everywhere you looked. Some of the rocks had damned up the stream creating pools and waterfalls three feet high. Huge California Oak Trees were growing along the sides and a few growing next to the edge of the water had half of their root systems exposed and in the creek. All in all this looked like a mean piece of water. To fish this creek I found myself climbing up embankments, and over boulders the size of travel trailers. It took a while to get from spot to spot but each new pool was worth the effort. After tossing a fly or two without any luck I switched over to salmon eggs and began hooking up right away. The lower part of the creek held alot of Rainbows, and as I worked my way further up I started hooking into Browns. Most of these fish were around 10 to 12 inches and quite a few came up out of the water and hit my bait before it touched the surface. I released each fish right back into the spot where I had caught it. I'm pretty sure they will still be there for the next time I visit this creek!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Saturday, March 6th was the first day of Trout Season in the Eastern Sierras. I couldn't wait to get on the creek. First thing in the morning I hit Tuttle creek to warm up and get the rust out after a long off season. The creek level was a bit low but with a good steady flow. As I worked my way up the creek I ran into Justin. He had just landed a nice Rainbow Trout and I had to get a picture of him. Nice job Justin! Happy fishing!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

How to Catch Big Lake Trout

The best way I have found to catch big Lake Trout also happens to be the easiest. You might read articles about time and temperature, wind direction and speed. Some professional anglers may try to tell you that the planets must align in a particular sequence in order for the…Blah, Blah, Blah. The truth is, anyone can catch really big Lake Trout by just doing a few simple things.

Choose some good bait. Minnows or spoons are fine. Pick one around 2” long. If your bait is any bigger than this the only thing you’ll catch is a sunburn from falling asleep instead of catching fish.

Use 10lb Or 12lb test line. This type of fish likes to fight and they can turn in a heartbeat and bust your line if they want to.

Troll your bait at about 35 to 50 feet deep. You can just guess on this, but one good way to make sure is to use lead core line with a slow troll and about 70 feet of line in the water.

Move around as much as you can. Don’t troll the same area over and over. If you don’t hook up in the first pass move on to a new spot where the fish might be biting.

When you do hook up take it slow and easy. Many big Lake Trout are lost because the angler gets in a hurry. If you’re hooked up good. You will not lose your fish so slow down and reel him in.

There it is, the secret is out. I’ve caught big fish in all types of weather and all kinds of conditions. I remember a story about a boy fishing with a cane pole. The boy decided to call it a day and was walking along the river with a stringer of big fish slung across his back. He came upon a Fly Fisherman who had 4,000 dollars worth of equipment on. The Fly Fisherman hadn’t gotten a bite all day, and asked the boy, “What’s your secret?” The boy smiled and said, “Ya gotta make sure yer hold’ in yer nose right!” Sometimes the radar and G.P.S. are handy to locate and catch fish, but sometimes you just have to watch how you hold your nose!

The Legend of Old Sourdough

Camping trips were always the one thing that kept me going when I was growing up. If things were not looking so good for me, or if I started losing hope, my mind would wander away to the campground and I’d begin to think about how I would explore the mountains and valleys in wide open spaces. Discover treasures that others had overlooked, leave my footprints on ground that no one had ever walked on. I could imagine walking along a dirt road and watching the other campers set up their campsites, seeing everyone happy and excited to begin their adventures. Now and then my Grandpa would show up right before we were ready to leave and let us know that he was going along. My father was never surprised when this would happen, sometimes I think they planned it all along, it didn’t really matter much. It sure made me happy knowing that Grandpa was going. He always had a way of making things seem more important than they ordinarily would. When we’d go out fishing the creek sometimes he would stop suddenly, hold his arm out and say, “Hold on, did you hear that? Oh boy you don’t want to miss that, it’s a bird right over there in that tree”. Even if I could care less about “that bird over there”, it somehow became the most important thing in the whole world, because Grandpa thought it was worth stopping for. My time would be spent asking Grandpa about anything and everything that would come into my mind, nothing was too far fetched, or out there for him. He always gave me answers to my questions, or sometimes just a smile and a nod of his head. Campfire time was always the time I couldn’t wait for. After supper when the sun was going down everyone helped to get the wood ready for the fire. Once the fire was going good we would all gather around, quietly waiting to hear those famous words from Grandpa, “Say, did I ever tell you about the legend of Old Sourdough?” Everyone would lean forward to hear the story that we all knew so well and had heard a hundred times, but it never seemed to grow old. This is his story, in his words:

“Well, I don’t know if I should be tell ‘in you about Old Sourdough, but I will. Ya see Sourdough don’t like people talk ‘in about him. If you feel something come up behind ya and grab ya, well it’s him and oh boy he’s gunna be mad. See, in 1849 there was this old miner named Sourdough. He’d wander around these parts look ‘in for gold. He didn’t have a friend in the whole world, sept fer his donkey named Biscuit. Old Sourdough had a long white beard, as white as the snow up there on the mountains. All the other old miners called him Sourdough cause he’d make Sourdough flapjacks ever morning for breakfast and feed some to his only best friend old Biscuit. Now listen here, Old Sourdough found himself a lot a gold, he hid it somewhere up in these mountains. Only thing is he forgot where he hid it. Some say he still wanders around these parts, with old Biscuit, search in for his lost gold to this day. If you’re ever out all alone when it’s gettin dark, and ya hear a whisper in the wind, well that’s Old Sourdough following ya, just hopein yer leadin him to his lost treasure”.

This story changed every time Grandpa told it. He would add a little something, or take a little something away. Either way my mind would fill with thoughts about the gold. Sometimes I’d go to sleep wondering if Old Sourdough would ever find his treasure, maybe he never lost it to begin with.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuttle Creek Rainbow Trout!

This Awesome picture of a Rainbow Trout was sent in by Betty Holtsnider of Camarillo, California. “I caught this Rainbow Trout while on a fishing trip with my family at Tuttle Creek, just outside of Lone Pine, California. It was caught around mid-morning using Pautzke’s Balls O’ Fire Salmon Eggs. This was a tagged Trout”. Thanks so much for the picture Betty, Nice fish!

Tuttle Creek is one of the many creeks that run year round in the Eastern Sierras. The campground is located 5 miles west of Lone Pine off of Horseshoe Meadow Road. At an elevation of 5,120 ft. the campground sits at the base of some of the most impressive peaks in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range; Lone Pine Peak, Mount Williamson, and Mount Whitney. With 85 Rv/tent sites, 9 restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings, and barbeques there is plenty of room for campers to enjoy the fishing, hiking, sightseeing, and exploring opportunities this area has to offer. Camping is good throughout the season and you can obtain a long term permit, up to 14 days, at the Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, or the White Mountain Ranger Station in Bishop California. The California Department of Fish and Game periodically release “Tagged Trout” into the creeks of the Eastern Sierras. Only a few of these select Trout from the hatchery are released at a time, so catching one is rare. If you're fortunate enough to hook into one of these, you’re going to be in for a fight. Tagged Trout are usually larger than the typical stock. If you hook up and your rod bends in half there is a very good chance that a tagged Trout is on the end of your line. With some patience and skill you might be able to land one of these fine Rainbows.  With some luck you’ll end up taking an awesome picture like Betty Holtsnider did!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Quick And Easy Lake Trout Tips

Best Secrets for Catching More Fish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When you set out to catch Lake Trout you’re sure to have a great time if you bring a few tricks along to get things going. On my reels I use Cabela’s 18Lb. Test Lead Core line. This line will get you down where you need to be. At a slow troll you want your bait between 25 to 40 feet; this is where the fish will be most active. The smaller fish will hit hard and fast, the large Lakers tend to play with the bait. If your rod tip starts twitching about every two or three seconds, slow your troll down until you almost stop. This is when you want to pull your rod tip up, then let it down and reel fast. Wait a moment to let the bait sink, then tip up, down and reel fast. You won’t do this more than a couple of times and your rod tip should smack straight down in the water. At first you might want to pull up hard, but don’t do it. Your fish is hooked, relax, loosen your drag a little and let him take line. The best way to lose a Lake Trout is to over react and pull hard. Just about every time I’ve tried to “set the hook” I end up with a slack line and no fish. When you troll use some type of Lake Troll reflector like cowbells or willow leaf. The best combinations are silver and gold, or gold and red. At the end of your troll your bait wants to be about 18 inches back. Lake Trout almost always attack from behind and they tend to hit and turn so the hook will set itself. When it comes to bait, you’ll have to check out the restrictions on which ever lake you’re fishing, I like to use small minnows or anchovies when ever I can. Pick up some black electrical tape and keep it in your tackle box. When you’re trolling with 70 or 80 feet of line out, and you get a hit mark you’re line with tape about a foot from the reel. After you catch your fish, you can put your line back in at about the same depth and distance where you just hooked up. Remember 70 feet out with lead core means about 25 to 35 feet deep, so once you catch one just match your speed and the amount of line out and chances are you’ll hook up again. When you’re fighting a Lake Trout try to keep the line tight. They will fight and turn straight back at you so you have to reel up quick when they come and get ready to give line when they take. This give and take fight will continue right up until you get him to the surface of the water so try to stay on top of it. I’ve lost a lot of these guys by turning my attention away for a split second, the line goes slack and it’s over.