Friday, September 9, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kents Lake, Utah

Over the Labor Day Weekend we decided to return to one of our favorite lakes located just outside of Beaver, Utah. We left Las Vegas, Nevada and the 109 degree heat Friday afternoon. Three and a half hours later we arrived at Kents Lake in the Fish Lake National Forest. The 70 degree temperature was a welcome relief. We turned off the Air Conditioner in the truck and remembered how to roll down the windows to enjoy the cool breeze. The original plan was to find a camp spot in the woods off of a fire service road, but as we passed the upper Kents Lake campground we noticed a few open spots and decided to drive in and take a look around. We pulled in and saw a sign that read,” register here”, in front of the campground host’s site. He was outside making a fire so we stopped to get the skinny on the digs. The host told us that he only had two sites taken so far and that he chased away a big Black Bear from his trailer door a few days ago. He said the fishing was good everywhere on the lake, and that we should keep our food locked up in case the bear comes back. We thanked him for the info and walked away thinking that the bear deal didn’t make for a great bedtime topic, but with the promise of good fishing it would be worth it. We passed site after site then found one that looked perfect for our rig and just up from the lake, site #15. We took our time setting up camp, getting the fire pit the way we wanted it and getting the poles ready to roll. I didn’t sleep well wondering if a bear was going to rip the trailer in half and gnaw off my head or something else, but with some campfire coffee in the morning I was ready to hit the water and catch fish. We fished all day Saturday and caught Cutthroat, Rainbow and Tiger Trout ranging from 9 to 16 inches and enjoyed the different fight of each type. Back at camp we relaxed and made plans for the next day.

Sunday after breakfast we tried the other side of the lake and did well. We decided to go back down into Beaver to pick up some ice and look around town for a minute. We found a neat little shop that sold sporting goods and a bunch of really old buildings that were still in use. One place that looked good was the Cache Valley Cheese Factory. When we left town we thought it would be a good idea to take an off road trail.  It turned into a game trail and ended up taking us 40 miles from camp but we got to see some things that I’ll never need to see again for the rest of my life. When we got back to the lake we fished for a while and agreed on Tiger Trout for dinner with campfire coal baked potatoes. Dinner turned out great. Afterwards we sat by the fire and watched everyone down at the lake fishing. One thing that was really cool was seeing all the kids catching fish. It made me think back on my first fish I caught with my Dad.

I forgot about the bear Sunday night and got some good rest. Monday morning we hit the water early, fished for a couple of hours, then headed back to break camp and load up. It turned out to be a great weekend not too far from home. If you get a chance to try this lake I’m sure it would be well worth the trip.
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