Its always fun to fish, but when you can do what you love and give something back to the community while doing it, that’s amazing.
While fishing in the Eastern Sierras this month, in the area surrounding Bishop California, I was nearly skunked on the entire trip. I mean, multiple days, multiple baits, and multiple places with no fish. On the very last day, Dee decided to pull out Google Maps and check out the flat lands following the Owens River that we’d never explored before.
To my surprise, we saw multiple ponds, which looked fishable. We loaded up in the 4×4 and said, “Let’s go!”
Recently, I had the opportunity to kayak fish Leffingwell Landing while participating in the Estero Kayak Challenge Fishing Tournament. I had a blast and fished a new place… which involved a lot of paddling, covering a lot of ground and catching a lot of fish and fish species. Always a win in my book!
For the second year in a row, I participated in the Estero Kayak Challenge Fishing Tournament. All money raised from the tournament supported the Heroes on the Water – Central Coast Chapter. There were 82+ anglers participating in four divisions, plus the Guppy Award for the smallest fish caught and the Outcast Award for the biggest non-division fish.
This being my first trip to Mission Bay, and also my first time targeting Spotted Bay, Striped and Calico Bass, I had a lot to learn. The curve was not as steep as I thought it would be and I found you have to be able to adapt and learn as you fish in order to be successful.
The first morning in the bay, April 13th, I fished for six hours and didn’t catch fish until the fifth hour! I tried weighted lures, divers, jigs, and swim baits in combination with every color and method of retrieve I could think of. It was at that time I finally found the color, bait, and retrieve method that best worked to catch fish. Read More
On April 14th, I participated in the Mission Bay Classic Kayak Tournament, benefiting the Heroes on the Water’s Southern California Chapter. There were 147 participants fishing the bay this year in one of two divisions: the Bass division, involving the combined total weight of anglers’ three biggest legal Barred Sand Bass, Calico Bass or Spotted Sand Bass, and the Halibut division that focused on simply catching the biggest Halibut.
You have not seen true Fall colors until you’ve visited the Eastern Sierras in mid-October. The shimmering, brilliant yellows, oranges and reds of the Aspen trees lining Rush Creek and clustered on the edges of any one of the beautiful lakes across the rugged country are unlike anything you’ve ever seen… but you have to time your trip right or you’ll miss the peak.
On our most recent trip to the Sierras, we didn’t plan it to coincide with the Fall colors but we arrived just days after the peak and enjoyed plenty of brightly bordered roadways and waterways as we explored. Read More
The mornings in mid-October in June Lake are chilly but warm up quickly – each day started at about 20 degrees but soon heated up to a whopping 60 degrees, which made it comfortable in a long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt.
After checking our crawdad trap first thing – we got skunked – we packed up the truck and headed off to Bodie State Park, in the Bodie Hills just east of Bridgeport, near the Nevada border.
Bodie is the coolest ghost town I’ve ever seen. Let me repeat, Bodie is the coolest ghost town. Ever. Read More
The June Lake Loop itself is home to many hiking trails for all levels, and fishable lakes, streams, and rivers. On our most recent trip to the area, in October 2017, I spent most of my time at June and Gull lakes. These lakes both have marinas and boats available for rent, and were very accessible for personal boat and kayak launches and shore fishing.
From the campground, I was able to cart my kayak down the road maybe a quarter of a mile (minus the little fisherman) and easily use the launch ramp to launch my kayak at Gull Lake. Gull Lake is smaller than June, so I was able to cover more ground and see exactly where the fish were more quickly. Read More
The first day of this trip, we grabbed breakfast at the Tiger Bar (be sure to try the Tiger Chips!) and drove the full June Lake Loop to see how everything is since we last visited during the early summer. Though we’re nearing winter again, there was still plenty of snowmelt and the rivers were flowing beautifully, filling the lakes. June Lake Loop includes four lakes: June, Gull, Silver and Grant, though there are others in the higher elevations, reachable by hiking trails around the loop.
The best part of visiting the Eastern Sierras in the fall, particularly early to mid-October, is the changing color of the leaves. Though I have seen thousands of incredible images of the fall colors in the Sierras, nothing does the first-hand experience justice — the flame-colored leaves blowing the crisp, cool mountain air and, depending on where you pull over or hike to enjoy the colors, more than likely you’re in the company of a few deer grazing the meadow next to you.
Sound like something out of a novel that’s too good to be true? Pretty much. Read More