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Northern California Trout

  • Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Northern California Trout Aug 31, 2019 | 16:47 pm

    Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Tuesday turned out to be a wine tasting day. After getting up late and having a late breakfast, we (Katherine, Me, Ken, & Ranae) piled into the truck and headed toward the few wineries in the area. Lake County has many, but they are scattered all over the county.First stop was a wine and olive olive oil tasting place. Couple of bottles of wine and a couple bottles of olive oil and we were off to the next place.Second stop was not so good. Wine wasn't to our liking and the prices were steep.Back on the road, the option was lunch and another winery (somewhere in the county) or lunch back at the park. We chose the park. It's a democratic society, camping is.Hills are recovering after the fires last yearYou can see the same section from another angleThe other side of the lakeWhile everybody sat around, I went down to the dock and soaked some more PB. Add one more trout to the list (now 3). Another sunset and the day was done.Wednesday morning found me out in the kayak attempting to get a Thin Mint down far enough to entice a fish. I guess it just wasn't anything[…]

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  • Upper Lake Sunday and Monday

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 17:34 pm

    Upper Lake Sunday and Monday We got to Upper Lake about 2:00 pm on Sunday. It's about a 4 hour drive from home. It took another hour or so to set up the trailer. Wasn't as bad as Redding last year (111 degrees), but still hovering just above 100.We sat outside until the kids arrived about 4:00 pm. They got caught in a bad traffic accident by the airport on Interstate 5. Must have happened right after we went through there because we didn't have any problems.Once they got set up and we had the required beer (805) at the beginning of every camping trip, I wandered down to the dock to see what was shaking.  Usual Camping SpotThere were a couple guys fishing and they had caught a couple trout. TROUT !! Surface temperature of the lake was 76 degrees. TROUT ? Yup, Rainbows about 10 or 11 inches. Well I came to find out that out from the dock about 25 feet the water was so deep that it was probably 60 degrees down at the bottom. So I put out one rod with the usual rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig and low and behold, 5 minutes later I had my[…]

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  • Upper Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 03:01 am

    Upper Lake Just a taste. Come back tomorrow.

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  • Yakking On Woods Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 6, 2019 | 15:29 pm

    Yakking On Woods Lake You remember the post about a month ago when Yuki and I fished Woods Creek at the outlet of Woods Lake. Here is a reminder.July 8, 2019Note the snowYuki 7/8/2019Well, yesterday we put our kayaks in and I had a couple things I needed to do at the lake. First I wanted to try out the (now not so new) fish finder. I still don't have a handle how that thing works. I'll only say that it kept flashing 19 ft even when I was sitting on the shore. More research needed.So after getting my Lifetime Kayak (total weight 50 pounds) in the water, we put Yuki's new (he didn't tell me he bought a new kayak), in. I don't have the information on his kayak except it is a fishing kayak and the thing weighs about 300 pounds. I lost all though of information just struggling to get that sucker in the lake. OK, so maybe is only weighs about 90 pounds. Either way that kayak is HEAVY.Good, now we're on the water paddling to the other side which he says is where the fish are. He's already been yakking in the lake before with his daughter the Biologist[…]

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  • Hope Valley Camping

    Northern California Trout Jul 22, 2019 | 15:10 pm

    Hope Valley Camping We left the house on Thursday in the late afternoon (like 7:00 or so). Got to the campground just as it turned dark. First time setting up the trailer with a flashlight in my mouth. Oh, I have a light that fits on my ball cap, but it's been so long since I used it, the battery was dead thus the old "flashlight in the mouth trick".We were expecting Katherine's daughter and her boyfriend on Friday night so we headed up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper Blue and all access is closed for the year due to dam repair) for the day to do a little yakking.Being a novice with a hard kayak, I was a little concerned about the wind blowing as it tends to whip across the lake in the afternoon, BUT not to worry.We launched about Noon and were able to paddle around the lake with no problems.   As I usually do, I sat in the middle of the lake and did a 360 taking pictures as I turned.Still a little snow left If you double click on the picture above, the pile of snow on the left looks like a seal.That's the dam So we called it a[…]

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  • I Need Some Input

    Northern California Trout Jul 12, 2019 | 14:53 pm

    I started Northern California Trout on January 7, 2009. The original intent was to tell local fishermen what I was catching, where I was catching it, and what I was using for bait.Northern California Trout has since morphed into a Global blog. I've posted about fishing, my ancestry, and some other stuff through the years.Now it seems that Social Media is where everybody is establishing their "adventures". Don't get me wrong, there are still some who blog on a consistent basis, but it seems that blogging has taken a back seat to Social Media. I've mentioned many times in posts and comments that I don't Facebook, Twitter, or Insta-something mainly because I just don't want to. I have a Facebook account, but I only use it for finding relatives like my cousins in Florida.It's not that I don't have an audience. OK, I have 99 followers listed. I'm not sure how many of those still "follow". I've posted 1140 times and have had more than 700,000 hits from all over the world. Most from the US and most recently the Netherlands and Germany. And believe me I appreciate each and every one of those who stop by to read what[…]

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  • It Started Out As A Recon Mission

    Northern California Trout Jul 9, 2019 | 14:45 pm

    It Started Out As A Recon Mission Katherine and I are heading up to Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th thru the 21st. Since we've had so much snow this past Winter, I wanted to do a recon mission to see if 1, we can get up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper is closed for the year) and find the launch ramp.Mission accomplished.2, find out if fires are still allowed in the campground fire pits. Campground host said fires OK.Mission accomplished.So on the way back from Lower Blue we stopped at the West Fork of the Carson up the road aways from the campground and floated a few flies. Unfortunately too much terrain for me to negotiate so we went to a spot across from the campground. Met a gentleman from Gardenerville (that's in Nevada) who said the creek was planted the previous week and kids were catching and releasing "tons" of Rainbows using a green Powerworm and a jig head. We couldn't find a single fish.Plan B - We headed back toward town and made a quick stop just to look at Red Lake. It was closed last Summer because of Toxic Algae Bloom, but open now. Might have to bring up the kayak and[…]

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  • Happy 4th Everybody

    Northern California Trout Jul 4, 2019 | 15:05 pm

    No Confucius jokes this year. Just a picture of the old guy.No watching fireworks for me this year. Last night we listened to the local fireworks while laying in bed reading a book. Damn, I must be getting old. Crowds annoy me anyway.In case you don't get to see any, here...........Monday, Yuki and I are taking a little drive up to Lower Blue Lake to see if enough snow has melted and we can actually get there. Upper Blue Lake is closed all year for Dam repairs. That's a bummer. I'm sure Yuki will want to stop at Woods lake and fish the creek, so fly rods are in order. Our next camping trip is Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th so there should be some fishing then. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures. Boy was that corny. 

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  • Yakking on White Pines Lake

    Northern California Trout Jun 30, 2019 | 00:09 am

    Yakking on White Pines Lake Since Lake McClure was such a disaster, we decided to take the kayaks up to White Pines Lake. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been up there before.Last time Yuki and I were up there it was a 25 to 30 fish (little Bluegills) day. I was anticipating such a day again.Katherine and I took our time getting up there since it was Saturday. We left home about 10:10 and were at the lake about 11:15. It's really isn't very far from the house. We were on the water in the "his and hers" kayaks and I had a line in the water as soon as I cleared the launch.It was just that, a line in the water. I fished near the reeds, out in the middle, at the far end, and just about everywhere else. NOTHING. Not one little Gill to be found.I would suspect that because of all the people out there and there were a BUNCH, every fish in the lake was probably hiding as best as they can.Double click to make the pictures larger so you can see the crowd.The picnic areaBy the damMore picnic areaThe one on the[…]

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  • Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure

    Northern California Trout Jun 17, 2019 | 16:06 pm

    Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure We had originally made reservations to camp here on May 16th thru May 19th. Two weeks prior to going, the weather guessers said sunshine and blue skies. The Saturday before the 15th, they changed to rain Thursday thru Sunday the exact same 4 days we planned on spending there. So we rescheduled for this past weekend. As it turned out, it started raining on Wednesday and rained everyday through the following week. A weather report is only as good as their guess, weather guessers.  We got to Barrett Cove about 2:00 pm on Friday. We were scheduled to stay at spot C-15. We drove around for about a half an hour and couldn't find C-Loop. 15 minutes or so of that half hour was spent just trying to find a place just to turn a truck and trailer around.Finally we went back to the beginning and when we found B-Loop I turned and low and behold a block or so up the road was C-Loop. AND we had a map of the place and still had trouble finding it. Wandered up the road until we found 15 and this is what it looked like.   Space C-15From the other sideYou all[…]

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