Actually the campground and land north of the fence belong to BLM. Below are a couple images of the campground w/o crowds and a recent report. I fished Chopaka was April 28 – May 1. The weather was dry but overcast for with some sun breaks. Night time temps were in the lower 30’s (just above freezing) and day time highs were in the upper 40’s. For the most part, the wind blew with gust of maybe 15 mph. The water temperature was 51 in the south end (shallower) and 48 in the deeper north end. It was cold on the water. Some people were wearing snow mobile suits to ward off the wind chill. The fish were in 3 classes: 10” – 12” recent plants, 14’ – 16” plants from last year, and 18” – 20” fish (hold overs for when they were planted after the rehabilitation). As many are aware, they retononed the lake a couple of years ago to get rid of bass and sunfish. I chronimided for the most part using either a grey chronie, size 16 or a blood worm right on the bottom. The calibaetis hatch was beginning to come off when I was there. As the water temps come up there should be a better hatch coming off towards mid day. I fished the north end on the 29th and took a lot of fish. Nearly every retrieve had a take down or two. I hooked up at least half of the time. There is less pressure on this end but it takes more work to get there and the fishing area is smaller. I hung a chronie off of an indicator at 16’ to get just off of the bottom. The small blood worm pattern was very effective. A couple of guys were fishing shallower and caught many fish, but I did better. Here a line thru type indicator is necessary. I fished the shallows in the lake’s south end on 30th taking around 20 fish. There is more pressure on that end of the lake but it easier to get to. My method is to find water around 9’ deep with a clear sandy bottom (some spots have weed growth) and hang you fly, scud or chronie just off of the bottom with an indicator. Use your forceps to find the right leader length. Mike PS – from the spot where the photo below was taken to the next 200 yards up the road (to the cattle guard) gives service on your mobile if you use Verizon. That way you can call home if you like.