Trip Report Report: Golden Trout in a Cascades high lake

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by Troutnut, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. hbmcc

    hbmcc Active Member

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    I'll never go there, nor anywhere similar, again. So, I thoroughly enjoyed an hour of cruising Jason's 'nut' site. Yes, Latin is best. Just don't expect my pronunciation to be correct; as I say, so I spell.
     
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    Jason, thanks for the great pictures and sharing such an adventure. I'm glad you returned safely and recognize the inherent danger you were exposed to by going alone. Golden's live in exquisite landscape and just reaching them has it's own rewards before you even catch one. The terrain leading into the lake you visited looks like a real bitch kitty to negotiate and probably isn't a trip anyone would enjoy making annually. But doing it once-now that's special!

    I have soloed into a number of high elevation lakes in the Sierras to catch goldens and from your pictures would have to say that glacial polished granite is probably far easier to traverse than high angle wooded slopes with downfall.
     
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  3. chrome/22

    chrome/22 For him there whould always be the riddle of steel

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    T/nut, do you belive those Goldens are reproducing in that small lake, or the fish you caught-hooked were from the last Trail Blazers planting?

    Looks they reared some golden trout fry @ the old Tokul hatchery back in 2013, that still true today?
     
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  4. Troutnut

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    I think they were from the last planting, which is listed on the WDFW website as 2012. I didn't see any smaller fish around that would indicate natural reproduction.
     
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    chrome/22 For him there whould always be the riddle of steel

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    Looks like 12-13" is about right for a 5 y/o trout in that environment
     
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    Does anyone know if the golden plantings are all done by the Trailblazers, or are some done by helicopter? My hat's off to anyone who can climb to this thing with a bucket of fish, but it's almost hard to believe.
     
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    Probably helicopter if there isn't a trail.