Trip Report Ross Lake July 2020

Took the family out to Ross Lake back in July for a 7 day canoeing camping trip. The video is kinda long so I didn't really include a bunch of the footage of me fly fishing from shore, but the fishing fantastic! Lots of big rainbows and a few cutthroats and brook trout thrown in. When we first started trolling, I was using a small tan/olive sculpzilla, and other peope we using small spoons. The streamer tended to outfish all the other lures, so everyone ended up just tying on sculpzillas and trolling those. While we caught a few fish out in the open, but I mostly caughtly the fish right next to shore, I would get as close to shore as I could without snagging. I trolled mostly with a full sink 5ips line. Not surprising points with big drop offs were very successful. Anyway it's mostly a family trip video, with a bit of other people catching fish thrown in. It just got too long so I left most of my footage out. Hope you enjoy!

 

Swimmy

I have an amazing collection of fishing shirts
WFF Supporter
Awesome. There is just something pure about kids having fun in the outdoors.

Seriously, great job.
 

Sagebrush

Active Member
Couple that come to mind:
1. Just take less days
2. Rent boats from the resort, not sure if they allow you to use motorboats overnight but that could make it faster to get around
3. Combustion motors are allowed so that could make it a faster trip too.

Thanks! Trips like those are the ones that your kids will always remember!
 

ceviche

Active Member
Shoreline structure holding lots of fish. Same strategy worked for me the one time I fished Ross. Same went for Diablo on our way back to the boat launch. I used an electric trolling motor to power the canoe, so the streamers were moving along a pretty decent clip. Not sure if I could've kept up by stripping fly alone.
 

johan851

Member
Thanks for the video, I love Ross Lake.

Are you sure those are brook trout and not Dolly Varden? Knowing the difference is pretty key if you're putting them on a stringer...
 

Freestone

WFF Supporter
What a great family trip, your kids look like they had a blast!
Are there other take points than that make for a shorter trip?

I have hiked my inflatable kayak down from the road (above the lake) and done a quick 3 night trip. I packed like I was ultralight backpacking as although the trail is a quick mile (900’ decent) down to the lakeshore, at the end of the trip, it is a long slog back uphill with heavy wet gear and tired muscles from paddling.
 

1Richcrook

To fish or not to fish? What a stupid question.
Great video of an even better trip. Makes me nostalgic for when my kids were little. Guess I can do some of that again as a grandpa now.
Thank you for letting us in too.
 

johan851

Member
I catch one or two brook trout every weekend I spend on the lake. They should be kept.
Agree, brook trout should be kept. Dolly Varden and bull trout should not be removed from the water. I only mention it because there are some superficial similarities, and I've seen a few too many Dollys being misidentified and harvested illegally on Ross Lake.

I love that the lake has an intact population of native trout. I haven't actually caught a brook trout there myself, but it appears that they were stocked historically, which is good to know.
 

Runejl

Josh
Agree, brook trout should be kept. Dolly Varden and bull trout should not be removed from the water. I only mention it because there are some superficial similarities, and I've seen a few too many Dollys being misidentified and harvested illegally on Ross Lake.

I love that the lake has an intact population of native trout. I haven't actually caught a brook trout there myself, but it appears that they were stocked historically, which is good to know.
Ross Lake is a special place! Love it up there!
 

wadin' boot

Donny, you're out of your element...
WFF Supporter
wow, good times, makes me want to go ASAP then again the summer is probably the kindest time up there...
 

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