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Trip advice for 3 day, 2 night fishing trip for this weekend

Postby Annex138 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:32 pm

What level of backpacking experience do you have?
Level 3- Numerous backpacking trips, some x-country travel

What terrain are you comfortable/uncomfortable with?
- Class 3 terrain/pass/x-country
- River crossings

What is your main interest?
- Lakes
- Forests
- Big Mountain scenery
- Fishing

How many days/nights is your trip, not including travel to trailhead?
3 days 2 nights

How many miles did you want to do a day, any layovers?
5+-

Do you have a route logistics preference:
loop, out and back

Is there a particular area in the Sierra that your most interested in?
Anywhere from alone Pine up to Bishop

Will you be hiking with a dog?
No.

First off, I am new here. I have been lurking for about a week since I found this great site and desided to ask for some advice. I have been fishing the sierras since I was a baby in one of those baby backpacks. Never did any backpacking. Only day trips. I just got into backpacking in the last few years. Back in June my girlfriend and I hiked north fork Big Pine. Spent 5 nights around 4th lake. Explored and fished everywhere in the drainage with the exception of Sam Mack Lake. Hiked up to the glaiser(wish I would have brought the fly rod along. Did not know Sam Mack lake had fish). I do a lot of backpacking during deer season down in the so Ca mountains but I have only been to big pine. I am looking for somewhere new.

Anyways, I am looking for something for this coming weekend. I plan to leave So Ca(Riverside) early Friday morning so I can be in Lone pine when the visitor center opens to pick up a permit. I am bringing my girlfriend and buddy along. I am looking for somewhere with good fishing and good views. I know that's not too hard to find anywhere in the sierras. Something around 5-6 miles or less. I would like to hike in Friday and set up base camp and spend the rest of the time fishing/exploring and hike out and drive home Sunday.

I was thinking maybe cottonwood lakes but not sure if I can get a permit Friday morning or it will be all full.

Anyone have any advice or tips?



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Re: Trip advice for 3 day, 2 night fishing trip for this weekend

Postby Troutdog 59 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:43 pm

The main trailheads(North Lake, South Lake, Onion Valley,etc) could be tough to get a permit, but you can always try. Good less used options are McGee Creek and Pine Creek (steep). Both lead to nice basins with good fishing.
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Re: Trip advice for 3 day, 2 night fishing trip for this weekend

Postby rlown » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:48 pm

A 3/2 makes it tough. I would agree with North Lake->Muriel and then a day at Goethe. You might be the lottery winner there! Or Tomahawk and Mesa. same TH.

If you're doing walk-in permit, you'll have to have a map and look beforehand at other areas that might have permits in case you can't get one.

Pine Creek will just hurt you. Hurts me just thinking about it.

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Re: Trip advice for 3 day, 2 night fishing trip for this weekend

Postby Annex138 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:53 pm

I am trying to get a hand full of ideas so that I'll have a back up plan if I can't get a permit for my first pick. So far I am thinking cottonwood lake or maybe a trip up to the 2 lakes below dragon peak. Other then that, I have no idea where else to go.
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Re: Trip advice for 3 day, 2 night fishing trip for this weekend

Postby rlown » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:08 pm

I know the use of the phone seems to be a lost art, but...

Try calling the Bishop ranger station at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/home ... ev3_003862

lower left. Ask them specific questions and see if 1) you can get a permit for what you want, or 2) what they'd recommend.
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