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Return to the Eastern Sierras

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#1 BenCantrell

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  • San Diego, CA

Posted 05 September 2018 - 05:23 PM

This past June I fished the Eastern Sierras and caught California golden trout, tui chub, and a few others.



But... I missed out on Owens sucker and Sacramento perch, so I've been wanting to do a return trip. Also, I learned about a lake with pure Lahontan cutthroats, which has also been a species I've wanted to try for for a long time.  A friend from Los Angeles joined me on the road trip, and we went three for three on our targets! I'll have a blog post eventually, but for now here's the bare bones report.


A happy Subaru



Owens Sucker



Owens River



Sacramento Perch (we couldn't find the adults so we microfished juveniles in the weeds near shore)



The old state records in the Lake Crowley tackle shop.



Lake Crowley



Lahontan Cutthroat



"Cutthroat Lake"



We also checked out the springs at the northern end of Fish Slough, where the Owens pupfish was rediscovered after being thought to be extinct.  Sadly, we saw over a dozen largemouth bass and not a single pupfish.  I would venture a guess that they've been extirpated from their native range.  There are a few ark populations in isolated springs to the south that are keeping the species alive.


Fish Slough



And believe it or not, we spent a day doing things other than fishing.  We hiked in the White Mountains to see the bristlecone pines, which are the oldest trees on earth.  The oldest one is estimated at 4800 years.  I feel like I've completed the set now that I've seen the redwoods (tallest), sequoias (largest), and bristlecones (oldest).


Bristlecone Pine



Other fish caught on the trip included Mozambique tilapia, largemouth bass, bluegill, tui chub, brown trout, and rainbow trout.

#2 mattknepley

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  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 05 September 2018 - 06:38 PM

Jealous, jealous again. Though it's a shame about the Owens Pupfish.
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#3 Matt DeLaVega

Matt DeLaVega
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  • Ohio

Posted 05 September 2018 - 06:55 PM

Ben, these are always fun. Great adventures!

The member formerly known as Skipjack

#4 Casper

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  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 06 September 2018 - 06:37 AM

Makes me yearn for another NANFA gathering in the desert type regions.

Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#5 JasonL

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  • Kentucky

Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:06 AM


Ben your life listing exploits truly set the standard.

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