Monday, August 13, 2018

California Heritage Trout Challenge #5: Goose Lake Redband Trout

The last species that I needed to complete my heritage trout challenge was a Goose Lake Redband Trout. These trout are endemic to the Goose Lake watershed. Goose Lake is a body of water that has had quite an interesting history. Goose Lake is a large shallow turbid alkaline lake that shares both the California and Oregon border. The lake is rarely full although it has had times in the past where it would fill and allow an abundance of Goose Lake Redbands to inhabit the lake. These fish are normally less than 8'' however when they are able to travel into the lake freely they are known to get hefty up to 24''. The lake has also dried up in the past during severe droughts threatening both the fish and wildlife in the surrounding Goose Lake area. A trout that is able to survive in both extremes is truly amazing and I was looking forward to catching one.

Friday, August 10, 2018

California Heritage Trout Challenge #4: Warner Lakes Redband Trout

After catching my first coastal cutthroat trout near the California North Coast it was time to move forward with catching my last two native trout for the California Heritage Trout Challenge. The next species that I targeted was the Warner Lakes Redband Trout. Although the majority of their native range can be found in Oregon the Warner Lakes Redband can be found in a several small streams within a few miles of the California-Oregon border.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

California Heritage Trout Challenge #3: Coastal Cutthroat Trout

The stars aligned for me this month and my opportunity to finish my first Heritage Trout Challenge journey had finally come. Two years ago I completed my first two qualifiers for the challenge: the McCloud Redband and Lahanton Cutthroat. My eyes were set on three native trout that inhabit the upper portions of Northern California. My first attempt to complete my challenge would be catching a Coastal Cutthrout Trout. The coastal cutthroat is unique in that they are semi-anadromous meaning they live part of their lives out in sea however not to the extent of steelhead or salmon. Their native range in California ranges from the Northwest California-Oregon border down to the Eel River. With a migratory nature and such a large range, I knew they were going to be somewhat difficult to find. Factor in a mess of rainbow trout and you've got yourself perhaps the most elusive heritage trout to try and capture.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

In Search Of Gold At Glacier Lake

Glacier Lake is a high elevation lake that sits at about 7,200ft within the Grouse Ridge recreation area. It is said to be one of the few lakes within the Northern Sierras that is stocked with golden trout. The golden trout has been on my bucket-list since I started fly fishing and I wanted to give Glacier Lake a try for my first.