[7] The Little Kern golden trout is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.[8]. Medium-weight lines (5-7 wt.) Before 1947, there was little incentive to develop the area, but that changed with the Secretary of Agriculture's plan to manage the area along multiple-use guidelines due to its proximity to population centers. Main article: Golden trout on Wikipedia. Use dry fly patterns when fish are surface feeding, and nymph, leech or other subsurface patterns when little feeding activity is apparent. Titcomb Basin (driving directions and hiking map), in the heart of the Winds, is already the kind of place that backpackers dream about.Head to Elbow Lake, a granite-ringed tarn at the end of an 18-mile trek from Elkhart trailhead. Golden trout are native to the Sierra Nevada, and were transplanted by Wyoming Game and Fish to the Winds from the Kern River system in the 1940s, during a brief period when the state of California allowed golden-trout eggs to be exported. Wyoming's record golden trout, which is also the current world record (an 11-pounder measuring 28 inches), was caught at Cook Lake in 1948. Our professional guides are Wilderness Advanced First Aid certified, CPR certified, & have 15+ years of outdoor experience. It is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Porterville, California within Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Forest. Light or ultra-light weight tackle is recommended. Thread starter mcnerney; Start date Sep 27, 2018; mcnerney Administrator. Walking 20+miles to not catch fish gets old. The first 20 or so fish I caught were brook trout, but then I landed one that wasn't as dark. The current status in other states where the California golden trout were planted (Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon) lacks documentation. Most of the same techniques used for fishing for trout at lower elevation lakes will work for fishing for Golden Trout. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. The Golden Trout Lakes trail (Trail #89) is located up Portal Creek in the Gallatin Canyon near Big Sky. Dorsal, lateral and anal fins have white leading edges. Golden Trout in the Wind River Range, Wyoming. Fly-fishing can be nearly as effective as bait-fishing. The golden trout’s scientific identity has been somewhat debated over the years. Bait-fishing can also be effective, using worms, eggs, artificial paste baits, or combinations. The Golden Trout Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. Cirque Peak is the high point at 12,894 feet (3,930 m).[2]. According to former Regional Forester Doug Leisz, "The Kern Plateau use controversy was the beginning of the preservationists vs. use fight which has since touched public lands over the entire country," although an argument can be made that the battle over the Hetch Hetchy Valley with John Muir was the beginning.[5]. Mostly because I had the worst weather in the almost 20 years I've been visiting NW Wy. They have an olive back with distinctive golden sides that give them their name. For COVID-19-related closures, restrictions, and updates see the WDFW COVID-19/Coronavirus response page. These golden trout prefer undercut banks or areas with sedge, although they are also associated with several other types of habitat as well. Back-casting room can be a problem though, unless you bring a small raft or float tube. For sportfishing, the California golden trout underwent many twentieth century translocations into multiple Western states and established populations survive in California, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Washington, Colorado, and Wyoming. They do best when water temperatures stay in the 50 to 60 degree range. will handle most conditions for casting and presentation, while long leaders (12'+) work better than short ones. A second road was constructed despite strong opposition from the Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and the Kern Plateau Association. Originally the species was found only in a few streams in the icy headwaters of the Kern River. Other restrictions include a ban on wood-fueled fires along the PCT between Cottonwood Pass to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness and also at the Rocky Basin Lake area. Extending from the western foothills all the way to the eastern high desert, the Golden Trout Wilderness can be reached from both sides of the Sierra Nevada range. Due to their singular beauty and popularity as a unique sport fish, California golden trout have been widely distributed outside their native range, mostly in high elevation lakes and streams in the Sierra Nevada. Recreational activities include backpacking, horseback riding, swimming, day hiking, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowshoeing and Off-roading. Wet patterns of choice include wooly worms, chironomids (TDC's), hare's ears, and Carey Specials. "We've put golden trout in Shelf Lakes 1 & 2 and Bear Lake the last couple of … They are a subspecies of rainbow trout native to a restricted area in Northern California. The range, varying in elevation from 8,000 to 13,800 feet, is known for thousands of glacially carved lakes, often inhabited by trout. Leader tippets should be as small as possible. [4] A growing market for lumber added more pressure to develop the area and in 1956, a multiple-use management plan was completed that included a timber sale on the plateau. There are historical sites such as the Tunnel Meadow and Casa Vieja guard stations, and the 12-mile trail to Jordan Hot Springs along Ninemile Creek. 43 Golden Trout Ln , Ennis, MT 59740-9717 is currently not for sale. Golden Trout Wilderness (the United States). Dry hands will remove the protective coating and make the fish vulnerable to bacterial or fungal infections, which can kill them. The Kern Plateau is a large tableland with sprawling meadows, narrow grasslands along streams, and forested ridges and flats. Where fly-casting is impractical, tossing flies with a light spinning outfit and a casting bubble can be equally productive. Standard spinning rods and reels can be used very effectively to fish with spinners and spoons or with bait. The Golden Trout Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. Find out where the action is, what the water conditions are and everything you need for a … Catching golden trout is the pinacle in wild trout fishing, and for good reason. Bait can be dangled downward from a floating bobber or can float upward from a slip-sinker, both of which provide weight to cast the bait outward from shore. Golden trout are popular game fish on a limited scale because of their limited distribution. From Alaska to Mexico, the sea-run coastal rainbow inhabited most mountain streams, including the Kern watershed. There are 379 miles (610 km) of trail including the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which stays above 10,000 feet (3,000 m) elevation for most of the 25-mile (40 km) route through the Golden Trout Wilderness. On each side of the body there is a red, horizontal band along the lateral line and about 10 dark, vertical, oval-shaped marks (called "parr marks") normally associated with only fingerlings that say on the fish for two to three years of age. Together, these three trout form what is sometimes referred to as the "Golden Trout Complex". However, thanks to the old-timers who horse packed young fingerlings in milk cans to secluded lakes, today you can also enjoy fishing for golden trout, rainbow trout, mackinaw, brook trout and beautifully colored hybrid trout. ft. single-family home is a 3 bed, 2.0 bath property. The golden trout is native to several rivers in California. Beautiful Alpine Lake. The golden trout is a California species that was introduced in Montana in 1907. Golden Trout Lakes trail is a 5 mile out and back hike to a beautiful alpine lake in the Gallatin Range of SW Montana. Most fish feed in the shallower water close to shore where insect activity, both terrestrial and aquatic, is highest. All-inclusive Golden Trout Fishing Trip to the Wind River Mountains The Wind River Mountains have the largest Golden Trout in the world. Stocking of wild and hatchery-reared fish has extended its range to many waters at high elevation in the Sierra Nevada from El Dorado and Alpine Counties southward. The typical size of the home range for adult golden trout is between 55 and 165 feet of stream habitat, although ranges of up 1800 (~0.3 mile) have been observed (Matthews 1996). From the west, various roads stem from Hwy 190 near Giant Sequoia National Monument. Taxonomy. There are currently about 20 golden trout populations in the high mountain lakes of western and southcentral Montana. The wilderness is named for and protects the habitat of California's state freshwater fish, the golden trout. The trail was built in 1861 by John Jordan for access to Olancha from Visalia. The goldens disappeared when a viable stocking source couldn't be found, but that has changed in recent years. Coloration is spectacularly bright: the belly, opercula, lower jaws, and lateral line are a vivid red to red-orange. Trolling requires a raft, float tube or similar device but fishing from shore can be very productive as well. Been lazy about posting a trip report. Golden trout are like other trout, and need cold water to survive and grow. During midday periods, when fish aren't rising, the more effective approach is to use bait or lures near the lake bottom, 50-150 feet from shore. The Kern Plateau controversy in the 1950s deepened the chasm between the Forest Service and wilderness proponents. US Fish and Wildlife Service: document on the Little Kern golden trout. My first ever! They were also transplanted to numerous lakes in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. To get to Golden Trout Lakes, head north out of Big Sky on highway 191 for 5.1 miles. It is also known by the name California Golden Trout and is native to Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek and the South Fork Kern River in California. The 1,804 sq. Get the latest up to date fly fishing report for Brown, rainbow, Yellowstone Cutthroat, grayling, brook and golden trout fishing in Wind River with the top producing flies and recommended equipment to get you into fish. Golden trout can grow to 15+ inches in quality populations. This is one of the few places in the nation that you’ll find Golden Trout, so make a trip to Elbow Lake to see if you can hook one or two. CLIMBING OPPORTUNITIES FROM ISLAND LAKE Island Lake is an excellent place to stage an assault on Fremont Peak. In addition, there was an epidemic of insect damage in the commercial timber, which was estimated at 30 million board feet. The sale contract contained special provisions to assure that the timber operators recognized them as they logged. Fly fishing can be very effective in the high lakes under many weather conditions. They have an olive back with distinctive golden sides that give them their name. First week was good, but hazy due to the fires. "Data page on the Golden Trout Wilderness", "United States Geological Survey (USGS)Feature Detail Report", "Species Profile-Little Kern Golden trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita whitei)", "List of wilderness areas of Inyo National Forest with quotas", Wilderness.net: Golden Trout Wilderness fact sheet. Typical fly rods and reels that you would use in low lakes or streams will work, with the main concern being rod length when broken down while hiking. The Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) is a subspecies of the Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Dark spots occur on the upper half of the body, dorsal fin, adipose fin, and caudal fin.Average 8-12 inches. California golden trout Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful trout in the world. Past volcanic activity created the hot springs as well as Groundhog Cone and the Golden Trout Volcanic Field. Wildlife includes the large Monache deer herd, the sensitive Sierra Nevada red fox, pine martens, cougars, and black bears. Try a day trip fishing or go for the elusive golden trout on an epic backcountry trip. Lander- Wyoming Game and Fish Department sampling and angler reports during July 2019 indicate golden trout fishing within the Popo Agie Wilderness is the best in recent memory. Currently, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department manages over 133 alpine lakes holding golden trout, with the highest concentrations found in the Wind River Range. Generally you can’t just do a quick day trip for these ornate fish. Wilderness advocates wanted to preserve the plateau, and opposed the Forest Service plan at public meetings. Midday can be slow, especially in sunny weather. Sep 27, 2018 #1 The Wyoming Game and Fish published a map showing the lakes in the Wind River Range that contain Golden Trout. It is most likely found at elevations 10,000 feet above sea level. Cutthroat trout are the only native fish in the Wind River Range. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front, California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, University of California Natural Reserve System, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Golden_Trout_Wilderness&oldid=983148004, Protected areas of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.), Protected areas of Inyo County, California, Protected areas of Tulare County, California, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 14:45. Brook and cutthroat trout predominate, but golden, rainbow, brown, and lake trout can often be found. Populations in the high-elevation lakes in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada, have died out. Exceptions are usually related to weather and insect activity. Golden trout are popular game fish on a limited scale because of their limited distribution. The golden trout (Salmo agua-bonita) is native only to California and was named the official state fish by act of the State Legislature in 1947. Located in both Sequoia and Inyo national forests, this 500,000-acre (2,000 km2) plateau had been the center of a battle between preservationists and multiple-use advocates. It is 303,511 acres (1,228.3 km2)[1] in size and was created by the US Congress in 1978 as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Golden trout has fallen victim to the careless stocking of non-native fish and more than a century of overgrazing by cattle and sheep. Elevations range from about 680 feet (210 m) to 12,900 feet (3,900 m). A real-life golden trout. A friend and I went backpacking in Wyoming to one of my favorite areas to go after golden trout. These small fish are famed for their beautiful bright yellow and red bodies. Golden Trout. Goldens now grow bigger in Wyoming (they also thrive in the Beartooth Range) than anywhere else on earth. The wilderness is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. In 1948, the world record golden was caught in what is now one of the most popular backcountry lakes (Cook) in the Wind River Range. Now primarily found in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, the Wind River Range in Wyoming and the Golden State’s Sierra Nevada. Maybe I should have rephrased "wasting my time in september trying to catch golden trout". It is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Porterville, California within Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Forest. This home was built in 1983 and last sold on for. They are a subspecies of rainbow trout native to a restricted area in Northern California. It has also been planted in other states. Lures, mainly spinners or spoons, can be very effective trolled or casting fish. The golden trout populations in Leg, Thumb, Windy, Upper Saddlebags, Lower Saddlebags, Lower Tayo, and Coon lakes are all doing exceptionally well. It is the State Freshwater Fish of California and has long been recognized for its unparalleled beauty. Golden trout are most often found in remote, alpine drainages over 9,000 feet in elevation. They provide a unique opportunity to catch … The centerpiece of the plateau is Kern Peak (11,443 ft)[3] which has far-reaching vistas of the middle and upper Kern River drainage and much of the far southern Sierra, including Olancha Peak, the southern Kaweah Range, the mountains of the Mineral King area, and the Dome Land Wilderness of the far southern Sierra. Golden trout are native to the Kern River watershed in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, more specifically the Kern Plateau. Messages 20,760 Reaction score 204 Location Pinedale, WY. Remember, when handling any fish you intend to release, wet your hands first so you don't take off the fish's protective slippery coating. But, because no new facts were presented, the Forest Service went ahead with the timber sale which included building an access road. Light leaders (usually 4 pound test or less) and a stalking approach are needed as the fish can see out of the lakes extremely well. Within the wilderness are portions of the Kern Plateau, the Great Western Divide's southern extension, and the main stem of the Kern River, the South Fork of the Kern and the Little Kern River. The wilderness area is bordered on the northeast and northwest by the high peaks of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It wasn't very big or very bright, but it was a golden! Golden Trout in the Wind River Range. A few of the Snowy Range lakes were once known for their golden trout. Best of all, nowhere else in the world do golden trout grow as big. Current fly fishing reports and conditions for Wind River in Wyoming! Photo of Great Western Divide in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Wind River Country sports some of the best fishing in 43,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs and nearly 2,000 miles of streams fed by mountain snow melt. Golden Trout Fun Facts. The Little Kern golden trout (O. m. whitei), found in the Little Kern River basin, and the Kern River rainbow trout (O. m. gilberti), found in the Kern River system. The Wind River Range is home to thousands of lakes and ponds, with an appealing mix of golden, brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Source: Inland Fishes of California, By Peter B. Moyle. Ha! One of the best places to find those water temperatures is high in mountain lakes. The most effective times to fish are generally early in the morning or late in the afternoon. [6] The golden trout is closely related to two other rainbow trout subspecies found in this wilderness. It was the first of several dozen that I would end up catching in the 3 days we were there. Permits are required for all overnight use and there is a quota in effect for the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead.[9]. One major point to keep in mind is that high lake waters are normally very clear. On each side of the body there is a red, horizontal band along the lateral line and about 10 dark, vertical, … We ended up catching many including some nice ones Learn to fly fish in Dubois, WY with Wind River Flyfitter. Effective dry patterns include black gnat, mosquito, Adams, blue dun, black ant, and deer-hair caddis. Fly-fishing for golden trout is a time-consuming, obsession-creating adventure of a time. From the east, most visitors approach from Hwy 395 near Lone Pine. One can find brook trout, browns, rainbows, golden trout, grayling, lake trout, and a number of different cutthroat trout species, while angling in the Winds. The species' range, which once encompassed an estimated 450 miles of stream is today a small fraction of that historic range. Page 20. 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