The Wind River Mountains have the largest Golden Trout in the world. took 50 Golden Trout from Cottonwood Creek and introduced them to the fishless Cottonwood Lakes. The trip started well before the guys donned their hiking boots and packs to tackle the tough hike up Owen Creek. open at least one lake and 25 miles of stream each year. Continue 20 miles to the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead (not the nearby Horseshoe Meadow trailhead). Consists of Golden Hybrids.Cottonwood 4: 20 acres at 11,150 feet. Consists of Golden Hybrids. Consists of Golden Hybrids.Cottonwood 5: 20 acres at 11,160 feet. the Sierras. Barriers have been erected at Ramshaw Meadows, Templeton Meadows, and upper Monache Meadows (Schaeffer Barrier) to help the Goldens retain habitat. GONE FISHING. Most of the recent effort by DFG is to ensure the genetic integrity of the Golden Trout by protecting their native habitat from intrusions by other species. Long Lake: 7 acres at 11,135 feet. : July 1 through Nov. 15. Its confluence with the Kern River is within the Kern River Canyon just inside the boundary of Sequoia National Park. Unfortunately, pure Genetic strains within Cottonwood Lakes has been lost due 01:40 The Volcano Creek Golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita), also referred to as Golden Creek Golden Trout, has been isolated for tens of thousands of years above impassable barriers in … The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish. At present, only 400-2,600 ‘pure’ California Golden Trout remain in their native habitat in 5 km (about 3 mi.) Cottonwood Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their tributaries. The golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) is a subspecies of the rainbow trout that is native to Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek and the South Fork Kern River. Inyo County, Southwestern portion, in all waters bounded by the Inyo County line on the south and west, Independence Creek on the north (open to fishing), and Highway 395 on the east: First Saturday in Mar. Located in a park on the east of the town, with an adjacent caravan park. 0 trout. The upper section of the creek meanders through a succession of alpine meadows – the largest of these meadows called “Big Whitney Meadow.”. Consists of Golden Hybrids. May consists of Goldens but is now managed as "fishless" by DFG.Cottonwood 1: 7 acres at 11,000 feet. No fish remain at Rocky Basin Lakes. I just drove right up to the creek located at about 7000 ft elevation in my Jeep 4+4 and started to fish. The aptly named Golden Trout Creek, a 9-mile tributary of the South Fork Kern River that starts in the High Sierra Nevada flows through the Golden Trout Creek Volcanic Fields, is a key location for California golden trout. Longest golden trout … All the color was coming from Golden Trout Creek. 4.5 miles from trailhead. state since 1918. 13 of these fish were transported to Cottonwood Creek in 1876. Rapids, cascades, and sheer falls of large proportions and natural beauty follow each other in a series of drops. Goldens originally inhabited this area but have been reduced in numbers through competition with Brown Trout and hydridization with stocked Rainbows. It’s the state fish of California. Falls. Between the mouth of Little Cottonwood Creek and South Fork of Cottonwood Creek, Catch & Release only. This spring, Pennsylvania will begin stocking streams and creeks with golden rainbow trout as part of a plan to release more "trophy" trout prized by anglers. May consists of Goldens but is now managed as "fishless" by DFG.Cottonwood Creek: Spring Creek with pockets and pools. Golden trout lakes is a 5-mile rout trip hike with the opportunity to fish for Golden Trout. Next morning we moved camp up river five miles to our exit trail up Rattlesnake Creek. Designated a Wild Trout Stream by DFG. of Volcano Creek, representing a decrease of 95% from historical numbers. It is managed as a Family Fishing Lake and stocked with advanced yearling rainbow trout and golden perch for special events (see Introduction). Get the latest fishing conditions, water flows, weather, maps, guides, and fishing access in California best Golden Trout fishing opportunities within the Wind River Mountains. Volcano Creek is a tributary into Golden Trout Creek above Volcano However it occurred, the planting of Golden Trout throughout many of the high elevation lakes during this period were from these contaminated sources, estimated to be 83-88% pure. The Dept of Fish and Game was under mandate of the Calif Wild Trout program to These two factors combined opened the lake system Goldens were transplanted into Mulkey Creek, then Cottonwood Creek and, subsequently Cottonwood Lakes. 5 miles from Trailhead. Pictures don’t do them justice. A lava flow from the Groundhog Cinder Cone at Tunnel Meadow flowed down Golden Trout Creek about 10,000 years ago and divided the watershed. Results show that the Tayo and Deep creek-drainage lakes near Wind River Peak currently offer some of the best golden trout fishing opportunities within the Wind River Mountains. 10 trout in possession. Only in Groundhog Meadow and a few smaller meadows are any quiet reaches found. 5 trout per day. (The section pictured above illustrates the changes including more willows along the creek and more large rocks throughout it's course.) No restrictions. 4.5 miles from trailhead. Off-road parking, picnic tables. You can find the golden trout at elevations from 6,890 to 10,000 feet above sea level. Longest Colorado River cutthroat trout (catch-and-release category): 14 inches caught by Brian Olsen at Current Creek Reservoir on Sept. 5. No restrictions. Golden Trout Creek: Starts at the headwaters of Big Whitney Meadow and Rocky Basin Lakes. The “ Golden Mile” of Clear Creek is a popular spot to fish for trout, including browns, brook, cuttbow, cutthroat, and rainbow. on July 1st and ends November 15th. Special California Fish and Game restrictions apply when fishing in the Golden Trout Wilderness. This lake has been suggested to receive pure strains of Goldens.Hidden Lake: 6 acre lake at an elevation at 10,850. Goldens that inhabited Cottonwood Lakes were a source for Golden stockings to other areas within the Pool after Pool Invited a Cast. In 1965, an estimated 40,000 California Golden trout inhabited Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork Kern River. The first 5 are within an easy walk of each Clear Creek in Golden offers fisherman of levels and abilities an award-winning fishing experience, only 15 minutes from downtown Denver with free parking and easy access. The name, Tunnel, originated since a tunnel was dug between the Golden Trout Creek and SF Kern diverting most of Golden Trout Creek water into the SF Kern for irrigation purposes in 1886 but subsequently collapsed only a few years later. From its headwaters to its intersection with the western end of Tunnel Meadows, the creek drops about 1,300 to 1,600 ft. These lakes were planted with Golden Hybrids from the Cottonwood spawning program. 5.0 miles from trailhead. Consists of Golden Hybrids. The guys did a "shakedown trip" to ensure their gear and legs were ready for the challenging adventure. : July 1 through Nov. 15. SUBSCRIBE NOW $3 for 3 months. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. One major point to keep in mind is that high lake waters are normally very clear. Select Return to the Ecological Angler to view and save your purchase. It kept the flow from Golden Trout Creek westward to the Kern River. High Lake: 6 acres at 11,500 feet. Mulkey Creek: About 5 miles from Cottonwood Trailhead over Mulkey Pass. There are also campspots with fire pits if you want to make it an overnight. fishing from 1966 to 1998 while the lakes were used as breeding ponds for Golden into the lake system and contaminated the gene pool. What you may not know is that the golden trout was also stocked in Colorado back in the 70s and 80s. Lastly, they only reside in very remote high mountain pristine lakes. Since these fish put Golden Trout Creek at risk in maintaining genetic purity, they have been removed by gill netting in 2001 to 2003. Cottonwood Creek main stem between mouth of Little Cottonwood Creek and South Fork of Cottonwood Creek. 4.3 miles from trailhead. A golden rainbow trout is shown at the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery in Carlisle, Pa. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The fishing at Cottonwood Lakes is so spectacular at certain times of the year. Cottonwood Lakes are under special regulations. 10 trout in possession. The In this relatively level section of Golden Trout Creek, the water flows gently with the occasional rapid, and small cascades boosting the current and the oxygen level of the water. Later, some of the Goldens were transplanted from Cottonwood Creek to Cottonwood Lakes which the DFG used as a Golden Trout Brood Stocking program. California golden trout. Consists of Golden Hybrids. The Golden Trout Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare County and Inyo County, California.It is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Porterville, California within Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Forest.. Planning a trip to Golden Trout Creek? Detailed information on Golden Trout Creek's native California golden population along with a map and directions to access this remote Sierra Nevada stream can be purchased here. Toowa valley is a broad and open valley about 8600 feet high, dotted with cones rising 100-200 m above the valley floor. Family Fishing Lake 2 ha. The Golden Trout Creek drainage flows roughly 19 miles total moving south and then west from the Cirque Peak-Siberian Pass area of the southern Sierra Nevada. Golden offers fabulous fishing options for spin casting and fly-fishing from the shore or boat, and even ice fishing in the winter. However, during that 30 year period, Rainbow Trout made their way At this point the fishing got rather good. These fish are native to the upper South Fork of the Kern River and Golden Trout Creek in the southern Sierra-Nevada Mountains of California and were historically found in about 450 miles of stream Most anglers know that golden trout are native to California (in fact, it’s the state fish) and are also stocked in Wyoming. You thought a California Golden didn’t get bigger than 10”, right? : (1) Cottonwood Creek and tributaries upstream from the confluence of South Fork Cottonwood Creek, (2) Little Cottonwood Creek and tributaries, (3) South Fork of Cottonwood Creek and tributaries, and (4) The unnamed tributary flowing through Horseshoe Meadow. ©2006 - 2019 The Ecological Angler 5 trout per day. It has been introduced in hundreds of lakes and streams outside the native range, though most of these populations did not last or hybridized with cutthroat trout and other subspecies of rainbow trout. The Golden Trout is also known as the California Golden Trout and is native to Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek, and the South Fork Kern River. Lower South Fork Lake: 5 acres at 11,640 feet. hooks with a limit of 5 fish. The first fishable waters occur at the top of Ramshaw Meadows, close to the proximity of Golden Trout Creek. Cottonwood 2: 5 acres at 11,030 feet. The Golden Trout is native to the southern Sierra Nevada, including the upper reach and tributaries of the South Fork of the Kern River, and Golden Trout Creek and its tributaries. Cirque Lake: 7.5 acres at 11,060 feet. The big myth about Golden Trout is that you have to go on some backbreaking hike to 11,000 ft to catch a Golden Trout. Kern River Rainbows. The creek has about 14 miles of fishable water from just below Rocky Basin Lakes at 10,500 feet to above Volcano Falls next to the Kern River at 7,500. Catching golden trout is the pinacle in wild trout fishing, and for good reason. It is the State Freshwater Fish of California and has long been recognized for its unparalleled beauty. The California golden trout is closely related to two rainbow trout subspecies. Cottonwood Pass. From Lone Pine, drive west on Whitney Portal Road 3.5 miles to Horseshoe Meadow Road and turn left. Rainbow trout predominate but there are lots of brown trout in the creek too. Naturally reproducing Golden Trout/Cutthroat Trout hybrids occur in Coon, Middle Deep Creek, and Lower Deep Creek lakes. From the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead you can reach:Golden Trout Creek: Starts at the headwaters of Big Whitney Meadow and Rocky Basin Lakes. 6 miles from trailhead. Trout from Mulkey Creek and introduced them to Cottonwood Creek. Cottonwood 3: 25 acres at 11,045 feet. About 8 miles from the trailhead over Cottonwood Pass. Secondly, they are the most beautiful trout imaginable. About 8 miles from the trailhead over No restrictions. The typical rainbow and brown trout caught in the Loyalhanna are in the 10 to 15 inch range. Fishing Season and Regulations: Within the Golden Trout Wilderness, the season is open between the last Saturday in April and November 15 using only artificial lures with barbless hooks. through Nov. 15. Genetic testing has shown that the purity of most of the Goldens within the Golden Trout Creek is 93-96%. There are 6 numbered-lakes within the Cottonwood Lake system. The lakes had been off-limits to Steve and his buddies' quest for golden trout was a success. Alternate names for this stream include Whitney Creek and Volcano Creek. Some believe that an accidental aerial drop of rainbows fingerlings may have been the culprit. Pine City native Keith Youngs was on a fishing trip to Stony Fork Creek Campground near Wellsboro when he hooked a hefty golden rainbow trout. It's interesting to note that these two streams are within 1/4 mile of each other and flow in opposite directions to the Main Kern and South Fork Kern within Tunnel Meadow. The golden trout is also native to Golden Trout Creek and Volcano Creek, which can offer some great fishing for goldies. through Nov. 15. Good num- 4.0 miles from trailhead. Game and Fish helicopter-stocks Upper Tayo, Lower Tayo, and Upper Deep Creek lakes with pure golden trout every two to four years. Cottonwood 6: 5 acres at 11,600 feet. In this video, I went trout fishing with my dad at Cripple Creek. 4 volcanic centers have been identified at the Golden Trout Creek volcanic field. 10 trout in possession. Consists of Goldens, Brookies, and Browns.South Fork Kern River: About 11 miles from trailhead over Mulkey Pass. This allows the Goldens to spawn during the Spring without fishing pressure. Fortunately, pure sources of Volcano Creek Goldens have been identified within the upper reaches of Golden Trout Creek to allow a pure strain hatchery program to continue. The golden trout is California’s state freshwater fish. The paved road is usually open May through October. The contamination nullified the lakes as a source for pure strains of Goldens and pressure was created to open the lakes to fishing. Consists of Golden Hybrids. Records show that Cottonwood Creek was fishless until 1876 when Colonel Sherman Stevens brought 12 Golden However, their populations have been imperiled since the early 1900s. Others believe that some accidental mixing with Rainbow Trout occurred at the Mt Whitney hatchery and the fingerlings were returned to Cottonwood Lakes. Cottonwood Lakes #1,2,3, and 4 are Catch & Release only. Open all year. This stream and its tributaries were designated by the California Department Fish and Game Commission as A Wild Trout water in 1997. Cottonwood Creek between the confluence of Little Cottonwood Creek and the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek is also Catch & Release only. trailhead (10,040'), it is a 4.5 mile hike to Cottonwood 1 at 11,008'. I just went fishing in the western Sierra and caught a Golden trout even bigger than the one in the picture. About 10.25 miles from the trailhead over Cottonwood Pass.Funston Lake: This lake is close to Rocky Basin Lakes but is on the other side of the divide at Boreal Plateau. Pound for pound they fight better than any other trout. Listen to the Cast & Spear Podcast Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Fishing reports in California. Golden Trout – A Timeline for Conservation The historic distribution of California golden trout includes two watersheds draining the Kern Plateau of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain range in California: Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork Kern River. Get scientific based angling intel in The EcoAngler Report - Golden Trout Creek. Not true. The WGFD helicopter-stocks Upper Tayo, Lower Tayo, and Upper Deep Creek lakes with pure Golden Trout every two to four years. Fish species range from early and late rainbow trout, small cutthroat trout in alpine lakes to char in the river and giant ling [burbot] and bull trout in the hydro reservoir. Golden Trout from Golden Trout Creek were introduced to the headwaters of Mulkey Creek in 1872 by Samuel Mulkey. Golden Trout Creek was instrumental in providing the brood stock of most Goldens planted throughout 5.0 miles from trailhead. EASY ACCESS. Join us as we discuss the California Fishing License options, fishing rules and fishing regulations. to hybridization with non-native Rainbows. An Adobe PDF document will be made available with your purchase. The Kern here and for some miles upstream is populated with good sized, feisty Kern River Rainbows who rose gladly to a well presented dry fly. It is typically found in the Golden Trout Creek, which is a tributary of the Kern River, the South Fork Kern River, and Volcano Creek, which is a tributary of Golden Trout Creek. Most of the same techniques used for fishing for trout at lower elevation lakes will work for fishing for Golden Trout. The California Golden Trout is often cited as being the most beautiful of the salmonids. Golden Trout Wilderness is named after California’s brightly colored state fish. 8 miles from trailhead. Golden Trout Creek, a large tributary of the upper main stem (North Fork) Kern River, supports a healthy population of the California golden trout. Brood Hatcheries were established within the Cottonwood Lakes. And it is such a beautiful place, the pain of the hike in is totally worth it. Coloration is spectacularly bright: the belly, opercula, lower jaws, and lateral line are a vivid red to red-orange. It is the state freshwater fish of California. Starting at the The Cottonwood Lakes are the land of the giant Goldens. Be sure to check out our full guide on Trout Fishing Tips. Those fish are very small anyway. Cold inflows and deep holes and hideouts allow many of the trout to remain in the creek year round. forks that extend about 5 miles from 9700 feet to 8300 feet elevation. Dry Flies:Parachute Adams #12Elk Hair Caddis #14-16Stimulator #12 Madam X #10-12 Royal Wulff #12, Nymph Flies:Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-18Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear #14-18Prince Nymph #14-18Bird's Nest #14-18Bird's Stonefly Nymph #8-10Copper John, Black #18-22, Streamer Flies:Muddler Minnow #8-10Woolly Bugger, Black or Olive #8-10. 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. The trail follows the creek through Mulkey Meadows, then you'll need to follow the creek down to the SF Kern. The Golden Trout Creek volcanic field consists of a group of cinder cones and lava flows in the Toowa Toowa valley of the Sierra Nevada, California, about 25 km south of Mount Whitney. Fish have not been removed from this lake and it consists of Golden Hybrids, some of them are known to be of large size.Volcano Creek: About 14.5 miles from the Cottonwood Trailhead. 4.6 miles from trailhead.Consists of Golden Hybrids. It is 303,511 acres (1,228.3 km 2) in size and was created by the US Congress in 1978 as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Around 1890, E.H. Edwards and others 6 miles from Trailhead. They don’t. Other Rivers and Streams outside of Inyo County: Last Saturday in Apr. Trout by Calif Fish and Game. The Golden Trout Creek drainage flows roughly 19 miles total moving south and then west from the Cirque Peak-Siberian Pass area of the southern Sierra Nevada. 5.8 miles from trailhead. The lower section – running west of Tunnel Meadows to its confluence with the Kern River – is markedly different. The creek has about 14 miles of fishable water from just below Rocky Basin Lakes at 10,500 feet to above Volcano Falls These rare fish are native to the Southern Sierras and often found between 7,000 and 10,000 feet elevation.The upper reaches of South Forks of the Kern, Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek and its tributaries are full of these fish. Notes: The creek has two Mulkey consists of abot 8 miles of stream. Consists of Golden Hybrids. Taking the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead from Horseshoe Meadow, you can reach the following local lakes and streams:Muir Lake: 8 acre lake at an elevation at 11,010. Valid XHTML & CSS. Yet some very large trout come out this stream too. next to the Kern River at 7,500. All lakes and tributaries within the Cottonwood Drainage require artificial lures or flies with barbless 5 trout per day. California golden trout are native to two stream systems on the eastern side of the Kern River: Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork Kern River (Tulare County). The SF Kern was directed eastward to the main river channel. The golden trout is normally found in the Golden Trout Creek (tributary to the Kern River), Volcano Creek (tributary to Golden Trout Creek), and the South Fork Kern River. to fishing in 1998. 5 trout. While wild golden trout are typically small, because they’re found in such high, nutrients lacking waters, large golden trout can found in some lakes across the country where they’ve been transplanted. California golden trout Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful trout in the world. Golden Trout Creek, a large tributary of the upper main stem (North Fork) Kern River, supports a healthy population of the other from the Cottonwood Trail where the 6th lake is a more strenuous climb to 11,600'. Consists of Volcano Creek Goldens (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) and Golden Trout Creek is a stream located just 25.9 miles from Lone Pine, in Tulare County, in the state of California, United States, near Mineral King, CA. May consists of Goldens but is now managed as "fishless" by DFG. Golden Trout Creek offers native golden trout as well as an amazing alpine meadow in Big Whitney Meadow and canyon settings in the lower section. Consists of Golden Hybrids. Golden-Rainbow Hybrids in the upper elevations.Rocky Basin Lakes: Series of 4 lakes at an elevation of 10,800 feet. The Golden Trout lakes offer a scenic getaway just out of the Gallatin Valley Canyon. 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