2018 Fishing Maps and Reports Loon Lake, Union Valley, Ice house, Stumpy, Sly Park- How to fish these lakes! Where to fish! Local Fishing and Hunting Clubs!
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As shown in our fishing map, these ﬁve lakes are all located in El Dorado County in the national forest. Their names Stumpy Meadows, Sly Park, Union Valley, Loon Lake and Ice house Reservoirs.
BIG GERMAN BROWN trout are in El Dorado National Forest lakes.
According to our fishing reports, Stumpy Meadows, Ice House and Union Valley all have good populations of browns, including some rod-benders in the 10- to 12-pound weight class! Trolling Rapalas is the best way to catch the browns, while rainbows will hit Kastmasters, Needleﬁsh, Super Dupers and flasher-nightcrawler combinations.
Northern California anglers are facing a drought this summer. Lakes and reservoirs are already way below capacity and they’re getting lower every day because of irrigation. Most lakes, reservoirs and streams by July will be extremely low and clear, and fishing will be downright tough at most waters, especially reservoirs.
So it follows that now is the time time to enjoy the best trout ﬁshing, and that’s why we’ve chosen five lakes on our fishing map that produce during May and June. All have browns, rainbows and Mackinaw and kokanee in two of the lakes. But this summer will be hot and dry and these low lakes will become even lower, and maybe even inaccessible to boaters.
This reservoir got its name from the left over flooded stumps and offers some pretty good brown and rainbow trout ﬁshing. There is a 10 horsepower motor limit, good enough for its 315 acres.
In May and June, trolling with small plugs or ﬂashers and worms around 10 and 15 feet deep for larger browns, up to l0 pounds and more! Rapalas are great brown trout lures too. Needleﬁsh or Kastmasters produce more, but less sizeable, rainbow trout. According to our fishing report, as the water warms, look for the submerged stream channel and deeper spots near the dam hold ﬁsh
Bank ﬁshermen toss air-injected worms salmon egg and mini marshmallow combinations — deep near the dam, off the bank by the campground or at the inlet creek. Fishing is good until surface temperatures top 70 degrees when deeper trolling or bait ﬁshing from boats improves results. Lures also work
Casting with a 1/2-ounce gold Kastmasters or Hopkins spoons will catch ﬁsh. Do “fan-casting”: alternately cast along the bank, then out into the lake to cover a wide area. After the ﬁrst fan with immediate retrieves, start your second fan a bit further rom shore and countdown ﬁve seconds so the lure drops, and cover the fan once more. Repeat this with 10-, 15- and 20-second drops until you locate ﬁsh or hit bottom.
Fly ﬁshermen wait until dusk ﬁshing off the bank, is fair, but according to our fishing map, you really need a ﬂoat tube, skiff or canoe to get across the lake to the better ﬁshing on the south side. Sierra pattems work best. No. 14 Adams, No. 10 Joe’s Hopper, No. 18 Black Ant and a No. 14 grey hackle with a yellow body all take ﬁsh.
After July, these ﬂies ﬁshed behind bubbles produce more trout on the average in the evening than lures. Wet ﬂy patterns such as No. 12 Zug Bugs, No. 10 Black Woolly Wonns or No. 14 Rio Grande Kings take rainbows, while the browns hit No. 8 or even No. 6 Little Brown Trout and other streamers spring and fall.
Update Lake is full, watch out for lots of log hazards floating around.
The fall is an outstanding time to ﬁsh Union Valley, as well as the other lakes we’ve mentioned. Anglers will ﬁnd a variety of ﬁsh including planter rainbow trout, some big brown trout and kokanee. Brown trout up to 12 pounds if you who pull Rapalas in 25 feet of water or less. A
Fly casters will catch some nice browns in the fall with streamers, Woolly Worms and Woolly Buggers from the bank and ﬂoat tubes. Planter rainbows, including some nice holdovers to 18 inches, are available. Dunk baits or drag lures on the top 15 feet early in the morning and from 5 p.m. until dark for best results.
Kokanee like the cool, deep water and you’ve got to troll the standard ﬂasher-Wedding Ring combos if you want to score. Use half a nightcrawler or white or yellow corn kernel for an added attractor
This is the a smaller lake of top ﬁve choices, and at the highest elevation at 6,410 feet. Good rainbow trout populations in both the lake and in the South Fork Rubicon River. The lake is small so you can fish the bank, but anglers who use ﬂoat tubes, canoes, etc. will have the advantage.
Ice House Reservoir
Anglers will find planter rainbow trout, kokanee and some big browns at this reservoir. Ice House is low and clear, but ﬁshing success is good right now according to our fishing reports.
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