Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:38 pm Post subject: Every year about this time
Every fall the brown snaggers come out of their holes...This years especially because the water is so low because of a 2 or 3 year drought, streams the fish try to go up in are especially shallow. Easy prey for a snagger....They don't eat when they are spawning.
Sure, there are a few that are caught this time of year on lures, sometimes these fish are snagged by accident as they take a swipe at a plug...but mostly these guys snag the spawners in the shallow streams and then exaggerate the size of their catches...
It happens almost every year in the Eastern Sierra, especially at Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. These guys have been snagging big browns up there for years.
Steve Keene and I caught one of these guys at Upper Twin on the last day of the season a few years ago. We followed his foot prints in the fresh 6 inches of snow right to the entry of the stream and found a gaff hook and a pile of guts. This is the same guy who fished from a ladder in the fall and says he caught all these big browns. He was nothing but a snagger. He never was seen again after we called the man, he left for good...
This latest so-called 20 1/2 lb. brown, we don't know if it was snagged, but others have the same MO.... And the size he says is a joke. That fish is 8 lbs, maybe 10 at the very most. The newspapers don't even vet these guys when they see a picture of obviously a lot smaller fish that what was stated...It is a very good looking brown for its size, but no way a 20 pounder....it even went to the guys head, he says "he is after the record brown". The real monsters most likely don't go in very shallow streams, sorry fella! _________________
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Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:23 pm Post subject:
but Allan...didn't you read his quotes? He sincerely wishes no one would fish this time of year because of the damage done to the browns (bahaha). Right after that quote, he goes on stay he'd been there for a week and caught 50+ browns. Kind of weird someone so concerned puts that time in.
The 20 lbs weight might be correct if we were on planet Mars where you are 2 1/2 times heavier than you are here.
Personally, I'll be in b-port on Tues trying my darnest to get my first over 10. No desire to snag a brown, but boy have i seen some monsters up there in the flow-through between the twins.
I hope you catch a 10. Be sure always to watch out for the snaggers up there between the lakes and turn them in! And other guys watch Rush Creek between Silver and Grant Lakes for snaggers...also, any stream that goes into a lake that has browns in the fall time of the year..... This applies for the Sacramento area western Sierra lakes, also... _________________
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Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:24 am Post subject:
Been trolling Upper and Lower hard for the last couple months, keeping any eye out for any suspicious characters near the inlet, who would be the best contact if I see something? Someone in Bridgeport, maybe a Local Officer? Local Game Warden?
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:56 pm Post subject: spawning browns
I know this message is a little late with the season being closed and all. But... when I was at twin lakes November 8th-11th, there was a man in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle who was patroling the creek between the lakes. He was supposedly the game warden(confirmed at kens sporting goods). He said theres a beaver that builds its dam and traps the browns, and they cant get back down to the lower lake. Supposedly this happened last year, and he said they had to rescue the huge browns and they netted them and put them in Upper Twin. I also heard from a reliable source that this game warden, caught a 16 lber in the creek between the lakes, and released it while he was up there..he was showing pictures. So, Im glad theres a warden patroling...but do the no fishing regulations apply to him as well?
Hey Adrian. If you see that game warden or one of his buddies tell them to go down to Rush Creek next fall and catch that guy who said he caught over 50 brown and a 20 pounder and an 18 pounder the year before. The guy obviously says his fish are larger than they are, but we all know what he is doing down there... _________________
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