It has been asked whether the information in these articles is up to date and accurate. I have seen comments that the conditions at these lakes change regularly.
No doubt that is a legit comment.
I have never fished these lakes early in the season so I don’t know if the fishing is better, worse or non existent.
I also know that in the first years of tne 21st century there was a push to remove invasive species from some lakes to protect native plants and animals. Since the golden trout is non native many of them were removed. This, no doubt would have affected the fishing.
Some Golden trout lakes were stocked but that practice stopped decades ago so only self sustaining populations of golden trout remain.
Still, most of the named lakes in my Awesome Golden Trout collection were well known to golden trout fisherman long before we visited them. We ventured to these golden trout lakes based on their reputation. We knew there was no guarantee we would be successful. The best golden trout lakes are the ones that require patience, cunning and guile to catch the golden trout. The harder it is to catch a golden trout the bigger they usually are.
The bigger goldens were likely to smart to get caught and removed and they are big because their habitat sustains them.
Mountain Yellow Legged Frog
For me these trips were never about the fishing. While the serious fisherman in our group would spend all day hiking around a huge lake to catch a couple of fish, I would be sunning on a large elevated boulder writing about our experience. I would also photograph the landscape and capture their catches on film.
I can tell you that if you use the Awesome Golden Trout Lakes as a backpacking guide and not a fishing guide you are in for some real challenges, real beauty, real solitude, real adventure and lifelong memories. You don’t need to catch fish to enjoy these hikes.
But If you are a fisherman and you are interested in catching the California Golden Trout you could spend days and weeks looking for a lake that contains them. Many high sierra lakes have brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout but most of them do not have golden trout. Many of the lakes in the eastern sierra have no fish at all!
So, in closing, while the information found in the Awesome Golden Trout Lakes might not reflect the fishing experience you will have fishing them I can guarantee that your will be challenged to get to them. I will guarantee that you will see grand and awe inspiring wilderness and I will guarantee that others know about and travel to these lakes every year due to their reputation as Awesome Golden Trout Lakes.