July 21, 2002
Thomas Curwen's nostalgic Huntington Lake feature ("Lakeside in the High Sierra," July 7) more than did justice to this magnificent wonderland. I was raised in Big Creek in the '40s and '50s and, amazingly, the area has changed little. Especially all those wonderful adventures--backpacking, fishing, hunting, trapping. The writer asked, "I wonder if the children who toast marshmallows for s'mores today will have the same feeling 30 years from now." Yes, Mr. Curwen, they will. RAY HOLM Westlake I was disappointed by your description of Huntington Lake as scruffy and not as pretty as Bass Lake.
November 12, 1995 |
Tucked among the pines at Yosemite's doorstep is family-friendly Bass Lake, a mellow place for weekend wandering. Pretty-as-a-postcard Bass Lake has been the backdrop for many movies, ranging from the sublime ("Hiawatha," 1952) to the ridiculous ("The Great Outdoors," 1988, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy). Autumn is a particularly good time to experience the great outdoors around Bass Lake and surrounding Sierra National Forest.
August 16, 1995
They're casting crawdads like crazy in Lake Casitas, and it seems the bigger bass can't resist the little lobster-like critters. Randy Crabtree of nearby Oak View used them to take two largemouth bass of almost 10 pounds one day, a 9 1/2-pounder the next day and an 11-pounder the next. Eric Elshere of Ojai, an 11-year-old fishing the same area with the same bait, successfully fought his first big bass, a nine-pounder. "He hooked, played and landed it by himself," King said.
March 1, 1995 |
In a quiet corner of Lake Casitas, which has put this hamlet on every bass angler's map, a particularly big fish stuck its massive head out of the water as if to study the situation. It remained in this posture, like a spy-hopping whale, for a second or two before slipping beneath the glassy surface. "I've never seen anything like that," said John Shull, 38, a guide who has been fishing here for 21 years.
June 19, 1994 |
As victims of the recession--my wife had lost a big client and we lost much of our discretionary income--our chances for a family vacation last summer were looking pretty grim. We wanted the outdoors, but as aging boomers, are no longer enamored of sleeping on the ground. Besides, our 11-going-on-16-year-old daughter winced at the thought of dirt, bugs, sweat or other unpleasantries.
December 22, 1993 |
Bored with the usual kinds of fishing? How about fishing in a cemetery? Billy Guy Chapman Jr. can arrange it. Chapman books trips to Lake El Salto, where the headstones and crosses provide prime cover for largemouth bass--although snags, Chapman admits, are a problem. "We lose a lot of fish to the tombstones," said Chapman, 36, who is based in El Paso. "They'll either wrap you up or break you off. I walked through in May when the water was down and collected a lot of lures."