September 22, 1993 |
The knees are gone from Bob Brooks' jeans, a condition attributed to the fishing technique he advocates at Hot Creek Ranch. Especially at 6-feet-4, he has to crawl to sneak up on the trout. "If we had walked up to the edge, we'd have never seen any of this," he says, peeking through the grass to watch browns and rainbows rising to pluck tiny insects off the surface. "Even by crawling in, we spooked one fish."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2002 |
In a setting known for its burbling creeks and snowy peaks--and increasingly for its luxury condos and golf courses--anglers are accusing the town of Mammoth Lakes of a water grab that will allow the resort community to grow at the expense of a beloved trout stream. Only two miles long, Hot Creek holds a special place in the hearts of anglers in California.
December 14, 2004 |
An agreement between California and a private foundation spares the Hot Creek trout hatchery near Mammoth Lakes from crippling budget cuts. The state Department of Fish and Game will continue to operate the Owens Valley facility and fund 60% of its operation under the agreement reached Dec. 7. The Hot Creek Trout Hatchery Foundation and Mono County will contribute fuel, fish chow and items worth $142,000 per year. The hatchery provides 60% of the trout caught in the state.
November 8, 1989 |
Even after trout season ended in the Eastern Sierra last week, when the campsites were empty and the tackle stores closed, certain people were catching fish on Hot Creek as fast as they could count them. Wading the little stream three abreast, they were collecting as many as 2,000 trout a day, hardly able to contain their excitement. "There he is!" "Go get him." "Behind you." "Got him." "Big one!"
July 22, 2012
A favorite fishing hole Wow! My favorite columnist went to my favorite place - Hot Creek Ranch ["No Frills, Just Fishing Thrills" by Chris Erskine, July 15]. I did have to chuckle when he said to book early because it fills up fast. Reservations are usually made two years in advance, unless there are cancellations, and the same people, like my husband and me, go year after year. When we were there in June, there were only a couple of days available this season, and a man who had caught a 25-plus-inch trout was booking them hoping to catch it again.
July 15, 2012 |
This isn't one of those cushy Fish-Carltons like those über-expensive Montana trout resorts. Hot Creek Ranch in Mammoth Lakes has nine no-frills cabins whose biggest amenity is one of the sweetest spring-fed creeks you'll ever see, right out your front door. You and other guests will have a two-mile stretch of it all to yourselves. Isn't that the ultimate VIP perk, anyway? Plus, it's an easy five-hour drive from L.A. The bed As noted, nothing fancy. The two-room cabins come in various configurations, but most sleep four if you include sleeper-couches.