East Side Lakes Outing (Lake Lenice)
- Sage isn't all that grows in the desert. Some of the best bug hatches in the country are going to erupt in April at the awesome desert lakes near Vantage. Hot fish, lots of action! The desert lakes chain near Vantage is the ultimate draw for world-class fly-fishing in early spring in this state. Lenice, Nunnally and Merry Lakes nestle on the north side of the Saddle Mountain range where big trout grow fast. I've caught them up to 24 inches. They average 14" to 18".
- You are going to walk a quarter mile to fish Lenice, Nunnally and Merry. A float tube or pontoon boat is a real advantage. Nunnally is a little better if you are bank bound.
- Selective fishing regulations are in effect with a one fish limit, no minimum size. Most anglers release everything. The lake was stocked this year per allotment plan. Lenice was stocked with Rainbow Fingerlings, Brown Trout catchables and Tiger Trout (Brown/Brook) catchables. Nunnally received Rainbows, Browns, and Tiger Trout. Allotments in recent years have been slightly reduced (~75 fish/acre rather than ~100 fish/acre) for both waters in an attempt to grow larger fish. Also in this regard, the Triploids are expected to live longer and contribute some larger fish to the fishery. I expect angling to be as good this year as last, with the hope that some of the Triploids stocked in 2006 will have survived to 2007 and contribute some real monsters to the fishery.
- The favorite starter patterns early in the spring are mostly streamers, such as buggers and leach patterns. Count on chironomids and callibaetis followed by an awesome damsel hatch. Nine-foot, 4x leader fished with 4- to 6-weight tackle is my suggestion.
- The club will set up a camping area in or near the parking lot on Lake Lenice. There are also camping areas at Nunnally. For those who choose to stay in a motel, there are small motels at Vantage and Desert Aire. A KOL campground is also available at Vantage for those who need full hook-ups. The campsites at the lakes are primitive so bring the proper equipment. The weather can be cold, hot, wet, or all of the above within minutes, so be prepared for anything.
- If you are interested in joining the group and have not already let me know, please call or e-mail me so I can get a head count. It is important that we get an idea of the number who will attend so that we can plan for our Saturday evening meal. The club will provide the main dish, with members bringing side dish (salad, chips, dip, etc.) or wine to share with all.
- To contact the outing Fishmaster, go to the Calendar page.