View Full Version : South Lake...An ode to my pals Smitty & T/O..Oh, nice as

Greg Madrigal
05-21-2007, 11:00 PM
Started at the upper Kern on Friday for a skunkola....Decided to not F around there and make the run north. FOR SURE, we'd slay 'em at Lone Pine Creek like last summer....................WRONG!

We caught 0 at the Kern, 2 dinks at Lone Pine and hit some small ponds and creeks along the way North for NADA......What the?! I drove 500+ miles for this?!?!?!?!?!

Stopped by aberdeen just to see what up there, and to MAYBE get an easy fish....The town a$$es had the road blocked tho.....
We had to shoo them outta the way....Dumb a$$es! :wink:

Check out the pics....Get which one's the *****!!! :P
Oh my?! Is Scotty growing ears????? Whatup ***** boyyyyyy!!! LMAO :P :P :P
I did find out they REALLY like bananas & apricots...

My plan C was based on T/O's report from last week, and that I'd always wanted to visit Smitty up at South. So Here we go...

I gotta say, South was WAY more beautiful than I ever imagined. Def 1 of my favorite places I've been here on God's green earth.


That's Smitty bending over down on the dock workin his butt off trying to get docks and boats ready for the throngs of fishermen waiting to get on the just de-iced lake. BTW, he was knee deep in some cold-***** water! Brrrrrrrrrrr....

Just as T/O said, the fish were STACKED the hell up at the intake. Funny thing is all the fishermen didn't wanna make the relative short hike and relegated to waiting for long periods while soaking bait near the lot. We had the intake all to ourselves. It was so beautiful there....The snow, the granit mountains, the clear cold FISHY water, and the weather was PERFECT!

Nice shirt eh?!

Check the colors!!!


After 3 hours of SLAYING, we kept 15 fish or so for the 5 of us, and took off back to Isabella.

We stopped outside of Independence to do a lil shooting and nitro R/C-ing

We found this lil booger too-He was a cool Horned Toad.
The 5 amigos.....

What a perfect day (sans the driving)

Smitty runs quite the nice operation up there. EVERYONE must see the beauty of this place B4 they die! Simply awesome!!!


05-21-2007, 11:33 PM
Great report, great poics.

The color of the trout is beautiful !!!!!

thanks for sharing !!

Granny Fish
05-21-2007, 11:35 PM
Great report Greg. Funny how those asses were facing both directions at the same time. :lol:

05-22-2007, 01:48 AM
Greg your reports are pretty tough to top, thanks for sharing the goods. Heading up North in early June and had thoughts of doing the upper Kern beforehand as well....hopfully it heats up by then. Hope to see you on the water someday soon.


05-22-2007, 03:37 AM
OUTSTANDING pictorial report! Thanks for sharing.

Smitty's place does look incredible!

05-22-2007, 04:32 AM
Thanks for the 8) report and :shock: pics!!!


05-22-2007, 10:21 AM
Nice report! Yeah.....the fish in Lone Pine do have a tendency to be kind of small....haha. That is where I fished for awhile during my dig at Manzanar.

I wanted to come up and visit Smitty when i fished up by Virginia Lakes but I got sidetracked by all the beauty...haha. Def have to go back and check that place out. South lake looks like a beauty!

Anyways, like the pics and looks like u had some fun petting the donkeys....haha!!

05-22-2007, 11:14 AM
Awesome....just awesome pictures. 8)
Thanks for posting :thumb:

Fear No Trout
05-22-2007, 01:21 PM
Awesome photos and report!

Fear No Trout

05-22-2007, 05:42 PM
It was great to see you up my way Greg and damn, fantastic report!!!!


05-22-2007, 07:37 PM
LOL... I hope you got my message Greg,srry I couldn't come out to play this time... I need to show you the deal up at Kern.. I will not settle for a skunk when I go up to Kern, I've pretty much got the place wired... Hey, you look like a real pirate with that rag on your head... ARRRRR!!! LMAO... When is the next pillage?


05-23-2007, 04:19 PM

Great report and pics.

Really kewl one of the horned toad! We used to see/catch them all over the place growing up but I have not seen one for many years in OC!!

I'll be heading up that way the last week of June with my 2 older boys for a bit of bass and trout fishing! We'll hopefully swing by Smitties place as part of the trip.


05-26-2007, 03:06 PM
Thats too funny. If you could only scroll over about a foot in the second pic of south or the one with the guys putting the dock together youd see me and my buddy fishing of the rocks. We were so there that weekend how funny is that. Did you see them slide those docks down the rocks, and the one guy the almost fell on his butt trying to catch one. I bet you were standing next to our truck when you took the pic too. Thats just too funny. There was shure good fishing up there that weekend.

05-26-2007, 04:43 PM
Great report, Me my wife and 3 daughters will be roughin it up there starting Tues 29 May . We have had sucess the last few years up there after the busy weekend. Stay tuned.

05-26-2007, 06:20 PM
ANOTHER great report , beautiful place , thanks for sharing the pics // db

05-28-2007, 08:52 AM
great report greg, and in the one pic scotty looks like growing some ears,,lol,, great report greg, smittys is right up at the top of the list for the eastern seirra for me, i cant wait for the lake to fill so i can launch the pnomn boat and do some hard core trolling,,,T/O