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Fishing with Sally at Saddlebag Lake

Sally and I escaped the smoke, heat and a PG&E Smart Day, and headed up to beautiful Saddlebag Lake in the Tioga Pass area for a day of fishing.


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Topographic Map showing Saddlebag Lake and My Lucky Fishing Spot.

Where: Inyo National Forest

Distance: About 5 Miles

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Range: 9,524’ – 10,167’

Date: September 10, 2015








We headed east on the Tioga Road and after we exited the east entrance to Yosemite National Park at Tioga Pass, we drove about 2 more miles to Saddlebag Road on the left side. We headed up the mostly dirt road to Saddlebag Lake, parking at the Saddlebag Lake Resort parking lot. As I started walking my way around the lake on the east side, the crystal clear waters provided gorgeous reflections.

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Early Morning Reflections on Saddlebag Lake

Fall colors were showing off in several spots. Short willows were bright red and several others plants had turned a bright yellow, reflecting in the lake.


Fall Colors Reflecting in Saddlebag Lake

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Fall Colors Reflecting in Saddlebag Lake


















Reflections of the colorful mountains to the north were gorgeous!

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Reflections from Shepherd Crest, Excelsior Mountain and Mount Snowden in Saddlebag Lake


Reflections from Excelsior Mountain and Mount Snowden in Saddlebag Lake

















But wait, there was more!

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Shepherd Crest peeks through a Red Mountain to Reflect in Saddlebag Lake

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Shepherd Crest Reflecting in Saddlebag Lake

















I worked my way up to my lucky fishing spot, threw my line in the water and Sally and I waited for a fish to jump on my hook.

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Sally and I Wait to Land a Big Fish at Saddlebag Lake

While Sally and I waited for the fish to bite, two waterfowl provided entertainment. They continuously dove while they were feeding, only to reappear. This fascinated Sally. They also knew Sally was there and stayed just out of her reach.


Sally Thought These Waterfowl Were Very Interesting!


Is it just me or is that bird on the left giving a raspberry at Sally?

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After about an hour of thinking she was bound to catch those birds, Sally finally said “Phooey.”


Sally Gives Up

Sally and I came home with a nice 14 incher, which I cooked for dinner. I am sure glad that Sally had come up with this idea to get out of the smoke and heat for a day. It was just gorgeous up thee and gave me the strength to endure that weather back home a little longer, hopefully not much longer though.


I Took Home a Beautiful 14 Inch Trout


Saddlebag Lake Resort

Prior Blogs on This Area:

Camping, Fishing and Hiking with Sally at Saddlebag Lake

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