The Lakers are on in the Double Eagle bar (which has wireless) and the Nevada Low is still dropping some light snow on the Loop. There's a ton of water for boaters on both June and Gull and when the good weather comes tomorrow (c'mon baby) there will be even more. Gull is almost 80 percent open thanks to heroic work and June has everything from Boulder Lodge to the reeds (in summer) along the summer homes almost out to the large granite outcropping. You can see rotten channels in June that should mean more open water. Here's some photos.Gull Lake Thursday April 22 from the marina. Still a little work to do to get the snow out of the boats but hopefully the sun will do that tomorrow.This is the view looking along the "reeds" from June Lake Marina.
Looking towards June Lake's Big Rock Marina (the far dock) and the shoreline in front of Boulder Lodge
There's thin ice along the shore on the beach side of June and it may be dangerously enticing unless it opens up more. Oh Ridge! campground is plowed while Silver Lake did a great job of getting their full hook-up RV Park open. If you're thinking of bringing your rig, that's something to consider. They'll be picking up the phone at 7 a.m. tomorrow for reservations (760) 648-7256.
Stopped by Ernie's and Mike Logue was there helping the boys get the legendary June Lake Tackle store ready for the opener. "This is nothing we haven't seen before," he said, "but did you drive down the Loop and see those lakes?"
Grant was an amazing sight, something I've never seen a couple days before the opener. But the Marina and launch ramp facility is all cleared of snow and I heard they're going to open water on Friday. Grant Lake looking past Privy Point towards the marina on Thursday April 22.
Seems to be lightening up but still snowing as of 11 a.m. 4-22 in the June Loop. It's definitely getting warmer and the roads should be fine by this evening. Here's the forecast from the NWS Reno office :
THE MAIN MOISTURE TAP FOR THIS SYSTEM WILL MOVE SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA BY THIS EVENING...CAUSING SHOWERS TO DISSIPATE. NORTH FLOW
WILL FOLLOW THE LOW AS A SHORTWAVE RIDGE MOVES OVER THE GREAT BASIN FRIDAY. AS THE MOISTURE EXITS TO THE SOUTHEAST TONIGHT...THE SKY WILL CLEAR FRIDAY AND INTO SATURDAY WITH DRY AIR MOVING IN.
TEMPERATURES WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WARM TO ABOVE NORMAL THIS WEEKEND AS MILD WEATHER PRESIDES WHILE THE RIDGE HOVERS OVER THE AREA THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.
So it's looking like perfect weather for the opener more access should open up by opening morning. Headed to Mammoth. Will report when I get back.
Drove in last night to clear skies and Venus close enough to touch. Roads were perfectly clear and the breeze that was strong on the way up was not to be found up in June Lake. By light of the half moon could see enough progress has been made that all the rental boats on June and Gull should have just enough elbow room to fish. Can't see much this morning, since it is snowing again. That's supposed to clear out tonight and the stuff hasn't been sticking to the asphalt. But it has been sticking to the snow still on the ground. That had shrunk substantially in the week or so since I was here last, but folks are going to have to use great caution accessing streams and inlet areas. The ice at June Loop level is plentiful but rotten. Martin will have an update that will be posted soon, as it turns out DFG did get a bunch of fresh trout in open waters. There is lots of opportunity up here. The two big reservoirs, Crowley and Bridgeport, are wide open and Convict and Lower Twin at Bridgeport remain ice free. If you want to ice fish, go to Virginia Lakes, the road is (was) plowed.The East Walker River is easy to access and has been seeing a lot of traffic the last few weeks in the wild trout section below the dam.
If you're headed for Crowley and bringing your own boat or even canoe, it has to clean and dry for inspection. They have an inspection site in Bishop by the Von's at the junction of 395 with Hwy 6 that will be open until 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and from 7 a.m. til 10 p.m. Friday. Inspections are also being conducted at Crowley. Tune into 1610 am in Bishop for more info. Think I'm going to head over to Mammoth for some powder. Was going to go to Topaz for trout fishing, but the only stretch of 395 that calls for chains is in the West Walker River Canyon and might as well enjoy the snow rather than battle it, 4wd or no. More later.
-- Rich Holland