Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to go camping with friends and some family. We are a pretty spread out bunch and don’t get to see each other very often. Our meeting place was somewhat in the middle of all of us and happened to be one of my favorite spots on this planet.
The Energy Loop/Joe’s Valley area is awesome. Fishy water abounds and the scenery is top notch too. I knew that fishing wasn’t the main reason for this trip, but I did find some time to sneak away to some of my favorite haunts.
The first morning I woke up and made my way over to Electric Lake. This lake boasts some great fishing for cutthroat and tiger trout. It is swarming with red-side shiner minnows. There are some large fish roaming around, but I always wonder why there aren’t more pigs with all the forage available.
It was cold, and the fishing was about the same. There was a storm rolling down the valley into the lake and I knew my time was going to be cut short. As I was preparing to leave I convinced a tiger to hold on.
The weather interrupted further plans of pursuing trout. Soggy tent camping is super fun…said no one ever. Finally there was a break in the heavens and my brother and I decided to fish a favorite creek. This creek is pretty small, but used to contain a ton of fairly decent fish. There were even some jumbos thrown in the mix.
The creek has changed a lot since I’ve been there last. Our beaver friends have been busy. There were still fish, but not like how we remembered it. The fish we did catch seemed fairly healthy though.
More rain came. More fun with friends was had. Finally some of us decided to journey back down to Electric again. Fishing wasn’t terrible. Both cutts and tigers made an appearance.
I love Colorado very much, but I miss ol’ Utah…at least both states have some great trout.