Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park


Serious anglers should stop right here. There's nothing to be caught in Sequoia & Kings Canyon that will get you into the record books. The few, itty-bitty lake dwellers you'll find after a long day behind the pole aren't even meaty enough to call snacks.

If, however, dangling a line in the water is just an excuse to pass the day in a sunny spot, then these parks offer plenty of pretty places to do just that. And if you're lucky enough to feel the gentle tug of a tiny trout, all the better.

Fishing season usually runs from the last Saturday in April through November 15, but it's year-round in the Kaweah drainage. You can hope to catch rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, and golden trout. No more than five per day. Licenses and tackle are sold at the markets in Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Grant Grove, and Cedar Grove.

Some Scenic Spots to Drop Your Line:

The larger of the two Twin Lakes in Sequoia's Giant Forest/Lodgepole region. Getting there requires a significant haul up the long, hot Twin Lakes Trail. You might consider traveling here by horse from the Wolverton Pack Station.

The award for easiest access goes to the south fork of the Kings River in Cedar Grove. Carry your gear along the 1.5-mile Zumwalt Meadow Loop and pick a place along the way. If the fish aren't biting (and they probably aren't) your consolation prize includes tall trees, rock-flanked water, canyon walls, and lush meadows.

In Mineral King, the Farewell Gap Trail takes you a short distance from the Eagle/Mosquito trailhead to Soda Springs, on the edge of the Kaweah River, where you can sit on a rock and watch the water bubble up around you. Mineral springs turn the surrounding soil orange, but the fish don't seem to mind.



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