The formula says- second weekend in June + Emigrant Wilderness = brook trout on dry flies all day, everyday. Rainbow and Brook trout are found in almost all lakes and streams in the area. Wood Lake was gorgeous! Trout season opens the last Saturday in April and closes in November. P decided to do a little fishing again, but with the wind right in his face, he thought it might make more sense to head over to the north side of the lake. Fishing is good in the lake and even better along Kennedy Creek. Soaring peaks cradle the lake on three sides while acres of lush meadow spread at its foot. I’ve used all of these phrases at one time or another to describe the fly-fishing in the Emigrant Wilderness. ... Cherry to Deer Lake. Cherry Lake Dam gate to Cherry Lake, Kibbie Ridge, and Lake Eleanor opens from April 1-December 15. Fishing licenses are available in the General Store. Both lake and stream fishing are available. Only 25 people may obtain a Wilderness Permit to Kibbie Ridge/Lake, but due to damage from the RIM fire only 10 people may obtain a permit to Lake Eleanor per day in these areas per National Park quotes. And after seeing three people at the first ford at Emigrant Lake in the morning, we hadn't seen another hiker all day. In addition, three major deer herds – Jawbone, Yosemite and Stanislaus herds – live in Emigrant Basin. Trail map, trip description, camping spots, photos, fishing guide, wilderness permits. They thought it would be considerate to set up their boom-box and blast it across the lake until 1am. Thought I'd give it a try and see what happens this year. Then some yahoo hunters came in on horseback with pack mules. We had the place to ourselves. May 26, 2015 - Hike from Gianelli's Cabin to Deer Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness. We hiked about 25 miles in this area over the course of four days. They can drop you at a base camp and pick you up later or stay with you for an all-inclusive pack trip. Wilderness trips offer some of the finest trout fishing in the Sierras. Activities in Emigrant Wilderness include hiking, swimming, fishing and hunting. Had the lake all to ourselves... it was nearly paradise. Upper Buck and Deer were nice. Hunting. These free permits are required year-round. Crabtree Trail- Emigrant Wilderness- Stanislaus National Forest- CA This hike is an outback or loop trail. Kennedy Lake has become a classic destination in the Emigrant Wilderness. but this year I'm going to try and hunt Emigrant Wilderness area on the opener. For the second year in a row though, fishing was almost a dud. Aspen Meadow Pack Station offers overnight trips to destinations such as Bear Lake, Big Lake, Emigrant Lake, Huckleberry Lake, and Deer Lake. Only a single-day's hike from the trailhead, it is easily done as a weekend trip. 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