Adventure Travel Events

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club organizes special Adventure Travel trips to various parts of the Northwest, Alaska, and other locations unlike local club organized fish and camp rallies.  These extended Adventure Travel trips may involve distant travel by air or by vehicle.  These special events involve camping in conjunction with fishing.  Some travel destinations allow for members to do so by recreation vehicle or by the use of tents.  Members that choose not to camp or do not own a RV can participate by staying at accommodations located on or near the campground and fishing site.


The Adventure Travel chairman coordinates participants, negotiates available discounts, provides brochures, and researches area attractions for those that choose not to fish.  For Rooster Tail Members 18 years old or older that desire to participate in Adventure Travel, must have a liability waiver on file with the club.  The club does not provide insurance for vehicles, their occupants, in transit to or from the Adventure Travel destination locations. 

 Next Scheduled Adventure Travel Event  

Rooster Tails Adventure Travel to Topaz Lake

Camping, Sightseeing, and Fishing Fun Event!
June 23 through June 27, 2016

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides annual special events for club members that includes family and friends beyond just fishing.  The Rooster Tails Adventure Travel Trips are organized for camping, touring/exploring, fishing, and group fun.  Our club’s Board of Directors took into 410 reasonable travel time, anticipated weather conditions, hotel and camping accommodations, and sightseieng alternatives, and of course fishing opportunities, before selecting Topaz Lake Resort as this year’s destination site.  Topaz Lake is located at 1979 Highway 395 South, Gardnerville, NV 89410.  Driving time from the Auburn Elks Lodge via I-80 and Highway 395 takes approximately three-hours for the scenic 142 mile trip to Topaz Lake Resort as our base camp.

Topaz Lake and the surrounding high desert environs provides a contrast of mountains a sparking lake split between California and Nevada with contributing water from the West Walker River.  Topaz Lake reservoir, on the Nevada-California border is 21 miles south of Gardnerville, it was created in the early 1920s when the West Walker River was diverted to this Antelope Valley basin that previously held a smaller natural lake. In 1937, the Army Corp of Engineers built a new levee, nearly tripling the lake’s volume.  It is relatively large with a maximum pool of 126,000 acre-feet, 2,410 surface acres, a length of 3.5 miles, a width of 1.5 miles, and maximum depth of 92 feet. The water level typically remains high throughout winter and spring and reaches its lowest level in late summer.
During the January 1 through September 30 fishing season, the lake has been known to produce many trophy-quality rainbow trout above eight pounds. Topaz Lake Park includes 15 sites with RV hookups, electricity, water, and restrooms and 40 developed dry campsites and many undeveloped tent campsites along the lakeshore. For a higher standard of comfort, Topaz Lodge offers a full-service casino, 100 hotel rooms, a coffee shop and steakhouse, its own RV park, panoramic views of Topaz, and many of the aforementioned trophy trout pulled from the lake.  Either a California or Nevada Fishing License is legal on Topaz Lake.

Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) plans include stocking 40,000 rainbow trout, 2,500 tiger trout and 5,800 cuttbow trout into the reservoir this year. Occasionally, brown trout are also planted. The share of rainbow trout stocked by California Department of Fish and Game usually closely matches the number provided by NDOW, but California did not stock Topaz due to current drought conditions affecting hatchery output. Most fish are stocked at a size from 10 to 12-inches during the closed fishing season (October through December), but additional stocking occurs in March, after the start of the new fishing season.  Stocking Topaz Lake so far in 2016 by NDOW was on March 29, 2016, with 2,783 pounds of Tiger Trout; March 23, 2016 Topaz Canal with 1,687 pounds and the West Walker River with 1,687 pounds of Rainbow Trout.  Populations of warm water species such as bass are self-sustaining.   (Tiger trout are unique sterile-hybrids that are produced from male brown trout and female brook trout. Tiger trout have brownish bodies with dark maze-like patterns coating the sides and top of the fish. They sport a yellowish under-belly and orange pectoral, pelvic and anal fins. Although usually caught under 14 inches in size, they are a unique species).

Adventure Travel participants are welcome to bring their boats launching from Topaz Marina or the Douglas County Park ramp.  Boaters should troll the top twenty-feet of the water column; a fish finder will help determine depth where the fish are holding. Troll scented Rapalas or threaded night crawlers behind dodgers or flashers for best results. Shore anglers should fish with Power Bait or worms and cast out as far as possible for best results. Although planted trout are typically in the twelve-inch category, many significantly larger fish are caught during the season.
The Topaz Lake fishing season is open January 1 through September 30, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset, except for the area within the jetties of Topaz Marina, which is closed to fishing. Daily and possession limits are 5 trout, 10 mountain whitefish, and 15 warm-water game fish of which not more than 5 may be black bass. Persons under 16 years of age are not required to have a fishing license. Those anglers, 16 years of age and older, must have a Nevada fishing license and a trout stamp, a Nevada short term fishing permit, or a California fishing license. Two-rod stamps are valid in both states.  All boat harbors and other areas designated by buoys are zones in which a vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour. Vessels are prohibited in areas within the signs or buoys located at the county swim beach. There are no restrictions to the size of boat or motor used. Anglers trolling with 10 to 14-foot boats are prevalent and float tube fishing is becoming more common.

Alternative Adventures:
Spin-cast with small lures or prime fly fishing on the West Walker River.  The Walker is stocked with Alper's Trophy fishing throughout the spring and summer and is nearby for anglers who enjoy river or stream fishing.  Headwaters of the West Walker River originate in the Sierras at greater than 11,000 feet. Lahontan cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish were the native salmonids, but currently rainbow and brown trout are the dominant sport fishes in the Nevada portion of the river.  Public access occurs in two primary places, the first is Hoye Canyon, which has about a 1-mile of public fishing upstream from the town of Wellington.  Other publicly accessible sites are Wilson Canyon and the BLM Rest Area.  In Wellington on Highway 208, turn west on Hoye Canyon Road (at Wellington Mercantile) and travel approximately one mile to public access. To reach Wilson Canyon and the BLM Rest Area from Wellington, travel east on Highway 208. The Rest Area, which is at the western mouth of Wilson Canyon, is about 5.5 miles east of the town of Smith. Scattered parking is located along the highway within the canyon. Any type of vehicle can access these sites.
Heenan Lake is part of California’s Heritage Trout Fishing program and provides anglers an opportunity to catch the rare and beautiful Lahontan cutthroat trout. This is a federally protected species and only catch-and-release is allowed, but an opportunity to catch trout to 15 pounds!
Bodie is an original mining town from the late 1800’s. What’s left today stands in a state of “arrested decay” and is maintained by the California State Parks System, who took over the town in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park

Mono Lake is an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds
Markleeville, CA Jacob J. Marklee founded a toll bridge crossing the Carson River in 1861. He aimed to tap into the traffic from the silver mining boom at Silver Mountain City. On June 23, 1862, he recorded a land claim of 160 acres in Douglas County, Nevada. A boundary survey took place, and the property ended up being in California. In 1863, Marklee died after being involved in a gunfight.
Grover Hot Springs State Park is located on the east side of the Sierra at the edge of the Great Basin Province, characterized by open pine forest, and sagebrush and meadows. The park has a pool complex with a hot pool and a swimming pool hot springs, a campground, picnic area and hiking trails.
Coleville is located in the Antelope Valley on the West Walker River 26 miles northwest of Bridgeport, at an elevation of 5141 feetLillian Frances Smith (February 3, 1871 – February 3, 1930) was a young trick shooter and trick rider who joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1886, at the age of fifteen. She was billed as "the champion California huntress," and was a direct rival to Annie Oakley in the show.

Walker is located 3 miles south of Coleville, at an elevation of 5403 feet. The town was likely named for pioneer Joseph R. Walker, who started his ascension of the Sierra Nevada range (as part of a longer expedition which ended in Monterey) in nearby Bridgeport. Walker was born in Roane County, Tennessee. Early in 1832 he joined Benjamin Bonneville's expedition from Fort Osage, Missouri.  Next spring, Bonneville sent a party of men under Joseph Walker to explore the Great Salt Lake and to find an overland route to California.


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