Archive for May, 2011

Clear Lake & Rimrock Lake – Yakima, Washington

Fished Clear Lake on US-12, west of Yakima, Washington on 5/28/11.
Located one mile west of Rimrock Lake and 5.7 miles east of White Pass, this reservoir at 3,615 feet holds rainbows and has a public boat launch. The best fishing area is the west arm – take Rd 1200, Tieton Reservior Road, off Highway 12. Beautiful area with some outstanding camping and great Rainbow Trout fishing opportunities.
We intended to fish the Yakima River Canyon but water was very high and very cloudy. So, decided to take a look at Rimrock Lake and Clear Lake.

The best area has to be the Tieton River. It was closed this early in the year, but a must to try on the next outing. Campgrounds along White Pass Scenic Byway US Hwy 12 provide easy public access. The Tieton River begins in the Goat Rocks Wilderness area in two forks, the North Fork Tieton and the South Fork Tieton Rivers and eventually joins the Naches River. Fish for rainbows and whitefish, with whitefish angling best during the special whitefish-only winter season. The Bureau of Reclamation’s irrigation water management results in high flows and unfishable conditions from early September to late October.

Clear Lake – 46.628651,-121.28015
RimRock Lake – 46.642324,-121.179729

We also found a small place along the Naches River on US-12 called Tim’s Pond. Seems to be the local pond for all kiddie trout fishing.


-gone fly fishing,
EARTHangler

Plank Grilled Salmon & Steelhead Recipe

It’s easy to plank grill Salmon & Steelhead & the results are delicious. Be creative & pick some of your favorite ingredients:

  • Garlic, chives, parsley, butter
  • Garlic hickory rub
  • Tom Douglas Salmon Rub
  • Chili Spice mix, with Lemons
  • Dean & Deluca 5 Chili blend rub

Plank Prep

  1. Soak Plank in water, min. 1 hour, max. 24 hours
  2. Preheat plank on grill at medium heat 5 minutes
  3. Brush plank with olive oil on cooking side
  4. Place Salmon or Steelhead fish skin side down on center of plank

  • Direct Heat Grilling:
    Use the grill on a low heat setting. Place plank in center over heat source. Close lid to infuse the fish with the smokey flavor of the plank. After smoking begins after 15-20 minutes, check regularly for flare ups. Use a small spray bottle if necessary. It’s OK to let the plank catch fire, just spray it out quickly.
  • Indirect Heat Grilling:
    Use the grill on a medium heat setting. Place plank to the side of heat source. Close lid to infuse the fish with the smokey flavor of the plank. After smoking begins after 15-20 minutes, check regularly for flare ups. Use a small spray bottle if necessary.

When grilling multiple planks, be sure to leave a 1″ space between planks to allow the aroma to circulate. Also, experiment with the different flavorings that different woods impart. You can pick up grilling planks at Amazon (FIRE & FLAVOR Gourmet Grilling Planks, Cedar, 2-Count Packages (Pack of 3)), most grocery stores & kitchen stores in varieties that include Apple, Cedar, Mesquite, Hickory, Alder, and more.

-gone fly fishing,
EARTHangler