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Young America Lake

 My wife and I hiked into Young American lake in 1988. It's quite a hike. No trail to speak of. Lots of bushwacking after Upper Sardine and then hiking up through sand and loose talus at about a 45-degree angle. We made it to the lake in about 4 and a half hours, but we were in great condition. As reported elsewhere, lots of devil fish. Floating a bit offshore was a large iceberg with a hole in the center. My wife cast into the center with some salmon eggs. I told
    her she wouldn't catch a fish there, and she immediately caught a golden trough--absolutely beautiful. Definitely a golden. I fished for the brookies. It was a race to see which one of a pack of 20 fish would get to the lure first.
Catch and release for me. Three hours back to Lower Sardines lake. Says Jim S.

Due to it's inaccessibility, Young American Lake is seldom visited. My wife and I climbed up to it in 1985, but it took about 6 1/2 hours of very strenuous climbing to do so. Lots of devil fish (stunted Brookies). My wife got one golden trout. It's a beautiful fish. I have been told that some people have ventured down from the road up above, but they must have had climbing
    gear to do it. I checked it out and it would be impossible to scramble down from up above. Says Jim

I fished this lake a couple of years ago, after a long hard hike through roocks and brush from Upper Sardine Lake, I found
 the lake FULL of stunted Brook trout, the Golden Trout may have all died out due to someone planting these brookies into the lake, probably an air drop by a lost fish and game dept. airplane. The hike in and out feom below is miserable and hazardous, from the upper trail, it might be better. The photo here is from above. All in all it was a huge disappointment as far as the trout were concerned! Says Packsaddle Pete

Small glacial Lake or tarn. Rockbound;
located on the north side and in the shadow of the Sierra Buttes in a spectacular setting. Frozen much of the year. Route in is cross country - no formal trail. Stocked with golden trout. Says C. Baker

- C. Baker


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