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The EcoAngler Report - Heenan Lake

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Heenan Lake

If you are planning a trip to Heenan Lake, then take note of the following: the lake opens for fishing on the Friday of Labor Day weekend and closes on the last Saturday of October (unless it falls on October 31st, then it's the Saturday prior). During that period, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are the only days anglers are permitted to fish.


Fly Fishing on Heenan Lake 2008

Angler netting cutthroat.

Angler netting a Lahontan cutthroat on Heenan. On this day, the majority of hook-ups came in the 10 to 15 ft. range below the surface. Think about rigging with a fast-sink line.

24 inch Lahontan cutthroat

A large Lahontan adult running about 24 inches in length.

Lahontan cutthroat trout photographed underwater

The same cutthroat pictured above but posing underwater. Notice the loose, vegetable matter floating in the water here. And this spot happened to be one of the cleaner sections. The last photo below shows how thick it got.

The hillside along Heenan Lake is about to change into its fall color.

The aspens just about to morph into their fall color on the distant hillside. This particular day was a rare threat - little to no wind.

 18 inch Heenan Lake Lahontan cutthroat

This photograph illustrates the low density of black spotting on these cutthroat.

Heenan Lake has very heavy aquatic plant material.

You can see just how thick the aquatic plant matter is in this photo. The vegetation blanketed the lake. I would retrieve my wet-fly rig with almost every cast to clean the green slime off.