Rating: 3.5 of 5
Species: Cutthroat Trout
Last Visited: 2008
Picklejar Lakes are located up a short but moderately steep hike from the trailhead. There are two ways in but the trailhead from Lantern Creek is shorter. There are four lakes here connected by short streams. With the exception of the third lake (shown) you are able to see the bottom in these lakes. The water is pretty clear and sight fishing is possible in calmer weather. This is a very popular trail with hikers and fishermen so expect some company even on weekdays.
It seems all but the fourth picklejar lake contain fish. Like the fourth lake the second lake is very shallow but it did contain a school of fish that were too skittish to bite. The first lake does not get too deep but holds many fish. The largest of them (about 12") are accessible from scree side of the lake. The third lake is deeper but doesn't seem to have anything larger than the first. Fishing also was a bit better in the first lake. Picklejar lakes are naturally reproducing so all sizes up to the 12" exist here. These lakes have never been stocked so they are original native cutthroat. Catching fish was easy here but they were not big. The average catch was about 10"