I love using Google Earth as a way to find new fishing spots. Back in Illinois I would narrow down stretches of river that look particularly fishy. Zooming around the map like I have my own personal helicopter pilot at my disposal. Finding feeder creeks and hidden ponds along rivers, some ended up being duds but most turned up to be pretty good little spots. I am a pretty fair weather angler, i also like to find places to fish that are close to home. If I have to drive 2 hours to a spot that takes 4 hours off my day. I would rather learn a spot close to me than drive hours for bigger or more fish.
Since moving to the Central Valley I have been looking for these spots. The closest thing I have found is the King River, I really can't complain about it. I have never caught less than 2 fish there in an outing and it is only 20 minutes away from my house. Still as much as I love fishing the river I wanted to find a small lake or pond, a local park where I could walk the shores after work until the sun goes down. Back in Illinois I had many of these 45 minute trips, Pitching and flipping the banks. I wanted to find something like that, where I didn't have to bring the canoe or kayak, where I could just fish for a few minutes and unwind for the day.
One spot that kept catching my eye was called Hidden Valley park, the name was promising. I came across it several times and have been excited to try it out, from the pictures I could see a small creek fed pond with a red bridge straddling it. Internet searches led me to articles about sunfish and catfish stockings for children's fishing derbies. Very promising, I was excited. I decided to grab my rod and check it out the other day and this is what I found...
It is disappointing that the pond is in the shape it is in, I was expecting so much more. Then again it is the desert, I should have expected as much. My little stretch of river is looking pretty good if you ask me.
Thanks for reading,