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Skip's Legacy
09-24-2009 09:14 pm


  Skip Baker passed away October 5, 2008 after a hard fight with pancreatic cancer. Although we can't see him now, we know he will forever live through the Big Meadow Lodge. Because he loved the little town of  Bridgeport, and the fishing so much, his dream was to give others the ultimate Bridgeport fishing experience. He opened Skip's Big Meadow Lodge, a place where you can have the outdoor experience, but with all amenities of a cozy mountain cabin! His dream was cut short because of cancer, but his family is keeping his dream alive, and your reservation helps support our efforts. He also founded the "Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation", the "Bridgeport Trout Tournament" and the "East Walker Open". The Big Meadow Lodge and the BFEF is Skip's legacy. We thank you for your reservation. Together we can keep Skips dream alive! Hope you enjoy your stay! Blessings, from the Baker family!


Skip's last Message
09-24-2009 09:13 pm

Thanks for checking in!

Let's talk about the opening of the trout season! I enjoy the company of those who return year after year as a tradition regardless of weather or other restraints! Our low room rates, super clean cabins and amenities seem to be the reason!

Now, about the fishing. Most of you know that we have a brown trout program that successfully enhances our historic brown trout fishery right here in Bridgeport. The number and size of the brown trout brought to angler's nets on opening day surpassed our most optimistic predictions. Brown trout are wary yet extremely aggressive once they decide to strike. They are selective feeders so it generally takes more than a wad of power bait tossed into the water to score browns in good numbers. There was quite a buzz at Ken's Sporting Goods, the Bridgeport Lake marina, and Paradise Shores RV Park at the end of the weekend concerning the huge number of 2 to 4 pound brownies caught in the lake this year as compared to previous openers. This has motivated our enhancement program to expand and gives the hard working volunteers a feeling of accomplishment.

Throughout the Bridgeport area folks were expressing satisfaction with the overall fishing experience on opening weekend. Upper Twin Lakes enjoyed a particularly good opener with many full stringers reported. The good people at Mono Village have a very successful enhancement program and again the efforts have paid off. The rainbows and browns caught at both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes were averaging two pounds or more and the anglers were reporting some of the best fishing they could remember from these very productive lakes. The area streams such as Robinson Creek, Virginia Creek, and the East Walker River were also very productive. The overall experience was about as good as anyone could have hoped for, and the thinner crowds made the experience that much better for those who drove the extra miles to get here.

Plan a trip soon, and be ready for some brown trout action!

Don't forget to bring a kid!!

-Skip Baker

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