Note: this is from a few days of fishing over a September weekend in 2023. So your experience may vary.
About Wrights Lake
Wrights Lake is a very cute lake. It’s ringed by tall pines, flanked by mountains in the distance, and the water is crystal clear. It was never particular windy and wavy while I was there, so it seems like a nice place to take out a small boat and explore.
The main problem with this lake is that it is extremely shallow. There is a deep creek bed running through the center, and the rest of the lake is only one or two feet deep - you can practically wade across at some spots. What that means is that you need to pick your spot carefully on the shoreline, and cast far, so that your bait reaches that deep channel. I was fairly surprised by this - I thought there would be at least some trout rising for insects in the shallows in the morning or evening, but I did not see a single rise close to shore while I was here. I threw a spoon for quite a while with no luck. All of my bites here were off corn Powerbait, casted into that deeper channel. I would recommend pulling up the Google Maps satellite view - it shows that deeper creek channel fairly clearly. It seems that closer to inlet and outlet of the lake this channel gets closer to shore. Other parts of the lake, you’ll either need a heavy sinker or a boat.
Supposedly, the trout can also stack up out the outlet of the lake by the tiny dam - however, I did not see any fish there while I was visiting.
One annoying bit is that the parking situation is not all that great here - there are a limited number of parking spots, especially by the inlet of the lake. So you’ll probably have to walk quite a bit.
About Twin Lakes
These two lakes are absolutely beautiful. Awe-inspiring granite cliffs and rockfalls frame the lakes, making for picturesque vistas. The fishing seems to be almost as good as the view. Nice pan-sized brookies are eager to hit spoons and spinners - we had a lot of success on Thomas Buoyants and Panther Martins. I also did really well on a green zebra midge. We tried both the shallower sections by the outlets and the deeper water by the rockfall areas - both seemed to produce equally well. The upper lake seemed to yield fewer fish than the lower one for whatever reason. The stream that feeds out of Lower Twin also has some nice brookies as well, which we caught on the same lures.
The only con of these two lakes is the crowds. We came on a post Labor Day weekend, when the nights are cold and chilly, and there were still a ton of people camped out at the lakes. Doesn’t quite provide you that mountain solitude, but maybe the fishing is just good enough to keep your mind off your neighbors nearby.
These trout are wild, so try to be mindful and release fish in good condition.
The hike up to Twin Lakes can be a bit of a buttkicker, especially if you haven’t quite acclimated to the higher elevation yet and you’re carrying a lot of gear. Make sure to bring lots of water, or a water filter.
There’s technically a day use fee, which you pay at a kiosk.
There’s a nice-sized campground by Wrights Lake. The vault toilets there were some of the nicest I’ve seen.
Fish stockings at Wrights Lake: DFW
For the trout:
Acme Kastmaster, 1/8 oz
Thomas Buoyant, 1/4 or 1/6 oz
Panther Martin, 1/16 oz
Mini jig, 1/16 or 1/32 oz