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TROUT IN THE CLOUDS

Feb. 14, 1955
Feb. 14, 1955

Table of Contents
Feb. 14, 1955

Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

The Mile
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Soundtrack
  • THE EDITORS REFLECT ON THE THEATRICAL QUALITIES OF INDOOR TRACK, THE CAREER OF A "TREE-MENDOUS" PITCHER, AND A GAME THAT IS THE MOST FASCINATING—OR SILLIEST—IN THE WORLD

Preview
Tip From The Top
Skiing
Sporting Look
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Basketball
Motor Sports
Column Of The Week
Horses
Tennis
Under 21
  • At 16, Kathleen Walsh already has a fistful of medals for marksmanship—after only two years of competition. Today she looks like the coming pistol-shooting queen

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

TROUT IN THE CLOUDS

It is summer at Lake Titicaca in the Andes, time to catch a king's ransom in rainbows

In the late 1930s the governments of Peru and Bolivia introduced rainbow and brown trout to Lake Titicaca on their lofty frontier in the Andes. They hoped for good results—and got them. The success of the experiment was proved to the full satisfaction of, for one, Sen. Bourke Hickenlooper (R., Iowa) last October 2nd when he landed a 34½-pound rainbow, a fish only two pounds under the world record. Airline pilots have known of the lake's fabulous fishing for the last few years and have made repeated off-time trips to it. Today more and more traveling sportsmen are stopping at La Paz, Bolivia to fish the 100-mile-long lake nearby.

This is an article from the Feb. 14, 1955 issue Original Layout

Accommodations in the little towns adjacent to the lake are anything but deluxe. The fishing, however, is of a caliber to make any pilgrimage bearable. Few fishermen will quibble at a place where a three-pound rainbow is a nuisance to be shaken off, a ten-pounder is commonplace and a fish of double this weight a likely prospect. It has been possible for a man to catch 500 pounds of trout a day at Titicaca.

It is summer there now, which is also the rainy season. Because of this the rivers are too high, but they will be right from April through June. Some have never seen a fly, as local anglers prefer spinning and bait-casting outfits, with largish spoons and wobblers.

But the lake itself is worth a trip anytime, if only for the spectacular scenery, some of which is shown on these pages.

Towing a sailboat to be used later (rental: 50¢ an hour), a party heads for a bay. Typical fishing gear lies on the deck.

INDIANS SET OUT IN BALSA-WOOD CRAFT TO PUT DOWN THEIR NETS FOR A SMALL FISH CALLED A BÔGA. THEY ALSO SPEAR RAINBOW TROUT, AND HAVE SET UNOFFICIAL RECORD OF 45 POUNDS

Twelve-pound rainbow comes aboard. This is a fairly common size at Titicaca, and sometimes two anglers find themselves each fighting a pair of such fish which jump again and again in the clear' mountain air.

Happy girl watches while her prize is gaffed. The fish are most easily taken on "hardware"—metal lures that flash or spin.

Curious Indians watch fishermen set up their rods near Escalani on the Peruvian side, where there are no boat facilities.

Boy with a burden, 16 pounds of rainbow trout, demonstrates the fabulous quality of Lake Titicaca's fishing. The Peruvian government restocks the lake annually with a million small trout for later harvest by the natives and visiting sportsmen.

PHOTOFENNO JACOBSON THE BOLIVIAN SIDE OF LAKE TITICACA. TWO ANGLERS NEAR HUATAHATA READY THEIR BOAT FOR A DAY'S FISHINGSIX PHOTOSFENNO JACOBS