Hello, fellow anglers; in less than 24 hours the streams and lakes in California will open to fishing for the year. A reminder: With the opening season comes some regulation changes on some of our rivers and streams. Always check your regulations before venturing out. All tributaries that lead into Lake Tahoe are closed to fishing until July 1, which include Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and Upper Truckee. These waters are located on the south end of Lake Tahoe. The roads will be filled with enthusiastic anglers and campers all through Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties, so please use a little patience while driving in these areas.
I can not give you a fishing report for these areas, but I can tell you the California Department of Fish and Game has planted 2,400 pounds of 9- to 14-inch cutthroat in the east and west Carson rivers over the last few weeks, along with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout. The Alpine County Fish Commission has planted 2,000 pounds of trophy trout also in both rivers.
Fishing should be good anywhere you travel in the Alpine County area. With our recent weather changes, both rivers have fluctuated up and down. From the minimal snow run off and with our rain showers, the river has clouded up a little but should clear up by Saturday morning.
A few things to remember: You will need a valid 2012 California fishing license. They are available in Alpine county at Woodfords Station (stop by and check out the new store and meet the new owners), Markleeville Store and Sorensen's Resort. Other places in our local areas to get a licenses are The Sportsman's, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters or Raley's in Lake Tahoe; The Anglers Edge or Raley's in the Minden-Gardnerville area. Special note: the Carson River Resort does not have licenses available yet.
Also to take note of is the limit of trout you may take. You are only allowed to keep five fish a day. With all the fish in the rivers you may be tempted to keep five in the morning and go back out later to do some more fishing. My advice is, if the fishing is that good, catch and release. The game wardens will be out checking possession limits as well as fishing licenses. Keep it legal, no need to get greedy.
I would also highly recommend sunscreen, even though it may only be in the mid-60-degree temperatures, you may regret it if you don't. I know I have!
In talking with Todd Sondero from the Carson River Resort, all of the cabins and the campground is full, but they do have a few spots in the RV area available. For those that choose not to camp near the rivers, I do have some good news. Indian Creek campground is scheduled to open on April 27. The water is still high and the weeds few. The lake was planted in January with some large brown trout and cutbows. In talking with Alpine County Fish Commission there will be more fish planted this year. But they have not told me a scheduled day as of now.
There are still some roads in Alpine County that are not open. Those would include: Blue Lakes Road, Burnside Lake Road; roads around Woods Lake, Pleasant Valley, Highland Lakes and Schneider Cow camp. But they have opened Wolf Creek.
Last but not least is the most important item: campfires are only allowed in designated camps areas, and even in these areas, do not burn pallets. I picked out about 50 nails from Indian Creek shore line last week from a person that burned pallets in an unauthorized campfire, that would really ruin your weekend by stepping on a rusty nail.
The Naw and Mrs. Naw will be fishing the East Carson River, and invite you to stop by the Carson River Resort and say hi, or just show off your catch. Between Todd and myself we both plan on taking a lot of pictures this opening day weekend. Stay safe and drive slow. If you have any questions in our local fishing world you can call the Naw line at 775-267-9722 before 3 p.m. on Friday and I will call you back. We plan on leaving promptly at 3:15 to go fishing. After that time you can call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229 for more fishing information.
If you get a picture of your catch, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be in the Naw hall of fame this year. Good fishin' and tight lines.