Doug Busey

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June 22, 2012
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Mac the Naw: Fishing is good all around

Hello, fellow anglers, welcome to the official start of summer. The Naw has just returned from two weeks of camping and fishing all over our local area. I am here to tell you, the fishing is good everywhere. While I was away, I received a picture of Eric St. Denis holding a nice 11-pound, 4-ounce rainbow. With a little more research I found that this fish was only 4 ounces away from the Lake Tahoe record for rainbow trout, which was caught by Chuck McMeechan in 1997 weighing in at 11 pounds, 7 ounces. Now that I have your attention, lets find out how are local waters are doing in the area.

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good off the Tahoe City shelf and Sugarpine point. Anglers have been trolling dodgers/flashers followed with a live minnow in 150 to 200 feet of water. Suggestions: Get your presentation right on the bottom and shorten up your leader to about 12 to 16 inches. You will get better results. The average fish has been in the 1 to 5 pound class with a few in the 8 to 12 pound class. Toplining has been fair at O-dark-thirty in the morning using rapalas in the Cave Rock area to Logan Shoals. After the skiers get on the water, what bite there was is gone. For more information call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is up and the bite is on. Jesse from Granite Bay caught an 8-pound mackinaw trolling a Rapala, Norm and Rich from Placerville also trolling a Rapala caught a 28-inch, 8-pound mackinaw. They said the morning bite was slow but when the water warmed up, the bite took off. Many anglers have been catching average sized rainbows trolling in the Woods Creek area. Shore angler shave been doing fair to good by spillway area and on the dam using rainbow power bait. The marina at Caples lake resort is open with launching facility's and boat and canoe rentals. No plants from the California Department of Fish and Game as of this week. The campground area is open on a first come first serve basis, and the county ramp is also open to the public. For more information, call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

WOODS LAKE: The road open a couple weeks ago, the lake offers camping, hiking and fishing. No reports on the fishing conditions as of yet.

RED LAKE: Fishing is still slow, a couple anglers told me they took there canoe in and caught four rainbow trout, 10 to 14 inches. They were trolling Kastmaster lures and roostertails. The lake is cloudy and the shore fishing has been rated very slow.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open to lower and upper Blue Lakes. Two anglers told me the mosquito bite was better than the trout bite. Bring plenty of bug repellent. There are other options in the area. Before you get to lower Blue Lake there is a left turn that will take you to Tamarack and Sunset lakes. Other anglers have told me that the best area to fish was by the dam with power bait or small night crawlers. Also, throwing spinners in the early morning and evening.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake was planted by CDFG with catchable rainbow trout. The Alpine County Fish Commission planted 1,000 pounds of Eagle Lake trout as well. Salmon peach power bait was the most productive color. Best areas to fish were in front of the campground or on or near the dam. The boat launch is open and has good water with easy access. The water is still up and the water was clear with light weeds. In talking with Dennis Cocking from S.T.P.U.D. the lake level, despite our meager winter, will stay at a high level giving us a great year of enjoyment.

CARSON RIVERS: Fishing has been outstanding. Many limit have come into the Carson River Resort. Most fish have been 12 to 16 inches, with a few in the 4-pound range. The CDFG has not planted for three weeks now, but the Alpine county has made up for that. They planted last week, this week and plan to plant next week with rainbow trout. Salmon eggs or worms have been most productive for the bait anglers. For fly anglers, use an elk hair caddis (one of my favorites), a stonefly or an adams. Both forks have been producing fish. The water has warmed up which make the fish more active. For more information call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229. Ask Todd to point you in the right direction.

TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK AND THE UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All located on the south end of Lake Tahoe, are closed to fishing until July 1. Remember that these steams are the back bone of the Lake Tahoe fishery. I ask you to practice catch and release while fishing these waters. There are plenty of fish in the Carson River for a nice trout dinner. The fish you release today will be the future of Lake Tahoe tomorrow.

ROAD CLOSURES IN ALPINE COUNTY: There are none. Burnside Lake, Blue Lakes, Highland Lakes, Woods Creek, Wolf Creek, Pleasant Valley are now all open.

CDFG is planting trout this week, Mosquito Lakes upper and lower, Alpine lake. Nevada Departmnt of Wildlife trout plants over the last couple weeks up to now include: Baily Pond, Desert Creek, Walker River east fork, Davis Creek, Martin Slough, Mitch's Pond, Onion Valley Reservoir and Sparks Marina.

I hope your next fishing adventure is as exciting as my last two weeks were. Renee and I caught up to 6-pound channel catfish, 8-pound carp on ultra lite and many 1- and 2-pound rainbows. If you have a picture of your catch, send it to jproudman@tahoedailytribune.com. If you have a question or a report in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Until next report, good fishin and tight lines.


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