Hello fellow anglers. The first day of fall was Sept. 22, but the temperatures outside have not reflected that until the last couple of weeks. Signs of fall are traveling down Highway 88 in Alpine County, where the leaves on the aspen trees are turning shades of red yellow and gold. Or enjoy more fall colors as you take a drive north out of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89 to Taylor Creek and watch the salmon run.
The surest way to know it's fall though is that Pyramid Lake is now open for the 2012-13 fishing season and has started of with a bang. The first week there were over 900 Cutthroat trout caught, with the average fish more than 17 inches long. The only drawback I see in fall is that we turn or clocks back an hour on Nov. 4 this year. That means losing precious fishing time in the evening. Speaking of fishing, here is your local report.
PYRAMID LAKE: Located north of Reno on the Pyramid Highway, home to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. A few things you need to know when fishing Pyramid Lake. No. 1: You do not need a Nevada fishing license. You do need a tribal fishing and/or boating permit. No. 2: Barbless hooks only, and you can have no more than two sets of hooks per lure. No. 3: No bait, worms, eggs or scent may be used by itself or in combination with a lure. No. 4: Slot size on fish is 17 - 20 inches or more than 24 inches. All other fish must be returned to the lake unharmed. You may keep two fish only. They can be two smaller or one small and one more than 24 inches. No. 5: One stringer per angler. No sharing stringers. No. 6: Do not fillet your fish on the reservation. The rangers need to verify and record your catch at the creel station when you leave. No. 7: Hours of fishing are one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. No 8: If you have a marine band radio, the ranger station monitors channel 16. No. 9: No fishing off of any docks on the lake. Boaters need to stay 250 feet away from shore anglers. No. 10: Closed areas are; 1,000 feet radius around Marble Bluff Fish Way and Sutcliffe Fishery spawning channel, 1,000 feet from the shoreline of Needles from Wizard Cove to Fox Bay. No. 11: Lohanton trout season is open Oct. 1 to June 30. Sacramento perch fishing is open all year with the same regulations. If you have any questions you can contact the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe at 775-574-1000.
Last week, there were many anglers fishing over the 10-pound range with the biggest fish coming in at 16 pounds. Best areas are Block House and Spider Point. My favorite lure to use is a jointed flat fish in a frog pattern, but make sure you tune your lure make it run straight. If your line starts to twist up, your lure is not in tune. The lure I cannot wait to try out is my friend Paul Aguilera's home made BMW arrow spoons. We have used them at Indian Creek Reservoir with absolutely phenomenal success.
CAPLES LAKE: Water levels are dropping. To give you an idea, last year at this time the lake level was at 56.66 feet with 19,090 acre-feet. This year, the lake is at 48.12 feet with 14,333 acre-feet. Fishing has been good for many anglers. Charlie Wilson was trolling by the dam with a gold Kastmaster lure and caught a 10-pound brown trout. Forrest and Cole Taira from Sacramento were drifting night crawlers by the Woods Creek area and caught a nice stringer of pan-sized rainbows. The resort is open for boat rentals until the end of this month and will reopen for the winter season in mid December. The Eldorado Irrigation District boat launch is scheduled to be open until the middle of November depending on weather. The California Department of Fish and Game planted the lake last week with rainbows. For more information call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
BLUE LAKES: The lake level has dropped about 15 feet. One angler said the fishing was fair for average sized rainbow trout. The angler did not know if the CDFG has scheduled a plant for both the upper and lower lake this week. I think after reading this he will be going back.
RED LAKE: Cooler temperatures bring up the brook trout bite. One angler told me he caught 15 small brookies on salmon eggs and worms. They were only 8- to 11-inches, but were fun to catch. That is the most success I have heard all year. Personally, I will wait for ice fishing in December.
INDIAN CREEKS RESORVOIR: The campground closed its gates for the year, which means if you want to launch your boat you must use the unimproved launch ramp on the other side of the lake by the dam. I have to tell you, I am getting a complex from my fishing buddies that don't invite me anymore. The two Steve's - Lightfoot and Brower - fished Oct. 4 and caught three fish from 1- to 2.5- pounds. They were using rainbow and yellow power bait. The lake level is still up and the water has weeds but is clearing up a little.
CARSON RIVERS: On the west fork, the CDFG planted the bridges and deeper holes of the river. The water level is extremely low and the flow is slow until you get to the Woodford's Canyon where it picks up and the fish can hold in there longer. The east fork is low but still flowing good. The CDFG planted the area above Hangman's Bridge with camp sized rainbows (meaning not to big or small to cook over a camp fire). Last week, the largest fish came in at 6 pounds. You do have to work for them, but what a nice work out, crisp air, a flowing steam all surrounded with fall colors. For more information call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229.
TROUT CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK: Closed for the season
TOPAZ LAKE: Closed until Jan. 1, 2013.
HEENAN LAKE: Located on top of Monitor Pass, open Fridays-Sundays until the last Sunday in October. Artificial lure flies only with a barbless hook. Catch and release only. Anglers are doing well with Kastmasters and Panther Martin lures. The fly anglers are using prince nymphs or wooly buggers.
CDFG FISH PLANTS: Alpine County - Caples Lake, Blue Lakes upper and lower, east and west fork Carson River.
NDOW FISH PLANTS AS PER COUNTY: Washoe County - Marilyn's Pond, Truckee River. Carson County - Baily Pond. Douglas County - Mitch's pond, Cave Rock.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. Hope to see you one the waters. Next week, the Naw will be on vacation and fishing as many lakes and rivers as possible in four days in Alpine County with Mrs. Naw. On the fifth day the Naw will be at Pyramid Lake for cutthroat trout or on the Sacramento River for king salmon. I haven't told the Steve's that I am going, so mums the word if you see them. If you get a picture of your catch send it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a question or a fishing report in our local fishing area call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin' and tight lines.